LAHORE- Malik Ishaq, the former head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) was to be released on Thursday after the Punjab government withdrew a request to extend his detention under public order laws.

He has now been detained in a murder case, a police official said, and is being held in Multan.

According to our sources, Ishaq will be produced before the court again on January 7.

Pakistan is ramping up its anti-terror strategy after the Peshawar school incident. LeJ has claimed responsibility for numerous bloody attacks, including two bombings targeting Shias in Quetta in 2013.

Punjab Home Minister Shujah Khanzada also confirmed Ishaq’s arrest. He said the government has decided not to release Ishaq, who is still facing several cases.