LAHORE, Pakistan: The leader of an anti-Shiite militant group behind some of Pakistan’s worst sectarian attacks was killed in a shootout with police Wednesday, authorities said. Malik Ishaq was shot dead along with several other senior Laskhar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) leaders in the eastern province of Punjab. LeJ, long seen as close to Al-Qaeda and more recently accused of developing links with the Islamic State group, has a reputation as one of Pakistan’s most ruthless militant groups. Ishaq, who has been in and out of police custody in recent years, was arrested on Saturday and was being moved when loyalists attacked the convoy in Muzaffargarh, a senior police official who took part in the encounter told AFP on condition of anonymity. “The police retaliated and in the encounter Ishaq, his two sons and 11 others were killed, while six policemen were injured,” he said.