Malik Ishaq detained at Lahore airport

Published: August 30, 2012
Head of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had been released from jail in July 2011 on bail. PHOTO: NNI/FILE

Head of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had been released from jail in July 2011 on bail. PHOTO: NNI/FILE

LAHORE: The Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) have detained Malik Ishaq, the leader of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), from Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore on Thursday on his return from Saudi Arabia after performing Umra, The Express Tribune has learnt.

According to Punjab police and Punjab public prosecution department’s record, Ishaq is involved in more than 40 cases in which 70 people had been killed with majority of the deceased belonging to the Shia community.

He was released from Kot Lakhpat jail on July 14, 2011 after 14 years of imprisonment when the Supreme Court (SC) granted him bail in the case involving a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.

Ishaq was then detained in Rahim Yar Khan jail for 10 days under the Maintenance of Public Order Act. The detention was extended for 60 days on October 25.

Reuters reported a statement from police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar “I can confirm his arrest.” She added that Ishaq will be produced in a local court on Friday.

Police had registered a case against him after his “provocative speech to spread sectarian hatred” at a religious gathering in Lahore earlier this month, police official Liaquat Ali said.

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  • Asif
    Aug 30, 2012 - 8:24PM

    There shouldn’t be a witch hunt against militants from one sect only,there should be an across the board action against all religious militants,no matter which sect they belong to.That is what is required urgently in pakistan.


  • Hopeful
    Aug 30, 2012 - 8:54PM

    If only target killers took out people like him.


  • Syed
    Aug 30, 2012 - 8:57PM

    This monster is a ruthless killer. He has killed hundreds if not thousands of innocent shia pakistanis. the killings have intensified since his release from the jail. Everyone I mean everyone knows he has killed so many yet he is out roaming free and even went to his boss in Saudi Arabia. Does no one fear God in Pakistan?????


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 30, 2012 - 8:57PM

    How he left Pakistan? A clear security negligence and people responsible should be punished severely.


    Aug 30, 2012 - 9:02PM

    How was he even allowed to leave the country while on bail? That too for being accused of murder? wowwww!!


  • some-one-concerned
    Aug 30, 2012 - 9:08PM

    Dear Judges , justice should be seen done.
    After all some one is killing the innocent minorities.
    Are you only strong enough to nab the army and politicans and let go the terrorists ?


  • poleturtle
    Aug 30, 2012 - 9:17PM

    They will let him go in a jiffy. These people are too powerful for the Pakistanis!!


  • Pani wali Garhi
    Aug 30, 2012 - 9:22PM

    SSP and LeJ are face to face, before Malik Ishaq left for Umra, there were news of cross firing between both groups. Moulana Laudhanvi is looking forward to launch a political campaign in Jhang city for NA seat, where there is huge conflict of interest in both wings. Youtube is evident of their sectarian hate speeches, and apparently they feel no need to hide their feeling on that regard. In any reasonable society such elements should live shame lives, while in God’s own land, they compete for National Assembly seats.


  • Jaideep Gupta
    Aug 30, 2012 - 9:23PM

    the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) leader Maliq Ishaq may visit to saudi Arabia annually for Umra but does he think that simply killing innocent people he will get the blessing of Allah.I hope after taking him to custody pakistani administration would not show any leniency.He is a die hard criminal.


  • yellow
    Aug 30, 2012 - 9:32PM

    If the courts have granted him bail, why was he arrested?
    If there are arrest warrants for him, then how could he get past security while flying out to Saudi Arabia in the first place ?

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Aug 30, 2012 - 9:35PM

    Are Saudis for real .. ?

    How on earth would they grant this man the visa with so much blood on his hands.. with his venom spitting against shias and minorities..

    Mind boggling stuff ..


  • Freedom Seeker
    Aug 30, 2012 - 9:49PM

    Punjab government arrested him to provide state security. As a lot of sectarian killing is happening in country so its needed to provide state security to a strategic asset. He can run all of his mission while sitting in safe government guest house. After few months they will release him on bail.


  • Syed
    Aug 30, 2012 - 9:52PM

    @Asif, all militants are not LeJ but all LeJ are militants, no? Not pointing any fingers but seems like most militants belong to the same sect.


  • Syed
    Aug 30, 2012 - 9:52PM

    Good comments Asif. Unfortunately all the militants belong to the wahabi taliban school of thought.

    tell me the leader of a shia militant group. is there such a group? if there is one, must be really incompetent.


  • Max
    Aug 30, 2012 - 10:01PM

    Though we may all not agree with him, but faisal raza abidi is right about one thing: how can the government stop the killings if the judges let all the captured criminals walk free!


  • Anonymous
    Aug 30, 2012 - 10:02PM

    Only in Pakistan a murderer of 70 innocent Shias can freely travel internationally & detained for few minutes so as he does not have to stand to wait for his shopping done in Saudi Arabia at the conveyor belt.Recommend

  • abs
    Aug 30, 2012 - 10:13PM

    He should be hanged in Minar-e-Pakistan ground for him being a beast. His visit to Saudia was not for Umra but to get funds from his boses ruling Arabia these days for killing more pple in the name of sectarian hatered :(


  • Aug 30, 2012 - 10:30PM


    This is not a witch hunt, Malik Ishaq is a known notorious murderer and instigator.

    The reality is 95% of terrorism related cases, including sectarianism, are carried by extremist militants. It is not 2 equal sides, as there are many and mostly militants drawn from the majority, than the minority.

    Yes, there is an urgency to round up these militants instead of protecting them. Recommend

  • Ammar
    Aug 30, 2012 - 10:31PM

    This man should be thrown behind bars for life. But it’s likely, with the CJ and the police’s help, he’ll roam free soon enough.


  • Hasan
    Aug 30, 2012 - 10:33PM

    His Lordship Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa let Malik Ishaq go free due to “insufficient evidence” provided by Punjab government which, incidentally, is headed by his brother Mr. Nasir Saeed Khosa, Chief Secretary.


  • Trojan
    Aug 30, 2012 - 10:51PM

    The fact that a ruthless terrorist like Malik Ishtiaq got free goes to show the credibility of CJ Iftikhar Choudhry.


  • gp65
    Aug 30, 2012 - 11:08PM

    @Asif: “There shouldn’t be a witch hunt against militants from one sect only,there should be an across the board action against all religious militants,no matter which sect they belong to”

    Action against any militant group responsible for sctarian target killing cannot be described as a ‘witch-hunt’.
    Please provide names of Hindu, Christian, Ahmadi and Shia groups that specifically arget Sunnis. This information will provide the government to be even handed in it approach to terror.

  • Iftikhar Khan
    Aug 30, 2012 - 11:08PM

    @Haris Chaudhry:
    “Are Saudis for real .. ?
    How on earth would they grant this man the visa with so much blood on his hands.. “

    He got the visa because they are his mentors!!


  • A J Khan
    Aug 30, 2012 - 11:19PM

    So he was released by the Supreme Court to continue the murders.Till the time we have devil’s advocates, these devils will continue to bleed the society. Down with so called “RULE OF LAW” .


  • Logic europe
    Aug 30, 2012 - 11:24PM

    Sayaan mora kotwal. ab dar kahe ka
    With the supreme court behind extreemist ,they fear nobody


  • pakistani
    Aug 30, 2012 - 11:25PM

    @Haris Chaudhry: err because he is one their payroll, like most other hate mongers who have been brainwashed by the Saudis to ensure that Pakistanis remain their ideological slaves. Our leaders are blinded by incompetence and greed for Saudi favors to speak out.


  • gp65
    Aug 30, 2012 - 11:26PM

    For those Pakistanis feeling frustrated at the courts settingthis manfree due to ‘lack of evidence’, please note that is exactly how Indians feel about HAfiz Saeed roaming free.

    The judiciary and prosecution blame each other but problems are at multiple levels:
    1. Witness protection act does not exist and given the ability of extremists to pick their targets at will, frequently witnesses are unwilling to come forward.
    2. Judiciary uses inconsistent definitions for what is admissible as evidence. When the DunyaTV anchors/Malik Riaz scandal occurrred, the CJ took notice of an anonymously uploaded You tube video. Yet you-tube videos uploaded by LeJ and LeJ supporters , LeT and LeT supporters do not meet the standard of evidence the CJ needs. even in Lal Masjid case, all the TV footage showing how the security forces were being attacked is completely ignored.
    3. Judges are afraid to give judgment against cold bllooded killers due to the sympathy they have in civil society. The case of judge who sentenced Qadri is proof.
    4. Radicalisation is not restricted to simply illiterate villagers. Lawyers threw rose petals on Qadri and Lahore Bar’s stance on Shezaan juice is well known.
    5. Judges themselves do not keep their religious prejudices out while deciding cases as was seen in the case of Rinkle kumar’s forcedconversion case.Recommend

  • Iftikhar Khan
    Aug 30, 2012 - 11:34PM

    Don’t degrade the sect, these killers are not worthy of being called humans let alone belonging to some sect in Islam, they are out there under different names but all have the same hate and barbaric ideology. If not stopped now they are going to come after you and me as well.

    Read this

    and this

    and this


  • Iftikhar Khan
    Aug 30, 2012 - 11:40PM

    Folks write letters to supreme court and ISPR to give them strenght to carry out justice without fear and bring peace to the society

    [email protected]

    Letters in large numbers will make a difference.


  • Parvez
    Aug 31, 2012 - 12:07AM

    The people who think they are pulling Ishaq’s strings do not realise that they are tied to the strings and in fact Ishaq is pulling them. When you play with fire you are sure to get burnt.


  • Syed
    Aug 31, 2012 - 12:14AM

    Iftikhan Khan, thanks for sharing Parvez Hoodboy’s article.


  • FJ
    Aug 31, 2012 - 12:21AM

    I do not understand why head of LeJ is not on exit list and roaming around freely when the same organisation accepted many times the killing of hundreds of Shia. Why don’t anybody do anything abut it? Is it possible that Al Qaeda accepted the responsibility of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden was roaming round freely, een going for Umra. My God, why isnt anyone saying anything about it???????


  • Patriot
    Aug 31, 2012 - 12:33AM

    This barbarian used to sit in court & openly threaten judges who incidentally have always been scared to death of these enemies of Pakistan. I doubt much will come of this as his ‘protectors’ have detained him. The CJ himself authorized the release of 80+ militants on his visit to Karachi jail, so no hopes from him either. Weak investigations by Police, insufficient security to judges, death threats that are acted upon by militants (unlike Rahman Malik’s impotent ones) and Federal and provincial Govts lacking political will & competence are the root causes of this cancer spreading. With all the security they have inside Pakistan (unlike the common man) and most of their substantial wealth abroad, why should the monkeys running the show at any and all levels take on these enemies of the State?


  • Saleem
    Aug 31, 2012 - 1:34AM

    Did he go to saudi for a refresher course in terrorism?! saudi arabia provides the ideology and money for worldwide terrorism.


  • Amitabh Bachchan
    Aug 31, 2012 - 1:59AM

    India is sponsoring these terrorists in Pak and thats why they keep crying against them so no one doubt their funding and support.


  • Aslam Butt
    Aug 31, 2012 - 2:02AM

    I have come to a conclusion that the elephant in the room is Saudi Arabia (a country named after a family!) They don’t think of us Pakistanis as worthy human beings and have used their money to completely destroy our society via this hate ideology, it is our job to keep them away from influencing us.


  • Asad Shah
    Aug 31, 2012 - 2:14AM

    Good step by pml-n. At least they arrested this militant. Now lets see what our judicial system do with him.


  • Humanity
    Aug 31, 2012 - 2:28AM

    This is the age in which iblis is granted permission to visit the House of God and Admadi Muslims are persecuted and pushed outside the pale of Islam …

    The decay and deprecation of the “Muslim” world was predicted and is being played out for every one to witness and reckon with. Of course every one, who is not deaf, dumb, and blind and does not have his/her heart sealed with bigotry and hatred ..


  • Khan
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:05AM

    Thanks Allah for his arrest, as I feel some relief. He is responsible for the death of so many Muslims(Our Shia brothers) in many parts of Pak. Death to Saudi for supporting such axis of evil.

    Yaa Allah help innocent from ruthless killers like this.


  • Dr.sunny
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:51AM

    Musharaf was at least more powerful than these sectarian violators.Musharaf zinda bad!Pakistan Zindabad!!


  • Vikram
    Aug 31, 2012 - 4:12AM

    @Jaideep Gupta:
    According to Islam every Muslim will go to heaven. You can do bad things and repent. If you convert to Islam all sinns you committed before conversion will be forgiiven. I don’t know if Hiltler knew that.


  • Zaki Shah
    Aug 31, 2012 - 11:53AM

    now the CJ will release him.


  • Aug 31, 2012 - 11:56AM

    our law enforcement egencies and espacially chaudhry ifthikhar hussain is involvved because he has killed thousand of innocent pakistani and shia but again he was released on baill …….shame on this law and agencies
    of pakistan


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