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50 LJ men detained in Punjab


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LAHORE: Police have so far detained 50 members of defunct Lashkar-i-Jhanvi in a crackdown across the province in the last few days.The arrests have been made in the wake of recent Quetta suicide blast and a direction issued by the interior ministry.

A senior police officer told Dawn that the members, including leaders, had been put under arrest for a month under 3-Maintenance of Public Order. He said the crackdown would continue.

Nine members who taken into custody by Lahore police have been identified as Abdur Rau Moawaia, Muhammad Shafique, Asif Moawia, Mirza Masood Baig, Hafiz Ahsan Saeed, Irfan Moawia, Muhammad Shafique, Rustam Khan Moawia and Aamir Ali Malik.

A senior jail official said as many as 27 members had been received in different provincial jails.

He said the government had not issued orders for specific number of detentions.

TOBA TEK SINGH: Police arrested two men allegedly linked to the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) here on Saturday, reports our correspondent.

Hafiz Muhammad Kashif of the Ravi Town locality of Kamalia and Maulana Muhammad Nadeem, administrator of the Madressah Hussain Bin Ali in Chak 256-GB, Philour in the Rajana police precincts, were shifted to an undisclosed location.

A police official said both men would be sent to jail for a month, as they had been arrested under the Maintenance of Public Order act.

Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat district president Maulana Muhammad Awais, general secretary Irfan Azhar Naz and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl Kamalia leader Pir Yousaf Bukhari condemned the arrests and said they had never been associated with the LJ. They said the arrested men were activists of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat and their detention was an attempt to please the rival sect.

Comments (8) Closed

OrangeRocks Feb 24, 2013 05:21am
Punish all the captured terrorists. There is no point capturing people and then releasing them. Otherwise they will kill the very policemen who contributed to their capture (when they are released) and anarchy will spread in the country. Start hanging criminals again!
Imran Feb 24, 2013 04:52pm
ASWJ is the new name of LJ only way to kill this snake is cut of the food source follow the money
ali Feb 24, 2013 05:52am
It will some take efforts by the government, but in order to bring the country back to normalcy sectarianism should be banned in one sweep.
Pradeep Feb 24, 2013 05:43am
Please change the photo attached to this article, the photo is most probably from ASEAN country and not Pakistan.
Abdullah Hussain Feb 24, 2013 04:37pm
Photographs of these 3 ill fated young boys have become synonymous with all terror outfits be it the Taliban or others warring factions. I don't understand why it has become so impossible to trace & punish these anti humanity elements. What benefit could these terror organizations bring to anyone.
Imran Feb 24, 2013 05:04pm
Where were these efforts before? All of a sudden they're arresting them? Once an ally right? Soon you'll see another version of LJ going about the same business. It's a never ending cycle when you live under an establishment.
MMS (USA) Feb 24, 2013 12:03pm
What happens after a month. Let them go for lack of evidence? The question is, if I committed murder and informed the people that I was responsible, will they let me go? If so what is the purpose of the so called honourable court system? This is the reason I left Pakistan a country I loved, a country that wrote laws to be upheld against the weak, and allowed the strong to get away with murder. The bigotary is so loud that one feels sick thinking about it. I can only state looking in from the outside, a little longer of this corruption within the three branches, you will have lawlessness, followed by armed warloads, eventually leading to a failed state. Like customary in Pakistan, "we will leave it in Gods hand".
Fahim Khan, Canada Feb 24, 2013 08:46pm
so their addresses were known...point to be noted Mr. Chief Justice :)