MUZAFARGARH: Dreaded sectarian group leader Malik Ishaq and his two sons Usman and Haq Nawaz along with 11 others were killed in a police encounter late on Tuesday night, Aaj News reported.
At least six policemen were injured in the encounter. They are under treatment at a hospital.
Malik and his men were arrested last week by the police. The encounter took place when militants tried to free him in an attack on the police, police said.
His body will be sent to his hometown Rahim Yar Khan, after a postmortem.
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is a Sunni terror group known for its anti-Shia statements.
Ishaq its leader is accused by the Indian government of carrying out the Mumbai terror attacks. He is also accused of carrying out an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009 which wounded eight Pakistani and injured seven Sri Lankan players.
The LEJ has been banned for over a decade for its anti-Shia stance.Ishaq was arrested in 1997. He was released on bail in 20011 after serving a 14 year sentence.
After that he was placed under several house arrests for his anti-shia sermons and two attacks on the Hazara community which killed over 150 members in 2009.
Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada confirmed to AFP that Ishaq and “13 other sectarian militants including two of his sons” had been killed in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Another senior police official said the attack came after Ishaq and the other LeJ cadres had been taken to recover a cache of explosives.
The cache included “three water coolers full of explosive, detonators, a Kalashnikov, some rifles and hundreds of bullets,” the police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“After the recovery when police were returning back, at around 3:00am, more than a dozen terrorists attacked the convoy and tried to rescue Ishaq and others,” the police official said.
He said all the six militants in police custody were killed along with eight of the attackers, while some of the would-be rescuers fled.
Mushtaq Rasool, chief doctor at the government-run Muzaffargarh District Hospital, confirmed receiving 14 dead bodies.
There has been no immediate reaction from LeJ but police encounters in Pakistan have often being viewed with suspicion.
Ishaq gained notoriety for his anti-Shia rhetoric and has been accused of masterminding dozens of attacks against the minority group.