Pindi police rebut reports of firing at Judge Mohammad Bashir's car

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Ayaz Akbar Yousafzai
A police officer stands inside cordoned-off area after a suicide car bombing in Islamabad, Pakistan December 23, 2022. — Reuters
A police officer stands inside cordoned-off area after a suicide car bombing in Islamabad, Pakistan December 23, 2022. — Reuters

  • Police say incident took place moments before judge's car passed. 
  • Police spox says suspect was forcing "his relatives" to go with him.
  • Sources say suspect arrested on the spot. 


RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi police have rebutted the reports of firing on an accountability court's Judge Muhammad Bashir's car, minutes after the news of a gun attack on the jurist in Rawalpindi emerged.

Earlier, Geo News reported citing police sources that the jurist survived a gun attack on his vehicle in Rawalpindi. 

Sources said that an armed assailant opened fire on the judge's car near PAF Chowk, an area in the jurisdiction of Airport Police Station, when he was driving home after a hearing in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

They said that the suspect, identified as Shayan Zulfiqar, who is a resident of Haley Street, was arrested on the spot and the weapon of crime was also recovered.

Police spokesperson later said that the firing was not targeted at Judge Bashir, but the suspect was forcing "his relatives" to go with him and he opened fire in the air upon their resistance. The jurist's car had just passed from the place of incident moments before the firing.

It may be noted that the judge is presiding over hearings of major cases that require in-camera proceedings at Adiala jail due to security concerns. Before the incident, he had conducted the hearing of the £190 million case against former prime minister Imran Khan.