International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter Sunday bombings, the country’s leader claimed on Monday, despite earlier blaming the attacks on Islamic extremists. The statement comes amid a nationwide narcotics crackdown, with President Maithripala Sirisena aiming to re-introduce capital punishment for drug offences.
Nearly 250 people were killed — excluding the coup-plotters — and over 2,000 were injured after a rogue military faction tried to wrest power from the president, but thousands took to the streets in response to Erdogan's call to defeat the uprising.
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Monday granted pre-arrest bail to Hafiz Saeed and three others in a case pertaining to the banned outfit's alleged illegal use of land for its seminary. Besides Saeed, interim bail was granted to Hafiz Masood, Ameer Hamza and Malik Zafar, until August 31 against surety bonds of 50,000 Pakistani rupees each, reported Dawn news.