JNN 24 Dec 2014 LAHORE: The leader of a banned sectarian Terrorist Group, Malik Ishaq is set to walk free from jail, officials said Tuesday, even as the government considers “radical changes” to tackle militancy & Terrorism after a Taliban school massacre.
Malik Ishaq, the head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which is dedicated to killing Shiite Muslims, is expected to be released on Thursday after the Punjab provincial government withdrew a request to extend his detention under public order laws.
The announcement comes less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to eradicate the “cancer” of sectarianism and will add to concerns about the effectiveness of the government response.
LeJ has claimed responsibility for numerous bloody Terrorist attacks, including two bombings targeting Shiites in the southwestern city of Quetta in 2013 that killed a total of nearly 200 Shia Community Members .
It should also be noted that the proclaimed Offender Malik Ishaq , has Candidly and Even on Media has accepted the Killing of Dozens of Shia Men and has even said that he ll continue to do so , but even then he could not be convicted by the Judiciary , as per the Prevailing Judicial system , weak Prosecution , and in the absence of strong Judicial system , in which Terrorist and Criminals are usually can easily find loopholes and their Lawyers taking advantage of these Loopholes help them in getting rid of any type of Punishment , and they are mostly escorted free , as he is being acquitted from a Number of cases , and still heads a Banned Terrorist Organisation , which has openly claimed the responsibility of a Number of terrorist attacks , and still working , even Banned by the Government of Pakistan and Internationally .
A senior legal official told AFP that the decision not to seek an extension of Ishaq’s detention was made by a three-judge review panel at Lahore High Court on Monday.
Ishaq was named as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” by the US State Department earlier this year. An anti-terror court in May cleared him of inciting violence and of making speeches which fomented hate but he was held under maintenance of public order laws.
Pakistan has ramped up its anti-terror strategy since the December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar which killed 149 people, 133 of them children.
Six convicts have been hanged after Sharif lifted a moratorium on executions in terror cases, and the military has stepped up operations against insurgent bases in the tribal northwest.
Officials said Monday that Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks.
An official in Sharif’s office said Tuesday the prime minister had cleared his diary to focus on the terror response in meetings with ministers, legal advisers and military top brass.
“(He) will give the whole day to security and radical changes/reforms which are being considered,” the official said.
The consultations come a week after heavily armed gunmen stormed the school in Pakistan’s deadliest ever terror attack, claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan as revenge for the attacks by the Pakistan Armed forces on their Hide Outs in the North Waziristan , FATA .
Sharif hinted the military operation could be extended against “the enemy who is hidden in our cities and villages”, in a statement issued late on Monday.
“Terrorism and sectarianism is like a cancer for Pakistan and now is high time we got rid of this menace,” he said in the statement.
Sectarian violence, mainly targeting Shiites who make up around 20% of the population, has been on the rise in recent years.
But it is relatively rare for a Politician to address the issue specifically by name in such frank terms.
Explosives Recovered from a Seminary Run Under Lal Masjid Mulla Abdul Aziz
RAJANPUR: Explosives were found from a seminary (madressah) in Rajanpur during a police raid on Tuesday, Media reported.
The law enforcers said the madressah was run by Lal Masjid (Lal Mosque) cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz.
Police detained the custodian of the seminary – named Abdullah – and registered a case against him.
Police launched a raid in the seminary on a tip-off regarding suspicious activities.
It may be noted here that large number of civil society members staged a protest demonstration against Maulana Aziz outside Lal Masjid for cleric’s refusal to condemn the Taliban attack on Peshawar that claimed lives of at least 132 children.
In addition, Mutahidda Qaumi Movement has also got registered a FIR in Karachi against Maulana Aziz for his life threats to MQM chief Altaf Hussain through a video message.