RAWALPINDI: Malik Ishaq exculpated

An anti-terrorist court exculpated Malik Ishaq, chief of proscribed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) militant group, in three cases relating to terrorism, on Thursday.

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The lawsuit had been registered opposed to Ishaq at police stations in Attock, Hazro and Talagang and he was also previously arrested over charges relating hate-speech and inflaming violence.

Possessing faced charges relating to killing of more than 100 people, most of them Shia Muslims, and the attempt on the Sri Lankan cricket squad in March 2009, Ishaq has spent about 15 years in Pakistani jails.

He was Initially a member of Sipah-I-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), a banned Sunni extremist group, but after dissociated himself from it for his alleged ‘violent policies’ and formed his own rig.

The United States included Ishaq to its tilt of most wanted international terrorists along with keeping the LJ on a list of international terrorist organizations, in Feb 2014.

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