Ishaq`s release: Pak`s Shias ask for strict action
Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2011, 20:25
Lahore: Pakistan's minority Shia community on Monday described the release Malik Ishaq, chief of banned terror group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, from prison as a "risk to peace" and sought strict action against those openly supporting him.

The Jamea al-Muntazar, a leading Shia organisation, said in a statement that the whole community strongly condemns the release of Ishaq, whom it described as a "callous terrorist" involved in the murder of several innocent citizens and wanted in terrorism cases.

It said that the government of Punjab province, instead of keeping behind bars a "cruel person who has ruined scores of households", had released Ishaq despite his "confessions" and other "established evidence".

The statement said Special Superintendent of Police Ashraf Marth was killed by the LeJ for exposing before media the crimes of Ishaq, who had been given capital punishment on eight counts by the Lahore High Court.

Urging authorities to take notice of the "sensitive issue", the Jamea al-Muntazar asked them to order strict action against elements who were openly supporting Ishaq.


First Published: Monday, July 18, 2011, 20:25

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