High Court: Lashkar-i-Jhangvi leaders Malik Ishaq & aide detention extended for a month

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Monday, 19 December 2011

Lashkar-i-Jhangvi leaders Malik IshaqA review board of the Lahore High Court (LHC), has extended the detention of chief of outlawed armed terrorist outfit Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Malik Ishaq and Ghulam Rasool Shah, for one more month, describing their release as a threat to peace.

According to the Shiite News Correspondent, The board, comprising Justices Nasir Saeed Sheikh, Manzoor Ahmed Malik and Sheikh Ahmed Farooq,
announced the order after hearing the detained men in in-camera proceedings. Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar DPOs produced Malik Ishaq and Ghulam Rasool Shah. They were brought to the court in an armoured vehicle.

Both the DPOs requested the court to extend the detention as their release could result in a law and order ‘situation’. They said when terrorist Malik Ishaq was released on bail he started violent and provocative activities. The Rahim Yar Khan DPO said that although Ishaq’s name was on a ‘watch list’ under the Fourth Schedule of the anti terrorism law. As such he was required to keep law enforcement agencies informed about his movement, he did not do so.

After the hearing, the court issued an order extending the detention of the two men.

Ishaq, accused in 44 cases involving 70 killings, has been acquitted in 34 cases and granted bail in 10.

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.

The Punjab government approached the SC for cancellation of bail but the plea was dismissed.

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.

Shah, described by police as a close aide of Malik Ishaq, involved in the attack on Shiites in Ali Pur, Muzaffargarh.

According to the Punjab Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance 1960, the Home Department can detain a person for three months if they could create a law and order situation if released. According to Section 5 of the ordinance, no person can be detained for a period exceeding three months unless a judicial board has reviewed the case and concluded that there is sufficient cause for such detention to continue.


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