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  • Haider
    Dec 25, 2014 - 3:56PM

    This terrorist has been playing with the judicial system of Pakistan for so long now. He should be among the first to be tried and ultimately hanged by the military courts.

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  • afroze
    Dec 25, 2014 - 4:51PM

    Profile of Malik ishaq – operational chief of LEJ –

    On the morning of Aug. 30, 2012, the freshly-released cleric arrived at a packed-to-capacity mosque in the Bhakkar district of Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous and important province. Flanked by 15 weapon-wielding guards, he alighted from a double-cabin vehicle and proceeded towards the stage. What followed was a blistering, 45-minute monologue. Ishaq claimed that during his incarceration the Pakistani authorities had pleaded with him, repeatedly offering him a ‘get out of jail’ card. “They told me, stop speaking against them [Shiites] and we will free you,” he blustered, adding that: “I told them, I would rather die!” The ebullient crowd roared, punctuating his words with cries of “Shia Kafir [Shias Infidel],” and hurled a repertoire of abuses at the late leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Iran is a predominantly Shiite country). On his way out, Ishaq vowed to rescue his 42 comrades who then were on death row. In 2013, at the same mosque, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi chief addressed a crowd of 1,000. The gathering was monitored by a handful of policemen in civil clothes.

    on Feb. 6, 2014, the United States catapulted him onto the world stage, adding his name to their list of most wanted global terrorists. In 2009, the extremist was flown on a special chartered flight from his cell in Lahore to the garrison town of Rawalpindi to holds talks with gunmen holed up inside the army’s general headquarters. One of the armed assailants had named Ishaq as the mastermind behind the assault.

    But will he ever be convicted? It will be difficult, noting that just to produce him in a court is a major task. There are cases registered against him in several cities across Punjab. He can’t be moved around daily. A lot of security is needed, and the courts refuse to proceed until he is present. But that is only part of the story. Potential witnesses are routinely bullied and intimidated to back out. During one particular hearing, the judge attempted to conceal his identity by burying his face in his hands, according to one media report. Ishaq accosted the frightened arbitrator, mockingly reciting the name of the judge’s children. The judge quickly abandoned the case.

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  • zehra
    Dec 25, 2014 - 5:32PM

    Why hasn’t he straight away been hung till death yet? Why do we even have a court if he can roam around freely only to take more lives in the future? If he isn’t one of the 500 who are yet to be hanged.. then what are the ones being hung ??

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  • Roc
    Dec 25, 2014 - 5:40PM

    Holding him in detention is good but he must be charged as well. I believe India will view this as a test to our new found commitment to ending all terrorism.

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  • o
    Dec 25, 2014 - 6:02PM

    This is a tell-tale sign of PML N links with banned outfits.Recommend

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