Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s head Malik Ishaq arrested


Pakistan, on Thursday, arrested the head of a banned extremist group accused of inciting sectarian hatred and masterminding an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, police said.
Malik Ishaq, leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi which is said to have links to Al-Qaeda, was arrested in the eastern city of Lahore after his return from a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar said.
“I can confirm his arrest,” she said, adding 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.
c, regarded as Pakistan’s fiercest extremist group, was banned more than a decade ago by former president Pervez Musharraf.
It is accused of killing hundreds of minority Shiite Muslims after its emergence in the early 1990s.
Ishaq was arrested in 1997 and is implicated in dozens of cases, mostly murder. He was released on bail in July last year after serving a jail term of nearly 14 years.
Since his release, he had been frequently put under house arrest as his sermons raised sectarian tensions, officials said.
Ishaq was also accused of masterminding, from behind bars, the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, which wounded seven players and an assistant coach, and killed eight Pakistanis.
The attacks saw Pakistan stripped of its right to co-host last year’s cricket World Cup.


  1. Why was he not just released from prison but even allowed to travel abroad to meet his saudi masters in the first place?? And I am sure he will be released again tomorrow. People like him and Hafiz Saeed should be in solitary confinement not walking the streets freely preaching hate!

  2. Attacking Sri Lankan team made him highly paid terrorist, They were not Shiite? All this attacking Shia to start sectarian killings. He is doing is for money and in the process has become tool for foreign agencies who are against Pakistan.

    He should be tried and punished ASAP to set example!

  3. srilakan team attack,kamra base attack,china k logon par attack ahle tashi per attack aur mulk ko sirf. 10000 dashatgardon k rehm wa karam pat chorna. kia hum apna watan pakistan turne ka intizar kar rahe hain.??????

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