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From Our Correspondent

 LAHORE:  The judiciary was intimidated once again in PML-N’s tenure yesterday as unknown gunmen opened fire at the residence of Supreme Court Justice Ijazul Ahsan here at Model Town.

The incident revived the memories of November 28, 1997 when an unruly mob of the PML-N workers and leaders stormed the court building in Islamabad and forced then Chief Justice Syed Sajjad Ali Shah to adjourn the contempt of court case against the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Two separate firing incidents were reported outside the residence of Supreme Court (SC) Justice Ijazul Ahsan’s residence yesterday, a statement by apex court stated.

According to SC’s PRO, Justice Ijazul Ahsan’s residence was targeted twice – first at 4:30am and then 9:00am yesterday. No casualties were reported in both incidents.

According to police officials, the judge’s private security guard discovered a 9mm bullet casing inside the residence at 6am on Sunday after which the police were called in.

Another bullet was recovered from the garage of the house.

Following the incident, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar visited the residence of Justice Ahsan and called Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arif Nawaz Khan to probe the incidents. The chief justice is said to be overseeing the situation himself.

The personal secretary to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who visited the SC judge’s residence to meet him, was refused a meeting by the SC administration.

A First Information Report (FIR) was also filed in Model Town police station. The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) have taken back the strike call given earlier over the incident.

JIT formed

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been formed to probe the firing incidents at Justice Ijazul Ahsan’s residence. Additional IG Muhammad Tahir will head the JIT, which will include DIG Investigation Sultan Chaudhry and representatives of the Military Intelligence (MI), Inter-Services Intelligence (IS), and Intelligence Bureau (IB), said the spokesperson of the Punjab Government.

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