Banned outfit leader dead in Pakistan police encounter
KABUL (Pajhwok): The head of the banned sectarian outfit Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, Malik Ishaq, his two sons Usman and Haq Nawaz, and 11 others were killed in an overnight exchange of fire with police in the Punjab province in Pakistan, media reports said on Wednesday.
Ishaq and his sons were arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department a week ago, the Dawn.com reported. Following their arrest, police interrogated them and subsequently took them to Shahwala in Muzaffargarh district to help recover weapons and explosives.
The encounter ostensibly took place after the militants attacked security forces and tried to free Ishaq, who was killed in the ensuing exchange of fire, security sources told the newspaper.
A spokesman for Multan CTD, said Ishaq, his two sons, one Ghulam Rasool Shah and two other accused, all from Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, were taken to Muzaffargarh to aid in the recovery of arms and explosives.
The spokesman added when the police party was returning after making the recovery, it was attacked by some 12 to 15 gunmen, who succeeded in freeing Ishaq, his sons and the other accused and fleeing away on motorcycles.
The militants were met with by SHO CTD police station who had quickly been informed about the attack on the police party and was travelling on the route that the militants had taken, the spokesman said, adding that that’s how the encounter ensued.
The SHO challenged the militants, resulting in the encounter in which six police personnel sustained injuries, the spokesman said. They were shifted to the district headquarters hospital. The spokesman added that 14 militants, including Ishaq and Ghulam Rasool Shah, were killed by the attackers themselves.
A large amount of weapons and ammunition was recovered from the attacking men and an investigation has been initiated into the events.
All bodies were shifted to the main hospital in Muzaffargarh. The bodies of Ishaq and his sons will undergo a postmortem before being taken to Rahim Yar Khan, where they were based.
Lashkar-i-Jhangvi is regarded as the most extremist Sunni terror group in Pakistan accused of killing hundreds of Shias after its emergence in the early 1990s. The organisation is also said to have links with Al-Qaeda.
The organisation was outlawed more than a decade ago by former president Pervez Musharraf. Ishaq, leader of the feared outfit, had been implicated in dozens of cases, mostly murder.
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