Intelligence agencies asked to monitor Malik Ishaq

Published: July 15, 2011
Officials say Ishaq had helped agencies in nabbing other terror suspects. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Officials say Ishaq had helped agencies in nabbing other terror suspects. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE


A circular sent by Special Branch of Punjab police, and obtained by The Express Tribune, has asked ‘agencies’ to closely monitor activities of Malik Muhammad Ishaq.

The circular titled “Malik Muhammad Ishaq – mastermind of attack on Sri Lankan team released” outlines the history of cases registered against Ishaq and says that since he has been involved in similar cases in the past, it is imperative to keep an eye on him.

After discussing his profile, the circular recommends that a ‘close scrutiny of the bailed suspect, who was released today (Thursday) from Kot Lakhpat Jail after being in captivity since 1997, is needed.’

‘Less likely to get into trouble’

Tariq Ilyas Kyani, an officer at the Lahore police CIA department, says he is not worried. “Terrorist activities did not stop even when [Ishaq] was in captivity,” he said.

Kyani added that Ishaq is now a ‘public figure,’ and therefore unlikely to get into trouble.

He added that circulars, such as the one released  in Ishaq’s case, are only distributed in high profile suspect cases and are sent to the Inter Services Intelligence and other intelligence agencies that then monitor the person’s activities.

‘Helped’ intelligence agencies

A high ranking intelligence official speaking on the condition of anonymity said that Ishaq had helped intelligence agencies in the past.

Later, when he started to think of himself as ‘too powerful,’ the agencies broke off ties with him, the official said.

Ishaq also provided vital information regarding the network of Aqeel alias Dr Usman, the alleged mastermind of the GHQ attack who is currently in custody, the official added.

Left LeJ, joined ASWJ

Ishaq was received upon release by chief of Millat-e-Islamia (MeI) / Ahle  Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) Maulana Muhammad Ludhianvi.

“Ishaq has now joined MeI/ASWJ and revoked his membership of LeJ,” said the MeI/ASWJ spokesperson Shamsur Rehman Mavia.

“He was therefore received by the ASWJ chief today, who gave the security bond money and the guarantee that Ishaq will now continue his struggle for Islam using peaceful means,” Mavia said.

The Punjab government has been given the same guarantee, he said, adding that Ishaq is now headed home in Rahim Yar Khan.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jul 15, 2011 - 11:23AM

    Pakistan needs to change the laws for trying the terrorists, the scum of the earth.Every terrorist arrested has been released. If you do not have the guts to investigate, prosecute and punish these beasts then stop wasting time and money of the country on chasing and arresting them


  • faraz
    Jul 15, 2011 - 2:11PM

    When terrorists attacked GHQ and took hostages, he was flown in from the jail in a helicopter to negotiate with the terrorists! It’s unbelievable that this sectarian mullah enjoyed rides in army helicopters; Corps commanders would be jealous of him.


  • Imran
    Jul 15, 2011 - 5:53PM

    Another dubious decision by the Supreme Court!


  • Jul 16, 2011 - 12:02AM

    Malik a man of golden thoughts,
    every muslem wants to see his shots,
    the world know him only the only malik ishaaq.


  • Dallas Ali
    Jul 23, 2011 - 6:21AM

    @Imtiaz ul haq ch:
    Golden thoughts!! Yes only if you love Devil.


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