Former LHC judge shot dead in ‘targeted attack’

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RAWALPINDI: A former judge of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday was shot dead in an apparent incident of targeted killing in the Gujar Khan tehsil of Rawalpindi district.

As per the details, Justice (r) Mehmood Akhtar was travelling to his area of origin along with his family to attend a funeral when unidentified persons opened fire on his vehicle in Mandra, Chakwal Road, killing the judge immediately.

According to the police, Akhter’s wife threw stones at the fleeing attackers, who shot at the family again, injuring the former judge’s niece.

The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital, police said.

The deceased former judge’s body was sent to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital for a postmortem.

Rawalpindi CPO has formed a team led by Saddar SP to arrest the attackers.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry have condemned the killing and said the culprits would be brought to justice at all costs.

The chief minister, in this regard, has also sought a report from Punjab IGP and directed immediate arrest of the accused.