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Forensic report rules out armed attack at Justice Ahsan’s house

LAHORE: A forensic report in the case of firing at the residence of Supreme Court judge Justice Ijazul Ahsan in the provincial capital’s Model Town has ruled out the possibility of an armed attack, ARY News reported. 

Sources with knowledge of the report said it was an aerial firing, not a targeted attack.

Two bullets found from the residence of the judge on April 15 were fired from a 9mm pistol, the report said and added such a weapon can effectively hit a target within a range of 50 meters.

The distance between the Supreme Court judge’s residence and the spot from where bullets were fired is about one kilometer and a bullet fired from a 9mm pistol into the air can travel as long as 2.5 kilometers.

The report compiled on the basis of scientific analysis has been provided to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the matter, which has also interrogated persons who indulged in aerial firing on that day and taken into custody the pistol in question.

On April 15, the incident of firing at the house of Justice Ahsan twice within the span of a few hours made headlines.

Two separate incidents of firing took place on the night of April 14 and the morning of April 15. No one was reported injured in the attacks.

The incident drew widespread condemnation from people of all social strata with Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar taking cognizance of the incident.

Justice Ahsan had been appointed as monitoring judge to supervise the trial proceedings in the accountability court of Islamabad against former premier Nawaz Sharif, and members of his family.

On July 28 last year, a five-judge bench of the apex court unanimously disqualified Sharif and directed the NAB to file references against him, his sons – Hassan and Hussain Nawaz – daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar and Ishaq Dar.

The judge was also part of the five-member bench that heard and decided the Panama Papers case, which resulted in the disqualification of the PML-N supreme leader.

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