LeJ leader Malik Ishaq detained in Rahim Yar Khan jail

Published: February 22, 2013

A photo of Malik Ishaq addressing a press conference on February 22

MULTAN / BAHALWALPUR: Top leader of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Malik Ishaq was detained for one month on Friday, Express News reported.

Ishaq was earlier detained in his house, however since the Quetta bombing that killed 89 people on February 16, the police have  detained him in the Rahim Yar Khan district jail.

Those killed in the attack mostly included members of the Hazara Shia community. The LeJ claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Before being detained, Ishaq held a press conference and declared the Quetta bombing a government failure.

Denying any role in the terror attack, Ishaq said every time the Shia community is attacked, LeJ is wrongly blamed.

Four FIRs were registered against the LeJ leader during the last three months alone in the district of Khanewal.

Earlier this week another senior LeJ leader Ghulam Rasool was detained in Gujranwala by local police.

Both these detentions have come in the aftermath of the Quetta bombings, particularly after demands for military operations in the province were publicly made.

Last week, Interior Minister Rehman Malik requested the Punjab government to act decisively against the LeJ so that terrorist attacks on Pakistan’s Shia minorities could be prevented in the future.

ASWJ, LeJ protests

The Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), which had been protesting in Karachi over the recent targeted attacks against their members, raids at their affiliated offices in Quetta as well as detention of some members in Punjab, gained impetus when two more of their colleagues were gunned down in Karachi on Friday.

The ASWJ protesting at Nagan Chowrangi in the city after mid-day prayers, however, after news of the murder of their colleagues reached the demonstrators, protests also erupted at Qaidabad, Lasbela and Sohrab Goth. The protesters also blocked traffic.

ASWJ spokesperson Maulana Saeed Akbar Farooqi though told The Express Tribune that the protests were peaceful, and all members of the ASWJ have been directed to maintain decorum and not force businesses to close.

Meanwhile, protests by the LeJ and the ASWJ were reported from different parts of the country, including Quetta.

Reader Comments (40)

  • Troll-face
    Feb 22, 2013 - 7:05PM

    And the drama begins.

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  • Babloo
    Feb 22, 2013 - 7:40PM

    Jewels.

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  • Syed
    Feb 22, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Look at the picture. Noor ki baarish ho rahi hai.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 22, 2013 - 8:12PM

    @syed,
    Ameen.

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  • Ali hazara
    Feb 22, 2013 - 8:12PM

    He required protective custody of our LEAs at this moment

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  • Free
    Feb 22, 2013 - 8:22PM

    Faces of Evil & Terror

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  • Kanwal
    Feb 22, 2013 - 8:43PM

    protective custody anyone?

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  • Saif
    Feb 22, 2013 - 8:58PM

    Claims responsibility for bombing, then says LeJ wrongly blamed. Genius logic.

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  • Imran
    Feb 22, 2013 - 9:01PM

    I don’t understand how can LeJ first accepts and their leader rejects their involvement behind the attack? I mean who actually accepted the responsibility in the first place?

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 22, 2013 - 9:04PM

    Wish he makes an attempt to escape resulting in some serious action from the law enforcement agencies or security forces.

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  • Adnan
    Feb 22, 2013 - 9:11PM

    @Free:
    They are, but they are also weapon for few to win the elections. So they will continue to receive VIP treatment and spread terror. They are not only shame for the country but also shame for the our religion which they think they own.

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  • Feb 22, 2013 - 10:33PM

    this all is because of khumani all sunni’s must unite to save sunni state pakistan from terror and irani plus u.s involvement.Recommend

  • In the name of love (what more)
    Feb 22, 2013 - 10:37PM

    detaining may not be enuf…govt. must secretly eliminate them…

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  • cautious
    Feb 22, 2013 - 10:45PM

    @Imran

    I don’t understand how can LeJ first
    accepts and their leader rejects their
    involvement behind the attack?

    The rest of the World doesn’t understand how an acknowledged leader of an organization labeled as Terrorist by the United Nation walks around freely and is only in jail for a limited period of time because he turned himself in.

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  • shafiq chughtai
    Feb 22, 2013 - 10:52PM

    @shah:
    what a pathetic argument

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  • Pakistani27
    Feb 22, 2013 - 10:53PM

    LOOK at them! I cannot believe we let these barbaric animals butcher our beautiful Pakistan :( We must as a society put our foot down and have zero tolerance against these lunatics.

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  • aley
    Feb 22, 2013 - 11:08PM

    Please read carefully he is “detained” yet not arrested.

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  • Time to Ponder
    Feb 22, 2013 - 11:21PM

    @ Syed sir hope you not taking about Lolywood actress Noor – lighter part, no politics nothing to offend

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  • Butt
    Feb 22, 2013 - 11:42PM

    Don’t they look like innocent babies.

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  • ahmad
    Feb 22, 2013 - 11:44PM

    we [ Pakistani ] have no control over them

    its SAUDIA vs IRAN war in Pakistan and Middle East

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  • Pakistani
    Feb 23, 2013 - 12:13AM

    even there faces have phitkaar!

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  • expaki
    Feb 23, 2013 - 12:36AM

    @Pakistani27: who wrote “these barbaric animals butchers” Bhai Sahib, butchers do have feelings, while these BUTCHERS in Picture should be given same medication they give to innocent people.

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  • Feb 23, 2013 - 1:31AM

    @Raj – USA:

    Unfortunately, if he did attempt to escape (not that he will or need to), the law enforcement authorities would probably look the other way.

    http://dawn.com/2013/02/22/lj-leader-malik-ishaq-arrested-in-rahim-yar-khan/

    Human rights organisations have accused the army and its intelligence agencies of maintaining links with Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.

    The allegations stem from the army using Ishaq for negotiating with the terrorists who had attacked the military headquarters in October 2009. Ishaq’s subsequent release from jail was sceptically seen as a deal. The escape of LJ’s operational commander in Balochistan, Usman Saifullah Kurd, in 2008 from a detention facility in the military Cantonment in Quetta has also raised questions.

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  • Feb 23, 2013 - 1:58AM

    extremists are at both sides.

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Feb 23, 2013 - 2:10AM

    @ahmad:

    Honestly, It is Saudia and USA with local partners like the ones in picture who is creating all the mischief in Pakistan and around the middle east. I don’t see any evidence that Iran competes when it comes to causing mayhem and mischief.

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  • Super sequel
    Feb 23, 2013 - 2:36AM

    @bigsaf:
    It’s not that the establishment supports him but the fact that the prosecution don’t have a strong case against him.

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  • Khawar Butt
    Feb 23, 2013 - 2:38AM

    Time to detain Malik Rehman as well. They can be good cell mates.

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  • Gen pasha retd
    Feb 23, 2013 - 2:41AM

    Will we give him a free villa in abbotabad

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  • Malik
    Feb 23, 2013 - 2:47AM

    bunch of idiots …

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  • sabi
    Feb 23, 2013 - 3:03AM

    Their faces are enough proof that they are criminals.what proofs our judicary need more.

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  • Hasan
    Feb 23, 2013 - 3:29AM

    Its a shame that in our country we allow such extremists and banned organisation to stage protests.
    Pakistan should act seriously and eliminate all elements of extremist ideology preachers and those who have been involved in spreading hatred against the minorities. (If the Govt. wants proof, there are a number of videos on youtube where one can clearly witness the level of hate speech against Shia minorities.
    I hope this time the responsible depts. demonstrate responsibility and loyalty towards Pakistani’s by hanging this man!

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  • Pak
    Feb 23, 2013 - 3:58AM

    @Syed:
    Lol.. I hope this was a Sarcasm.
    Because the way I see . it is only PHITKAAR !!

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  • Awais
    Feb 23, 2013 - 8:47AM

    I don’t understand why they are considering leJ is behind this attach?
    Every person know that the foreign countries are involved in this attack because of Gawadar Issue.

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    If Government keep arresting and killing of innocent people it may give rise to hatting and may be the shia vs sunni fight began at last.

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    so we have to understand the scenario and have to correct our self before it too late

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  • eric
    Feb 23, 2013 - 9:05AM

    The weakness of state and masses mindset is exploited by these individuals and groups. Everyone living in Pakistan be it Sunni or Shia or any XYZ must understand that our interests are optimized if an only if Pakistan survives.

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  • Feb 23, 2013 - 10:06AM

    How sweet, how innocent, how unsuspecting. Pakistan’s strategic assets with evil writ all over their faces. They kill innocent people without the least compunction. Salams

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  • myda umair
    Feb 23, 2013 - 1:22PM

    just look at their faces..how can we allow these people to decide the future of our country.i hope they suffer like all the families of those killed are suffering. why are they killing innocent people.? are they better muslims than any body else?who gives them the right to kill people?whats with claiming responsibility of killing people.government(if honest) should kick them out or as previously somebody said, secretly eliminate them..

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  • Feb 23, 2013 - 3:03PM

    Read the link and you will understand the chaos in Balochistan and the shia killing. Lej are funded from foreign countries. You can guess which countries.

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  • Rehan
    Feb 23, 2013 - 6:14PM

    I wonder who created them in the first place… LOL

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  • Critics
    Feb 25, 2013 - 2:59AM

    @shah:
    Iran phobia!!! Why are you so afraid of Iran? Can’t you protect your faith and belief from Iran? Shame on you. You have a separate country and Iran is a separate country with history longer than you. Don’t worry about Iran. Iran is Iran neither shia nor sunni!

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  • Critics
    Feb 25, 2013 - 3:08AM

    @Awais:
    Wake up! No body blamed Lej. They themselves claim killing innocent Pakistanis. So it is not blame, every one is sure about Lej crimes!!!

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