Pakistani court grants bail to three more accused of attack on Sri Lankan cricket team

July 16, Lahore: A Pakistani court has granted bail to three men accused of carrying out the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket that injured seven players and the assistant coach.

The Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore has released Javaid Anwar, Abdul Rehman and Muhammad Abdullah on bail on Friday against a surety bond of Rs. 1 lakh each, the Indian daily The Hindu reported.

The Pakistani Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to the mastermind of the attack, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi chief Malik Ishaq. He was released from the Kot Lakhpat jail on Thursday on two bail bonds of Rs 500,000 each.

The three suspects, released yesterday, had filed bail applications claiming that they have no criminal records and with the granting of bail to Ishaq, the statutory right of bail for them in the case had been established.

According to the prosecution, the three men, along with Qari Wahab alias Umer Daraz, Zubair, Naik Muhammad, Malik Ishaq, Mohsin and Ashfaq had on March 3, 2009 attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team near the Liberty Chowk in Lahore.

The visiting Sri Lankan team came under attack when they were on the way to the Gaddafi Stadium to play the third day of the second Test match.

A total of seven players and team’s British assistant coach, Paul Farbrace were injured in the attack, which also left eight Pakistani security officers dead.

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