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

Justice Ijazul Ahsan

Additional IG Muhammad Tahir is heading the probe.

Meanwhile, the case of the attack on the apex court judge's residence has been lodged against unidentified persons in Model Town Police Station and provisions of terrorism and attempted murder have been included in the case.

He said officers of the Special Branch and Forensic Agency will also be part of the JIT.

"They collected the evidence (data, photographs, and bullet slug)".

A bullet hit the gate of the house, the report reads. The team will furnish a report later on Monday.

Rangers and police cordoned off the area and were conducting a search operation. There were no reports of anyone receiving injuries as a result of the firing.

After the incident, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar reached there and called Inspector General of Punjab Police Arif Nawaz Khan on the site.

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.

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"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".

On Sunday, gunshots were fired at the house of Justice Ahsan twice within the span of a few hours.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the incident and directed the authorities concerned at the federal and provincial level to bring the culprits to task at the earliest.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and ordered an inquiry. His government called for immediate action to be taken.

Ameer Jamaat e Islami (JI) Pakistan Siraj ul Haq while deploring the attack said no tactics aimed to pressurise or frighten the judiciary would succeed.

CJP Nisar rushed to Justice Ahsan's home and personally monitored developments after learning about the attack.

It merits mention here that Justice Ahsan had been appointed as monitoring judge to supervise the trial proceedings in the accountability court of Islamabad against former premier Nawaz Sharif, and members of his family.

He has also remained the chief justice of the Lahore High Court.

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