Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisardeclined a request by the Punjab government to enhance the security of judges on Monday.

According to a communique issued by the apex court, the government of Punjab wanted to beef up the security of judges in the backdrop of yesterday’s firing incidents at the residence of Honourable Justice Ijazul Ansan.

‘The request was declined by the chief justice who stated that judges do not need additional or extra security other than routine,’ stated the circular.

JIT to investigate firing incident at Justice Ijazul Ahsan’s residence

The notification, however, added that the chief justice called for improvement in overall security to benefit the public.

Earlier on Monday during the hearing of a case, CJP Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that there was no breakthrough into the firing incidents at the residence of Supreme Court judge Justice Ijazul Ahsan’s residence.

Two separate firing incidents were reported at the Model Town Lahore residence – in close proximity of CM Punjab home –  of the Supreme Court judge.

A first information report (FIR) was filed against unidentified persons, with charges comprising attempted murder as well as a violation of the anti-terrorism act.

Moreover, a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was formed on Sunday to probe into the matter which would be headed by additional inspector-general of police (IG) Muhammad Tahir and comprises Sultan Chaudhry, the deputy inspector-general for investigation, alongside representatives from the Military Intelligence (MI), Inter-Services Intelligence (IS), and Intelligence Bureau (IB). Officers of the Special Branch and Forensics Agency will also be part of the team.