Safdar terms firing at Justice Ijazul Ahsan's residence 'cheap tactic'

Justice Ijazul Ahsan

He had taken oath as the new chief justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) in November 2015.

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.

According to a spokesperson for the Government of Punjab, the JIT, to be headed by additional inspector-general of police (IG) Muhammad Tahir, will comprise Sultan Chaudhry, the deputy inspector-general for investigation, alongside representatives from the Military Intelligence (MI), Inter-Services Intelligence (IS), and Intelligence Bureau (IB). Initial investigation says one bullet hit the main gate of the house while another bullet spot has been found on kitchen's wall.

Later on, forensic teams collected evidences and recovered bullet shells outside the house. A search has been conducted in the vicinity.

On Sunday, the residence of Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan was sacked twice in 12 hours.

"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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The TV channel reported that Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has reached the residence of the Supreme Court judge.

In a statement, the prime minister directed the authorities to bring the culprits to table as soon as possible.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and ordered an inquiry.

An unidentified gunman fired on the residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan, who was the member of the bench which ruled the verdict of disqualification of former premier Nawaz Sharif in July 2017, on Sunday in Lahore.

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, who started the legal proceedings against Nawaz Sharif and his family, said that the shooting incident may be a political motive to "pressurise" the judiciary.

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