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.