Incidents and Statements involving Lashkar-e-Jhangvi:
December 14: LeJ claimed responsibility
for the killing of Hindu doctor in Mastung on December 13. Dr Lakhvi
Chand, a Hindu spiritual leader, was shot dead by unidentified armed
assailants in Mastung market of same District. Dr Chand was abducted
a few months back after which Hindus had started leaving the area.
Later, he was released by the abductors.
December 4: SFs foiled a terrorist
plan of a suicide attack on an Imambargah, by arresting two LeJ
militants near the Karachi Academy in Azizabad. According to Police
sources, Azizabad Police resorted to counter-firing when suspects
in a highroof van refused to stop at a security check-point and
opened fire on officials near the Karachi Academy in Azizabad. Subsequently,
two suspects, Hanif and Chiragh Deen, were arrested with two riffles
and a bomb-detonator. However, three others Qari Ghulam, Riaz and
Qari Ghulam Akbar managed to escape from the site. Police said the
arrested militants belong to the banned LeJ and were trained in
Afghanistan's Qandahar area.
October 5: In an attempt to foil
a bid to commit massive killings as militants were planning to carry
out major terrorist activities in Karachi, including invasion in
Central Jail to get their accomplices released, and attacking their
self-acclaimed rival Shia community people the AEC of CID claimed
to have arrested seven militants belonging to LeJ, including the
outfit's Karachi Chapter Chief Mehmood Babar, from Mauripur area
of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh and recovered a heavy
cache of weapons from their possession.
September 11: Pakistan released
LeJ's chief Malik Ishaq after a court granted him bail, following
his arrest on suspicion of inciting sectarian hatred. Ishaq was
detained over a speech he made at a religious school on August 19
in the wake of a rise in sectarian violence between majority Sunni
and minority Shias. "The court has accepted his bail application
and later he was freed from jail," Ishaq's attorney Arif Mehmood
September 10: Lahore's Additional
District and Sessions Judge granted bail to LeJ co-founder Malik
Ishaq on the submission of a surety bond worth PKR 500,000. Ishaq
is not expected to be released soon as the bail has not been submitted,
and he is also currently accused in other cases. The bail plea of
Ishaq said that the Article 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code does
not apply in this case and it was a malafide action on part of the
Police to register the case.
September 6: Pakistan should "urgently
act" to protect Shias from rising sectarian attacks by the rival
Sunni sect that have killed hundreds this year, the HRW said. The
rights watchdog said terrorist groups such as the "ostensibly banned"
LeJ had operated with "widespread impunity" across Pakistan while
law enforcement officials looked the other way. Adams said the arrest
last month of LeJ member Malik Ishaq, who has been accused of killing
some 70 people, was "an important test for Pakistan's criminal justice
September 4: The Federal Government
during a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Rehman Malik asked
the Punjab Government to crack down on LeJ without further delay,
as most cases of sectarian violence had been claimed by the organisation.
The meeting was of the view that analysis of available intelligence
suggested that there was a strong nexus between the LeJ and one
of the factions of the TTP. It was also observed that the TTP was
fuelling sectarian strife in and around Quetta for financial gains.
August 30: Malik Ishaq, leader of
LeJ, which is said to have links to al Qaeda, was arrested in Lahore
District for inciting sectarian hatred and masterminding an attack
on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009. He was arrested after his
return from a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, Police spokeswoman Nabila
August 2: Federal Minister of Interior
Rehman Malik told the Senate that external aggression and world
power game could not be ruled out in the Balochistan issue as the
situation there was similar to that of East Pakistan in 1971, as
he held the BLA and LeJ responsible for all the major terrorism
and kidnapping activities in the province.
July 17: Multan Police held alleged
terrorists from militant outfit LeJ after launching special operation.
The police took into custody explosives and the requisite material
for making bombs. Addressing a media-conference, CPO Multan, DIG
Amir Zulfiqar Khan said the accused got training for terrorist activities
July 4: At least three persons,
including a local government assistant director, were shot dead
in a sectarian attack in Kuchlak, some 25 kilometres from the provincial
capital of Balochistan, Quetta. LeJ 'spokesman' Abu Bakar Siddique
claimed responsibility for the killings. However, he did not make
any comment on why the group had targeted the three men.
June 28: At least 15 persons, including
two policemen and a woman, were killed and 30 others, including
women and children, sustained injuries in a suicide attack on a
bus of pilgrims coming from Iran, at Hazar Ganji area of Quetta.
LeJ claimed responsibility for the attack. The banned outfit's spokes
person Abdu Bakar said the attack was carried out by Ziaur Rahman
Farooqi and was in revenge for attacks on a madrassa and Tablighi
June 18: At least five students
and one professor were killed, while around 30 were injured when
a powerful blast occurred near an IT University located in Jinnah
Town of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan in the morning.
The bomb was planted inside a car parked nearby. The blast occurred
when a van carrying students to the university reached the campus.
According to the details, a suicide bomber blew himself up near
the bus of Balochistan University of Information Technology at Samungli
Road, killing five students and wounding 53 others, including four
policemen and four female students." LeJ claimed the responsibility
for the attack. The bus was carrying Shia students.
May 22: Central Jail Mach Warden
Shaukat Ali Kethran was shot dead by unidentified armed militants
in Mach tehsil of Bolan District. The attackers managed to flee
after the attack. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.
A few days back, a jail warden was killed in Quetta and LeJ claimed
responsibility for the killing.
May 16: CID of the Sindh Police
claimed to have arrested a militant of LeJ, identified as Nawaz
Khan alias Shah Jee, and recovered five kilogrammes explosive
material, three detonators, seven metres, detonating wires and a
TT pistol and weapons from his possession during a raid at Sohrab
Goth Bus Stop, Super Highway. SSP Fayyaz Khan said during the interrogation,
he confessed that the recovered explosive was being shifted to Karachi
(Sindh) from Waziristan in (FATA) for attacks on rival sect's members.
April 24: The two militants killed
in an encounter near Hazara Town in Akhtarabad area of Quetta on
April 23, 2012 have been identified as Hafiz Naseer and Hafiz Wazir
Ali alias Ali Sher Haideri, the spokesperson of LeJ. City Police
Officer Amir Mohammad Dasti told said that the Government had earlier
announced a bounty on Hafiz Naseer. The group has claimed responsibility
for a number of attacks targeting Shia Muslims in the province.
April 22: Officials of the FC claimed
to have arrested three suspected militants belonging to TTP and
LeJ during a rand on a small house near the Hazara graveyard in
the Brewery Road area of Quetta.
April 16: A spokesman
for the LeJ, Ali Sher Haidri, claimed responsibility for the series
of attacks on Hazaras in the past two weeks.
February 2: The Muzaffargarh District
administration issued a notice to the District Police banning entry
of LeJ leader Malik Ishaq into the Muzaffargarh District for three
months after he was released from Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore District
on January 21, 2011. Ishaq, accused in 44 cases involving 70 killings,
has been acquitted in 34 cases and granted bail in another 10. He
was released after a Lahore High Court review board denied an extension
to his detention under Maintenance of Public Order Law.
January 20: Police registered a
case against 15 persons for their alleged involvement in the January
15 bomb blast at a chehlum procession of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS)
in Khanpur. The Chief of LeJ, Malik Muhammad Ishaq, Shafiq Dahar,
Ghulam Muhammad, Muhammad Yaqoob, Muhammad Usman and 10 unidentified
people have been nominated in the FIR, which was registered under
the Anti-terrorism Act. The FIR has been registered on the complaint
of Imdad Hussain of Mauza Jetha Bhatha.
A Pakistani judicial review board
ended the house arrest of Malik Ishaq who was detained in 2011 after
his group was blamed for a string of attacks on the minority Shia
community. The three-member review board headed by Lahore high court
justice Nasir Saeed set aside the Punjab Government's plea that Ishaq's
detention should be extended for maintaining law and order in the
province. The law officer of the Punjab Home Department argued that
there had been a spike in sectarian violence against Shias since Ishaq
was freed from prison last year.
January 12: The CID of Sindh Police
claimed to have arrested a militant of LeJ, identified as Riyaz
Ahmed alias Riyaz Afghani alias Zahid Hussain Gilgiti from Hub River
Road in Karachi and recovered two hand grenades, one repeater and
two pistols from his possession. SP Mashwani said Ahmed was the
most wanted terrorist and Sindh Government had tagged PKR 0.5 million
reward on his arrest. He said that the accused was involved in several
heinous crimes all over Pakistan. The SP said Ahmed was involved
in sending funds to his organisation and also provided help to arrested
During his interrogation, he confessed
that he had given money to Usman Choto for killing of Shia leader
in Karachi but Choto was arrested before committing the crime. Officer
said the accused name was also listed in CID Red Book list and added
that he further confessed that he was involved in several surveillances
of those people who were killed in target killings.
December 27: Four LeJ militants,
including the leader and senior activist Doctor Arshad, were arrested
in Chakwal District in connection with November 12, 2011 killing
of four security personnel and a civilian at Pir Chambal in Jhelum
District. His three accomplices, Mazhar Hussain, Iqbal Ahmed and
Wasif Mehmood were also arrested. However, Express Tribune reported
that the four LeJ militants arrested were detained in one of the
Agencies of Waziristan in FATA.
December 16: Considering the former
leaders of LeJ, Malik Ishaq and Ghulam Rasool, as a threat to law
and order in the country, a review board of the Lahore High Court,
extended their detention.
December 8: The LeJ-al-Alami denied
that it was involved in the suicide attack on the Shia shrine of
Afghanistan and condemned the carnage. A person claiming to be a
spokesman for the LeJ-al-Alami and identifying himself as Abu Bakar
Mansoor reportedly called some media outlets hours after the bombings
to inform that the Kabul attack had been carried out by his group.
However, a person, purported to be a representative of the LJA,
told Dawn by phone that enemies of Pakistan and Afghanistan were
behind the bloodshed.
December 6: The spokesman of LeJ
claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on Shia shrine in
Afghanistan, reports broadcast by Radio Free Europe in Pakistan
and by the BBC's Pakistan service. LeJ is a Punjabi sectarian outfit
with a long history of cooperation with ISI, as well as close ties
to al Qaeda and the Taliban. However, a Taliban 'spokesman', Zabiullah
Mujahid, condemned the attacks and called the perpetrators "enemies."
November 12: Five militants, including
one cadre of the TTP, identified as Arshad, and four Intelligence
officials were killed in crossfire in Pind Dadan Khan area of Jhelum
District in Punjab. It was reported that Police had carried out
an operation on Pir Chambal hill with the help of Intelligence Agencies.
The militants were hiding inside a shrine located on the hill. The
militants killed belonged to the LeJ outfit.
September 23: The LEAs put LeJ's
leader Ghulam Rasool Shah under house arrest in his home town Bahawalnagar
in the same District of Punjab. Shah is considered a close aide
of LeJ leader Malik Ishaq as well as co-accused in some cases of
terrorism registered against Ishaq. Shah is expected to be shifted
to jail under detention orders soon. Malik Ishaq, who was released
on July 14 from Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, was also put under temporary
house arrest in Rahim Yar Khan on September 22. The house arrests
followed after intelligence agencies and LEA reports revealed that
both leaders were actively carrying out activities connected to
sectarian violence in Punjab, particularly in areas where they resided
September 22: The Punjab Government
placed Malik Ishaq under temporary house detention because of his
attempts to stoke Sunni-Shia conflict since his release from prison
on July 14. The Punjab Government ordered that Ishaq remain at home
for 10 days, said Sohail Chattha, the Police chief in Rahim Yar
Khan District from where Ishaq belongs. Ishaq's behaviour endangered
"sectarian harmony and caused a sudden rise in sectarian temperature
in the country," said Chattha. He has been giving public speeches
since his release whipping up anger toward Shias, said a Police
officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not
authorised to talk to the media.
September 20: The LeJ militants
shot dead 29 Shia pilgrims travelling to Taftan, a town that shares
border with Iran, in two consecutive attacks in Ganjidori area of
Mastung District and Quetta city of Balochistan. Militants ordered
pilgrims off their bus, lined them up and opened indiscriminate
fire on them in Ganjidori area. An hour after the first attack,
unidentified gunmen killed another three Shias on the outskirts
of Quetta whom Police said were relatives of victims of the first
incident en route to collect their bodies. Claiming for the attack,
LeJ spokesperson, who introduced himself as Ali Sher Haideri, said
his outfit will continue to target people from Shia community.
August 27: The CID of Sindh Police
arrested three Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants in the Korangi
industrial area of Karachi. A statement issued by the CID said that
Tariq, Danish and Shah were captured during a raid conducted in
a congested area near Vita Chowrangi. The CID said that the three
were associated with the LeJ and trained in FATA for executing 'different
jobs' in Karachi. They had plans to attack senior politicians and
prominent religious personalities. The CID team seized five kilograms
of explosive material, six mortar rounds, 15 detonators, nine devices,
two electric wire sets, three TT pistols, several bullets and a
snatched car. The militants confessed that they had committed several
crimes in Karachi, including killings and kidnapping, according
to the CID statement.
July 31: CID and Anti Extremist
Cell (AEC) claimed to have arrested four militants of TTP, one of
LeJ and two Lyari gangsters during separate raids in the city. Four
TTP militants Abdul Rehman, Nazrab Khan, Azhar Mahmood and Ahmed
Khan were arrested from Sohrab Goth along with one Kalashnikov,
one repeater, two hand grenades and three TT pistols during a raid
on a tip-off in Sohrab Goth. He said the arrested terrorists after
getting extortion from the business community in the city had sent
the amount worth millions of rupees to their commander Abdul Wali
alias Omar Khalid in Waziristan and were also involved in target
killings of the people in the city.
In another raid, an alleged member
of LeJ, Wasim Channa, was arrested from Jamshed Quarters and one Kalashnikov
was recovered from his possession.
July 29: LeJ militants killed at
least seven people, including four Shias, waiting to travel to Mashhad
in Iran, at Taftan bus terminal on Saryab Road. Claiming responsibility
for the attack LeJ said it was done to avenge July 28 death of cleric
Karim Mengal in Quetta. Reports state that it was a sectarian attack.
July 22: Two Police men have been
assigned security duties at the residence of Malik Ishaq, the LeJ
'chief', who was recently released from a Lahore prison. Rahim Yar
Khan District Police Officer Sohail Tajik said that the guards were
deployed at the Mohallah Islam Nagar house of the LeJ 'chief' in
view of the threat posed by a large number of people visiting him
everyday He said more officials would be deployed to the place if
the need arose. The LeJ has been declared a terrorist organisation
and banned. Ishaq has been acquitted in 34 of the 44 cases against
him involving killing of 70 people, most of them belonging to the
Shia sect. He has been released on bail in the remaining 10 cases,
including the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.
July 11: Malik Ishaq, alleged operational
head of LeJ, was released from Kotlakhpat Jail in Lahore District
after 14 years of detention. Ishaq had been in prison since 1997
and had 44 cases ranging from murder to terrorism lodged against
him. The court had acquitted him in 34 cases while granted him bail
in the rest. Head of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama'at (ASWJ), earlier
known as SSP, Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, along with other
members greeted Ishaq upon his release. Ishaq said that he would
continue to fight for the country. Ishaq was accused of masterminding
the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team on March 3, 2009 while
May 31: The Anti-Extremist Cell
of Sindh Police claimed to have arrested four alleged militants
of LeJ after an alleged encounter on Hub River Road in Karachi.
The arrested included Munawar Alam, Mohammad Shahid, Khawaja Talat
and Mohammad Ali for their involvement in sectarian killings, kidnapping
for ransom and robberies in the city. The Police also recovered
two kalashnikovs, one 222 rifle, one TT pistol and a Suzuki Khyber
(Q-2814) from their possession. Interrogations reveal that the accused
also confessed to the killing of four persons, namely, Barkat Ali,
a Shia man in Sharah-e-Noor Jahan Mumtaz Qadri, Pesh Imam belonging
to Barelvi school of thought in Godhra Camp, New Karachi and two
cadres of Sunni Tehreek, Izzat Gul and Adnan Sheikh in New Karachi
May 29: Two Shia Policemen were
killed and three other people, including a woman and a Sub-Inspector
of the CID were injured in a sectarian attack on Spiny Road in Quetta.
Meanwhile, Ali Sher Haideri, spokesman of LeJ claimed responsibility
for the attack.
May 18: At least seven Shia people,
including a passerby girl, were killed and six others sustained
bullet injuries in an attack near Killi Kamalo area of Quetta. Police
termed the incident as sectarian killing and have started investigating
it. Meanwhile, LeJ claimed responsibility for the attack and a spokesman
of the outfit, Ali Sher Hadri, threatened to carry out such attacks
in the future as well against the Shia community.
May 15: Two prisoners, Alauddin
and Kashif, who are associated with the LeJ outfit, escaped from
civil hospital's jail ward in Karachi. It was reported that the
suspects were being treated for the last one month under the court
Police's custody. Two unidentified men came to the ward to help
the prisoners escape. According to details, Alauddin was arrested
by the Orangi Town Police on June 3, 2010, while trying to escape
after robbing a private bank. Kashif was also arrested in 2010,
by the Azizabad Police and was allegedly affiliated with the LeJ.
It was reported that both the militants also have ties with TTP
and collect funds for militant outfits in the tribal areas.
February 22: Sindh
Police arrested two militants, including a close aide of slain TTP
‘chief’ Baitullah Mehsud and a cadre of LeJ, in separate raids at
different areas of Karachi. Anti Extremists Cell of the CID arrested
Alauddin Barki, a close aide of Baitullah Mehsud and an alleged
member of TTP from Sohrab Goth area and recovered a TT pistol from
his possession. The militant’s name was also included in CID’s Red
Book List as he had links with terrorists in the city.
Town, Police arrested one Sajid, who was stated to be a member of
the banned outfit LeJ, and an aide of LeJ leader Qasim Ganjja, in
the precincts of Aziz Bhatti Police Station. During the interrogation
the accused confessed that he had targeted four persons, including
Syed Yawar Abbas Jaffery, a senior worker of MQM, and was also setting
a target killing plot in Karachi.
January 21: A militant,
identified as Abdul Wahab alias Omar, arrested in the terror attack
on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 in Lahore in Punjab confessed
that the outfit LeJ had planned to take the visiting players hostage
and bargain for the release of some of its detained members.
January 14: An appellate bench of
the Sindh High Court set aside the conviction of three LeJ cadres,
identified as Mufti Shahid Haneef, Haider Ali and Mohammad Talha,
in a murder case of Ishrat Hussain in Block D of North Nazimabad
town of Karachi in Sindh on July 8, 2001.
December 15: The CID
of Sindh Police arrested two LeJ militants in different raids from
Ayub Goth in Karachi. The confession of the arrested TTP militant
revealed the information about the presence LeJ militants in Ayub
December 2: The US Treasury Department
sanctioned three Pakistanis who were acting on behalf of terrorist
outfits and banned Americans from any dealings with them. It was
reported that Amanullah Afridi and Matiur-Rehman were supporters
of LeJ, and said Abdul Rauf Azhar was acting on behalf of JeM. Treasury
Department described the LeJ and JeM as "Pakistan-based terrorist
November 27: The Government announced
a reward of PNR 10 million to anyone providing information about
the TTP. "The government will make arrangements to settle the informers
and their families anywhere in the country, even abroad, if they
fear that the Taliban might hurt them," Interior Minister Rehman
Malik said. Rehman Malik said that most militants belonged to the
LeJ and SSP.
November 18: The LeJ, an anti-Shia
militant group accused of having links with al Qaeda, has split
into at least eight small cells to better coordinate its activities
across Pakistan, according to a media report. "The creation of the
cells is aimed at coordinating the banned group's activities in
the area ranging from the southern port city of Karachi to Waziristan
in the restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan," the Express Tribune
newspaper quoted its sources in Kohat, Hangu, Peshawar and Lahore
as saying. "Each sub-group is responsible for carrying out activities
in a specific geographic location," one of the sources said.
November 12: The TTP and LeJ have
planned to carry out suicide attacks in Islamabad and other parts
of the country, Intelligence reports said. According to intelligence
information, TTP 'commander' Qari Momin sent four suicide bombers
to attack Eid congregations in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan and Faisalabad.
November 11: At least 20 persons,
including FC officials and Policemen, were killed and over 100 injured
when an explosive-laden truck blew up inside the head office of
the CID, which is located inside the main red zone of Karachi in
Sindh, on the night. The attack is suspected to be in reaction to
the arrest of the militants affiliated with LeJ that the CID made
on November 10.
November 10: The CID arrested six
most wanted LeJ militants and recovered a huge cache of weapon.
However, Dawn stated an arrest of over more than half a dozen militants.
It was reported that the arrested militants were affiliated with
Asif Ramzi faction of LeJ outfit that planned sectarian violence
before Muharram by targeting nine important Shia community members.
October 14: The Police arrested
seven LeJ militants plotting to kill the PM Yousaf Raza Gilani in
a suicide attack at his house in Multan in Punjab. The conspiracy
against PM was nearly complete, Police officials said. Their plan
included monitoring Gilani's movements and storming his private
residence in Multan with guns and a suicide bomber, Police investigator
said. It was also reported that some of these suspects are believed
to have taken part in an attack on the Inter Service Intelligence
(ISI) offices in December 2009 in Multan.
October 10: The Police foiled plans
of militants to attack a worship place of Ahmadis and a private
clinic by arresting two suspects LeJ militants, Naseem Haider alias
Ferron and Asif Rasheed alias Dumba, from Orangi Town area of Karachi.
September 14: The Interior Minister
Rehman Malik, while announcing a grand operation against LeJ, once
again made it clear that no military operation was taking place
September 9: An anti-terrorism court
in Karachi indicted three suspected militants, Abdul Baqi alias
Talha, Mohammad Ismail and Yousuf, in explosive substance and illicit
weapons cases. Three were stated to be associated with the militant
outfit LeJ, have been charged with planning to target an Eid Milad-un-Nabi
congregation at Nishtar Park in February 2010 and possessing explosive
material and unlicensed weapons, which were recovered by Police.
September 1: 43 persons were killed
and another 230 injured in two suicide attacks and one grenade attack
on a Shia procession marking Hazrat Ali's martyrdom in Lahore. LeJ
Al-alami claimed responsibility for the three attacks that occurred
minutes apart in Bhaati Gate locality of Lahore.
August 22: The Police arrested two
persons, identified as Mohammad Adnan and Shah Jahan alias Munna,
for their associations with LeJ and JeM after an alleged encounter
in Korangi in Karachi.
August 20: CID officials arrested
two men allegedly affiliated with the banned outfit LeJ and involved
in the killing of the MPA Raza Haider. The Police recovered two
pistols and nine rounds from their possession.
August 19: The Judicial Magistrate
of Karachi West granted the physical remand for seven days of two
alleged cadres of the LeJ accused of 10 target killings.
August 18: City Police arrested
two alleged members of the LeJ accused of being involved in over
10 targeted killings in the city, including the assassination of
MQM legislator Raza Haider in the Jama Masjid in Nazimabad on August
August 3: The Police arrested several
suspects for alleged links to the LeJ as investigators suspected
their involvement in the murder of MQM MPA Raza Haider.
July 5: The CID of Karachi Police
arrested a LeJ militant, Zahid Khan alias Shakeel, from the Sohrab
Goth area of Karachi. CID Operations SSP Fayyaz Khan said a CID
team arrested Zahid Khan alias Shakeel with a TT pistol and four
bullets. The arrestee was involved in the killing of a Shia community
member Shehzad Hussain among others, the SSP added.
June 24: The CID arrested three
LeJ cadres from Liaquatabad and Orangi Town in Karachi in Sindh.
The arrestees, identified as Hafiz Muhammad Ali Qureshi, Talha Zubair
and Muhammad Zahid were suspected to be involved in targeted killings.
Three TT pistols and 12 bullets were recovered from their possession.
June 14: A commander of the LeJ,
Qari Zafar, allegedly involved in the attack on the US Consulate
in Karachi on March 2, 2006, was killed in an IED blast near Miranshah
in North Waziristan on an unspecified date. The US had announced
USD five million as head money on him for his alleged involvement
in attack on their consulate in Karachi.
June 3: One LeJ militant was shot
dead and three others arrested during a bid to escape after robbing
a private bank in Orangi Town Police Station area of Karachi in
June 2: The LeJ allegedly threatened
to kill the MS of the Sindh Government Hospital of Saudabad in Khokhrapar
area of Karachi in a suicide attack.
May 28: Unidentified militants killed
four Policemen in Satellite Town area of Quetta in Balochistan.
According to official sources, a Police vehicle carrying the officials
was on routine patrol in the Satellite Town Police precincts when
three unidentified militants ambushed the vehicle on Langov Street
and opened indiscriminate fire. A constable died on the spot and
three officials, including Satellite Town SHO Abdul Khaliq, were
severely injured. They succumbed to their injuries on their way
to Sandman Hospital. LeJ claimed responsibility for the attack.
May 11: The CID Operations of Sindh
Police arrested a LeJ cadre, Saleem Qaiser Baloch, from Kalakot
area of Karachi, who was allegedly involved in a bank heist of PNR
3.2 million. According to SSP Fayyaz Khan, during initial interrogation
Baloch confessed of his involvement in robbing a bank in Memon Goth.
May 4: A cadre of the LeJ was arrested
by the Police on suspicion that he was involved in a bank robbery
that took place on April 26 in Gadap town of Karachi. Police also
claimed of having defused a bomb found following the information
provided by three LeJ men who were earlier arrested in the bank
April 26: The Police
arrested three LJ militants who had robbed at least PNR 4.3 million
from a private bank under the Memon Goth Police Station area in
Karachi. As per details, at least five armed persons entered the
bank located in a market of Murad Memon Goth near Superhighway around
10 am (PST), held the staff, security guards and customers hostage
at gunpoint, and were trying to escape with the looted amount within
five to seven minutes. Following information about bank robbery,
Police moving towards the crime scene intercepted the robbers' car.
However, two of the five robbers managed to escape. A Police officer
said the arrested persons were identified as Asif, Abdul Basit and
Talha, who used to collect money for funding militant outfits fighting
with the SFs in tribal areas.
April 17: Two burqa-clad suicide
bombers targeted a crowd of IDP waiting to get them registered and
receive relief goods at the Kacha Pakka IDP camp on the outskirts
of Kohat in NWFP, killing at least 44 and injuring more than 70.
The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's Al-Aalmi faction claimed responsibility
for the bombings, and cited the presence of Shias at the IDP camp
as the reason for the attack.
April 16: A suicide bomber blew
himself up in an attack inside civil hospital in Quetta, killing
11 persons and injuring 35 others. Among the killed was a private
television cameraman, Malik Arif, and Senior Police Officials while
out of 35 injured, least four reporters and a local parliamentarian
were injured. The LeJ claimed responsibility of the suicide attack.
The LeJ claimed that it had carried out the suicide bombing that
also injured MNA Nasir Ali Shah of the PPP.
March 29: Three high-profile militants,
including an operational 'commander' of the banned outfit LeJ, were
arrested by the Anti-Extremist Cell of the Sindh Police's CID during
a raid in Rehri Goth area of Bin Qasim Town in Karachi. Officials
recovered 50 to 60 kilogrammes of potassium nitrate, 30-metre detonating
code, three detonators and three pistols from the possession of
the arrestees identified as Rizwan Muqaddam, Munir Chandio and Ziauddin
Mehsud alias Khan Mohammad alias Siddique. AEC Chief
Senior Superintendent of Police Omer Shahid said the militants were
arrested while plotting for an attack on the Karachi Central Jail
to help their imprisoned associates escape and they had also prepared
an explosives-laden car for that purpose.
March 12: At least
57 persons, including eight soldiers, were killed and more than
90 persons were injured as twin suicide blasts, moments apart from
each other, ripped through the Lahore's RA Bazaar in the cantonment
area. The bombers struck during Friday prayers at around 12:50 pm
February 26: The CID
of the Sindh Police arrested three militants belonging to the LeJ
outfit from a hideout near Jamshed Road in Karachi. Three TT pistols,
20-kg ammonium nitrate mixed with RDX, 500 grams of C-4 explosives,
six detonators, two mortar rockets, and wires were recovered from
their possession. The arrestees were identified as Ismail, Yousuf
Chandio, and Abdul Baqi alias Talha. According to the CID officials
the trio were planning to carry out a major militant activity in
the city, on the occasion of Eid Miladun Nabi (birthday of Prophet
Mohammad). They were also associated with Qari Hussain Mehsud, the
mastermind of the suicide bomber squad of the TTP.
November 12: Police in Quetta, capital
of Balochistan claimed the arrest of a top LeJ terrorist wanted
in 16 cases and for the murder of 28 members of the Shia-Hazara
community in target killings in the provincial capital. Deputy Inspector
General of Police (DIG, Operations), Shahid Nizam Durrani, said
Police had arrested Hafiz Muhammad Usman Muhammad Shahi alias Abbas,
considered one of the masterminds of 28 sectarian killings. He said
Abbas had also revealed important details of recent sectarian killings,
in addition to providing information on his accomplices in target
killings. "Abbas also provided information that helped us find a
Kalashnikov used in sectarian killings," the DIG said. The militant
has also reportedly confessed to being involved in the murder of
Hussain Ali Yousafi - chairman of the Hazara Democratic Party, who
was shot dead in Quetta on January 26, 2009. "Following the information
provided by Abbas about his colleagues, police are planning more
raids in Bolan, Mach and Naseerabad districts with the hope to bust
the gang involved in sectarian killings in Quetta and other parts
of Balochistan. A team of senior police officers is investigating
the matter," said the DIG.
September 20: Pakistan's law enforcement
agencies are searching for 83 high profile terrorists wanted for
various crimes ranging from the attack on former President Pervez
Musharraf to fanning the separatist movement in Balochistan. According
to a list maintained by the Interior Ministry, 41 of the most wanted
terrorists belong to Punjab, 21 to Sindh, 13 to Balochistan and
eight to the NWFP. Of the 83 terrorists, Bramdagh Bugti tops the
list with 31 information reports registered against him. The available
data shows the majority of the terrorists belong to various sectarian
and terrorist organisations, including the HuJI, SSP, LeJ and Sipah-e-Mohammed
Pakistan (SMP). The majority of the "most wanted" belong to the
LeJ and SMP and are wanted in various high profile cases, including
assassination attempts targeting Musharraf, former Prime Minister
Shaukat Aziz and the Karachi Corps commander; the blasts at the
Sheraton hotel and foreign embassies; arms smuggling; target killings
of rival groups, doctors, Police and intelligence officials and
personnel; kidnapping for ransom; and attacks on imambargahs (Shia
places of worship) and mosques.
August 23: The Karachi Police claimed to have arrested
seven members of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), a proscribed Sunni
militant group. The suspects were arrested in the Defence View area
in the night of August 22, the DIG Saud Mirza said at a press conference.
According to him, the accused surrendered themselves to law-enforcement
agencies without putting up a resistance. The DIG said one of the
accused, Shahzad, was a close associate of Amjad Farooqi and was
involved in attacks on former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf
and former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. Police also seized three
suicide jackets, 15 kilograms of explosive material, four AK-47
rifles, four pistols, two gas masks, five kilograms of ball bearings,
200 rounds of bullets, electric wires, remote controls and batteries.
Police is also reported to have found about one and half kilograms
of heroin. The accused allegedly smuggled drugs to foreign countries
to generate funds for purchasing arms and ammunition and supporting
families of their accomplices who were killed or were under detention.
They also used to provide money to the Quetta-based Taliban commander
June 17: The Lahore Police claimed
the arrest of a terrorist involved in the attack on a visiting Sri
Lankan cricket team on March 3, with officials claiming the attackers
had plans to take the cricketers hostage to demand the release of
jailed leaders of their group. The Capital City Police Officer (CCPO)
Pervaiz Rathore told a press conference that the arrested man, identified
as Zubair alias Naik Muhammad, who killed an unarmed traffic warden
in the attack was a member of the Punjab Taliban, an offshoot of
the banned LeJ group. Seven people, including six Policemen, were
killed when terrorists ambushed the Sri Lankan team while it was
being driven to Gaddafi Stadium for a match.
June 17: A security official said
an intelligence agency had warned of a possible terrorist attack
on passenger aircraft by a militant group based in Darra Adamkhel.
Tariq Afridi, leader of the banned TTP in Darra Adamkhel, had threatened
to attack passenger aircraft if the Government did not stop operations
against militants in Malakand, Bajaur and other areas by June 15.
The militant had previously been associated with the banned LeJ.
Police arrested a terrorist from the
LeJ group in Karachi, identified as Irfan Islam alias Lamba, who was
wanted by the Police and his name was reportedly listed in its Red
Book for 2009.
May 13: Security agencies arrested
three key accused of the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in
Lahore. A private TV channel reported that the arrested suspects
were members of the banned Sunni group LeJ and hail from southern
Punjab. Two of the arrested men were directly involved in the attack
on the Sri Lankan players while the third provided logistic support
to the attackers in the city, the channel's sources said. The channel
also said the assailants had received training in a militant camp
at Wana in South Waziristan.
April 8: Police said they had arrested
five members of the banned Sunni group LeJ for allegedly plotting
to bomb sensitive areas in Karachi. "We have arrested five terrorists
and seized... weapons, explosives and chemicals required for bomb-making,"
Karachi city Police chief Waseem Ahmed told a press conference.
He also confirmed the suspects belonged to the LeJ group.
March 25: The Australian Government
on March 16 re-listed six groups as terrorist organisations under
the Criminal Code, following advice from Australia's security agencies.
The re-listing ensures that it remains an offence to associate with,
train with, provide training for, receive funds from, make funds
available to, direct or recruit for these organisations. The outfits
that have been re-listed are: Ansar al Islam (formerly Ansar al-Sunna);
Asbat al Ansar; Islamic Army of Aden; Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan;
JeM; and LeJ.
March 22: The intelligence agencies
probing the March 3 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore
have named the banned LeJ as the group behind the incident. A detailed
report of the findings has been submitted to the Government. A senior
official involved in the probe revealed that certain important arrests
had been made in Karachi and other parts of the country in connection
with the attack which killed eight persons. The unnamed officer
maintained that during the course of investigations, it has emerged
that Matiur Rehman of the LeJ was the mastermind of the terrorist
attack, while Mohsin (who was involved in the Rawalpindi attack
on General Pervez Musharraf, also attributed to the LeJ was present
during the Lahore attack. The senior official believes that the
attack was planned with the coordination of the Baitullah Mehsud
March 3: Five Shias were killed
in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, when unidentified assailants
attacked members of a family in the city - taking the death toll
from sectarian attacks in a single week to 12. According to Police,
the assailants ambushed a van carrying the Shia family on the eastern
bypass of Quetta – killing five people on the spot. The slain civilians
were returning to Quetta from the Mach area when they were targeted.
"It is a target killing," Deputy Inspector General of
Police (Operations) Wazir Khan Nasar said. Although no group claimed
responsibility for the incident, the killings are reported to be
part of a series of sectarian attacks that started in Quetta a couple
of months ago. The banned Sunni terrorist group, LeJ, has accepted
responsibility for most of the recent attacks.
January 26: Frontier
Corps personnel had to be called in to maintain law and order in
Quetta, capital of Balochistan, after fierce clashes erupted between
Police and an angry mob following the killing of Chairman Hazara
Democratic Party, Hussain Ali Yousufi of the Shia community. Yousufi,
who was running a travel agency on the Dr Bano Road, was entering
his office at 10:30am (PST) when some unidentified gunmen sprayed
bullets on him with automatic weapons. The armed men later escaped
from the incident site. At least 13 persons were injured when clashes
among angry protestors, Police and traders took place on the Shahra-e-Iqbal
and Jinnah Road. The protesters also torched several vehicles, motorcycles
and a bank on the Jinnah Road. Four vehicles, a commercial bank
and two motorcycles were set ablaze as clashes continued for several
hours. Police later claimed to have arrested 21 suspects, including
three activists of a banned religious organization, on charges of
killing Hussain Yousufi. The banned Sunni militant group LeJ claimed
responsibility for the killing in a telephone call to the local
press club. "We claim responsibility for this attack," said the
caller, who identified himself as Ali Haider, a purported LeJ spokesman.
December 22: Adviser to the Prime
Minister on Interior, Rehman Malik, revealed that the banned LeJ
carried out the terrorist attack on the Marriott hotel in Islamabad.
Answering a question in the National Assembly, he said investigations
into the Marriott attack had been completed. He said the truck used
in the attack was loaded with ammunition in Jhang and it entered
Islamabad via Rawat. Two boys from Toba Tek Singh, who had been
arrested, facilitated the terrorist act and a charge-sheet against
them had been submitted in court. On September 20 2008, a suicide
bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives at the Marriott
Hotel, killing at least 60 persons, including the Czech Ambassador,
at least two US marines and several other foreigners. At least 200
people, including a Pakistan People’s Party legislator, were injured
in the explosion, which ruptured a gas pipeline and triggered a
huge blaze. A group calling itself Fedayeen-i-Islam claimed responsibility
for the suicide attack.
December 17: Authorities discovered
that a plot had been hatched by Omar Sheikh to kill Musharraf with
the connivance of some LeJ militants, with whom he had in contact
for a long time over the phone. Three mobile phones, six batteries,
18 SIMS of almost every cellular company and chargers were seized
from Omar’s cell. Further scanning of his telephone records revealed
he had been making calls all over Pakistan to former jihadi and
relatives in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Peshawar. LeJ militants
had allegedly been monitoring Musharraf’s movements to target him
while traveling between his Army House residence in Rawalpindi and
his Chak Shehzad farmhouse on the 1-A Park Road in the suburbs of
Islamabad or to blow up the bridge on Shara-e-Faisal during his
next visit to Karachi.
November 23: The Taliban are present
in Karachi and have links with the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Sipah-e-Sahaba
Pakistan (SSP) and other banned religious organisations, but they
have no intention of carrying out attacks in the provincial capital
if not provoked by a political party or the Government, said Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Mullah Omer.
November 21: The banned Sunni militant
group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) may strike in Karachi and "we need
to discourage them and increase the vigil," said Adviser on Interior
Affairs, Rehman Malik. He reportedly said this in a meeting to review
law and order in Karachi and Sindh with President Asif Ali Zardari
in the chair at the Governor’s House in Karachi. He stated that
al Qaeda was using the LeJ, SSP and TTP for carrying out its activities.
October 15: The staffs of the CID
have arrested two criminals who were allegedly supplying automatic
weapons to various militant outfits, including Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
(LeJ) and the Taliban. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Mohammad
Fayyaz Khan of the CID, Sindh, said that the Police arrested the
two persons, identified as Omer Hayat and Amjad, along with 6,000
Sub-Machine Gun rounds and two foreign-made pistols from their possession.
During the investigation it was discovered that the two arms suppliers
were the associates of Noor Sharif (an arms supplier from Dara Adam
Khel recently caught by the CID). SSP Khan said that the accused
had links with various militant outfits, including the LeJ and the
September 30: Five
suspected terrorists belonging to the LeJ were arrested from a hotel
at Gujranwala in Punjab. One of arrested suspects Qari Ilyas alias
Abu Bakar, carrying a head money of PKR 2 00000, was convicted in
the 1995 assassination attempt on former premier Nawaz Sharif. The
Lahore High Court later released him on an appeal.
September 26: Three
would-be suicide bombers, suspected to be cadres of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
(LeJ), were killed along with a handcuffed hostage when one of the
bombers blew himself up following a police raid on a house in Karachi.
September 8: Police arrested a cadre
of the LJ, identified as Zeeshan, in Karachi. He was involved in
the Orangi blast.
July 27: A top leader of the banned
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) was arrested from Quetta for his alleged
involvement in several acts of sectarian terrorism. Shafiq-ur-Rehman
was involved in suicide bombings on a mosque in 2003 and on an Ashura
procession in 2004. The two attacks left over 100 people dead and
about 180 injured, Capital City Police Officer Mohammad Akbar told
a press conference.
July 14: Security agencies arrested
a top al Qaeda operative along with his two accomplices in Punjab's
southern city of Multan. Tanzanian national Muhammad Al Misri, Anwar
Muawiya and Muhammad Shahid were arrested from a shutdown 'Neel
Wali Factory' located on the Abdali Road. Unnamed officials said
that Al Misri is closely linked with al Qaeda's top hierarchy and
is also suspected to be behind the series of suicide attacks in
Pakistan following the crackdown on the Lal Masjid (Red mosque).
Anwar, a resident of Abbotabad, belongs to the banned Sunni group
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), the sources said, adding Shahid, another
LeJ activist, is a local of Multan.
April 11: JeM and LeT, the Pakistan-based
terrorist groups, are among the 44 outfits designated as 'Foreign
Terrorist Organisations' (FTO) by the US. Besides these two, other
groups active in India - the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami
and Pakistan-based HuM - are also in the FTO list issued by the
office of the coordinator for counter terrorism of the US Department
of State. "FTO designations play a critical role in our fight against
terrorism and are effective means of curtailing support for terrorist
activities and pressurising groups to get out of the terrorism business,"
a State Department statement said. Other groups of the South Asia
include LTTE and LeJ.
February 27: Police in Jhang said
that they had arrested three terror suspects carrying two suicide
jackets and chemicals in Shorkot on February 26-night. Jhang District
Police Officer Amjad Javed stated that the terrorists, identified
as Ghulam Shabir, Muhammad Amin and Muhammad Ramazan, were arrested
from Mir Wala Bridge and were attempting to target prominent politicians.
The three men were suspected to be members of the outlawed Sunni
militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), APP reported local police
officer Pervez Tareen Sardar as having said.
February 26: Police in Lahore arrested
four members of the banned Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
(LeJ) from Nawankot bus stand in the Kotwali area and seized from
them explosives and weapons. The accused confessed, during preliminary
interrogation, that they had planned sabotage activities including
bomb blasts in Lahore, besides assassination of key political and
religious personalities and senior police officials. The arrested
militants were identified as Muhammad Asif Ali alias Hasan Moosa,
Abdur Rahman, Mureed Ahmad and Fahad Munir. Police officials said
that Munir was the nephew of LeJ leader Riaz Basra.
February 10: The security agencies
arrested 40 people suspected to be activists of banned militant
groups. Sources said that the operation was launched after the list
of militant activists was revised by security agencies after the
suicide attack outside the Lahore High Court on January 10. The
Ghaziabad police arrested 30 men from a rented house near Muhammadpura
railway crossing. Separately, police raided the RA Bazaar and arrested
seven suspects. The arrested belonged to the banned Sunni group
LeJ and were allegedly involved in the Rawalpindi blast. During
another raid in Saddar Bazaar, police arrested three members of
The Mughalpura Superintendent of Police, P. Sajjad Manj, said Rustam
Ali, who was a member of the proscribed SSP, owned the house. However,
he escaped the raid. Two Kalashnikovs, three 222s, a shotgun and
rifles were seized from them.
January 18: Two LeJ militants escaped
from a sub-jail located inside the headquarters of the Anti-Terrorist
Force (ATF) in the Quetta cantonment area. Usman Saifullah and Shafiqur
Rehman were tried by an Anti-Terrorism Court in several cases of
sectarian killings, a senior police officer said. The court had
sentenced Usman to death for sectarian attacks and Shafiq to life
imprisonment in another case. Police said Usman had masterminded
numerous sectarian killings and attacks on imambargah (congregation
hall for Shia rituals) in Quetta and he had been arrested from Karachi
in June 2006. Shafiq was arrested from Mastung in Balochistan in
2007. After the escape, police detained 13 jail and ATF personnel
who had been on duty.
Security officials have indicated
that the LeJ orchestrated the January 17 suicide attack on an imambargah
in Peshawar. "Use of a gun and then a suicide blast is signature
method of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi," they said. "The bomber first fired
some shots and then blew himself up. The modus operandi is the hallmark
of Lashkar militants and it shows they have plans to stoke up sectarian
hatred," a senior security official said. The unnamed officials
said the LeJ had forged close ties with tribal warlord Baitullah
January 16: The Chakwal police said
that they had arrested a suicide bomber and seized eight kilograms
of explosive material and other bomb devices from him. Chakwal District
Police Officer Maqsood Khan said police raided a house in the Thoha
Mehram Khan village and arrested Abdul Ghafoor. "Ghafoor has confessed
to have had a plan to kill former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry
Pervaiz Elahi and Chakwal District Nazim Sardar Ghulam Abbas at
a public meeting that was to be held in Talagang," Khan said, adding
that the meeting had been postponed in the wake of former prime
minister Benazir Bhutto’s killing in Rawalpindi. Khan also stated
that Ghafoor and his associates were now planning to attack Muharram
processions in Chakwal and Talagang. He said 23-year-old Ghafoor
was a member of the banned LeJ and HuM. "He also has links with
the terrorist group that attacked a Pakistan Air Force bus in Sargodha
last year," the officer said.
January 14: The Interior Ministry
has warned security agencies that militants of the LeJ and Taliban
are plotting to attack eminent political and religious leaders and
religious places in nine cities during Muharram.
October 3: Afghan security forces arrested four Pakistanis
suspected of being suicide bombers from Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.
They were reportedly arrested after a raid on a house in the outskirts
of the city along with some suicide jackets. All the four hailed
from the Punjab province of Pakistan and identified them as Mohammad
Hussain, Abdul Rauf, M. Shoaib and Hassan. He said that they were
being interrogated and they had disclosed that they belonged to
the proscribed LeJ.
August 26: Police killed Fayyaz
Dada, a former member of the banned Sunni militant outfit LeJ who
had joined a local gang allegedly dealing in drugs, in Karachi,
capital of the Sindh province. Senior police official Fayyaz Khan
told AFP that "We had arrested Fayyaz Dada for his alleged involvement
in the parcel bomb attacks [October 2003]. He was later released
on bail and joined a local drug mafia."
July 25: Police in Quetta, capital
of Balochistan province, arrested Zahoor alias Choota Waqar, an
activist of the LeJ. Zahoor belongs to Dera Murad Jamali and is
wanted for the killing of important Shiite personalities of Quetta,
and two bomb blasts in Shia places of worship.
June 11: The Karachi Police has
arrested three terrorists and identified the suicide bomber who
was allegedly responsible for the Nishtar Park incident in Karachi
on April 11, 2006. Two LeJ cadres were arrested during raids in
two different areas of Karachi. Based on their information, the
police conducted an operation in Peshawar, capital of the NWFP,
where it arrested the third alleged terrorist. All three of them,
police claimed, had confessed to their involvement in the suicide
attack. The suicide bomber has been identified as Siddiq and is
said to have hailed from Mansehra in the NWFP. Police said that
the attack was planned at Wana in South Waziristan under supervision
of LeJ and the local al Qaeda. Karachi Police sources said that
the Abdullah Mehsud group was involved in the attack and his cousin
Abid Mehsud, resident of Orangi Town in Karachi, planned the attack.
June 5: Police said that they had
arrested two suspected militants wanted in the 2002 abduction-cum-murder
of US journalist Daniel Pearl. Attaur Rehman and Faisal Bhatti,
both members of the outlawed Sunni group LeJ were arrested along
with weapons and explosives while they were in a car traveling towards
Balochistan on June 4 in Kashmor, a town northeast of Karachi (capital
of Sindh province). However, a lawyer for the duo's families said
they were arrested by security agencies in 2003 and have been secretly
held in custody since then.
March 9: Police arrested one Jalil
Ahmed Ababaki alias Abubakar of the banned militant group LeJ from
the Sukkur district. Jalil was allegedly planning a suicide attack
today on a Muharram procession and that a hand grenade, 1.5 kilogrammes
of explosive material, seven detonators, four steel switches, two
plastic switches, five screws and a jacket used for suicide bombing
were recovered from his possession. He also informed that Ababaki
belonged to the group of Usman alias Saifullah, who leads Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
in Balochistan and is wanted by the Provincial Government with a
head money of PKR 1 million.
February 28: Police arrested a suspected
cadre of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and seized seven kilograms of explosives
in a raid in Hyderabad on February 28, reports Daily Times. Khalid
Korai, a police officer said, "Azimud Din was arrested from
a home in Sarfaraz Colony neighbourhood in Hyderabad."
February 24: Meanwhile, "Police
have arrested 40 students and six teachers of Aziz-ul-Aloom, a seminary
in Cheechawatni," a police official said, according to Daily
Times. "Maulana Alam Tariq, the late Maulana Azam Tariq’s brother,
is among the arrested," he informed. "The suspects were
members of the Sunni extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi [LeJ],"
police sources said.
February 15: Police raided a house
on Misrial Road in Rawalpindi on February 15 and arrested two men
wanted for sectarian attacks on Shias, according to Daily Times.
On information that the two men, Usman Chotu and Arshad Satti, cadres
of the outlawed Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), planned to
carry out suicide attacks, the city police raided the house and
arrested them after a brief scuffle. The police also seized five
hand grenades, two Kalashnikovs and some explosive material from
February 4: The Lahore Police on
February 4 announced that it had arrested five militants of the
proscribed Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), including one carrying
a head money of PKR One million. Superintendent of Police Umar Virk
disclosed that they had arrested the five militants, including Rizwan
– for whom the Punjab and Sindh governments had put a bounty of
Rs 500,000 each – from the Sattukatla area. He said that Rizwan
had taken charge of the LeJ after Akram Lahori’s arrest. His accomplices
were identified as Ziauddin, Alam, Abdul Sattar alias Riaz and Amjad
January 22: The Karachi unit Amir
(chief) of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), identified as Mohammad
Ali alias Mama, was arrested by the police during a raid in the
Korangi area of Karachi on January 22-night. Superintendent of Police
Fayyaz Khan told Daily Times that Ali was a suspect in the murders
of Lyari’s Qari Habibur Rehman and Maulana Abdul Kareem Naqshbandi.
He is reported to have become the LeJ Karachi unit chief about a
year ago. Khan added that Ali trained at Kabul’s Shah Ismail training
center in 2000. He said the police believed that Ali was planning
a terrorist act during the forthcoming Muharram period. Police sources
said that a list of possible targets was allegedly recovered from
Ali’s possession and included the names of some police officers
and Shia and Sunni clerics.
December 31: The intelligence agencies
have unearthed a plan of the outlawed Sunni group LeJ to target
prominent Shia leaders and scholars and carry out suicide attacks
on Shia worship places in various parts of the country. In a report
to the Interior Ministry, the agencies said that the LeJ has reactivated
its activists for attacks on Shias and their mosques and Imambargahs.
The report indicates that LeJ activists could target Shia leaders
and scholars in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Multan, Khanewal,
Layya, Bhakkar, Jhang, Sargodha, Rahimyar Khan, Karachi, Dera Ismail
Khan, Bannu, Kohat, Parachinar, Hangu, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Mirpur
Khas and Quetta.
December 16: Militants belonging
to banned Jihadi outfits are planning suicide attacks on army installations
in Pakistan and foreign troops in Afghanistan in revenge for the
October 31-aerial strike on a Madrassa (seminary) in Bajaur. Maulvi
Inayatur Rehman and Maulana Faqir Mohammad of the TNSM have pledged
before their supporters to target VIPs in Pakistan and US and NATO
forces in Afghanistan. British and U.S. diplomats and nationals
are also possible targets of the militants. Leaders of the LeJ,
HuM and Khudam-ul-Islam have also pledged to cooperate with the
TNSM and called for a joint strategy. The training and enrolment
of suicide bombers is the sole responsibility of the LeJ, reports
November 3: The Sindh High Court
acquits a cadre of the banned Sunni outfit LeJ sentenced to life
imprisonment by an anti-terrorist court for killing nine people
at a mosque in Karachi during October 1999. An anti-terrorism court
in Karachi in May 2002 had awarded life imprisonment to Dildar Hussain
alias Dilawar and Saeed Awan, both LeJ activists, for killing nine
people and injuring six others at a mosque in the Al-Falah colony.
October 13: Security agencies have
arrested eight people allegedly involved in the Ayub Park blast
and for planting anti-tank rockets at different locations in Islamabad
last week. Preliminary investigations have revealed that the arrested
people had links with the al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi LeJ and
had visited Afghanistan many times.
October 1: LeJ, the outlawed Sunni
group, has reportedly started a recruitment drive and is forming
new cells at the district and provincial levels. Matiur Rehman,
who is believed to have links with the al Qaeda and is one of the
prime suspects in the London airline plot, murder of American journalist
Daniel Pearl, the multiple assassination plots on President Pervez
Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, and the attack on the
US Consulate in Karachi in March 2006 has been tasked with reorganising
Lashkar cells. Abdullah Faryad, the LeJ chief at Ditta Khel in the
Punjab province, is helping him. September 3: Pukhtoon militants
who fought against the US-led invasion of Afghanistan have formed
a new anti-Shia militant group. The new militant group is led by
Mufti Ilyas and Hazrat Ali of Darra Adam Khel. The group has no
links with any other militant groups, including the banned LeJ,
and is active in Quetta, Karachi and other major cities in Pakistan.
The group has established a supply line of weapons and ammunition
between Darra Adam Khel and Karachi.
August 21: Police arrests two suspected
members of the outlawed Sunni group LeJ in Bahawalpur. One of the
arrested men is allegedly involved in a plot to assassinate President
August 9: Hafiz Shafiqur Rehman, a
member of the outlawed Sunni group LeJ, convicted of murdering a
rival Shia cleric in 1997, is hanged at the Multan jail.
August 1: An Anti-Terrorism Court in
Multan hands death sentences on seven counts to two LeJ activists,
Zahid Husain alias Zada and Shahabuddin, for killing six people,
including five police personnel. The court also awarded life imprisonment
on seven counts to their accomplice Ghulam Shabbir alias Doctor.
July 20: SF personnel arrest three
LeJ cadres, Abdullah, Sajid and Mohammed Akram, from Khuzdar in
the Balochistan province.
July 18: Security force personnel arrest
a LeJ cadre, Arshad Ali alias Movia/Saif ullah, during a raid in
Hyderabad in the Sindh province.
July 6: Six cadres of the LeJ, including
the outfit’s deputy leader Mohammad Shakir, are arrested for planning
attacks targeting a polo festival at Shandur town, bordering the
Chitral and Gilgit districts.
June 21: Security agencies arrest an
activist of the proscribed Sunni group LeJ, identified as Ameer
Usman Kurd alias Saifullah, from Karachi’s Mauripur area.
June 12: Six activists of the outlawed
Sunni group LeJ are arrested from Multan in the Punjab province.
Police said that one of the arrested, identified as Nasir, had a
Rupees 500,000 bounty on his head.
June 9: Six LeJ activists, allegedly
involved in murder, robbery and sectarian terrorism cases, are arrested
during a raid at Rahim Yar Khan in the Punjab province. Suicide-bombing
gadgets and a number of weapons had been seized during the raid.
June 7: The Interior Ministry directs
police chiefs of the four provinces, Islamabad and Northern Areas
to provide security to prominent Shia leaders and Imambargahs (Shia
place of worship). The ministry issues the directive after intelligence
agencies reported that activists of the banned Sunni group LeJ were
planning to kill Shia leaders.
May 30: The Multan Anti Terrorism Court
sentenced Qari Omar Hayat, an activist of the outlawed Sunni group
LeJ, to death on sixteen counts of murder. Hayat was arrested for
killing 16 Shias while they were listening to a sermon in a mosque
in Muzaffargarh on January 4, 1999. The court also fined the convict
Rs 4.8 million. However, 11 co-accused were acquitted of the charges
against them because the prosecution failed to prove their involvement.
May 5: Karachi Police claims that six
Lahori group cadres of the outlawed Sunni group LeJ, believed to
be involved in the killing of doctors to fan sectarian violence,
have been arrested.
April 3: An anti-terrorism court in
the Sahiwal district of Punjab province has sentenced to death a
LeJ activist, Naveed Akhtar, for killing advocate Syed Abid Hussain
Bukhari and his son Haidar Abbas on July 30, 1997.
March 31: The Sindh High Court allows
the appeals of four LeJ activists, including its chief Akram Lahori,
and set aside their convictions on murder recorded by an anti-terrorism
court. They were found guilty by the trial court of killing six
men and injuring five others while they were praying at the Ali
Murtaza mosque in Mehmoodabad on October 4, 2001. Attaullah and
Azam were sentenced to death while Lahori and Tassaduq Hussain were
given life imprisonment.
February 26: A Lashkar-e-Jhangvi activist,
identified as Muhammad Saleem, is arrested in the Jallah Jeem Town
of Mailsi in Punjab province.
February 13: A Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorist,
Munir Baloch, is arrested in the Balochistan province.
January 4: Three LeJ terrorists, Maqsood
Ahmed Qureshi alias Abbas alias Faisal, Azhar-ul-Haq alias Tariq
and Nawaz Khan alias Shosha, are arrested by the Rangers from the
Korangi Industrial Area in Karachi.
December 13: Police arrest Ihsanullah
Shah alias Bara Shah, a member of the LeJ, from the Sadiqabad area
in Punjab province. The government had announced a reward of Rupees
500,000 for his capture. Ihsanullah Shah was the kingpin in weapons
supply to terrorists.
December 5: Intelligence agencies have
uncovered a plot by leaders of the banned Sunni outfits, SSP and
LeJ, who had directed their operatives to form suicide squads to
kill Shia members of the Legislative Council of the Northern Areas.
November 18: An anti-terrorism court
in Karachi indicts five LeJ activists for killing a police constable
and an under trial prisoner during an attack on a prisoners’ van
on February 28, 2002 near Bohra Pir in the Nabi Bux police limits.
November 3: According to intelligence
reports submitted to the Interior Ministry, the LeJ and Jamiat-ul-Furqan
(formerly Jaish-e-Mohammed) are trying to "cultivate" a relative
of the President who is not on good terms with him or against his
November 1: The Karachi Police arrests
Muhammad Kashif, an activist of the LeJ, during a raid in the Sultanabad
area. The Government of Sindh had fixed Rupees 0.5 million for his
October 31: Police in Islamabad arrests
four terrorists, including two members of the banned LeJ, who were
allegedly planning suicide attacks on a Shia mourning procession
October 30: The Lahore Police arrests
a LeJ cadre, Awais alias Faisal, from the Model Town area.
October 21: The Karachi Police arrests
an activist of the LeJ, identified as Hafiz Qasim Rasheed belonging
to the Asif Choto group and carrying a head money of 500,000, after
an encounter in the Orangi area.
September 24: Security agencies, acting
on information secured from the arrested LeJ chief Asif Choto, arrested
two would-be suicide bombers from a house in Rawalpindi as they
made last-minute preparations for attacks.
Security forces arrest Asif Choto, chief of the LeJ, from Motorway
near Islamabad. Choto, a ‘most wanted terrorist’, carried a head
money of Rupees 25 million. Authorities regard 29-year-old Asif
Choto as the man who introduced suicide bombing in Pakistan. Three
more LeJ terrorists are arrested from a house in Rawalpindi.
September 19: Two suspected LeJ cadres,
Ahmed Saeed and Mukhtar Ahmed, are arrested carrying explosives
and bomb-making manuals aboard a bus near Faisalabad.
June 7: The Crimes Investigation Department
of Sindh police arrested two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi activists for their
alleged involvement in the suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Gulshan-e-Iqbal
area of Karachi on May 30. Mufti Altaf alias Mufti Shahid and Qari
Bilal Farooqi were arrested near Kamran Chowk in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar
police jurisdiction of Karachi and five kilograms of explosives,
four dynamite sticks and a hand grenade were also recovered from
June 4: Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi
sentenced a LeJ terrorist to death for masterminding two suicide
attacks at two mosques, Masjid Hyderi and Masjid Ali Raza, that
killed at least 45 people. Judge Haq Nawaz said the convict, Gul
Hasan, was found guilty of masterminding attacks on these mosques
in Karachi in May 2004, in which around 127 people were also injured.
May 31: The Lahore Police is reported
to have arrested a suspected member of the LeJ from Harbanspura.
The man, identified as Qazi Manzoor and hailing from southern Punjab,
had escaped from Karachi and the Lahore Police arrested him from
a house in Harbanspura and subsequently took him to an undisclosed
location for interrogation.
May 30: Three persons were arrested
from Sargodha in the Punjab province on suspicion of having links
to the May 27-suicide attack at a Shia mosque in Islamabad in which
at least 25 people were killed and over 100 wounded. Dawn has reported
that the three, Zafar Iqbal, Mansoor Ahmad and Saeed alias Mistri,
belonged to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
May 20: The Police in Multan said that
they had arrested three LeJ cadres who are suspected of having links
with the Al Qaeda. An unnamed police official was quoted as saying
in The News that Ali Sher, Haji Ejaz and Pir Jamil were arrested
five days ago during a raid at their hideouts on the outskirts of
May 18: Two LeJ cadres were arrested
during a raid at a hotel in Lahore. Unconfirmed reports identified
them as Mohammed Khaliq and Maulvi Mohammed Sadiq. The latter was
wanted by the police for a suspected role in the killing of an Iranian
diplomat in 1992 and is believed to be a fund-raiser for the Al
Qaeda, an unnamed intelligence official said.
May 12: The Police at Multan in the
Punjab province announced the arrest of Amir Shehzad and Khawaja
Ibrahim, members of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi suspected of plotting
a series of attacks, including one on the Parliament. District Police
Officer, Sikandar Hayat, told Reuters they were part of a network
of up to 23 members who had been recruiting ‘suicide attackers’
for assaults on the National Assembly and Shias.
May 9: Five LeJ terrorists were reportedly
arrested from Karachi for their alleged involvement in 15 sectarian
killings. "The suspects have confessed their involvement in the
killing of six employees of the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research
Commission in October 2003," an unnamed police official was quoted
as saying in Dawn. They were also allegedly involved in the murder
of nine people at a mosque in the Al Falah area during February
April 15: According to Daily Times,
the Intelligence Bureau has informed Syeda Abida Hussain, former
federal minister, that the LeJ was planning to assassinate her.
April 8: Australia has re-listed six
groups as terrorist organisations, warning that anyone associated
with them faces up to 25 years in jail. Attorney-General Philip
Ruddock named the six organisations as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jaish-e-Mohammad,
both Pakistan-based and Asbat al-Ansar, Egyptian Islamic Jihad,
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and the Islamic Army of Aden.
March 30: An anti-terrorism court in
Karachi sentenced an Afghanistan-born activist of the LeJ to death
on two counts in the murder case of two Iranian owners of a bakery.
Ghulam Hussain, the 45-year-old Iranian owner of Subhanullah Bakery,
and his 18-year-old nephew were shot dead by Abdul Wahab Afghani
at their shop on M. A. Jinnah Road in Karachi on February 27, 2004.
March 6: A Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorist,
Haji Nisar Ahmad, who was wanted in different terrorist cases across
Pakistan, was reportedly arrested at Okara in the Punjab province.
March 4: A LeJ terrorist, Ramzan Mengal,
is reported to have been arrested from Quetta, capital of the Balochistan
province, for his alleged involvement in a number of sectarian killings
in the city. Mengal was arrested from the New Saraib area, Capital
City Police Officer, Rafi Pervez Bhatti, said. He was responsible
for a number of sectarian killings between 2001 and 2004 and carried
a Rupees 1 million bounty on his head.
February 27: The Karachi Police is
reported to have arrested two LeJ cadres along with hand-grenades
near a Church in the Sadar area. The arrested terrorists were identified
as Ishaque alias Saad and Imran alias Bakreywala.
February 25: An Anti-Terrorism Court
in Multan is reported to have sentenced to death two activists of
the LeJ. Ghulam Shabbir and Zahid Hussain were sentenced on four
counts for killing three police personnel in Multan on May 26, 1999.
While the Court fined them Rupees 100,000 each, three persons were
February 18: Two suspected terrorists
of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi reportedly blew themselves up
with hand grenades during an exchange of fire with the police at
Ghilzai road in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province. Police
said the two bombers were planning to attack an Ashura-e-Muharrum
procession of the Shias that was to pass through Ghilzai road on
the same night.
February 14: Seven LeJ activists, who
were allegedly involved in two sectarian attacks during 2003 in
which at least 100 people died, were arrested in the Balochistan
province. The arrests occurred during separate raids in Dera Murad
Jamali, a town about 300 kilometers southeast of provincial capital
Quetta, said Police Officer, Choudhury Mohammed Yaqoob.
February 11: An anti-terrorism court
in Multan proclaimed two death sentences to Muhammad Tariq, an activist
of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, for killing two Shias on June 6, 1998,
in Multan. However, the court acquitted four of his associates.
According to Daily Times, "Tariq and his accomplices assaulted Dr
Shafqat Raza’s clinic in Timber Market on June 6, 1998 and opened
fire. Dr Raza’s younger brother Nusrat Raza and a patient died on
February 8: Karachi Police is reported
to have arrested four terrorists suspected of planning suicide attacks
on Shia processions during the holy festival of Muharram. Police
found approximately 17 kilograms of explosives and other material
used for bomb making during an overnight raid on a hideout in the
Civil Lines area. One of the four, identified as Mohammed Asghar,
belonged to the LeJ, said Gul Hameed Soomo, Additional Inspector
General of Police. The other three – Mohsin Khan, Saeed Omar and
Mohammed Zahid – belonged to the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen al-Almi (HuMA)
group, he added. Police sources also said the suspects had been
trained in Wana, South Waziristan.
January 26: A team of Special Investigation
Group personnel has reportedly identified the killer of Shia leader
Syed Agha Ziauddin Rizvi in Gilgit as Mukhtiar Ahmad, an activist
of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
January 24: Daily Times reported that
officials of the Karachi Central Prison (KCP) recovered a hit list
of police officials from the chief of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi,
Akram Lahori, during the last week of December 2004. The list reportedly
contained names of police officials involved in an operation against
hardcore elements of extremist religious parties. Sources said Prison
officials recovered the letter during a search of Lahori’s luggage
after he was shifted to the KCP from Kot Lakhpat jail in December
January 7: Five LeJ terrorists were
reportedly arrested from the Harbanspura area in Lahore. According
to Daily Times, the detainees who included a woman were taken to
an unidentified location for further investigations, sources said,
adding that a large number of weapons including grenades, automatic
rifles and bullets were seized.
January 4: Police in the Chitral district
of NWFP arrests two LeJ activists for their alleged involvement
in an attack on the offices of Aga Khan Health Services and killing
two of its workers on December 26, 2004. District Police Officer
of Chitral, Muhammad Saeed Khan, was quoted as saying in The News
that the accused were locals, identified as Juma Khan and Rafiq.
December 13: The Multan Police arrests
five LeJ cadres.
December 10: An Anti-Terrorism Court
in Islamabad convicts four LeJ terrorists to death for the year
2002 massacre of 14 people. On February 26, 2002, LeJ cadres had
stormed into the Shah Najaf mosque in Rawalpindi and killed 14 people.
October 27: The terrorist who blew
himself up at the entrance of a Shia mosque in Mochi Gate in Lahore
on October 10, killing at least three people and injuring eight,
was identified as a resident of Haripur and is linked to the banned
October 13: In Lahore, a LeJ terrorist,
who is allegedly involved in a number of sectarian killings and
several bombings, was arrested from Khairpur. Khawaja Muhammad Waseem
was heading a group of three highly trained men and bomb specialists.
September 25: At least three police
personnel and a suspected Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorist were killed
when unidentified gunmen attacked a senior Pakistani police officer
September 21: The Quetta police said
that it had arrested a gang of sectarian terrorists trained in Afghanistan
and suspected of involvement in the massacre of dozens of minority
Shia Muslims. City police chief Pervaiz Rafi Bhatti said, "We have
arrested [in recent weeks] 10 most wanted men accused of involvement
in sectarian killings". Among those arrested were reportedly the
"mastermind" Daud Badani and his accomplices who belonged to the
September 2: Two cadres of the outlawed
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, identified as Liaqat alias Abid and Rauf alias
Mitha, were arrested from Lahore during the last week for allegedly
planning to carry out terrorist strikes targeting Shia mosques.
Over a dozen pistols, two AK-47 rifles and 18 rockets with launchers
were seized from their Jhang hideout.
August 19: Police in Multan are reported
to have arrested Muhammad Shafiq alias Hasnain Ali, a LeJ terrorist,
from an undisclosed location. Shafiq was wanted in several cases
of terrorism, including the two murder cases registered with the
Civil Lines and Samasatta police stations of the Bahawalpur district.
July 19: Police in Multan arrested
Hidayatullah and Mohammed Shahid, two LeJ terrorists. They were
reportedly re-organising the network and possessed a hit list of
police officials and Shia clerics, said Hamid Mukhtar Gondal, District
Police Officer (DPO). The DPO also said Hidayatullah and other members
of his group in 1999 opened fire on a Shia mosque in village Karam
Dad, 75km west of Multan, killing 15 people.
July 6: An Anti-Terrorism Court in
Karachi awarded death penalty on many counts, imprisonment and fine
to three detained cadres of the LeJ. The judge reportedly convicted
and sentenced the accused, identified as Attaullah, Azam and Muhammad
Riaz, in about five cases. The three activists were convicted in
five separate terrorism cases, including the killing of a Shia cleric
in May 2001. They also reportedly killed a Shia doctor and a businessman
the same year.
July 1: The LeJ has prepared women
suicide bombers for attacking Shia places of worship in Karachi,
a suspected mastermind of bomb blasts at two mosques is reported
to have disclosed to the police. Police officer Manzoor Mughal said
that Gul Hasan had disclosed during interrogation that LeJ had brainwashed
a few girls aged between 16 and 20 years. The girls, reportedly
persuaded to explode themselves in the women's areas of mosques,
would be wearing veils or school uniform, carrying handbags. Hasan
had trained the suicide bombers who attacked the Hyderi mosque on
May 7, and the Ali Raza mosque on May 31, killing 47 people.
June 14: The paramilitary Rangers in
Karachi announced the arrest of a LeJ terrorist who was allegedly
involved in the two suicide bombings in Quetta in the last two years,
which killed over 100 Shias. Dawood Badini is reported to have been
arrested on June 12 from the Federal B Area in Karachi where he
had taken refuge after fleeing from Quetta. Director-General of
Pakistan Rangers (Sindh), Maj. Gen. Javed Zia stated that Badini
masterminded a series of terrorist attacks targeting the Shia community
in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province. He is alleged to have
masterminded the killing of 12 Shia police recruits on June 8, 2003,
and the killing of at least 54 Shias in a mosque in July 2003.
May 31: The outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
is reported to be the prime suspect in a suicide attack on a Shia
mosque in Karachi that killed at least 24 people on May 31. Police
have suspected the suicide bomber belonged to the LeJ, said senior
investigating officer Gul Hasan Sammo. "Lashkar is our main suspect
as it made similar attacks on Shias in the past," he said.
May 16: The two suicide bombers involved
in the March 2-attack on a Shia procession in the Liaquat Bazaar
area of Quetta were identified as members of the outlawed Sunni
May 11: An Anti-Terrorism Court in
Karachi convicted two LeJ activists and sentenced them to life imprisonment
in a February 2003-bomb blast case. Abdul Wahab Afghani and Shah
Nawaz alias Shani were prosecuted on charges of planting a bomb
in a parking area near the PSO House on February 3, 2003. One person
died while two others were injured in the explosion.
April 25: Police in Karachi arrested
a terrorist affiliated to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi from the Nazimabad
area and recovered one Kalashnikov and two TT pistols from him.
April 16: Two LeJ terrorists, including
a suspect in the abduction-cum-murder of Wall Street Journal reporter
Daniel Pearl, were arrested in Lahore. Malik Tasaddaq was arrested
on suspicion of involvement in Pearl’s killing, Punjab Inspector
General Police Saadatullah Khan said.
April 1: Police in Karachi reportedly
foiled an attack on Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali with
the arrest of a terrorist affiliated to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The
man was found with about six kilograms of explosives, a hand grenade,
several detonators and bomb making material, said Police Inspector
March 7: Police in Karachi arrests
two terrorists of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi during a raid in
the Zaman Town area.
March 5: Senator Lt General (retd.)
Javed Ashraf Qazi said in Parliament that the proscribed Sunni group
LeJ "…are producing zombies to kill their Muslim brothers."
February 26: Police in Lahore arrests
Muavie Ramzi, a terrorist of the proscribed Sunni group LeJ carrying
Rupees one million as head money.
February 17: The Karachi Police formally
announced the arrests of two LeJ terrorists.
February 11: The Karachi Police arrests
two activists of the outlawed Sunni group LeJ from the Gulistan-e-Jauhar
January 21: The Crime Investigation
Department recovers some belongings of the late Asif Ramzi, who
headed a group of the banned LeJ, and killed in December 2002 while
making explosives in a house in Korangi, from a house in Karachi
where two activists of the outlawed Harkatul Mujahideen Al-Almi,
Inamullah and Shakeel were arrested.
December 19: The Karachi police arrests
two LeJ activists from an undisclosed locality.
December 9: Police in Karachi arrests
a terrorist affiliated to the outlawed Sunni group LeJ from the
November 15: An Anti-Terrorism Court
in Karachi awards death sentence to Muhammad Ajmal alias Akram Lahori,
'commander-in-chief' of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and three of his
October 6: Maulana Azam Tariq, leader
of the outlawed Sunni group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and Member
of National Assembly, is assassinated along with four others in
September 28: Karachi Police arrest
Muhammad Aslam Jhangvi, a front ranking LeJ terrorist. Allegedly
involved in the killing of 12 persons in Mailsi in year 2000, the
Government had announced a reward of Rupees 3 million for his arrest.
September 26: Karachi Police announces
the arrest of three LeJ terrorists. They also reportedly recovered
six bombs and 17 detonators which police believe were meant for
use against Western targets in Karachi in the next few days. They
were arrested from the Shadman Town area of Karachi where police
recovered a bunker in which the bombs and other explosives had been
September 24: An anti-terrorism court
in Karachi sentences Attaullah, a terrorist of the proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
(LeJ), for killing a security guard of a Shia mosque. The court,
however, acquitted three other cadres of the outfit in the murder
September 21: Police in Karachi arrest
three LeJ terrorists during separate raids in the city.
September 17: A report on the August
11-sectarian clash in Kalore Kot sent to Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz
Elahi indicates that the LeJ is regrouping in Punjab and public
gatherings by Maulana Azam Tariq's Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan (the
new name for the proscribed Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan) are the main
cause of increasing sectarian disharmony in the province.
September 11: Police in Multan arrest
three suspected LeJ terrorists during a raid on a house in the Dunyapur
September 6: Karachi Police arrest
Farooq, a LeJ terrorist, from the Pak Colony area. He is reported
to have revealed that he was planning to attack a mosque in the
August 19: Two LeJ activists are awarded
death sentence by a court in Karachi for their role in the killing
of six persons at a mosque on October 4, 2001.
July 16: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claims responsibility
for the July 4-Quetta mosque attack in which at least 53 persons
July 5: Police in Lahore arrest seven
LeJ terrorists from a house in the Ghaziabad area on suspicion that
they were involved in the July 4-Quetta massacre.
June 24: Police arrest Hafiz Tayyab,
an LeJ terrorist, during a raid on a house in Buraywala, a remote
village 150 kilometers northeast of Multan
June 23: Police in Multan arrest five
LeJ terrorists, including its Punjab provincial chief.
June 9: Four LeJ terrorists are arrested
during raids in different parts of Lahore. Muhammad Saeed, one of
those arrested, had a reward of Rupees 600,000 for his arrest.
May 29: Qari Abdul Hayee, acting chief
of LeJ, is arrested during a surprise raid conducted at Basti Allah
Buksh in Sher Sultan, Muzaffargarh district.
May 28: Crime Investigation Department
of Karachi police arrests three LeJ terrorists and recover an unspecified
quantity of weapons and a motorcycle allegedly used by their leader
Asif Ramzi, who died in a blast on December 19, 2002.
May 13: According to a media report,
a former 'commander' of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM),
Abdul Jabbar, has joined the LeJ and is likely to head it. Jabbar,
who joined the JeM in March 2000, is reported to have trained most
of the LeJ cadres. He was reportedly expelled from the Jaish in
April 26: An Anti-terrorism court in
Karachi sentences to death Akram Lahori, LeJ chief, and his two
associates on three counts of sectarian murders.
April 16: A Multan Anti-Terrorist Court
acquits six LeJ activists for lack of evidence in a case of sectarian
April 11: Anti-Terrorism court in Karachi
awards death sentence to a LeJ activist, Faisal alias Pehlwan, for
assassinating Sunni Tehrik chief Saleem Qadri and four others in
the Baldia Town on May 18, 2001.
April 7: Police in Multan arrest three
LeJ terrorists after an unsuccessful attempt to kill a police officer
in Vehari area, in a suicide attack.
April 1: Pakistani authorities claim
they have arrested Shabbir Ahmed alias Fauji, acting LeJ chief,
in Sameejabad locality, Multan. Ahmed, carrying a head money of
Rs one million on his head, is accused of involvement in the killing
of several minority Muslim Shias.
March 13:Front ranking LeJ terrorist
Muhamad Farhan Dada alias Abu Bakar is arrested in Karachi.
March 12: Sindh Police chief Syed Kamal
Shah says that an LeJ terrorist arrested on March 7 has confessed
to his involvement in the massacre of nine Shias at a mosque in
Karachi on February 22.
February 7: Police in Mailsi arrest
a LeJ terrorist allegedly involved in the October 28, 2001 Bahawalpur
January 30: The United States designates
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation.
January 22: Self-styled LeJ chief Akram
Lahori and his two associates deny before an anti-terrorism court
in Karachi their involvement in the July 2001-murder of Shaukat
Mirza, the Managing Director of a public sector organisation.
December 19: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
chief Ramzi and six others are killed in an explosion at a house
in Allahwala Town, Korangi area, Karachi.
December 9: Sindh Home
Department announces a reward of rupees three million for the arrest
of LeJ terrorist Saud Memon wanted in several cases of sectarian
November 25: Attaullah
alias Qasim, under-trial prisoner and accomplice of LeJ chief Akram
Lahori, escapes from Karachi Central Prison. He is re-arrested later
by police from Osmania Colony.
November 12: Karachi
police claim arrest of front ranking LeJ terrorist Mohammad Asif
alias Asif Shadmanwala.
November 1: Capt Syed
Imran Zaidi, a doctor, is killed by LeJ terrorists at his clinic
on Wazeer Ali Road, in Lahore.
Police in Jhang arrest
six LeJ terrorists for alleged involvement in terrorist activities.
October 17: Six suspected
LeJ cadres are arrested from various places in Karachi in connection
with the October 16-parcel bomb explosions.
October 16: LeJ claims
responsibility for three-parcel bomb explosions in Karachi in which
eight police personnel and a civilian are injured.
September 30: Suspected
LeJ terrorists kill a Shia school-teacher in an attack on a primary
school in Shakoor village, Charsada district.
September 29: Two LeJ terrorists kill
themselves to avoid arrest while a third manages to escape after
an 18-hour-long encounter with Jhang police near Jamiabad.
September 8: Four LeJ terrorists killed
in Kehror Pucca area, Lodhran district, in an encounter.
August 22: Two front-ranking
LeJ terrorists carrying a collective head money of Rupees 0.6 million
arrested from their hideout near Chak in Vehari.
July 28: Six LeJ terrorists
killed in an encounter near Bahawalpur.
July 22: Vehari police
arrest four LeJ terrorists in connection with the October 28, 2001-Bahawalpur
church attack in which a police personnel and 17 Christians, including
five children, were killed and nine more injured.
July 20: Four LeJ cadres
arrested by Jhang police.
July 9: Two LeJ terrorists
arrested in Multan.
July 3: Hafiz Mohammad
Ishfaq, a front ranking LeJ terrorist, arrested in Badhber area,
Peshawar, for alleged involvement in a number of sectarian killings.
July 1: Akram Lahori,
front ranking LeJ terrorist, confesses of involvement in 38 cases
of sectarian killings in Sindh.
June 29: Karachi police
publish photos of five LeJ terrorists wanted in the abduction-cum-murder
case of US journalist Daniel Pearl and also two car-bomb attacks
on Western targets in Karachi.
June 27: Two arrested
LeJ terrorists, Akram Lahori and Attaur Rehman alias Naim Bukhari,
confess to their involvement in the June 14-car bomb blast outside
the US Consulate General in Karachi.
June 25: Multan Anti-terrorism
Court sentences two LeJ activists to death on two counts for killing
two persons on April 26, 2000, in Khanewal.
June 17: Karachi police
arrest Akram Lahori, front ranking LeJ terrorist and five accomplices
from a hideout in Orangi Town.
June 3: Multan Anti-terrorism
Court awards capital punishment on two counts to an LeJ cadre for
killing two police personnel on August 13, 2000.
May 30: Gujranwala
anti-terrorism court issues death warrants to two LeJ cadres for
killing a former Gujranwala police personnel and his driver on May
May 14: LeJ chief Riaz Basra and three
associates killed in an encounter in Mailsi, Multan.
April 4: LeJ ‘commander’ killed in
an encounter in Gulshan town near Karachi.
April 4: Lal Din alias Arif Lalu, alleged
Karachi unit chief of LeJ, killed in Sindh encounter.
March 13: Three LeJ terrorists killed
in Vehari encounter.
March 11: Top-LeJ terrorist wanted
in approximately 150 acts of terrorism killed in Bahawalpur encounter.
January 1: Riaz Basra, LeJ chief, reported
detained after returning from Afghanistan. He and several of his
associates are reportedly arrested from North Waziristan during
the week ending December 30, 2001.
December 16: Sub-divisional police
officer, promoted to the rank in recognition of his work against
sectarian outfits, and his driver killed by suspected LeJ terrorists
in Johar Town, Lahore.
July 26: Shaukat Raza Mirza, Managing
Director, Pakistan State Oil, and his driver were shot dead in Karachi.