Warding off trouble: Punjab extends LeJ leaders’ detention for 60 days

Published: October 26, 2011
The move is aimed at keeping ‘troublemakers’ away. PHOTO: NNI/FILE

The move is aimed at keeping ‘troublemakers’ away. PHOTO: NNI/FILE

LAHORE: In an effort to preempt sectarian strife in the province, the Punjab government has extended the detention period of leaders of banned outfit Lashkar-e- Jhangvi (LeJ), Malik Ishaq and Ghulam Rasool Shah, for another 60 days.

The extension orders, issued by the Punjab Home Department, follow law enforcement and intelligence agencies’ reports which warn of sectarian violence in the province if the leaders are released.

Ishaq and Shah have been imprisoned in Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar, since September 22 and 25 respectively, under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance, sources familiar with the matter told The Express Tribune.

Orders for the extension, effective October 25, were issued on the request and recommendations of the respective district coordination officers as well as police officials.

Ishaq, the former operational chief of LeJ, was allegedly involved in 44 cases, in which 70 people, mostly belonging to the Shia community, were killed.

In jail since 1997, and a key suspect in the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009, Ishaq was released on bail by the apex court on July 14 after the prosecution failed to prove his involvement in the attack.

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

Meanwhile Shah, who is a co-accused in some terrorism cases registered against Ishaq, had been in a Bahawalnagar jail since the last week of September 2011 under the MPO.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 26th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • csmann
    Oct 25, 2011 - 11:56AM

    look at the coward;he is all smiles with so much blood on his hands


  • Zaki Shah
    Oct 25, 2011 - 12:09PM

    His detention should be extended for at least 6000 days for killing so many innocent people.
    Maulvis like him and corrupt patwaris are the real enemy of Pakistan.
    If we detain these extremist maulvis and corrupt patwaris, Pakistan can be a great nation.


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 25, 2011 - 12:10PM

    Why not for 60,000 days ??????


  • Sirat-ul-mustaqeem
    Oct 25, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Police should first arrest and hang all those who dis respect Sahaba R.A and Umm-ul-Momineen Hazrat Ayesha R.A then talk of Malik Ishaq. There can not be peace if even a single person in Pakistan tries to disrespect the Holy Personalities. Ask them to go in their private rooms and do whatever they want but not in public. Recommend

  • Oct 25, 2011 - 12:58PM

    Our Police should encounter him, He is killer and sponsor of banned organisation. I must say this kind of people have no rights to live with human. This kind of People must have in Zoo with Peg.


  • Raza
    Oct 25, 2011 - 1:28PM

    Hang him !!


  • Mufti
    Oct 25, 2011 - 1:39PM

    All these bearded baboons must be caged in a zoo.


  • bhai
    Oct 25, 2011 - 1:46PM



  • FJ
    Oct 25, 2011 - 2:08PM

    Keep this filthy rat inside the prison sewerage!


  • FJ
    Oct 25, 2011 - 2:08PM



  • Q
    Oct 25, 2011 - 2:32PM

    Hang him!!


  • aakash
    Oct 25, 2011 - 3:00PM

    He is a killer of so many innocent people and must be burried alive to make him example for other killers.
    but i believe people like him should not be burried instead they should be thrown in sea by cutting them in pieces.
    They are those who defame our perfect religion (ISLAM)


  • Nadim
    Oct 25, 2011 - 3:25PM

    Kill him


  • Parvez
    Oct 25, 2011 - 4:02PM

    These three are the poster-boys of religious extremism and intolerance. This being the prime enemy of the state of Pakistan today and yet the powers that control are mollycoddling this lot. Why???


  • Khalid Jami
    Oct 25, 2011 - 4:11PM

    I wish he was in Abbottabad on 2nd May 2011.


  • human
    Oct 25, 2011 - 6:26PM

    These guys are contract killers, they have one agenda, use Islam to kill people, as this is the only way in Pakistan to save their own skin. The are also the worst enemies of Islam as they have been preaching hattered while Islam urges muslim to preach humanity.


  • X.J.
    Oct 26, 2011 - 1:11AM



  • Bashir
    Oct 26, 2011 - 12:40PM

    Stone him to death!! ‘Fasad fil arz’ is the biggest sin.


  • Oct 29, 2011 - 1:57PM

    These guys have external assistance and may be indirect help from western agencies to incite Sunni/Shia strife in Pakistan.


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