Islamabad: The chief of banned terror outfit Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, his two son and eleven others were killed in a fierce encounter with the Pakistani security forces on Tuesday night. At least six policemen were also injured in the encounter.
Ishaq and his sons were arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department a week ago. Following their latest arrest, the police had interrogated them and had subsequently taken them to Shahwala in Punjab’s Muzaffargarh district to aid the police in identifying suspected militants, sources in the CTD said.
The encounter appears to have taken place as militants attacked security forces and tried to free Ishaq who was killed in the ensuing exchange of fire, security sources say. All bodies have been shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Muzaffargarh. The bodies of Ishaq and his sons will undergo a postmortem before being taken to Rahim Yar Khan, where he was based.
Lashkar-i-Jhangvi is regarded as the most extreme Sunni terror group in Pakistan and is 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 banned more than a decade ago by former president Pervez Musharraf.