LAHORE – The cowardly gun attack on the house of Supreme Court’s Justice Ijaz-ul-Hassan raked in support for the judge from Pakistan’s politicians and army on Sunday.
In an audacious attack, shots were fired at the judge’s house in Lahore’s Model Town on Saturday night and again today morning. No casualties have been reported from the attack.
Hours after the incident, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the incident and directed the authorities to bring the culprits to table as soon as possible.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was the first one to condemn the incident:
Strongly condemn the firing at Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan's house. These Sicilian-mafia-like tactics to pressurise senior judiciary are unacceptable in any democracy. PTI stands firmly behind the Judiciary & Rule of Law & this is one reason behind our 29th April Minar-i-Pakistan jalsa
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 15, 2018
In a flimsy reference to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the PTI chief said “these Sicilian-mafia-like tactics to pressurise senior judiciary are unacceptable in any democracy”.
“PTI stands firmly behind the and rule of law,” Khan wrote on Twitter while adding that this is one reason behind their public gathering at Minar-i-Pakistan on April 29th.
His party leaders followed the Kaptaan to condemn the incident:
Strongly condemn the firing at Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan's house in Lahore. Is this the price that honorable judges will have to pay now for taking on and exposing Mafias working under the garb of Govt institutions? Wake up Showbaz Sharif. This has happened right under your nose.
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) April 15, 2018
Strongly condemn the firing incident at Justice Ijaz ul Hassan's place. Remember how Nehal Hashmi in his last speech threatened Judiciary. COAS must provide security to all the judges of Panama case as Punjab Police can't be trusted.#خون_لیگ_مافیا
— Shahram Khan Tarakai (@ShahramKTarakai) April 15, 2018
Condemnable scare tactic of firing at Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan's house in Lahore. Given how the house is barely 2-3 houses away from CM SS's house, with a proliferation of police, heavy security etc, how could this have happened? & after firing how cld perpetrator have disappeared?
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) April 15, 2018
Eventually Status Quo Camerilla opens fire on Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan's home after failing to buy their souls. Mafia working with "Carrot & Stick" method in Pakistan will bite the dust at the end of the day.#PTI strongly condemns and stands by our judiciary. pic.twitter.com/JS4keXZW5s
— PTI Central Punjab (@PTICPOfficial) April 15, 2018
The top leadership of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), including former president Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto and Faryal Talpur, also released the statements of condemnation over the attack.
Naz Baloch, who quit PTI to join PPP last year, termed the firing as an ‘attack on judicial independence’.
The firing at Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan's house is a threat to judicial independence. Prompt and thorough investigation should be conducted to expose the "Sicilian Mafia" involved in the crime.
— Naz Baloch (@NazBaloch_) April 15, 2018
The military spokesman, Major General Asif Ghafoor, condemned the firing incident at the residence of Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan while terming it “condemnable”.
“All stake holders should ensure secure environment for effective functioning of the state institutions and continue the efforts to consolidate improving peace and stability,” the chief of Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.
Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan was part of the five-member bench that disqualified former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after he was found guilty of laundering money post the Panama Papers leak.
He is currently the monitoring judge to supervise and monitor the implementation of the Panamagate case verdict and oversee the ongoing proceedings by the NAB and accountability courts against the Sharif family members and Ishaq Dar.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar reportedly reached Ahsan’s residence in the morning and summoned the Punjab Inspector General to probe the case. The CJP is believed to be personally overseeing the investigations.