Pakistani sectarian leader added to U.S. global terrorist list

February 7, 2014

LAHORE, Pakistan | The United States has added the founder of a banned Pakistani militant group to its list of global terrorists, blaming him for the deaths of hundreds of Pakistanis.

Malik Ishaq is the founding member and leader of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ), a banned Sunni Muslim organization dedicated to killing or driving out Pakistan’s minority Shi’ite Muslims.

“In 1997, Malik Ishaq admitted his involvement in terrorist activity that resulted in the deaths of over 100 Pakistanis,” the U.S. State Department said on its Web site in a statement posted on Thursday.

It noted he had also been arrested in connection with twin bombings in the western Pakistani city of Quetta that killed about 200 people last year.

“LJ specializes in armed attacks and bombings and has admitted responsibility for numerous killings of Shi’ite religious and civil society leaders in Pakistan,” the State Department said.

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