ISLAMABAD/LAHORE - Hours after gunmen opened fire at the house of Supreme Court judge Ijazul Ahsan, leaders of different political parties including opposition and the ruling PML-N condemned the incident, besides demanding an independent inquiry into the matter.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday condemned the incident.

In a statement, the prime minister directed the authorities to bring the culprits to book as soon as possible.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday strongly condemned firing incident at the residence of Supreme Court judge Justice Ijazul Ahsan in Lahore.

In a statement, Zardari said the firing at the house of a judge of the Supreme Court was a very serious matter and demanded judicial inquiry into the incident.

He also demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and to bring them to book.

Officials said Sunday that residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan was fired at twice in Lahore within 12 hours.

No casualties were reported.

After hearing about the incident, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar reached Justice Ijazul Ahsan’s residence and condemned the incident.

Justice Ahsan was part of the five-member bench that heard the high-profile Panamagate case last year that resulted in the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, the then prime minister.

Opposition leader in the Senate Sherry Rehman said the intimidation of judges at any level - that too by violence - must be condemned by all.

“Those involved both directly and indirectly in the firing incidents on the residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan should not go scot-free,” she said.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan strongly condemned attack terming it as an attempt to pressurize judiciary.

Khan took to popular microblogging website Twitter and said, “Strongly condemn the firing at Justice Ijazul 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.”

Several other political figures including Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Shujaat Hussain also condemned the incident while warning at the same time that such incidents were not acceptable.

Meanwhile addressing a ceremony in Lahore yesterday, Minister for Railways Kh Saad Rafique and National Assembly (NA) Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Sunday strongly condemned attack on residence of Justice Ejaz and vowed to bring perpetrators to justice.

Terming the incident deplorable, Sadiq stated that those who hatched the conspiracy and carried out the attack would be brought to justice.

“Engineered elections were held in Pakistan in the past and this [phenomenon] weakened the country. Our stability lies in transparent and unbiased elections only,” asserted Sadiq.

While terming the firing incident brutality, Saad expressed solidarity with the judiciary.

Saad also made it overtly clear that no one could stop him from expressing his views. He warned all that country could not progress by hurling abuses at each other.

Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb also strongly condemned the incident of firing.

The minister, in a statement, said that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had directed the authorities concerned, both at federal and provincial levels, to bring the culprits into clutches of law.

She said that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif directed the officials concerned of provincial department for immediate arrest of the culprits. "Such miscreants should be exposed as early as possible," the minister concluded.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Senator A Rehman Malik Sunday strongly condemned firing on the residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan.

He has demanded immediate inquiry and fair investigation into this highly condemnable incident of firing that on the residence of a judge of apex court of the country, said a press release.

“It is unfortunate that even residences of our judges are not protected,” Rehman Malik said.

He said that such attacks are aimed to impact the rule of law and horrify the judiciary but he believes that such coward tactics cannot impact and terrify our Judiciary. “Firing on the residence of Justice Ejaz ul Ahsan is actually an attack on judiciary of Pakistan”, said Rehman Malik.

The Senator said that PPP has always respected judiciary and stands with it at the time when it is under attack, adding that it is the duty of every citizen of the country to respect and protect the institutions.

“Those who are involved in the incident should be arrested immediately and the motives behind the attack should be found”, he added.

In separate statements, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, senior leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq, Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri and others said that culprits involved in the shameful act must be exposed and punished. “We condemn attack on the residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan in strongest words and express heartfelt concern over this incident,” said Chaudhry Shujaat and Chaudhry Pervaiz. They said that a judicial inquiry be held to expose the culprits of this heinous crime.