LeJ chief Malik Ishaq killed in Muzaffargarh police encounter

Published: July 29, 2015
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MUZAFFARGARH: Chief of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Maliq Ishaq along with 13 militants were killed in Muzaffargarh on Wednesday during a shootout after gunmen attacked a police convoy and freed him as he was being moved, police said.

According to initial information, LeJ chief Malik Ishaq along with his two sons were being taken by counter terrorism department (CTD) officials to a town of Muzaffargarh where they had seized an arms cache to identify men they had detained on suspicion of being members of Ishaq’s group.

As the police convoy returned in the early hours of Wednesday, a group of men on motorcycles ambushed them near Shahwala Jungle in a bid to release Ishaq. Fourteen suspected militants, including the LeJ chief, were killed in the ensuing gun battle.

Ishaq’s two sons, Usman and Haq Nawaz, Ghulam Rasool of the LeJ and his two sons were also killed. Further, CTD Punjab said six members of the anti-terrorism force (ATF) were also injured in the encounter.

Read: Malik Ishaq held for two more weeks in murder case

“Twelve to 15 terrorists attacked the police party… freed the accused and fled away on motorcycles,” a police spokesperson, Nabila Ghazanfar, quoted a policemen in the area as saying in a message. Police further along the road attacked the gunmen as they were fleeing, killing Ishaq, his two sons, and 11 others, Ghazanfar cited the policemen as saying in his message.

Ishaq’s postmortem is currently underway at District Headquarters Hospital, Muzaffargarh. The bodies of the dead and the injured officials were shifted to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital in Muzaffargarh. All gates of the hospital were sealed soon after.

Read: Anti-terror court acquits Malik Ishaq of hate speech

“Ten of the 14 militants killed in the encounter belonged to al Qaeda,” a CTD spokesperson told Express News. Further, he said they are seeking NADRA’s help in identifying the deceased.

Ishaq was on a US list of global terrorists and the group he founded has claimed responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of civilians. He has faced several murder trials but always been acquitted after witnesses refused to testify against him.

He was arrested again on Saturday, under a Maintenance of Public Order act, along with his two sons.

Ishaq’s supporters protest in Rahim Yar Khan

Soon after news of the LeJ chief’s death broke, his followers took to the streets of Rahim Yar Khan and attacked police vans.

A demonstration is also reportedly taking place outside Ishaq’s Rahim Yar Khan residence. Further, reports suggest demonstrations are also gathering momentum in Dera Ghazi Khan and Bahwalpur.

In the wake of this, Punjab police has increased security across the province. Further, all processions and gatherings of the Shia community have been requested to be minimised or temporarily suspended for security reasons.

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  • Abdullah
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:01AM

    Something is wrong with this incident….Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:04AM

    This man was held responsible for countless sectarianism terrorism cases and for destroying the peace of the country in the name of faith. His end will not be mourned.Recommend

  • Asok
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:07AM

    Sincere congratulations to ATF!Recommend

  • Anon
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:09AM

    Very very good. Unfortunately this is how Pakistan’s system works but known terrorist killers like him can be encountered if you know what I mean.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:09AM

    Outstanding efforts by police department. All such heads of banned outfits should be treated in a similar way. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:09AM

    Bad deeds always result in bad consequences.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:13AM

    Great news. Great planning and execution by Pakistan Army. Looks like Pakistan’s army also (along with India, USA and others) does not trust Pakistan’s judiciary and took actions on its own to eliminate the terrorists and their sons.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:22AM

    I am glad the evil is gone but story being told is little weird.Recommend

  • Aalia
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:27AM

    There could be no more good news .Recommend

  • Omer
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:28AM

    When the deep state makes a U Turn!!!Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:31AM

    Phew. Dear Politicians. Don’t take Military establishment easy this time. They are as serious as it is . Good work.Recommend

  • Enam Butt
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:36AM

    Great work by Punjab Police! They deserve medals and bonuses as they got rid of the evil that took away many innocent lives. Thank you, Punjab Police. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:40AM

    Great News of 2015 for All Pakistanis !
    Allah Ka Shukar !Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:53AM

    Let’s get one thing straight.There was no encounter..these guys were executed.These guys had proven ties to LeJ so I am glad they were killed.Recommend

  • Iron hand
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:54AM

    Joyous news!! I’m passing out sweets!Recommend

  • Kool
    Jul 29, 2015 - 8:59AM

    God is nice!Recommend

  • Allah Ditta
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:03AM

    Thanks God! so he must be in the arms of of seventy two beautiful. Ha Ha Ha——-Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:08AM

    There it goes! those who don’t know the lnguage of law meet their fate somehow.This is the beginning of the end of the so called assets.Recommend

  • MAD
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:10AM

    While i may not mind this too much it does smack of a fake encounter. So much for rule of law.Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:10AM

    What alternative is there if judges keep them setting free.Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:13AM

    This is bigger than atom bomb test! Way to Roshan Pakistan.Recommend

  • Taha Syed
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:14AM

    News of the Day!! Well Done PoliceRecommend

  • Zalam Singh
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:14AM

    Punjab Police – 1 Haters (Terrorists) – 0Recommend

  • Najam
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:14AM

    This should happen long ago. Well done PoliceRecommend

  • ZAK
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:15AM

    Salute to COAS General Raheel Sharif you saved Pakistan we love youRecommend

  • Party
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:20AM

    Stupid sympathizers !!! Don’t call him “Shaheed”Recommend

  • Fawad khan
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:23AM

    Sounds like an extra judicial killing to me. I do not know why our police is incompetent enough not to be able to arrest the person and provide enough evidences to the judiciary to get the culprit convicted. Political interference in police seems to be one main reason for it. Recommend

  • sambeg
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:33AM

    good riddance Recommend

  • pakistani
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:37AM

    they are not leaving anyone behind to take revangeRecommend

  • Abdul Rahim
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:42AM

    Where are the commentators or seeking place to hide. the mindset of these terrorists need to be checked and their controllers, source of funding and hidden figures supporting these activities..public punishment for stopping them is all time required.Recommend

  • Faisal Awan
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:47AM

    its state terrorism, Now their will be avenged from the innocent Shias. Why he was released by court first. Atleast they should have been put to military courts. Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:49AM

    The encounter, fake or real, I am okay with the news. Relaxed, infact!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:02AM

    A monster who lived by guns died by guns. Good riddance.Recommend

  • Chaudhry
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:03AM

    Such plotted incidents would not result in sustainable peace, the State should listen to the grievances and act accordingly.. Actions against all elements promoting hatred and provocation both need to be takenRecommend

  • Liberal
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:07AM

    ET kindly correct the spelling of ‘Chief’ in the headline.Recommend

  • Zunaib
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:09AM

    Good riddance !!!!Recommend

  • PERVAIZ
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:09AM

    Is apex committee now active in Punjab ???? Recommend

  • None
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:14AM

    Well Done JobRecommend

  • Khan Gul
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:21AM

    Good news for Pakistan and best news for Hazarahs of Quetta.Recommend

  • one word
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:22AM

    “encounter”Recommend

  • Minhaj
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:29AM

    @Fawad khan:
    Keep living in a fantasy world. Wake up bro, its 2015.Recommend

  • Zuhair
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:40AM

    good riddanceRecommend

  • Punjabi
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:42AM

    Great work done by Punjab Police really appreciate their service for this great cause. Recommend

  • jami
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:42AM

    Alhamdulillah.Recommend

  • Bashir
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:46AM

    “Khass Kam Jahan Pak” . The deceased was a good friend of Rana Sanaullah, the law minister of Punjab. My sympathies with RanaRecommend

  • Point
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:47AM

    Hope india will also take similar action against shev sina. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:49AM

    Thank God! At least some good news. Way to go Pakistan!Recommend

  • Uncle
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:56AM

    Lets pray for those who departed. انا للہ و انا الیہ راجعونRecommend

  • asif
    Jul 29, 2015 - 11:06AM

    Good way to stop Indian interference in Pakistan. Thumbs up!Recommend

  • Ridwan
    Jul 29, 2015 - 11:09AM

    Clearly a staged encounter, but then again, I’m not sure the Pakistani courts would have delivered justice anyway. Recommend

  • Farhan
    Jul 29, 2015 - 11:20AM

    Excellent news. Hoping for more like this InshAllah Recommend

  • Point
    Jul 29, 2015 - 11:22AM

    meanwhile india makes a person worse than this extremist a Prime minister. If this guy was in India he would have been defense minister by now. This is the criteria of BJP Recommend

  • Maz
    Jul 29, 2015 - 11:25AM

    Well done Punjab especially Punjab Police. I request many commenters who tried to give credit to other agencies; please don’t take their credit away from them. It was purely a Punjab Police operation.They deserve congratulations from entire nation. Keep it up.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 29, 2015 - 11:37AM

    What a great news to begin your day ….. Nature’s justice Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jul 29, 2015 - 11:57AM

    He has served his purpose and had to go. Next in line of elimination will be Lakhvi followed by Hafiz Saeed, sent to the arms of their maker with thanks for services rendered. How and when to be decided by the protectors of national interests, before any beans can be spilled.Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jul 29, 2015 - 12:00PM

    Fantastic news and good to know that it was the result of the Muzaffargarh police doing their job well. All other sectarian pests like him should be hunted with prejudice.Recommend

  • Zuhair
    Jul 29, 2015 - 12:01PM

    also please spare a thought for the soul of Mr Rana Sanaullah Recommend

  • shabib raza
    Jul 29, 2015 - 12:02PM

    Dear Ranasanaullah,

    Condolence to you

    Dear Pakistanis,
    Mubarak Mubarak Mubarak. May we will get blessed like these news in future.Recommend

  • Xnain
    Jul 29, 2015 - 12:02PM

    @PERVAIZ:
    They need to enforce themselves only in Karachi. Punjab has been very proactive so far. Thats why its an outlier on terror incidents on National Charts. Recommend

  • Tiger
    Jul 29, 2015 - 12:03PM

    Well done police. I recommend Nishan e Imtiaz and Sitara-e Jurat to all police officers and staff involved in this operation.Recommend

  • ZAK
    Jul 29, 2015 - 12:04PM

    As you sow so shall you reap.

    It is story of Punjab Police bravery.Recommend

  • Ali Raza
    Jul 29, 2015 - 12:29PM

    May be this news is too good to be true that I am not believing it – but if this really happened and he is indeed no more – this is a moment of independence for the mankind. ET – can you please arrange the pictures of his dead body too.

    Thanks.Recommend

  • Annon
    Jul 29, 2015 - 12:42PM

    Its one of the best things that have happened to this country,
    i hope every such person is executed one way or another who has
    destroyed and have taken part in destroying the image and peace
    of this country. Recommend

  • Zubair
    Jul 29, 2015 - 1:07PM

    Awesome. Cleanup going on from Karachi to Khyber! Recommend

  • Khurram S
    Jul 29, 2015 - 1:16PM

    Condemn this extra judicial killing of Malik Ishaq. People of my beloved country should understand that certain bad people are not the enemy but actually Hate is the enemy. We should root out hate so that no one founds a sectarian organization. Only then we will prosper.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Jul 29, 2015 - 1:21PM

    Not enough, I want to see all those big guns in Punjab who were guilty of supporting him also sent to the same destination like this evil Malik Mullah Ishaq and preferably in the same fashion.Recommend

  • Wowowow
    Jul 29, 2015 - 1:40PM

    To whoever killed him. THANK YOU!Recommend

  • Muslim
    Jul 29, 2015 - 2:03PM

    This is a fake police encounter. These all were in jails since 3 years. Police release them and open fires. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 29, 2015 - 2:15PM

    When our criminal justice system is broken beyond imminent repair………justice has a way of prevailing.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Jul 29, 2015 - 2:18PM

    Whether it is a staged killing or genuine encounter what ever happened is good. Killing few shooter is not going to work, real need is to eliminate top leadership of terrorists. Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Jul 29, 2015 - 2:25PM

    To all the terrorists across the country: ABI TO PARTY SHURU HUI HE.. Recommend

  • SKChadha
    Jul 29, 2015 - 2:27PM

    An appreciable action of NACTA.Recommend

  • hamdani
    Jul 29, 2015 - 2:47PM

    Good riddance. Since judiciary is incapable of bringing such criminals to justice. Other such menace wrecking murderers should meet the same fate in the same manner.Recommend

  • Ptolemy
    Jul 29, 2015 - 3:49PM

    Finally the justice has been done. Good work! Looks like now it’s the turn of the South Punjab for operation clean up. Thank you Gen. Raheel.Recommend

  • Whiskey Khan
    Jul 29, 2015 - 3:54PM

    Today I will say a prayer of thanks, which I hadn’t done for so long. The situation deserves it. Pakistan police ZindabadRecommend

  • Whiskey Khan
    Jul 29, 2015 - 3:57PM

    @Muslim:
    Either way such people don’t deserve to live, Hats off to the officer who shot these terrorist.Recommend

  • Muhammad Yahya
    Jul 29, 2015 - 4:15PM

    Salute to one Great personality of Islam Malik Ishaq. Heart is bleeding. May ALLAH rest your soul in peace.Recommend

  • bigsaf
    Jul 29, 2015 - 7:21PM

    Joyous day. Don’t believe it was a staged encounter. For decades he’s been moved around without incident by police.

    This time 14 militants linked to Al Qaeda (sad that Ishaq was never locked up for Al Qaeda ties all these years despite everyone knowing it and not considered it treason) decided to stop the usual moving around and were killed in a fire fight where police were injured. Too many to stage or risk fleeing. Credit should go to the CTD, ATF, police despite being escorts, they did their job and did not let them flee and not other agencies people suggest here. Recommend

  • Asok
    Jul 29, 2015 - 7:50PM

    @Abdullah, imho, in our part of the world, all police encounter killings are suspect.

    Nevertheless, I am not shedding any tears for this guy.Recommend

  • Muhammad Irfan
    Jul 29, 2015 - 7:51PM

    I am quite sure this is extra judicial killing but he really deserves that and our judicial system is not competent enough to sentence such criminalsRecommend

  • Tamur
    Jul 29, 2015 - 9:55PM

    Well-DoneRecommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Jul 29, 2015 - 10:52PM

    @Raj – USA:
    We also don’t trust and care about Indian judiciary too. :) Recommend

  • msh
    Jul 29, 2015 - 11:07PM

    Right or wrong the biggest of the terrorist is killed.Nation should take breath of fresh air. Credit goes to Shebaz Sharif and and Punjab police.Recommend

  • K.A.Noorani
    Jul 30, 2015 - 1:12AM

    It seems more like a “kaam khatam admi khatam” game played by the state and it is not gonna make any difference. After malik there is ludhiyanvi and farooqi and many more to be used and trashed. Remember, rehman dakait was succeeded by uzair baloch in Lyari and things got worse.Recommend

  • Abbas K
    Jul 30, 2015 - 1:14AM

    @Point:

    I am an Indian Muslim and do not care much for the hate filled rhetoric and bigotry of Shiv Sena. But if you think that Shiv Sena is the same as LeJ, then you are living in a fantasy world. Pakistanis need to accept the horrible reality of their own nation and the completely un-Islamic values that they as a nation have adopted and tolerated in the name of Islam.

    Monsters like Mailk Ishaq have thrived in Pakistan because their followers have falsely believed that what they do is also common place and they are “defending” Islam. People like you who equate their actions with Shiv Sena are supporting their false beliefs.

    Wake up my Pakistani brothers and sisters. Uniformly condemn these and ALL murderers. No action on the part of anyone else in the world can justify what Pakistanis such as Ishaq and millions of his kind in pakistan are doing to each other and to the rest of the world. Recommend

  • Aamir
    Jul 30, 2015 - 1:51AM

    @Faisal Awan:
    You really think that if Supreme Court had sentenced him to death then after his hanging according to the law, poor Shias would not pay the price? No matter how he was dealt with, the wrath would have fallen on Shias.Recommend

  • Irfan Zone
    Jul 30, 2015 - 2:55AM

    Well Done to all who were involved. Police, ATF, ISI, etc etc Just don’t stop and keep the momentum as many more are hiding …. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Jul 30, 2015 - 4:59AM

    @Muhammad Yahya: May yours, too, RIP.Recommend

  • curious
    Jul 30, 2015 - 9:55AM

    Wish you guys had done this encounter of zia and musharraf and puppets of big brother who are the cause of the birth of these terrorist groups. But no. if you do that big brother will be coming after you. Only Some of you will get it what i said. Rest are just media worshippers Who have just peanuts in their heads as per saying of great scholar imran hosain. Search for this name’s videos. Recommend

  • curious
    Jul 31, 2015 - 9:45AM

    Seeing all the comments i would say big brother is very successful changing minds of muslims as well using so called free media. Recommend

  • sami
    Aug 1, 2015 - 5:34PM

    Congratulation Pakistan Army and Anti Terrorist Force.Recommend

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