Lahore: A day after the release of the
alleged mastermind of the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri
Lankan cricket team, a Pakistani court on Friday released three
men accused of involvement in the same incident.
The anti-terrorism court in Lahore released Javaid
Anwar, Abdul Rehman and Muhammad Abdullah on bail against a
surety bond of Rs 1 lakh each.
Earlier, courts had granted bail to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
chief Malik Ishaq, the alleged mastermind of the attack, and
Hijratullah, another key accused.
Ishaq was freed from Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore
The three suspects freed today had filed bail
applications in which they claimed they were linked to the
case two years after the attack on the Sri Lankan team.
They claimed they had no criminal record.
The three men also said that since the Supreme Court
had granted bail to Ishaq, the alleged mastermind of the
incident, the statutory right of bail of suspects in the case
had been established.
The anti-terrorism court, after hearing arguments by
the lawyers of the three men, granted them bail and directed
them to submit bail bonds of Rs 1 lakh each.
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
Several cricketers were injured in the attack.