Malik Ishaq made vice president of banned ASWJ

Published: September 18, 2012

Ludhianvi says he has convinced Ishaq to give up his weapons. PHOTO: NNI/FILE

LAHORE: Malik Ishaq, founder of banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has been given the position of vice president within the banned religious party Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ).

A statement issued by the ASWJ, read that differences had erupted between the Chairperson Ahmed Ali Ludhianvi and Malik Ishaq on organisational matters within the ASWJ. However, intervention by senior ASWJ members such as Abdul Hafeez Makki helped resolve the matter.

ASWJ added in the statement that the party will never be allowed to break up in to factions, and it will follow the teachings and mission of Haq Nawaz Jhangvi. Jhangvi’s Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was the militant arm of the banned sectarian outfit Sipah Sahaba Pakistan.

Maulana Ahmed Ali Ludhianvi, Chairperson of ASWJ Pakistan, told The Express Tribune, that the differences were organisational in nature and have now been resolved.

Ludhianivi also hinted at a change in ASWJ and Ishaq’s policy. Referring to Rehman Malik’s usual exhortations to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan to throw away weapons as prerequisites for talks, “I have made Ishaq throw away his weapons, I deserve praise for this,” the ASWJ chief said, demanding that the Interior Ministry should now talk with the deweaponised Ishaq.

Earlier in September, Malik wrote a letter to the chief secretary Punjab and warned him that if the provincial government fails to arrest Ishaq, the Federal Investigation Agency would do so.

Ludhianvi, who’s banned ASWJ had been formed by remnants of SSP said that since Ishaq was now part of the ASWJ office, he was bound to follow the organisation’s policy. ASWJ has claimed it can help curb sectarian violence in the country.

Since Ishaq’s release in 2011, after spending more than a decade in Jail, Ludhianvi and other clerics like Tahir Ashrafi, have insisted that Ishaq should be integrated in mainstream religious parties claiming he has now been deradicalised.

Ishaq was recently released after being arrested at the Lahore airport in a case of provocative speech. Another FIR for provocative speech under 295-A was filed against Ishaq during Ramazan in Chiniot, in which he was charged with provocative speech under 295-A.  However, a Lahore court granted him bail.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Mirza
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:43PM

    “ASWJ added in the statement that the party will never be allowed to break up in to factions, and it will follow the teachings and mission of Haq Nawaz Jhangvi.”
    I thought that as a Muslim we have to follow the teachings and mission of our prophet PBUH! I guess I was wrong all my life.Recommend

  • Noor
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:49PM

    The media and the government are making a mockery of the term “banned”. Such projection and coverage to banned organizations is what corrodes the writ of the state.Recommend

  • Enlightened
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:52PM

    Malik Ishaq deserves to be the President of this peaceful organisation and all charges should be dropped against him. He should be allowed to negotiate with TTP on behalf of the Govt, who would lay arms to join the main stream. Recommend

  • Abbas Ahmad
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:53PM

    Malik Ishaq has always been a stubborn and a notorious man. It was Riaz Basra who was the prime founder of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi not Malik Ishaq. Malik was junior to him. Secondly its incorrectly stated in this article that ASWJ is a banned organziation, its not. Some months ago there were reports in media bout banning ASWJ but later it proved to be rumors and Rehman Malik categorically denied declaring of ASWJ as a banned organization.

    If Ludhianvi is right and Ishaq has dropped the weapons and he has been radicalized then its a really joyful news. Unfortunately the facts are contrary to this assertion as LeJ is active in doing what its suppose to do Recommend

  • Umer Zia
    Sep 18, 2012 - 11:20PM

    How can we have peace if a terrorist like him who has himself confessed dozens of sectarian killigs is allowed to roam freely??


  • Jat
    Sep 18, 2012 - 11:51PM

    Hafeez Saeed as undertaker Prime Minister and Malik Ishaq as undertaker Deputy Prime Minister. All problems will be sorted and buried.


  • Adil
    Sep 19, 2012 - 12:06AM

    Ishaqe has been de-radicalised?

    Even if we give him the benefit of doubt, his indisputable criminal past still disqualifies him from roaming freely in a civilized society.


  • Hassan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 12:11AM

    point taken @Mirza:


  • Javed sahibzada
    Sep 19, 2012 - 12:40AM

    God will eliminate them, by his Mighty,Mighty.


  • Iftikhar Khan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 12:41AM

    These guys are beyond repair


  • sabi
    Sep 19, 2012 - 2:22AM

    An old wine in a new bottle.Thanks Pakistan you rock!!


  • Cautious
    Sep 19, 2012 - 4:59AM

    And you wonder why nobody outside of Pakistan takes you seriously when you say your fighting terrorism?


  • Salman
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:35AM

    They are all power hungry animals and my religion “ISLAM” has got nothing to do with it.


  • Hasan
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:57AM

    At least the farce of SSP and LeJ being unconnected is not there any more!


  • Abdullah
    Sep 19, 2012 - 12:48PM

    May Allah help them continue with the mission of safeguarding the honor of companions of the Prophet (P.B.U.H)Recommend

  • Desi
    Sep 19, 2012 - 4:11PM

    May Allah help them continue with the mission of safeguarding the honor of companions of the Prophet (P.B.U.H)


  • Mubeen
    Sep 19, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Shameful statement..
    “it will follow the teachings and mission of Haq Nawaz Jhangvi”

    If they are Muslims they should follow the teachings of “Muhammad (saww) not Jhngvi teachings.

    What was the teaching of Jhngvi ?? to kill the innocent Muslims??Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:01PM

    Watch Haq Nawaz Jhangvi’s speeches’ videos on youtube (once the ban is lifted) to know what was his peaceful mission


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