By Maryam Iraj
Unknown people wanted to threaten and scare the incorruptible judiciary of Pakistan today by opening fire twice at the residence of a senior judge of SC, Justice Ijazul Ahsan. The incident of firing took place outside the residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan’s on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Asmat Seed, and Justice Asif Saeed Khoosa rushed to the residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan to oversee the situation.
CJP, Mian Saqib Nisar, is monitoring the situation along with other senior judges of SC. It was not an act of burglary but an act of terrorism. As Justice Ahsan is part of all the important decisions against the corrupt political mafia and in favor of this deeply wounded nation. This judiciary is the healers we look up to.
To remind you of the fact that Justice Ijazul Ahsan was part of the five-member bench that gave the verdict in the high-profile Panamagate case last year, which led to the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif.
He was also selected as the monitoring judge to supervise and monitor the implementation of the Panamagate case verdict, and to oversee the proceedings by NAB and accountability courts against the Sharif family members and Ishaq Dar’s grafting case.
Justice Ejazul Ahsan was also part of the three-member bench to give ruling over the 17 petitions against the controversial Elections Act-2017. The same bench had ruled that “an individual disqualified under Articles 62 (1) (f) and 63 of the Constitution cannot serve as head of a political party, leading to Nawaz Sharif losing his position as the chief of PML-N”.
He is also looking after the Model Town case.
The CJP, Mian Saqib Nisar, summoned the Inspector General of Punjab Police Captain (r), Arif Nawaz, to respond to this massive and highly symbolic security breach.
Oddity of the situation is this that the Punjab Chief Minister and the President of PML-N, Shehbaz Sharif, took the notice of the incident and ordered the IG Punjab to investigate and present the report as a top priority.
Following today’s incident when the personal secretary to Sharif visited the Justice Ahsan’s residence to meet him, he was denied to have a access to the SC administration. This refusal is suggestive of the doubt which rest of the nation also fears.
But the same PML-N leadership never stopped its ministers and members to threaten the judiciary. How tragic is that! The following video is a tiny example of the language which PML-N’s corrupt leadership uses to threaten the honorable and upright judges who are not afraid of such threats.
Justice Ahsan dedicates his weekends to Lahore Registry along with CJP, Mian Saqib Nisar, where he presides several cases related to public welfare in Supreme Court. Yesterday, Kh. Saad Rafique, Minister Pakistan Railways, was summoned to SC (Lahore Registry) , in the suo motu case of Rs. 60 billion financial losses and embezzlements. During the hearing, Kh. Saad Rafique was cut to size by CJP and Justice Ahsan for his foul language and poor performance.
After this incident, security personnel, including Rangers, have been deployed outside the residence of the judge.
Many political and media personalities condemned this act including Imran Khan (PTI), Khurran Nawaz Gandapur (PAT), Asif Ali Zardari & Sherry Rahman (PPP), and PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi among may others.
Security forces reported that the spent-bullet-casing of a 9mm pistol was found near the main gate of Justice Ahsan’s residence last night while another was found near kitchen window in the morning. Imagine how close they were.
In protest, the legal community announced to wear black-armbands tomorrow.
More power to our judiciary who is aboveboard, blameless, and principled.