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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.

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