Pakistan arrests former head of banned Sunni group

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Pakistan arrests former head of banned Sunni group

ISLAMABAD — Authorities arrested a founder of a banned Sunni extremist group from a town in central Pakistan today, less than a week after the organization claimed responsibility for a market bombing that killed 89 Shiites.

Senior police officer Ashfaq Gujar said Malik Ishaq was arrested on government orders in the city of Rahim Yar Khan. Gujar said Ishaq had been sent to a high-security jail as he has been detained for one month under preemptive law.

Ishaq and his associates have been investigated in the past, and Ishaq himself was imprisoned for 14 years on charges, never proven, of killing Shiite Muslims. He was released in July 2011.

Ishaq is one of the founders of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a group accused of killing hundreds of Shiites.

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