Pakistan Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ahsan’s residence was targeted twice at 4:30am and 9am on Sunday; no casualty or injury was reported.
Residence of a Supreme Court judge who is monitoring Corruption cases against ousted PM Nawaz Sharif came under fire by unknown gunmen on Sunday, triggering widespread condemnation in Pakistan.
Following the incident, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar reached Justice Ahsan’s house and summoned Punjab Inspector General Arif Nawaz Khan.
Chief Justice was personally monitoring the situation, the statement said, adding that a forensic team had also reached the scene to collect evidence while ballistic experts were called in to determine the nature of fire.
Police officials are investigating whether it was a targeted attack or aerial firing.
Police said two bullets were fired one at the entrance gate and other at kitchen door.
Police has stated that,“Elite force commandos have cordoned off the area and investigation is underway,”.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan People’s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto and the Supreme Court Bar Association and Lahore High Court Bar Association condemned the incident.
Pakistan People’s Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari termed the attacks alarming and called for a judicial probe.
Justice Ahsan was also part of the Supreme Court bench that had disqualified Mr. Sharif from the office of the prime minister in the Panama Papers case. It had also called Mr. Sharif and company a “Sicilian mafia”.
After the Panama Papers verdict last July , Justice Ahsan was appointed as a monitoring judge in the three corruption references against Mr. Sharif and his children Hasan, Hussain and Maryam and his son-in-law Capt (retd.) Mohammad Safdar.