By Malik Omaid
Malik Ishaq, leader of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has been killed with his two sons and aides on Tuesday night in a police encounter. This news broke on Wednesday morning when the TV channels started reporting it. As expected reactions on social media including twitter started pouring in and where there was much jubilation especially in the Shia twitteraties there was much skepticism on the way Malik Ishaq has been killed. Though police claimed that “Gunmen attacked a police convoy and freed him as he was being moved” which led to a shootout near Muzafargarh at Shahwala but many analysts are suspicious that this is a planned extrajudicial killing and there was much talk about the backlash and its future impacts.
The News and Jubilation:
— Issam Ahmed (@IssamAhmed) July 29, 2015
One would like to believe what the story says about Malik Ishaq’s killing. One would love to believe state is finally serious. — Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) July 29, 2015
— Mohammad Taqi (@mazdaki) July 29, 2015
Although they were happy to the fact that Malik Ishaq, the notorious Shia Killer and terrorist was killed but many Human Rights activists also shared their contempt to the way he was killed. The thing is extra judicial killings no matter how much look pleasant and welcoming they have grave and lasting consequences on the society. An alleged extra judicial killing of Malik Ishaq is not a victory of Law and order but in fact an acceptance that rule of law has failed yet again.
Pakistan needs reforms not revolution. Court should be punishing Malik Ishaq types for their crime & stopping them not Bullets. Its 2015
— Salman Sikandar (@SALSIKandar) July 29, 2015
1. Malik Ishaq’s dispatch in a police encounter should bring into sharp focus the condition of broken justice system in country. — Gul Bukhari (@gulbukhari) July 29, 2015
2. LEAs end up killing the several times acquitted, self confessed murderer of over a hundred people. — Gul Bukhari (@gulbukhari) July 29, 2015
Under Pakistan’s flawed judicial system Malik Ishaq, a known killer, was acquitted many times for “lack of evidence”. — Ailia Zehra ایلیا (@AiliaZehra) July 29, 2015
If there was a choice, I’d rather see Malik Ishaq revealing to court or media who his handlers and patrons are — Fahad Desmukh (@desmukh) July 29, 2015
بہرکیف، ایم کیو ایم اور بلوچستان کے تناظر میں کاروائيوں پر سب سے بڑا اور واحد اعتراض ہی ان کے ماورائے عدالت ہونے کا ہے۔ — Mohsin Hijazee (@MohsinHijazee) July 29, 2015
As a counter argument Yasser Latif Hamdani wrote on facebook:
Malik Ishaq being called for negotiating with terrorists during 2009’s GHQ attack was also talked upon twitter.
#LeJ‘s Malik Ishaq was in jail but specially flown to Rawalpindi in October 2009, to help negotiating Pakistan Army with the GHQ attackers
— Arooj Zahra (@ArooojZahra) July 29, 2015
To which Muhammad Taqi added;
To which Asad Munir responded;
@marvisirmed :Not true,he was never flown to GHQ,just a rumour.
— Asad Munir (@asadmunir38) July 29, 2015
Analysis and Backlash:
Remember the word BLOWBACK before celebrating the killing of Malik Ishaq in “police encounter.” The war has now reached Punjab, finally.
— Nusrat Javeed (@javeednusrat) July 29, 2015
Am assuming the killing of Malik Ishaq means that the Sharif family decided to take the risk of facing the ensuing backlash — omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) July 29, 2015
And yes there is a trend going on in support of ASWJ as predicted by Salman Sikander in his tweet.
Upcoming trends from PTI / Aabphara ” Justice for Malik Ishaq ” ” Malik Ishaq The Warrior ” ” We are All Malik Ishaq ” * I agree with last — Salman Sikandar (@SALSIKandar) July 29, 2015
On facebook this status was posted by Arif Jamal author of well-noted book “The call for Transnational Jihad”.