RAWALPINDI - A Division Bench (DB) of Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi has granted bail to an accused arrested in connection with terrorism attacks three years ago, saying the accused could not be put behind the bar owing to delayed trial by an Anti Terrorism Court. The Bench comprising Justice Tariq Shamim and Justice Malik Saeed Ejaz released their decision reserved on Monday on the bail plea of Muhammad Asadullah Khan, resident of Rawalpindi. The court directed the accused to submit two surety bonds each worth Rs 5, 00,000 for his release on bail. The court in its verdict said that the trial of the accused was not expected to be concluded in the near future as only three prosecution witnesses out of total 37 has so far been examined. The accused has been in the jail for the last two and a half year and could not be detained till the conclusion of the trail. The petitioner through his lawyer Advocate Shaukat Aziz Siddiqi maintained that he was arrested on October 13, 2006 in connection with his alleged involvement in explosion took place in Ayub Park on October 4, 2006. The petitioner said the Civil Lines Police had not other evidences against him than his confessional statement made before the police. Further, he cannot be put behind the bar just owing to delay in the conclusion of trial. Meanwhile, the same bench put off the hearing to the appeal of former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif till June 23 after his lawyer was said to be busy before Supreme Court. The Bench was to hear the arguments of the appellant and the NAB prosecutor on his application seeking relaxation of time limits on his appeal against conviction in the Helicopter reference and on the main appeal against the conviction. Former PM was given 14 years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 50 million for purchasing a Russian made helicopter form the sources other than his declared assets.