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Shots fired at Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan's house in Lahore

Shots fired at Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan's house in Lahore

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 believed to be personally overseeing the investigations.

In two different incidents, unidentified persons have opened fire at Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan's residence in Lahore.

The military spokesman, Major General Asif Ghafoor, condemned the firing incident at the residence of Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan while terming it "condemnable".

Elements involved in firing on residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan should be exposed and brought to book, he demanded.

Security personnel, including Rangers, have been deployed outside the residence of the judge.

Officers of the Special Branch and Forensics Agency will also be part of the team.

Opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah said a complete investigation should be carried out into the attack and demanded of the government to take foolproof security measures for judges' security. A 9mm shell was found from the house and a crack made by the bullet was spotted at the kitchen window.

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto while condemning the firing incident has called for an independent inquiry and immediate arrest of culprit.

Naz Baloch, who quit PTI to join PPP previous year, termed the firing as an "attack on judicial independence".

Justice Ahsan was the part of the five-member bench that heard the high profile Panama Papers case which led to the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan condemned the attack, stating: "Sicilian-mafia-like tactics to pressurise senior judiciary are unacceptable in any democracy".

He was appointed as the monitoring judge to supervise and monitor the implementation of the Panamagate case verdict and oversee the ongoing proceedings by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and accountability courts against the Sharif family members and Ishaq Dar. He was part of the bench which disqualified Nawaz in the Panama Papers case previous year.