Malik Ishaq held for two more weeks in murder case

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Thursday, 25 December 2014

The leader of a banned sectarian terrorist group who was set to walk free from jail is being held for two more weeks in a murder case, officials said Thursday.

Malik Ishaq, the former head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) & Vice President of banned terrorist Sipah-e-Sahaba aka Ahle-Sunnat Wal Jamaat, which are dedicated to killing Shias, was to be released on Thursday after the Punjab provincial government withdrew a request to extend his detention under public order laws.

But he has now been detained in a murder case, a police official said, and is being held in the central city of Multan.

The news of Ishaq comes with the country ramping up its anti-terror strategy after an attack on an army-run school this month killed 150 people, spurring the country to set up military courts and drop its moratorium on capital punishment in terror cases.

“Ishaq was sent to jail on judicial remand until January 6 by an anti-terrorist court on Wednesday and he will be produced before the court again on January 7,” Ghulam Mohiuddin told AFP.

LeJ has claimed responsibility for numerous bloody attacks, including two bombings targeting Shias in Quetta in 2013 that killed a total of nearly 200 people.

Punjab Home Minister Shujah Khanzada also confirmed Ishaq’s arrest and said the government had decided not to release Ishaq, who is still facing several cases, because of recent security tensions.

“The government has arrested him again… on the basis of new cases registered against him,” he said.

Khanzada did not give details on the nature of the new cases.

In the past, Pakistani came to know of electoral adjustments and local-level alliances between the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s party PMLN and the takfiris in Punjab province. Rana Sanaullah was replaced as minister after massacre of Sunni Bralevi supporters of Sunni leader Tahir ul Qadri. Like Sanaullah, his successor as Minister Rana Mashood too was a close ally of banned Sipah-e-Sahaba.

Now, civil society members have tweeted a photo of federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan with Ahmed Ludhianvi. That means that PMLN’s federal government and provincial government of largest populated province Punjab both continue their alliance with Ludhianvi, the architect of ongoing takfiri terrorists co-abetted by Malik Ishaq.

Pakistani nation believes that terrorism in Pakistan could not be surmounted as long as PMLN’s pro-takfiri high-profile figures in the federal and provincial governments continue their marriage of convenience with the takfiri ringleaders such as Ludhianvi and Malik Ishaq.

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