LAHORE - Judicial Magistrate Javed Shoukat on Saturday rejected a request for bail of Malik Ishaq, the founder of the banned outfit Laskhar-e-Jhangvi.

Ishaq was accused of delivering speeches inciting sectarian hatred against other sects, including Shias. Earlier this week, police had detained Ishaq, also linked to the defunct Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, at the Lahore airport on his return from Saudi Arabia. He was brought to the court on Friday amid tight security and was sent to the Kot Lakhpat jail on a 14-day judicial remand.

Ishaq has been facing dozens of cases and was accused of masterminding the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. He was declared wanted in connection with an FIR against him with the Nishtar Colony police to outrage religious feelings.