Banned on August 14, 2001.
Initially headed by Riaz Basra, who was killed in 2002.
LeJ then came under the control of Maulana Azam Tariq who was assassinated in October 2003.
Currently headed by Maulana Mohammad Ahmad Ludhianvi, a member of the International Islamic Front (IIF).
A Deobandi organisation.
LeJ was formed in 1996 as a breakaway group of Sipah-e-Sahaba.
It was behind the assassination attempt on then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on January 3, 1999 in Lahore.
It was also involved in the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, in two attempts on the life of General Musharraf, one on former Prime Minister Abdul Aziz, the July 2006 London airlines plot and the attack on the US Consulate in Karachi in March 2006.
In Image: Maulana Azam Tariq
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