Sectarian clashes: LeJ chief Malik Ishaq placed under house arrest

Published: September 22, 2011
A police contingent has been deployed outside Ishaq's house and people have been barred from visiting him.

A police contingent has been deployed outside Ishaq's house and people have been barred from visiting him.


Following a spike in sectarian violence and reservations over his vitriolic sermons against the Shia community, district authorities in Rahim Yar Khan placed Malik Ishaq, leader of the banned organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), under house arrest for 10 days late Thursday night.

Ishaq was detained a day after 29 Shias were killed in Mastung in an attack claimed by the LeJ.

A police contingent has been deployed outside Ishaq’s house and people have been barred from visiting him, district police officer Sohail Chatta said while talking to The Express Tribune.

Government of Punjab has given orders for Ishaq’s house arrest, said District Coordination Officer Rahim Yar Khan, Ahmed Javed Qazi, while talking to The Express Tribune.

Ishaq had received his passport to perform Umrah a few days ago, sources said.

He was released on bail in July after nearly 14 years behind bars over his alleged role in numerous sectarian murders and the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.

(Read: The release of Malik Ishaq)

Ishaq was acquitted in 34 of the 44 cases against him, involving the killing of 70 people, and granted bail in the remaining 10 cases, including the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

However, sectarian tensions resurfaced following his release, prompted by his anti-Shia sermons across the country.

According to an official document prepared by a department working under Punjab government, available with The Express Tribune, Ishaq vowed to continue to kill “the enemies of the Sahaba (Prophet Muhammad PBUH’s companions)” at a seminar on September 4.

“LeJ is not a terrorist outfit. It was set up to ensure proper respect for the companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH),” Ishaq reportedly said.

Earlier, on Sunday, members of Ishaq’s entourage clashed with the Shia community in Muzaffargarh district, resulting in at least two deaths and ten injuries.

Ishaq had been flouting government’s orders by travelling across the province, since he is on an anti-terrorism watch list and is required to request permission before leaving the jurisdiction of his local police station.


Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Kaz
    Sep 22, 2011 - 12:09PM

    *when members of his entourage clashed with a Shia community in Muzaffargarh district, resulting in at least two deaths and ten injuries…*

    there is huge difference between 2 and 26 deaths. This irresponsible newpaper needs to correct its figures and the nonsense government needs to do something more than house arrests and lame warnings this ethnic massacreRecommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Sep 22, 2011 - 12:13PM

    VIOLENCE in Muzaffargarh, ruthless killings /murders in Blauchistan of the Zaireens going to Iran!! This is what happens when you release leader of terrorist organization!!!


  • Tauqir Fatima
    Sep 22, 2011 - 12:23PM

    Alqaeda is not an organization but a network. His organization is part of Alqaeda and this is the guy being blamed for massacre in Mustung yesterday. Disguising on performing Umra and Hajj

  • Sep 22, 2011 - 12:44PM

    police protection? the guy should be left for the dogs. If ever I wanted anyone ‘encountered’ it was the likes of him!


  • Parvez
    Sep 22, 2011 - 12:46PM

    Amazing !!!!!


  • Omar Farooq
    Sep 22, 2011 - 12:48PM

    Fanatics & extremists like Malik Ishaq are defaming Islam & Pakistan.


  • RizwanTKhan
    Sep 22, 2011 - 12:51PM

    How can a man whose looks are even so scary spread the message of peace and harmony i.e. Islam. Allah please forgive us and have mercy on us as we cant do it on our own self.Recommend

  • Shahrukh Omar
    Sep 22, 2011 - 12:51PM

    Mr. Ishaq is the leader and founder of a a known terrorist organisation. He has connections at the highest level to the banned extremist group LeJ that has claimed countless innocent lives over the years. If this is not enough to put this animal behind bars then I don’t know what is.

    This is probably yet another case of decision under stress.Recommend

  • Ahsan Rizvi
    Sep 22, 2011 - 1:13PM

    send him back to prison … lock him up for an indefinite period and throw away the keys


  • R.A
    Sep 22, 2011 - 2:15PM

    House arrest?
    This is unfair and cruel
    Please confine him to a five star hotel



  • Ali
    Sep 22, 2011 - 2:16PM

    He is gift of punjab government, Punjab Government paid stipen to his family, cleared from 100 murder casses or released with dignity, well done. THis is the reward for Malik as he supported PMLN in midterm election in Jhang or Faislabad.

    Why media is not highlighting this.


  • Umar
    Sep 22, 2011 - 2:20PM

    CJ Iftikkhar Ch, Rana Sanaullah, Sharifz zindabad for protecting such killer hatred hero.Recommend

  • Usman
    Sep 22, 2011 - 2:33PM

    Are we even humans where peoplelike these kind of sick mental retards? Who preach hatred?
    Honestly even the educated people fell for this kind of crap. I am unsure how can we say we are humans. We keep on using bad language for u.s and europe but atleast they are humans and we are not even humans. Being muslim is out of questions.
    I hope this hatred finishes up soon and people realize the true message of islam is love and peach.


  • M Baloch
    Sep 22, 2011 - 2:47PM

    So after hate mongering across Sindh & Punjab, Eid killings in Parachinar & Quetta, again killings in Mastung finally he gets police protectionRecommend

  • Hiran
    Sep 22, 2011 - 2:54PM

    And yet the CJ Pakistan would not take suo moto, but will take it for petty cases like alchohal or adultery


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Sep 22, 2011 - 3:31PM

    It is now time for the government to carve a certain area in Pakistan (like KALA PANI) for these types of hate mongers where they can stay and REST IN PEACE. without Amen.


  • MA Shah
    Sep 22, 2011 - 4:53PM

    We need brave judges and police to prosecute these terror masterminds also there need to be some sort of mechanism for the protection of witnesses and families of the victims. Prosecution lawyers need special arrangements as well. Image of Pakistan has been ruined just because of criminals like Ishaq, to call these murderers animals is not fair with animals.Recommend

  • Truth Seeker
    Sep 22, 2011 - 5:36PM

    @Aftab Kenneth Wilson:
    Interesting option for the Government. Can you please suggest any area in Pakistan which can’t be turned into ONE you are proposing.


  • Babloo
    Sep 22, 2011 - 5:40PM

    The police force is there to create a safe , secure and peaceful environment from which he can operate.


  • SaudiRules
    Sep 22, 2011 - 6:34PM

    “Ishaq had recieved his passport to perform Umrah a few days ago.”
    If the government does not have courage to lock him up, cant he be arrested when he travels outside pakistan (Umrah)?Recommend

  • malik
    Sep 22, 2011 - 6:37PM

    Our legal and prosecution system is flawed All terrorist go scot free!!!!
    it is our politicians who are responsible in this regard the democratic set up in our country is flawed as it is dependent on all forms of corruption and in abetting and fostering crime Alas we are a very failed stateRecommend

  • Zeeshan
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:17PM

    House arrest or under the protection of Punjab Govt?? Credit goes to Punjab Govt for Mastung massacre


  • Bangash
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:25PM

    why was this terrorist bailed in the first place ?


  • Ashutosh
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:59PM

    hmmm ..okay … nice records & scores .. well what about the 72 virgins ?


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Sep 22, 2011 - 11:02PM

    @Truth Seeker: FATA is the area which is very big in size. There they will be most welcomed by Archangels Drones. We here are helpless to take a viable action, we all know why???Recommend

  • Truth
    Sep 22, 2011 - 11:50PM

    Police protection, but for how long???Recommend

  • ayesha
    Sep 22, 2011 - 11:53PM

    “there is huge difference between 2 and 26 deaths. This irresponsible newpaper needs to correct its figures”

    The 2 deaths reported are in Muzaffargarh. The 26 you refer to are in Mastung and the newspaper clearly refers to that incident also and mentions that at this time o-one has linked the Mastung massacre to LeJ.

    Please read the article carefully beofe you jump in and label this newspaper as irresponsible.


  • Truth
    Sep 22, 2011 - 11:55PM

    LEADER OF BANNED TERRORIST GROUP! FUNNY indeed! How a banned group leader given freedom at all? Corrupt Punjab government as usual. This is not right. For this reason you will pay back to all the Human Society all around the world.Recommend

  • Ali Mardan
    Sep 23, 2011 - 4:22AM

    Have a look at his dirty face, the nastiest I have ever seen. He should be hanged in public. Punjab Government is now providing him more security at his home just to give him secure place to mastermind some more killings of innocent Shia community. Well done PML(N) you will get more seats in Punjab at the cost of bloodshed of shia community.
    Now this filthy animal is going to perfrom Umrah with his hands red with the blood of innocent people of Pakistan, in fact, he is going to get rewards and orders from his Saudi masters for his brilliant performance…… may God take his senses at his Holy Home (Ameen)


  • Balma
    Sep 23, 2011 - 7:04AM

    How can I donate to his ‘razor fund’? He needs to shave and take a shower.


  • Ali Noor
    Sep 23, 2011 - 8:16AM

    @ali mardan: bro you just made my day :D


  • Mirza
    Sep 23, 2011 - 9:18AM

    @Ali Mardan:
    Wow, it is all true, a very sad truth.
    Thanks and regards,


  • Seher
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Malik Ishaq and people like him should be given death sentence. Why was he even let out of jail in the first place?


  • Saman
    Sep 23, 2011 - 6:43PM

    This man should be treated like a criminal. why is he not being given due punishment by our courts


  • Not a Mountain Rat
    Sep 23, 2011 - 9:56PM

    Its so nice to know that unlikw what’s portrayed in the media,many Pakistanis are very much against extremism.I could find a few ‘nutty’ comments though.I think these are from religious extremists from India’s majority religious community.I don’t think they are doing any other job besides diverting the attention from the main issue, which is of terrorism.

    What does the issue of 72 virgins have to do here?The Hindu scriptures too mention something about Apsaras- the celestial maidens.


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