Bail granted to suspect in Sri Lankan team

Malik Ishaq is a key suspect in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team here in 2009.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2011, 21:02 PM IST

Lahore: Pakistan`s Supreme Court on Monday
granted bail to Malik Ishaq, one of the founders of banned
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and a key suspect in the attack on Sri
Lankan cricket team here in 2009.

Ishaq had appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn
the Lahore High Court`s decision rejecting his bail plea.
The case was heard by Justice M A Shahid Siddiqui at
the Lahore registry.

Ishaq is accused of planning an attack on the Sri
Lankan cricket team in March, 2009 in which six Pakistani
policemen and a van driver were killed and five of the
visiting players were wounded.

Police have accused Ishaq of masterminding the attack
on the Sri Lankan team while he was serving a prison term.

According to the defence attorney, the chargers
against Ishaq could not be proved and thus the court approved
his bail.

The court has directed him to submit two separate
security bonds worth Rs 500,000.

The attack had led to foreign teams totally boycotting
tours to Pakistan because of security reasons and concerns.

PTI