LAHORE: Malik Ishaq, the former leader of the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has been released from Kot Lakhpat jail, official sources confirmed on Saturday.
On Friday, a review board of the Lahore High Court (LHC) had denied an extension for the detention of Malik Ishaq, for one more month and issued orders for his release. The board said the police had failed to provide concrete evidence of Ishaq’s involvement in terrorist activities.
The Punjab government had requested that the detention, which would end on January 25, be extended for 30 more days saying that his release would be a threat to peace.
Ishaq’s detention had earlier been extended by the review board on December 16 after the DPOs of Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar had said his release could result in a law and order ‘situation’.
The review board asked the government if they had filed any cases against Ishaq if he was a threat to peace, to which they had nothing to show to the court.
Ishaq had prayed that he had the right to be free according to the constitution if there were no more cases against him as he had been awarded bail in the previous ones.
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It is good news to release the innocent Malik Ishaq.
It is good news to release the innocent and peaceful Malik Ishaq.
@John B: Whoever you are, can you not use my ID please.
The board said the police had failed to provide concrete evidence of Ishaq’s involvement in terrorist activities.I don't think that the government couldn't submit even an unsigned piece of paper against the terrorist.. Too much for our independent judiciary.
I am speechless. What can one say about a prosecution system that convicts and sentences an Aasia Bibi to death in a matter of months, and is yet unable to do anything about a self proclaimed killer of dozens even after 14 long years. Both these incidents have, of course, happened in Punjab.
this is democracy and judiciary. Great!
Country was so much better at the time of Musharraf....
This is the reason why we are unable to control terrorism in our country. Shame.
What Now? Will Malik Ishaq join PTI? Most Religious Parties and Groups (including JuD) are all courting Imran. Why not one more?
Is Pakistan an Islamic country or is it a Sunni Islamic country?
This is another reason for an independent Seraiki province.
Hola! shameful democracy and free judiciary.
GOOD NOW MAKE HIM CM OF PUNJAB
We love our independent judiciary. Once again they have proved to be in bed with the extreme rightwing forces no matter how dangerous they are. Cases against the elected govt can be made and people can be brought from overseas to be the star witness but there is never any witnesses and proof against the terrorists. The courts make sure there is prosecution of their choice against the govt but not in case of Asia, M. Mai or Abbottabad. Only Mush could see the judiciary on merit and he gave them the treatment they deserved. That is why there are no cases in the high judiciary against him. The judiciary can do no wrong as long as they are against the elected govt and working for rightwing.