2009 SL cricket team attack plotter freed on bail

2009 SL cricket team attack plotter freed on bail Lahore: Malik Ishaq, the chief of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, accused of plotting the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, walked out on bail after 14 years in prison on Thursday to a jubilant welcome by his supporters who showered rose petals on him.

Ishaq, who was arrested on charges of involvement in terrorism and plotting sectarian attacks, was released after courts granted him bail in the case related to the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team and six other cases.

A large number of activists of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Sipah-e-Sahaba and Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat, including Sipah-e-Sahaba chief Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi, greeted Ishaq when he emerged from Kot Lakhpat Jail this afternoon.

The activists garlanded and hugged Ishaq and distributed sweets among the jail staff and others present at the spot. Rose petals were showered on Ishaq as he drove away from the prison in a vehicle.

Talking to reporters, Ishaq claimed he was not involved in terrorist activities and respected the law. Ludhianvi paid tribute to Ishaq for "facing the cases and proving his innocence".

He said they would continue to uphold the dignity of the 'sahabas' or companions of Prophet Mohammed.

Besides being accused of masterminding the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, police had registered 44 cases against Ishaq.

He was also accused of involvement in the killing of members of the minority Shia community.