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Lashkar-i-Jhangvi chief Malik Ishaq. – File Photo
Lashkar-i-Jhangvi chief Malik Ishaq. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The United States on Thursday designated Malik Ishaq, the chief of proscribed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) militant group of Pakistan, in its list of most wanted international terrorists.

“The Department of State has designated Malik Ishaq as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224,” said a statement issued by the US State Department.

The US government also decided to keep his outfit on the international terrorist organisation list.

“In addition to Ishaq’s designation, the Department of State has also reviewed and maintained the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of LJ in accordance with Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended,” said the statement.

The statement said that Ishaq has claimed responsibility of his role in various terrorist activities that killed more than 100 Pakistani civilians mainly Shia Muslims.

“More recently, in February 2013, Pakistani police arrested Ishaq in connection with attacks on January 10 and February 16, 2013 in the northwestern city of Quetta that killed nearly 200 Pakistani civilians. LJ claimed responsibility for the Quetta bombings.”

American citizens and companies are now prohibited for engaging in transactions with the LJ chief after Thursday’s announcement. The US authorities can now act in freezing all his financial assets and properties in the United States as well, said the statement.

“The Department took these actions in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Treasury,” the press release added.

Malik Ishaq is facing charges relating to killing of more than 100 people belonging to the minority sect and the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in March 2009 and has spent around 15 years in Pakistani jails.

He was initially a member of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), a banned Sunni extremist group but later disassociated himself from it for his alleged ‘violent policies’ and formed his own outfit. The Lashkar-i-Jhangvi was proscribed by the Pakistan government as a terror group soon after its inception in early 1990s.

After reaching an agreement with Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) chief Ahmed Ludhianvi, Ishaq joined as second in command of the former SSP in 2012.

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Asab Feb 07, 2014 02:49am

Thank you...! USA.

Insaan Feb 07, 2014 02:51am

I wonder who the 'minority sect' is..... amazing how these reports are filed with open bias.....

rauf Feb 07, 2014 07:41am

It will be great if he is killed in next drone attack before Nawaz decides to hold negotiations with him.

Altaf Changezee Feb 07, 2014 08:37am

The US could have done more if it really cares about the killings of Hazaras and other shia minorities in the country. Putting merely his name in the list of most wanted terrorists can hardly bring about a positive change. The US could have urged Pakistani Government to arrest and convict him formally for killing hundreds of Hazaras and Shias in the country. Both Pakistani government and world community have disappointed us.

aLi Feb 07, 2014 08:49am

Alas...the country where all these killings happened do not have balls to take any actions.

Mahee Khan Feb 07, 2014 04:01pm

America salute to you. His accounts and assets seized in America. Where does he get these funds to feed his 'American' bank accounts

xulfjan Feb 07, 2014 07:56pm

Thank you US for doing the job we should have done ourselves....

Gaurav Feb 07, 2014 07:59pm

US list will get very long and unmanageable if it starts adding them up.

mukhtar Feb 07, 2014 11:00pm

This is a conspiracy against all sunni muslims, Islam, and Pakistan.

ali ahmed Feb 07, 2014 11:29pm

@Mahee Khan: from bank robbery..

@H_3 Feb 08, 2014 01:42am

@Altaf Changezee: So you think its US job to capture a terrorist who roams freely in Pakistan? And when they use drones in Tribal areas its again people like you who cry hoarse on damaging our 'sovereignty'

Sohail A Feb 08, 2014 04:06am

Could someone please name the the other smiling character in background? I have seen him in some popular talk shows offering his opinions on religious matters. The Pakistani Government and those that elect such an ineffective government are responsible for enabling killers like Malik Ishaq to roam free and wage their sick war against innocent people.

Seedoo Feb 08, 2014 04:27am

If one does not keep his own house in order, an outsider will. All these thugs need to be put behind bars forever and put out of business. US did it with the KKK, Germans did it with the Nazis. Sri Lankans did it with their rebels, and now even Bangladesh is going down the same path in putting these mullah thugs out of business.

Pakistan, on the other hand, remains hell-bent on repeating its mistakes, rather than learning something from them.

Yawar Feb 08, 2014 09:05am

It is hard to imagine how and why anyone would want to follow a man that lives, breaths, and acts out hatred for those not in total agreement with his school of thought. Such people will continue to cause havoc in Pakistan unless their movements and activities are fully curtailed.

hussain684 Feb 08, 2014 09:24am

What a joke. He was released by Iftikhar Choudhary - the Chief Justice of Pakistan

A.R Feb 09, 2014 01:04am

Shia sect is not a minority, they live live in the country like all the citizens here, but unfortunately terrorism and interior war injected by next door neighbors as well honorable guest USA, we were peaceful nation, no one have been treated as Shia or sunni except few scholarly debates only! we request USA please take way and get out please,leave us we will solve our inside affairs, dont poke your sniper nose , you unwelcomed here

Bakhtawer Bilal Feb 10, 2014 01:12am

@mukhtar: I am a sunni and very much like him to be jailed. May be forever.

Bakhtawer Bilal Feb 10, 2014 01:20am

Our Parliament is at fault as well for not formulating stronger anti hate mongering laws. Our police is incompetent or accomplice by not making a strong case against them. Our judiciary is equally responsible for not jumping on the smallest evidence instead of asking more and more of the evidence. Our judiciary has let go people on bail, who were caught red handed with suicide vests.