Published On: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016

Pakistani court indicts six for attack on Sri Lankan cricket team

PakistanCourtA Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Wednesday indicted six men accused of carrying out a deadly attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in March 2009. During the proceedings at Kot Lakhpat Jail, the accused pleaded not guilty.

The judge summoned prosecution witnesses on June 30 while adjourning the hearing. Three of the accused, Zubair, Abdul Wahab and Adnan, were imprisoned in the jail whereas Obaidullah, Javed and Ibrahim were out on bail. The court had already declared Mohsin Rasheed and Abdul Rahman as absconders.

The accused had attacked the Sri Lankan team which was touring the country in 2009. In March 2009, the bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by the Taliban and LeJ militants with sophisticated weapons and grenades at Liberty Chowk, near Qaddafi Stadium Lahore. Seven players including captain Mahela Jayawaredene, his deputy Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana and Chaminda Vaas had sustained injuries while six Pakistani policemen escorting policemen were killed in the attack.

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