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Shots fired at residence of Supreme Court judge Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan

16 April 2018

A Joint Investigation Team would be looking into the incident related to the firing at the Model Town Lahore residence of Supreme Court judge Ijazul Ahsan.

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

A bullet hit the gate of the house, the report reads. There were no reports of anyone receiving injuries as a result of the firing.

As the news of the firing made headlines, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar while taking cognizance of the incident reached the residence of the apex court judge.

Later on, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also released a condemnation message and directed for the early arrest of those responsible.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn incident.

The chief justice is personally monitoring the issue at the moment.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the PPP stood for protection and respect of judges.

Justice Ahsan was part of the five-member bench that heard the high-profile Panamagate case previous year that led to the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, the then prime minister.

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

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

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.

"Struggle for peace and stability should continue", it said.

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

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Justice Ahsan was part of the Panama Papers bench.

Shots fired at residence of Supreme Court judge Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan