April 26, 2018

JIT to investigate firing incident at Justice Ijazul Ahsan's residence

16 April 2018, 03:16 | Taylor George

Political parties, senior judges, armed forces condemn firing incidents at Justice Ijaz's house

JIT to probe firing at residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan

Justice Nisar thanked the Supreme Court Bar Association and Pakistan Bar Council for expressing solidarity with Justice Ijazul Ahsan.

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been constituted to probe two separate attacks at the house of Justice Ijazul Ahsan in Lahore's Model Town. Additional IG Muhammad Tahir is heading the probe. A forensic team later collected all evidence.

Rangers and police cordoned off the area and were conducting a search operation.

Following the incident, the Pakistan Army, the government's top brass, and politicians voiced their condemnation over the incident, with the legal community announcing to wear black armbands in protest today.

He tweeted, "Strongly condemn the firing at Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan's house".

"All stakeholders should ensure [a] secure environment for [the] effective functioning of the state institutions and continue the efforts to consolidate improving peace and stability".

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Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has said there is no development as yet in the probe into the firing incidents at a Supreme Court judge's residence a day earlier.

The JIT, which was formed on Sunday, would be headed by DIG Investigation Sultan Chaudhry to track the unknown suspects who targeted the residence, close to the house of Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, twice over the weekend.

Anwarul Haq, President Lahore Hight Court Bar, has called the incident an attack on Judiciary.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also condemned the incident, while Imran Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, called the incident part of "Sicilian-mafia-like tactics".

On July 28 previous year, a five-judge bench of the apex court unanimously disqualified Sharif and directed the NAB to file references against him, his sons - Hassan and Hussain Nawaz - daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar and Ishaq Dar. He demanded immediate arrest of culprits. He had taken oath as the new chief justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) in November 2015.

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