Malik Ishaq released from Kot Lakhpat prison

Published: January 21, 2012
Ishaq, accused in 44 cases involving 70 killings, has been acquitted in 34 cases and granted bail in 10. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Ishaq, accused in 44 cases involving 70 killings, has been acquitted in 34 cases and granted bail in 10. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

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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Reader Comments (19)

  • Bilal
    Jan 21, 2012 - 11:02PM


    Aasia Bibi remains in jail for the crime of not being a Muslim in this country while he is unleashed to kill more innocent people.

    where is this country going.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jan 22, 2012 - 12:15AM

    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.


  • ishaq
    Jan 22, 2012 - 12:19AM



  • mazak
    Jan 22, 2012 - 1:34AM

    Hola! shameful democracy and free judiciary.


  • zahid
    Jan 22, 2012 - 2:38AM

    The killer of governer Salman Taseer (late) is not punished yet. Bhatti’s killers are still unarrested. The culprits of Mukhtara Mai have been released. What is role of judiciary in our pakistan. What Supreme Court and High Courts are doing these days?
    Releasing all terrorists on pretext of no evidance and stand against the NRO. Recommend

  • John B
    Jan 22, 2012 - 5:33AM

    This is another reason for an independent Seraiki province.


  • RajX
    Jan 22, 2012 - 5:55AM

    Is Pakistan an Islamic country or is it a Sunni Islamic country?


  • shahzadah
    Jan 22, 2012 - 7:35AM

    Where are two terrorists, who were caught red-handed by worshippers at Ahmadiyya Mosque in Model Town Lahore on 28 May 2010? They killed dozens of innocent people, were handed over to Police. It has been over 1 and half year, what proceeding against them has been done so far?

  • Akthar
    Jan 22, 2012 - 7:53AM

    What Now? Will Malik Ishaq join PTI? Most Religious Parties and Groups (including JuD) are all courting Imran. Why not one more?


  • Siddique
    Jan 22, 2012 - 8:17AM

    Supreme Court just turns a blind eye to cases like this and would love to take sue motto action on something which which will bring media attention and settle scores. You can find witness and reason to punish everyone when you want… from Bhutto to Asia Bibi….We are surely doomed in this judiciary system.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 22, 2012 - 8:29AM

    This is the reason why we are unable to control terrorism in our country. Shame.


  • Ali
    Jan 22, 2012 - 9:44AM

    this is democracy and judiciary. Great!

    Country was so much better at the time of Musharraf….


  • observer
    Jan 22, 2012 - 9:49AM

    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.


  • lalai
    Jan 22, 2012 - 10:12AM

    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.


  • Ali Hamza Khan
    Jan 22, 2012 - 11:36AM

    So this is how justice is served to people.Pathetic and abominable.Recommend

  • Hakeem
    Jan 22, 2012 - 12:43PM

    Some friends became overangry. If you have any evidence against Malik Ishaq, contact the related departments, do not attack the country and Judiciary.Recommend

  • John B
    Jan 22, 2012 - 1:39PM

    @John B:
    Whoever you are, can you not use my ID please.


  • 12th Imam from Iraq
    Jan 27, 2012 - 2:33PM


    It is good news to release the innocent and peaceful Malik Ishaq.


  • 12th Imam from Iraq
    Jan 27, 2012 - 2:35PM


    It is good news to release the innocent Malik Ishaq.


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