LeJ’s Malik received monthly stipend from Punjab govt

Published: July 16, 2011

The money was given to support Ishaq’s family, says Rana Sanaullah. PHOTO: NNI

LAHORE: 

Malik Ishaq enjoyed Punjab government’s financial assistance ever since the Sharif’s came to power in 2008, officials on condition of anonymity told The Express Tribune.

The accused terror kingpin belonging to banned Sunni outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), nominated in 44 cases in which 70 people were killed, allegedly received a monthly stipend, during imprisonment, from the Punjab government.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed the disbursement but clarified that it was given to Ishaq’s family, not him, as per orders of the court. However, upon further investigation, it was revealed that nor was there any such disbursements during former president Musharraf’s tenure, nor was there any court order pertaining to the matter.

Meanwhile, one of the key witnesses in Ishaq’s court case, Fida Hussain Ghalvi, is receiving police protection to avoid any untoward incidents, highlighting concerns arising from Intelligence and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) after the release of Malik Ishaq.

Ghalvi while talking to The Express Tribune confirmed that on the direction of Multan City Police Officer Amir Zulifqar, Multan and Vehari police have provided two policemen to him for security protection. Furthemore, Ghalvi has also relocated from his native town out of fear for his own life. He had been currently residing in two different locations, moving back and forth for security purposes.

However, leaving Ghalvi out, two other key witnesses and one complainant have not been provided any security as of yet and fear for their lives.  The men identified as Khadim, Sikandar and Abdul Ghafour (complainant) are the only people to have survived the court cases which have taken 20 lives, including eight people who were murdered purely for being associated with the case.

“I can be attacked at any time and I do not know if I will be alive tomorrow or not, as you know almost everyone who was a witness or a relative has been slain,’ said Sikandar, who  now operating a cloth store in Dokota on Multan Road.

“When Ishaq was in jail eight people were killed mercilessly by the same group,” said Khadim Hussain, who is now a farmer in Dokota.

The complainant (Abdul Ghafour) of the first case against Ishaq in which 12 people were massacred during a majlis, said he has been awaiting justice for 14 years but has completely lost hope since the release of Ishaq.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (43)

  • AnisAqeel
    Jul 16, 2011 - 10:30AM

    And we do not support terrorists and banned outfits but their families. What a logic!

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  • AK
    Jul 16, 2011 - 10:34AM

    As long as religion is part of state affairs, such retards will always be free to roam and kill innocent people.

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  • imran
    Jul 16, 2011 - 10:36AM

    there is only missguiding about such people who love there prophet (S.A.W) and his Sahaba (R.A) companion so make your thinking positive about such great peoples who love their religion.
    don’t criticise such person other wise make your answer before your death.
    these are the peoples who love them by their heart and soul as their slogen
    Sahaba sade peer hin

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  • Ashfaq Shah
    Jul 16, 2011 - 10:36AM

    I am surprised Rana Sanaullah didnt go to recieve his old friend.

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  • Riaz
    Jul 16, 2011 - 11:17AM

    Since no proof was found out hence he is not guilty. Whining that he is a criminal just because he belongs to LeJ does not make one a terrorist. So liberals, stop crying. On other hand UN lift sanctions from Talibans. Go and cry for it

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  • Abid Usman
    Jul 16, 2011 - 11:56AM

    I like it…. “Since no proof was found out hence he is not guilty”
    Hopefully same would not happen to any of us, because then we will not be able to speak even.
    Insha’ALLAH truth will reveal itself.

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  • safdar
    Jul 16, 2011 - 12:22PM

    every muslim should be a source of terror to such faithless who use bad laguage for the companions of Prophet (PBUH). Pothetic is that media is full agents who just cry on the things without completely understanding it.liberals always remains on crying end on local issues and hibernating on real issues. let them cry and welcome a HERO

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  • sajid
    Jul 16, 2011 - 12:32PM

    As Musharraf said, Nawaz Shareef is clean shave Taliban. Shame on Nawaz Shareef and all of N-League for supporting sectarian terrorists instead of punishing them.
    and Express Tribun, what is wrong with you guys? why would you include his address (almost) in this sentence? “everyone who was a witness or a relative has been slain,’ said Sikandar, who now operating a cloth store in Dokota on Multan Road.

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  • M Ali Khan
    Jul 16, 2011 - 1:07PM

    @imran: http://criticalppp.com/archives/9842/ read the dastardly comments by SSP/LeJ fanatics here!

    @Riaz: No Pakistan court ever completed a trial agnst him in more than 150 terrorism cases Malik Ishaq has been named in in last 15-20 years!

    Why? Because whenever a judge did try, Malik Ishaq would in court proceedins read out details of the judge’s family members and their schedules! No judge was ever given protection by any Pak Govt for daring to try him!

    This evil man and his evil band of monsters have POWERFUL friends in ISI and our political elite!

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  • narayana murthy
    Jul 16, 2011 - 1:08PM

    How about Sipahe-Sahaba, Lashkaretoyyaba, Taliban, Al Qaeda?

    Don’t they receive covert support from ISI?

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  • M Ali Khan
    Jul 16, 2011 - 1:08PM

    @safdar:
    so you advocate the COLD BLOODED MURDER of people who dont share your particular set of beliefs??

    no wonder terrorists roam free in this country!

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  • Feroz
    Jul 16, 2011 - 1:08PM

    The Punjab government is very kind hearted and generous too.
    Is the family of the God fearing Muslim Ajmal Kasab( no PIL filed to find out were his family disappeared) also receiveing financial Aid since there is no scope for the public to shower him with rose petals.
    Punjab Government is also funding Lashkar e Toiba sorry JUD sorry – what is this groups newest name ?
    Can the Public also recommend a few such noble causes for State funding ?
    The International community must be thrilled that the civilian Aid is being used so effectively.

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  • Ahsan Jahangir
    Jul 16, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Shame on PMLN! these are people who support these terrorists and later the nation has to reep what they have sownRecommend

  • Naveed
    Jul 16, 2011 - 3:02PM

    didn’t know there’s a Dokota in Pakistan too…NOW THATS NEWS……

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Jul 16, 2011 - 4:30PM

    Why are they wearing sindhi caps? Do want favour with Zardari now?

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  • R S JOHAR
    Jul 16, 2011 - 4:39PM

    No wonder, a Western political and defence analyst has predicted that India should gear up to receive lakhs of refugees from Pak Punjab in the near future.

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  • Ali
    Jul 16, 2011 - 5:03PM

    PML-N has always supported these bloody terrorists,do remember when CM_Punjab gave statement that “Taliban should spare Punjab”. Rana Sanaullah usually joins their Parties and functions. Some people were in doubt but Tribune has reveled clearly now. Now it is responsibility of People of Pakistan to check such politicians in the next elections and don’t vote for them at all…as they are actually allies of killers and terrorists…

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  • Moizza
    Jul 16, 2011 - 5:04PM

    Is this newspaper kidding me? Why are you naming the witnesses?

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  • Cautious
    Jul 16, 2011 - 5:26PM

    Good news reporting —- unfortunately now that the truth is out in typical Pakistani style your not going to do one darn thing to fix the problem. Shame on you.

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  • rajab
    Jul 16, 2011 - 5:27PM

    one of my friends said just becoz someone belongs to LeJ doesn’t prove him a criminal !!!,there were 44 cases on the man how can u ignore that and put it aside,there r hundred’s of evidence against the wrongdoings of this man and his blind companions in LeJ,go through a thorough search,and which terrorist is ever punished in Pakistan,there have been scores of them arrested and released due to a weak and ineffective prosecution system at place,LeJ and all parties like it have have spread nothing but hatred and voilence in Pakistan,these people are blot on the name of Islam.

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  • Khawja
    Jul 16, 2011 - 7:37PM

    the man in Sindhi topi is Khadim Dhilon,,, General Secretory of Sipah E Sahaba. this man was a quake in 80s. and was arrested by Police Station Makhdoom Rasheed Dist Multan for selling illegal Liquor (Medicated Kupees). in jail during his arrest, he met the persons from Jhang of Sipah e Sahaba and joined their party.he lives in Jahania Distt Khanewal and and having no source of income but lives like a royal Prince, he has luxurey vehicles and house too and so many body guards. he also runs many qabza groups in the shade of Sipah e Sahaba….

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  • Aq
    Jul 16, 2011 - 7:47PM

    This is justice Iftikhar Ch. Style. Free all criminals, terrorist and extremist and don’t take any suo motto notice when minorities are persecuted in the name of religion. This justice system is corrupt and so are most of their judges. And most of them seems to me as religious bigots or extremists.

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  • Jul 16, 2011 - 8:06PM

    It is better to eliminate all the prosecutors and judges to save our strategic assets. Even one case out of 44 not proved against this man. This reveal what type of judicial system prevalent in Pakistan. The black coats routinely go on strikes, demonstrate on the roads against flimsy matters but not on judicial reforms or conviction of criminals.

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  • mudassar nawaz
    Jul 16, 2011 - 8:57PM

    if court has acquitted him then its out of question !if he was in prison for long 14 years on the basis of just false allegation the govt should also pay him bonus amount for his youth being spoiled behind the bars !

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  • adam
    Jul 16, 2011 - 8:59PM

    Let see how much these terrorits deliver to Islam. In the court of Allah, no one will be awarded like Malik who killed tens of innocent ppl simply he thought they are not followers of sahaba, it is insane, there are billions who don’t belive Allah and his Prophet, I don;t see these people killing those.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jul 16, 2011 - 9:45PM

    He is a state asset, so paid a monthly salary. its called strategic investment.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 16, 2011 - 11:19PM

    Congratulations Pakistan !! So now you actually acknowledge supporting Terrorist’s Families too !! A very good sign for future Potential Terrorist, that rest assure in event of getting caught in commiting acts of terror, your families will be taken care of by the State and the Taxpayers !!!!
    Why don’t the Politicians mention this, when they are on their Begging Circuit Internationally, as no doubt the Donars will be well Impressed with their Policies !!!! Instead of the normal BS as being the Victims of Terror !!!!
    When there Innocent Millions in need of assistance of any form , these Guys have got their Piorities to service the VIP Terrorist’s families!!!!!!
    So the Message is Simple, It Pays to be An Terrorist with Clout in Pakistan !!!

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 16, 2011 - 11:22PM

    I suppose that, this is classed as loss of Income on Monthly Basis !!!
    Not Bad !!
    What about the Victims Families, who have lost their main Bread Earners, are they not entile to any Funds on Monthly basis, for their loss caused by these very people???

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  • Jul 16, 2011 - 11:42PM

    Vienna,16-07-2011
    I always trusted Pakistan had a loose troika establishment as ruler. But this report leads
    me believe it is a land of widely defused power centres.Especially Pujab appears to be
    a free sovereign country under junior Sharif, younger sibling of Nawaz Sharif.
    -Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • Gheeli _Chaddi_ Wala_Disco_Kakapata
    Jul 17, 2011 - 12:56AM

    @Riaz:
    Exactly.If found not guilty, we must not pronounce our own verdicts. This is not how it works in democratic and civilized nations. These values and freedom are very expensive. This is how you pay the price. You let the law decide and you live with it.

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  • Peace
    Jul 17, 2011 - 3:02AM

    @adam: You know there is a big difference in not following Sahaba R.A and disgracing them openly. If you dont follow Sahaba R.A, no problem, but if you disgrace them openly in front of their lovers and followers, then there is a problem because you are hurting their feelings. Think about it. While I say this, still violence is not the solution.

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  • mind control
    Jul 17, 2011 - 10:30AM

    LeJ’s Malik received monthly stipend from Punjab govt

    Subhanallah, Mashaallah.

    Non-state, State, all in one.

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  • TM
    Jul 17, 2011 - 10:36AM

    After release this terrorist and coming to know, how he was being patronized by Sharif Badmash group, I feel ashamed, I voted for these gangsters. I would have voted for L K A
    dvani instead of these crooks.

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  • Umar
    Jul 17, 2011 - 8:51PM

    Jinnah’s Pakistan = Secular State. Please.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 17, 2011 - 9:24PM

    @Umar:
    Jinnah only exist as a picture on the walls of various offices !! period !Oh yes also on the Currency too !! Nothing more !!
    Very Sad !!!

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  • Jul 17, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Only 2% of this country pays taxes, and that money is used for funding terrorist organizations and subsidizing Pepsi. You don’t have to be Einstein to figure out why Pakistan’s a failed state.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 18, 2011 - 1:08AM

    @Riaz:
    Tell me is anyone ever found guilty in Pakistan ???

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  • Nidsam
    Jul 18, 2011 - 1:56AM

    Well said hedgefunder!!! The prosecution is always weak n especially in cases relating to religious or sectarian matters these terrorists get police support… We just read how 20 withnesses were killed… If malik ishaaq was wrongly involved…why were those innocents killed? In such a scenario who can expect that witnesses will come forward… A sad sad situation…. There is no such word as justice in pakistan’s dictionaries….

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  • Cynical
    Jul 18, 2011 - 1:59AM

    @ All those who are raising the voice of sanity…..

    Islam is religion of peace and Pakistan is land of the pure.
    I have made up my mind. Don’t confuse me with facts.

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  • Jul 18, 2011 - 4:23AM

    @Hedgefunder:
    You are right, but we need citizens to carry out his ideology

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 18, 2011 - 12:25PM

    @PK Christian (Suhail):
    Yes you are right, unfortunately Pakistan has lost a generation of its people due to selective education and being taught their other Ideology in the Madrassas, hence the problems and loss of secular society too !!

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  • Irfan Ahmad
    Jul 27, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Punjab Govt & Rana Sana ullah Lie Exposed on Malik Ishaq received monthly stipend (Edited Part)

    http://tv.web.pk/video/punjab-govt-rana-sana-ullah-lie-exposed-malik-ishaq-received-monthly-stipend-edited-part

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  • Tania Haider
    Jul 28, 2011 - 5:55PM

    Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz government in Punjab is not only protecting banned terrorist organization, but also gearing up for electoral alliances with Sipah-e-Sahaba(a Deobandi terrorist organization), which was officially banned in 2001, though still active’ energetic and spreading terror under the patronage of the Punjab government.
    Release of a dangerous terrorist, describes the future election strategy of natural allied political parties PML-N and Sipah-e-Sahaba. The news/analysis reveals some new agreements between PML-N and Sipah-e-Sahaba, where both parties will jointly field Humza S/O Shahbaz Sharif against PML-Q’s stalwart Shiekh Waqas Akram. In the first phase of the deal, a most dangerous man has been released from prison and received huge welcome in PML-N governed Punjab. Earlier a most dangerous man enjoyed Punjab government’s financial assistance ever since the Sharif’s came to power in 2008 and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed the disbursement.
    The future election strategy of PML-N in Punjab and it’s alliance with Sipah-e-Sahaba is a worrisome development.

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