Pakistani Sunni extremist leader freed from jail
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||11 September 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Pakistani Sunni extremist leader freed from jail, 11 September 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5060408121.html [accessed 6 October 2015]|
September 11, 2012
Lashkar-e Jhangvi leader Malik Ishaq waves to supporters in Lahore on July 14. AFP
Pakistan has released the head of a banned Sunni extremist group after a court granted him bail.
Lawyer Arif Mehmood Rana said that Malik Ishaq, the leader of the Lashkar-e Jhangvi organization, was freed from a prison in the eastern city of Lahore.
Ishaq was detained over a August 19 speech in the wake of a rise in sectarian violence between majority Sunni and minority Shi'ite Muslims.
Ishaq has been implicated in dozens of murder cases.
He is also accused of masterminding a 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, which wounded some players and killed eight Pakistanis.
Lashkar-e Jhangvi, which is said to have Al-Qaeda links, is regarded as the most extreme Sunni militant group in Pakistan.
It is accused of killing hundreds of Shi'a.
Based on reporting by AFP and BBC