Very few people know the fact but the whole PPP is aware of the reality that the house belonging to former Punjab Governor Latif Khosa which came under a gun attack, has a significant historical connection. This residence was the place where the late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto used to stay whenever she visited Lahore. Notably, Benazir Bhutto last stayed in this house in November 2007 when the emergency was imposed by Gen Pervez Musharraf, and she was briefly detained there. Surprisingly, no leaders from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), including Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Asif Zardari, have condemned the incident, except for Aitzaz Ahsan, who visited the house.
According to the initial police report, the attack on Latif Khosa’s house involved the firing of seven shots using pistols and rifles. The bullets struck the house’s door and a car parked in the garage, while one bullet hit the driver, Javed, in the leg.
Javed, the injured driver, has been immediately taken to the hospital for medical treatment. Authorities are reviewing CCTV footage to identify the attackers and determine whether they were traveling in a car or on a motorcycle. Further investigation will take place, including obtaining a statement from the injured driver at the hospital.
In response to the incident, former Punjab Governor Latif Khosa stated that unidentified individuals opened fire at his house, resulting in the injury of his driver. Senior lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan also visited the residence, expressing support. Khosa mentioned that during their convention, discussions revolved around the importance of upholding the constitution and concerns about military courts and the judicial system.
Khosa further stated, “I mentioned that unconstitutional governments have been formed in two provinces. The slogans raised outside the Supreme Court are contemptuous. Although there was applause during the convention, there was a lot of applause here as well. I was attending to my client’s case at home when my driver entered and informed me about the shooting. I went outside and discovered bullet holes in the door.”
Latif Khosa emphasized that such tactics would not weaken the lawyers’ movement, reaffirming their support for the Chief Justice. Aitzaz Ahsan demanded the involvement of the Inspector General (IG) and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in the incident that occurred on May 9. He questioned why the individuals present at Jinnah House were not arrested by the police and army on the spot, suggesting an unusual geo-fencing operation that resulted in the apprehension of innocent people and shop owners. Ahsan believes that such acts of intimidation are intended to scare lawyers, but they remain resolute in their stance.