LAHORE: Leader of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Malik Ishaq has been sent on 14-day judicial remand to Kot Lakhpat jail. He had earlier been arrested by law enforcement agencies from Lahore airport on his return from Saudi Arabia.
Ishaq had been 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.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Model Town Malik Awais confirmed that he had been sent on remand. A case had been registered against Ishaq on August 9 after he had given a “provocative speech to spread hatred” during a Khatm-e-Nabuwwat rally near Lahore. The case had been registered under Article 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 3 of the Amplifier Act.
Prisoners on remand are normally sent to the Camp jail, but Ishaq was sent to Kot Lakhpat as he is a high profile prisoner.
Sources say that because these offences are bailable, police have already obtained warrants in another case to keep Ishaq detained.
According to the 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 a majority of the deceased belonging to the Shia community.
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