Pakistani Extremist Leader Held in Jail

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani court has ordered a two-week detention for a prominent Islamist militant.

Malik Ishaq, the head of the banned Sunni Muslim extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi organization, appeared in court Friday in the eastern city of Lahore. He was sent to the city's Kot Lakhpat jail. He was accused of making a “provocative” speech earlier this month that promoted sectarian hatred.

Ishaq had been released from prison last year, after serving 14 years. He had faced accusations of masterminding sectarian murders and organizing from behind bars, the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, in which seven people lost their lives.