Malik Ishaq, the co-founder of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) sectarian extremist group, was ready to formally join Da’ish just days before he was killed in a police encounter in southern Punjab, security agencies in July this year discovered.
A local newspaper reported that Ishaq was to become the chief of IS in Pakistan.
“Some material such as flags and pamphlets showing allegiance to Da’ish was confiscated from them [LeJ supporters],” a security official told local media.
Malik Ishaq was killed on July 29 along with 13 others including his two sons in a firefight when his loyalists attacked a police convoy in Muzaffargarh. He was accused of being behind sectarian killings and attacks.
Before, there were reports that the LeJ chief was in contact with Da’ish but the extent of his involvement with the ultra-extremist group has never been told before.