Sri Lankan cricket team attack case: Punjab govt extends accused Zubair’s detention for 30 days

LAHORE: The Punjab government on Wednesday extended the detention of accused Zubair alias Naik Muhammad behind the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team for 30 days.

On Tuesday the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected the request for extension in detention of the accused behind the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team.

The proceedings of the case were heard by three-member bench comprising Justice Nasir Saeed Shaikh, Justice Shaikh Najam ul Hassan and Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik.

Zubair alias Naik Muhammad was produced before the bench after his month-long detention ended.

The court stated that Zubair is the central suspect behind the attack and his release could disturb the law and order situation of the country.

Inspector General of Punjab, who was summoned to the court, said  that the accused has been involved in terrorist activities. The IG Punjab also informed the court that the police have received intelligence that accused Zubair has been involved in planning of attacks on several prisons.

The bench hearing the case observed that the court has no strong evidence to order extension of the detention of the accused.

The Punjab Home Department issued extension order of the accused for 30 days.

The Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked on 3rd March, 2009 in Lahore by more than 10 militants as they were heading to Qaddafi Stadium to play on the third day of the second test match against Pakistan. Eight people were killed and nine others were reported injured in the attack, including six Sri Lankan cricket team members.