LeJ chief Malik Ishaq jailed for 30 days

Published: September 28, 2011

Ishaq was earlier placed under house arrest for 10 days; police shift him to jail in Rahim Yar Khan. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

LAHORE: Founder of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Malik Ishaq was shifted late Tuesday night to a Rahim Yar Khan jail after being under house arrest for 10 days.

(Read more: Malik Ishaq – man of violence)

Ishaq has now been detained for more than 30 days to pre-empt sectarian strife, under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO), The Express Tribune has learnt.

According to an  official of the security branch, the detention order was issued by the District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rahim Yar Khan late on Monday but due to the closure of the jail.

The former chief of the banned outfit was allegedly involved in 44 murder cases in which 70 people mostly belong to the Shia community.

He was released on bail from Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore on July 14 in a case regarding the attack on the  Sri Lankan cricket team by the order of the Supreme Court.

Ishaq had been in jail since 1997 for allegedly killing 12 members of Fida Hussain Ghalvi’s family, in addition to being allegedly involved in killing 58 other people in various incidents of sectarian violence. He is one of the founders of the terrorist outfit LeJ, a key suspect in the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.

He was granted bail by the apex court after the prosecution failed to prove his involvement in the case.

Ishaq was acquitted in 34 out of 44 cases while in the remaining 10 he had already been granted bail, official documents revealed.

Intelligence and law enforcement agencies’ reports have revealed that the banned organization’s leader is engaged in highly objectionable activities which may spark sectarian violence in Punjab.

Ubaidullah Usmani, the media coordinator of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) said that the chief of ASWJ Allama Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi has strongly condemned the detention of Malik Ishaq.

Reader Comments (33)

  • Parvez
    Sep 28, 2011 - 1:03PM

    Amazing !!

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  • Jameel Ahmed
    Sep 28, 2011 - 1:24PM

    This has shattered his dream to go to Saudi for performing Umra. It wasn’t his fault if our courts have released clear of charge.

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  • Sajid
    Sep 28, 2011 - 2:04PM

    This man should be hang to dead publicly to finish sectarian violence in Pakistan.

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  • Hassan Farooq
    Sep 28, 2011 - 2:07PM

    According to his statement, he’ll do the same what he has been doing in past. So better get rid of this threat of sectarian violance…..Recommend

  • Beginning to understand
    Sep 28, 2011 - 2:08PM

    He looks to innocent.

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  • SK
    Sep 28, 2011 - 2:14PM

    Once you look at this guy’s face, you immediately start to feel that that he is some mischievious, naughty criminal

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  • FJ
    Sep 28, 2011 - 2:17PM

    He should be hanged!!!! This dirty man should not be allowed to enter a holy place like Kaba!

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  • Saleem
    Sep 28, 2011 - 2:31PM

    Why just 30 days and not 30 years. Good riddance..

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  • Saleem
    Sep 28, 2011 - 2:59PM

    Khus Kum, Jahaan Paak. (Lesser the Dirt, Cleaner the World)

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  • Lee P
    Sep 28, 2011 - 3:01PM

    44 murder cases against him and he was free??

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  • Mudassar.R
    Sep 28, 2011 - 3:08PM

    wow

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  • Geronimo
    Sep 28, 2011 - 3:15PM

    Thats a scary looking person…

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  • umer al kulth
    Sep 28, 2011 - 3:17PM

    sad

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  • waqqas iftikhar
    Sep 28, 2011 - 3:17PM

    @Jameel Ahmed – good….this devil doesnt deserve to desecrate the kaaba with his hate….
    dunno why they cant just encounter the devil.

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  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Sep 28, 2011 - 4:04PM

    30 days in prision, people like him should be given 30 lifetimes!!!!

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  • Zeff
    Sep 28, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Just look at this bearded baboon. Terror reeks out of this ignorant’s face.Recommend

  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 28, 2011 - 4:26PM

    What a satanic appearance that suffuses on his face,he looks like a murderer, when the leader is so ,how the followers will be? Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 28, 2011 - 4:28PM

    30 days after killing 30 ppl?

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  • Sep 28, 2011 - 5:48PM

    How dare Pakistani Govt is to release such a man who is behind the sectarian strife, and after every incident his group openly claim responsibility. This man should be brought to justice as soon as possible and punish him accordingly. If these type of man and groups were not deactivated there will be Lashkars and groups of other sections and Pakistan will face more dangerous situation and consequently the so called forighn hands will take advantage and Pakistan will be more destabilize.

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  • Aamir
    Sep 28, 2011 - 6:22PM

    This guy walks around spouting hatred and killing Pakistanis and noone is to concerned. Maybe folks are too busy preparing for war against America.

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  • Mirza
    Sep 28, 2011 - 8:07PM

    Look at his face and see the future of Pakistan, after PML-N and other rightwing parties come into power. Sharifs and Rana Sana have direct contacts of Jhung terrorists. This is not a secret. No wonder the Punjab govt of Sharif was taking care of his family at govt expense while he was in jail. Sorry to say but with people like him and Qadri as religious leaders the future of Pakistan does not look bright.

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  • MUDASSIR
    Sep 28, 2011 - 8:14PM

    This man should be hang to dead publicly

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  • Ahmad Zaidi
    Sep 28, 2011 - 8:15PM

    A person like him who has such serious convictions and is head of one of the biggest criminal and terrorist must be hanged on streets so that an example could be set for all others people like him. i don’t know what is our CJ doing, he can take an action against PCO judges without noticing a fact he himself is a PCO judge and he can take action against ATIKA ODOH for some lame reasons.

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  • Fouran
    Sep 28, 2011 - 9:02PM

    What a shamefull judicial system is ruling in pakistan. A criminal known for 44 murder case is released to commit more and after few days put under protection. Wawa.
    Congrats to CJP Mr. Iftekhar Choudery for the justice he provided to people who put him in this seat.Recommend

  • Ammar
    Sep 28, 2011 - 9:22PM

    This blockhead should be hanged for spreading sectarian hatred. Everyone has right to practice his belief. Wake up! our justice system, we all have piled up so much praise for you everywhere in media, do something now.Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Sep 28, 2011 - 10:46PM

    Well done Punjab Govt! 30 days?? hahahah

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  • Omar Farooq
    Sep 29, 2011 - 9:59AM

    70 murder cases & only 30 days confinement??? ridiculous !!!!!

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  • kashan
    Sep 29, 2011 - 10:44AM

    70 murders and no punishment. wow

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  • Syed Ali Haider
    Sep 29, 2011 - 11:27AM

    He is a great mujahid who has made it clear that there is no space for rifizi khomeni in this country. May you you accuse him of murders but non have been ever proved just like USA blame muslims for 9/11, a specific group- never been proven as well. Lets free Iran and Iraq from aggressors and agents of filth of ibn-e-maljam and shimar (the khominis).Recommend

  • Truth-seeker
    Sep 29, 2011 - 1:14PM

    He is the son on Abu Jahal

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  • Talal
    Sep 29, 2011 - 4:32PM

    hopefully he’ll get dengue in jail

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  • Sanjay
    Sep 29, 2011 - 6:19PM

    I don’t know? there is also video against that person
    and now he is free Recommend

  • ali-walay
    Sep 29, 2011 - 7:49PM

    Syed Ali Hadier, whose side are you on?

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