Lahore: SL team attack mastermind granted bail
LAHORE: The Supreme Court division bench at Lahore Registry on Monday granted bail to Malik Muhammad Ishaq, an alleged mastermind of attack carried out on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 at Liberty Chowk.
The bench comprising Justice MA Shahid Siddiqui and Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa expressed dissatisfaction over poor performance of the prosecution in establishing its case, and destroying evidences.
The bench noted that the prosecution produced only two witnesses who stated that they had heard conversation between some people planning the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team to get Malik Ishaq released from jail.
The bench censured an additional prosecutor, present in the court and said, “The judiciary has to face wrath of public when courts release accused due to lack of evidence and weak case of the prosecution.”
Advocate Qazi Misbahul Hassan, representing the accused/petitioner, argued that his client had been in jail for over 12 years but the prosecution failed to produce any cogent evidence which could declare him guilty of any offence.
He said his client had been acquitted in 34 out of 44 cases. Conviction in two cases, which he had confessed, had been completed, while one had been discharged. In six cases, his client was already on bail, the counsel said.
He said the prosecution accused his client of being mastermind of attack on Sri Lankan cricket team, but remained failed to establish its allegation. After hearing both sides, the bench granted bail to Malik Muhammad Ishaq, subject to furnishing of two bail bonds of Rs500,000 each.