[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Pakistan arrests head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi

Malik Ishaq, leader of banned group which claimed responsibilty for recent bombing in Quetta, detained for one month.
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2013 16:43
Ishaq's arrest comes less than a week after LeJ claimed responsibility for the deadly Quetta attack [Reuters]

Malik Ishaq, leader of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group (LeJ), has been arrested by authorities in central Pakistan.

Ishaq surrendered on Friday in front of media in his home in the city of Rahim Yar Khan.

Ishaq's arrest comes less than a week after the armed group, banned since 2001, claimed responsibility for a market bombing that killed more than 80 Shias in Balochistan province.

Ashfaq Gujar, a senior police officer, said Ishaq, had been arrested on government orders and sent to a high-security jail, where he would be detained for one month under a pre-emptive law.

Ishaq was imprisoned for 14 years on charges, never proven, of killing Shias. He was released in July 2011.

He was briefly detained last year following attacks against Shias.

LeJ has targeted the Hazara ethnic minority in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, for several years.

134

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.