IHC registrar suspends judge involved in Red Zone fight incident with PTI MPA's husband

By: News Desk      Published: 02:50 PM, 14 Sep, 2020
IHC registrar suspends judge involved in Red Zone fight incident with PTI MPA's husband

Additional Sessions Judge Jahangir Awan was suspended on Monday after the firing incident in the Red Zone as the Islamabad High Court registrar issued a notification in this regard.

Earlier, the firing in the Red Zone also echoed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), where Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that they had stated on several occasion that there was complete lawlessness in the federal capital, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Monday.

He was talking about the incident on Sunday night in which the husband of a ruling party MPA attacked and injured Additional Sessions Judge Jahangir Awan who later resorted to aerial firing.

It soon became most talked-about incident on social media as people shared the CCTV footage in which the entire episode could be seen as Chaudhry Khurram – husband of Abida Raja parked his SUV at a petrol pump and started thrashing Awan. The judge was still in his car at the time of the physical attack.

Some reports suggest that the MPA was accompanying her husband at the time of this incident.

The incident was a result of overtaking on the road near the Parliament House which infuriated the PTI lawmaker’s husband who chased the judge after an altercation and later reached the petrol pump located opposite to the Foreign Office building.  

During the hearing of another attack, the IHC chief justice asked the deputy attorney general whether he had seen the incident. No matter what the reason was, a person opened fire while the other party was also influential, he remarked.

“Why all the influential people opt for a compromise. I have never heard that compromises are made in this way in any civilised country. The state should have its writ. The state too should take responsibility for anything,” Chief Justice Minallah observed.

Although earlier some reports suggested that both parties had reached a compromise, Awan reached the area police station on Sunday night and submitted an application for registration of a case. He also sought inclusion of the Anti-Terrorism Act sections in FIR.

However, the police haven’t registered any case till the filing of this report as they are waiting for a compromise between the two parties. Awan on Monday moved the court of district and sessions judge to get the case registered, as the police did not act his request.

Although earlier some reports suggested that both parties had reached a compromise, Awan on Monday reached the area police station and submitted an application for the registration of a case. He also sought including the Anti-Terrorism Act sections in the FIR.

However, the police haven’t registered any case till the filing of this report as they are waiting for a compromise between the two parties.

On the other hand, Shahzad Akbar – who is a special assistant to the PM on accountability and interior – sought a report on the issue which was expected to be filed Monday afternoon.

Lawyers went on strike in Islamabad in protest against the attack and asked the PTI government to change its approach with a demand for strict action against Khurram.