Pakistan under siege: cricket becomes a target

March 3, 2009

Everything is officially going to hell.” The verdict of a reader quoted by All Things Pakistan said perhaps better than anyone else why the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore marked a defining moment in Pakistan’s agonising descent into chaos.

Six Sri Lankan cricketers and their British assistant coach were wounded when gunmen attacked their bus as it drove under police escort to the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.  Five policemen were killed.

The death toll was small by South Asian standards.  But what defined it — beyond the audacity and apparent sophistication of the attack – was the assault on the identity of a country where cricket, as in neighbouring India, is a national obsession.

“An ambush targeting the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore earlier this morning has literally sent waves of disbelief and shock across Pakistan,” said a post on Metroblogging Lahore. “Citizens of Lahore are specifically terrified at the extent of sophisticated weaponry used by terrorists in an incident that caused unprecedented damage to the country’s image and its cricketing future.”

“Why can’t we ever just have a slow news day … every day there’s something new,” complained another post on Twitter.

South Asia is no stranger to violence, from the days of partition onwards. But there seems to me to be something qualitatively quite different in what is going on now, in which brutality and the alienation of the local population is not so much incidental but central to the method.

It’s been there in the assault on traditional Pakistani music and culture, in the deliberately grisly videotaped beheading of a Polish geologist last month, in the targeting of girls’ schools in the Swat valley and now in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers.

Even in darkest days of the Kashmir insurgency which set Pakistan and India at each other’s throats you didn’t see anything like this — in fact one of the signs of normal life there came from boys out in the street playing cricket.  In Afghanistan, the hardline Taliban which banned most sports appear to have been less hostile to cricket, as Reuters Kabul correspondent Jon Hemming wrote in this feature about the country’s fledgling national cricket team. I’ve even seen Pakistani soldiers spontaneously playing cricket the harsh terrain of the Siachen battlefield beyond Kashmir, bowling a few balls in the drizzling snow under the lee of steep mountain walls.

Pakistani officials are already speculating about Indian involvement in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers, in revenge for last year’s assault on Mumbai.  This speculation will probably run and run — it’s echoing through comments on blogs and on Twitter. But it may obscure a more important point. When you attack a national institution like cricket, it’s an expression of brute power, an assault on culture akin to the burning of books.

According to the Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, quoted by the Independent: ”I think this is a deliberate attempt to undermine the government at the time when there is a huge political crisis in the country. They are trying to create a vacuum of power in which eventually they can take over.”

(Reuters photo: Pakistan’s Salman Butt in match against Sri Lanka)

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i see no reason why should indian govt. just before a general election and in the midst of mumbai investigation (where they have some diplomatic gain and enjoy full international support ) will order to shoot sri-lankan cricketers (with which we have good relation) and UK and australian stuffs in the aim of stopping cricket matches in pakistan. or \”just\” to defame pakistan.

even a kid in the govt. won\’t order such an operation on those motives or for revenge.

as for the revenge factor, assuming india has the ability to run covert operation (contrary to the reports published in india) and the intention of doing so; i see not rationale to carry it out on sri-lankan cricketers.

it will be an intellectual bankruptcy on the part of pakistani govt. if they really try to sale that line in the international market.

Posted by basu | Report as abusive

not that i think revenge is the dominating feeling in indian psyche post mumbai.
more importantly people want justice for the victims and steps taken to curb all the terrorists activities such that no such future tragedy happen.

Posted by basu | Report as abusive

This incident shoudnt b seen in da context dat 7 ppl died and 4 cricketrs were injured.

The more intruguing fact is the skill of the terrorists and their ammunition. They had latest weapons, a very deadly strategy and a successful evading plan too!

They came and kept on firing for at least 25 minutes in one of the most posh areas of lahore.

I hate to imagine what if they decided to go on a rampage in Mumbai-style!

The worst part is, that these terrorists are still at large! They escaped on foot! And they’r still in lahore. The government should act ASAP and flush them out b4 its too late, if they really wanna minimize civilian casualities.

Posted by Muhammad Rizwan Malik | Report as abusive

Well said Basu!! It is Pak’s intellectual bankruptcy to blame the Inidan gov.
Now PAK is in a catch 20 situation where they don’t know what path to follow. Its a failed state with no centre of powers.
They have several centres of power The Army , The Elected Gov under Jardari & The Talibans who are ready to engulf the whole of Pakistan.

Posted by somender | Report as abusive

Though we should wait to see what the official investigation turns up, there is little doubt in my mind that this was a case of the Indians carrying out a tit for tat terrorist attack against Pakistan.

The only country that benefits from this is India- India has long opposed Pakistan’s military relationship with Sri Lanka, openly calling for Sri lanka to sever it.

A high profile foreign target like this harms Pakistan’s economy and international investors as well as its relationship with Sri Lanka. Support for terrorism in East Pakistan, Balochistan and now the North West and Punjab – when will the West stop its double standards and force India to stop sponsoring terror in Pakistan?

Posted by MZBH | Report as abusive

Indeed Western Media beacuse of their hate for Islam will paint it as act by Muslims, and if they do otherwise I will be surprised. This crime is from start to end done by indians.

Posted by agthagola | Report as abusive

Agreed, this has all the hallmarks of an Indian attack. In fact, terrorists in Swat valley are being bankrolled by Indians. People blame the poor, peace-loving, intellectually-focused Pakistanti people for all of these atrocities, when in fact, it is 100% India behind everything. Even the New York attacks, which holy Saudi Arabia took the blame.

Indians cheat everyone. Look at Satyam outsourcing
company. That is financial terrorism at its best.

India will stop at nothing to ruin Pakistan and other peace-loving countries. It’s all they know how to do.

Posted by John | Report as abusive

@Indeed Western Media beacuse of their hate for Islam will paint it as act by Muslims, and if they do otherwise I will be surprised. This crime is from start to end done by indians.
- Posted by agthagola

agthagola: Let us not get on the wrong track and discuss endlessly the needless, and not discuss what is needful. Pakistani minister has his own stupid reasons for blaming India–what do you have?

It was brave of Srilanka team to offer to play. I feel sad for Srilanka team, but relieved that players/staff are safe. The fact that terrorists were in large numbers, attacked for good 30min with sophisticated weapons including rocket launcher and escaped on foot is worrysome. It just tells that they can do this anytime anyday in cities like Lahore. Isn’t it time yet for leaders to do something concrete about it?

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

@agthagola: You are confused, you can bet our government and our security forces don’t agree with you at all. This was home grown and part of the sickness that is destroying our country. Your denial is as much a part of the problem as the murderers. We don’t all want to live in the garbage heap these killers and their apologists want Pakistan to remain so that the Army staff can keep filling their pockets and subverting democracy by diverting their failures to tensions with India.

Posted by Rahim | Report as abusive

Well if thats the idea of revenge by India , I would say it is the most stupid and cowardice act ever carried out by anyone. The attacks bore all the hall marks of the Mumbai attack.

In a country, where killing American soldiers, imposing sharia law, kidnapping UN officials, and attack on cricket.. we have to give it to whoever is behind them..No amount of attention is enough.. Proablably? Or their intention was to kill some Sri Lankan cricketers.How they would have benifitted from it is hard to believe .. perhaps the attackers were die hard pakistani fans and wanted to take revenge for their ODI defeat against Sri lanka.

I think these people really want the world’s attention on themselves.First Mumbai, now Lahore. So the real question is this group just trying to divert attention from something more important. We know that they have never problem dying..I think its a mastermind strategy if thats really the case and investigators should really scratch their heads before looking for leads in the attack.

Posted by Deven Kalra | Report as abusive

Yes I agree with Rajeev.

How did they manage to escape the crime scene on “foot”.
Nobody has talked about it all day.
I mailed a columnist in Bloomberg who had written this http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=2 0601080&sid=aEZKs9Gxk8ug&refer=asia asking the same thing.

This is the reply unedited:
———————————————————
Thank you for your message. Pakistani authorities say the
terrorists are around the Lahore area. Some TV media is
reporting that four were arrested but we don’t have confirmatio
on this. None of them were shot. Thanks again.
- Hide quoted text -

—– Original Message —–
From: Deven Kalra
At: 3/03 16:19:44

Hi,
Can you tell the fate of those who carried out the attacks? Were they
arrested, killed or did they manage to esacpe?


Deven Kalra
———————————————————
Why is this thing not being talked about more? 2 many sypathisers for the killers, take shelter anywhere in a big city like lahore or something ?

Posted by Deven Kalra | Report as abusive

“Pakistani officials are already speculating about Indian involvement in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers, in revenge for last year’s assault on Mumbai” Classic Myra MacDonald “reporting” – pretending to be an honest broker while trying to hide her bias against India. Quoting unnamed Pakistani officials, who at the best of times, spin conspiracy theories faster than a spider can come up with a web, carries as much water as a sieve. The absurdity of such a claim ought to ensure that it never sees the light of day in a supposed respectable site as Reuters but then again, perhaps, Reuters does not even strive to be viewed as such.

Posted by Vijay D | Report as abusive

It’s high time all educated and enlightened people in Pakistan come out of denial and free the country from the clutches of Mullahs, Army and Intelligence agency. Mullahs job is to preach religion and they should be just doing that instead of provoking young people against other religions, Army and intelligence agencies should just defend the country and stop trying to grab power as has happened many times in Pakistan’s history. India and Pakistan had the same qualities, while India is moving on with economic progress, Pakistan has taken the path of death and destruction.

Posted by Sudhir | Report as abusive

Oh look..how pakistanis are naming Indians behind the attack with in 30 mins of the attack !!

Posted by Anitha | Report as abusive

Paki wrote: “Agreed, this has all the hallmarks of an Indian attack. In fact, terrorists in Swat valley are being bankrolled by Indians. People blame the poor, peace-loving, intellectually-focused Pakistanti people for all of these atrocities, when in fact, it is 100% India behind everything”

Pakis are in denial, as usual zardari will paint itself as a victim instead of cultprit and ask more money guns and chicks. Those peace loving swatis behead polish engg. get shariya and now they are attacking music and sport.

These days your lies are not working fine, the biggest blunder this time is, you should have attacked Paki team before blaming India. If we want to attack you we will do it staight forward and all fronts, we dont want to create the terrorism monster like you have created one.

Btw how do you know it had “hallmarks of an Indian attack”

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive

How deluded are you pakistanis who are blaming this on india? can you not see what has happened to our country?

Posted by shan | Report as abusive

“Myra MacDonald “reporting” – pretending to be an honest broker while trying to hide her bias against India.”

Vijay, perhaps reuters should get some journalists beheaded before writing about pakistan.

Like every western news agency, reuters is also trying to make everyone happy of their reporting. Many things are in gray area, Its readers responsibility to judge the news and sort blacks and whites from this gray.

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive

Myra,

according to mirriam webster dictionary siege means

a military blockade of a city or fortified place to compel it to surrender b: a persistent or serious attack (as of illness)

this is a hit and run incident and i dont see a siege here. are you trying to sensationalise this story and keep up your job in this poor job climate ?

Posted by vivek | Report as abusive

@Vijay & punjabiyaar
Here is to Myra’s defense as far as unnamed Pakistani official is concerned.
“The evidence which we have got shows that these terrorists entered from across the border from India,” Sardar Nabil Ahmed Gabol, minister of state for shipping, told private Geo television. “This was a conspiracy to defame Pakistan internationally.”

http://uk.reuters.com/article/cricketNew s/idUKISL6347320090303

Disclaimer: I am not payed by Reuters.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

Its very unfortunate to see that some are blaming india for this coward act. As far as what i understood is that the death toll is very less compare to the incident happend. All the srilankan players are been blessed by god today, otherwise the entire bus would have been in ash. Feel very sad for pakistan cricket, which has produced uncomparable players like imran khan, wasim akram and waqar younis. This incident is going to affect pakistan cricket very badly. PLS STOP BLAMING INDIA..

Posted by premkumar | Report as abusive

There is a very real possibility of Indian intelligence RAW involved in this attack. India wants to internationally isolate Pakistan, it was evident when they started to conduct a global smear campaign against Pakistan back after Nov 08 Mumbai attacks.
When Indian cricket tour of Pakistan was cancelled and Sri Lanka opted to come to Pakistan, India protested and wanted Sri Lanka not to play in Pakistan. India was already unhappy at Pakistan-Sri Lanka cricket series and now you have the Lahore attacks. A proper investigation should take place and if India is found involved all cricket in India should stop, ICC should expel India.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Rajeev:
For me you are the most unbiased and intelligent commentator here

But Only retures and Islam online has reported this “Speculation of Pakistani officials”

I have been watching three pakistani news channel this morning but neither of them has reported this. On the contrary pakis are trying to act victims on this by comparing it with Mumbai incident which they believe was “party planned” in Pakistan.

If I was India and I had to do an attack on Pakistan, I would launch an attack on Pakistani Cricket team and Let srilankans go untouched. Why would I attack srilanka when I know pakis will blame India, directly linking it to Tamils Singhalese conflict. And as you know exactly opposite has happened.

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive

Guys

—The marriot attack was facilitated by the pak army & succeeded in reaping it’s fruits – the mumbai attack were a feather in their cap – but this srilankan cricket team attack has stumped everyone, find it hard to beleive that the army would scheme it on paki land, just to merely put the blame on India, the terror groups also must be aware of the damage it could cause for them – the wrath & loss of public support & sympathy & a possible crackdown on them – it seems the contract killers from other nations hired by the pak army are getting out of hand cause only they are the ones who wouldn’t care- but as rajeev questions, how can they escape? is the pak army getting desperate? or loosing their grip on their terrorist arm?

Posted by anup | Report as abusive

Vijay D: you wrote:

“Pakistani officials are already speculating about Indian involvement in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers, in revenge for last year’s assault on Mumbai” Classic Myra MacDonald “reporting” – pretending to be an honest broker while trying to hide her bias against India. Quoting unnamed Pakistani officials, who at the best of times, spin conspiracy theories faster than a spider can come up with a web, carries as much water as a sieve. The absurdity of such a claim ought to ensure that it never sees the light of day in a supposed respectable site as Reuters but then again, perhaps, Reuters does not even strive to be viewed as such.”

My answer is yes, we do strive to be objective. And if a minister in Pakistan blames India for the attack in Lahore then yes, we will report it as you will see in this story:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/cricketNew s/idUKISL6347320090303

We’ve also quoted Information Minister Sherry Rahman denying that the government had any information about Indian involvement, as you will see in this story:

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/i dUSTRE5224A520090303?sp=true

As I said in my original post, the idea of Indian involvement was broadcast early on in blogs and on Twitter. For us to report this is not an endorsement of this view — it is an honest attempt to reflect what people are saying. Are you suggesting that we should not report it at all?

And as I also wrote, the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team was an assault on culture akin to the burning of books. Are you not in danger of doing the same thing? If people believe (rightly or wrongly) that India was involved, are you saying we have no right to report it?

I’m happy to discuss what you call my bias against India. It does not ring true to me but if you have other examples, let me know.

Myra

Posted by Myra MacDonald | Report as abusive

NO all Pakistanis are in denial.

This is OUR own Pakistani military and Intelligence services causing problems so they can pretend to be the solution.

Posted by M. A. R. | Report as abusive

Can the LTTE angle be ignored? ofcourse they being in the same business can always outsource…

Posted by anup | Report as abusive

What happened to the terrorists?. Will they go scot free and escape into the safe haven?. In mumbai 9 out of 10 terrorists were sent to heaven by commandos. Is Pakistani forces such incapable to block the escape route before they slip away?.

Posted by Sudhir | Report as abusive

Todays attack on friendly Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahor gives one more proof that the so called democratically elected Govt. of Zaradari is not in control of Pakistan. Allied Forces in Afganistan must take over the rule in this terror stricken Pakistan and bring about peace in the subcontinent in partcular and world in general.

vicky

Posted by vicky | Report as abusive

Poetic Justice delivered to Pakistan!!

What can I say!

Paki wrote: “A proper investigation should take place and if India is found involved all cricket in India should stop, ICC should expel India”

Pakis are already found involved in Mumbai attack,Do you agree that USA should stop its aid, IMF should ask its loan back, and UN should expel it from membership.

May I also ask, Recognition of Pakistan as a country should be cancelled and Pakis living in US and Canada on Pak Passport should be deported back to their countries i.e balochistan, punjab, sind and frontier.

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive

@Myra – “As I said in my original post, the idea of Indian involvement was broadcast early on in blogs and on Twitter. For us to report this is not an endorsement of this view — it is an honest attempt to reflect what people are saying. Are you suggesting that we should not report it at all?”

– Not really a honest attempt..You dont mention the pakistani people suspecting ISI hand in the incident to divert attention from mumbai attacks..You didn’t think it was important to be mentioned when they went to say ISI is the biggest evil haunting pakistan and has to be removed.

Posted by Anitha | Report as abusive

M. A. R. says-
“This is OUR own Pakistani military and Intelligence services causing problems so they can pretend to be the solution.”
Umair says-
“There is a very real possibility of Indian intelligence RAW involved in this attack.”
Myra quotes-Minister Sherry Rahman “denying that the government had any information about Indian involvement,”

— It’s a cricket team that’s attacked!in this incidence -The pak army has no strategic gains to make – the LET & co. have everything to risk & loose with absolutely no gains – LTTE would rather attack on srilankan soil & not in pakistan – India would not dare target cricket & above all not an asian team, same reasons as the pak army & terrorist groups – that leaves out two more players – Sharif & Zardari- Sharif again has no strategic gains by attacking a cricket team – Zardari , hmmmm, Sherry quickly ruled out india contradicting the army & M.A.R.’s reaction would soon be the silent agreement amongst the Pakistani’s- seems Zardari has decided to walk the mile & this is his second attempt, the first was nipped in the bud by marriot attack – this is his reply to the army.

Posted by Anup | Report as abusive

OH MY GOD!!!! Here we go again from Umair:

There is a very real possibility of Indian intelligence RAW involved in this attack. India wants to internationally isolate Pakistan.

UMAIR!!! WHAT THE HELL IS NEXT? It was CIA, MI5, MI6…no?

Oh, it must be MOSSAD.

You missed out the Paki blog, classics:
TRUTH WILL OUT!!!
PAK ARMY, MEN AT BEST!!!

India isolate Pakistan. India isolate Pakistan?!

Pakistan could not be more isolated if it stood in the middle of the desert with nothing for miles around.

Take a GOOD look at this list (below) and then at your own country.

from BBC website.

Sept 08:
54 die in an attack on the Marriott hotel in Islamabad

June 08:
Six killed in car bomb attack near Danish embassy in Islamabad

Dec 07:
Former PM Benazir Bhutto assassinated along with 20 others at a Rawalpindi rally

March 06:
Suicide car bombing kills US diplomat in Karachi

June 02:
12 killed in car bomb attack outside US consulate in Karachi

May 02:
11 French engineers and three Pakistanis killed in an attack on Karachi Sheraton hotel

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive

Anitha, you write:

“You dont mention the pakistani people suspecting ISI hand in the incident to divert attention from mumbai attacks..You didn’t think it was important to be mentioned when they went to say ISI is the biggest evil haunting pakistan and has to be removed.”

Can you give me evidence of this? Or give us a link to Pakistani blogs making this point?

Myra

Posted by Myra MacDonald | Report as abusive

UMAIR:

Pakistan has isolated itself from the world for whatever it has done, India don’t have to do that.

Poor Umair, you are trying to Advocate a criminal who has actually done the crime and he is also not cooprating. Their is nothing which is in favour of this criminal, You are wasting your time and effort on a failed state.

Look what is happening around you, from the first day you and other pakis were saying that Nov attack was done by India. You also said Kasab was not pakistani, Govt. accepted he was, then you said it was not planned on paki soil, Again your govt. accepted that it was. You were against terrorism in Swat, while your govt. signed the peace deal with same terrorists. Now Zardari and Sharief issue. On 9th March there will Long MARCH of Iftikhar chaudhry. Now pakis are attacking cricket players. Don’t you think its something withing pakistan which creating all this mess ?

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive

Pakistan will split into three countries. Baluchistan, Punjab and Sind.

Posted by Vasco | Report as abusive

John, MZBH, Agathola, Umair: You live in denial and are unwittingly promoting terrorism-learn from your fellows, Rahim and MAR. So far my count says: 4 out of 6 Pakistanis are in denial on Lahore.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

@Myra

Just helping Anitha out. One link is given below, as I had just visited the site. I’m sure there must be others. Hard to believe but there are people in Pakistan, who don’t actually buy the RAW angle (as several comments to conspiracy theory blogs show). However, they are very much in the minority. All said and done, it’s their case. If they choose to focus on a particular aspect while ignoring others, so be it. It would help to remember that it’s the policy of denial which has got them where they are today.

http://letusbuildpakistan.blogspot.com/2 009/03/attack-on-sri-lankan-cricket-team -has.html

Posted by Munna Bhai | Report as abusive

Pakistan’s ISI and the Taliban are like two vicinal gangsters which got together to setup, if you like, a “D Company”, a nexus that was aimed to fulfil a set of mutual and self-centred interests. The “D Company” has finally split, primarly because of the same old reasons – “the conflict of interests” and “an extremely aberrant and fanatic disposition” between both the “gangsters”.

A relationship which started as symbiotic has now become parasitic. Taliban has taken the form of an elephant on whose back Pakistan trampled on for a quite a while, but the same elephant is now trampling Pakistan. The latter’s clever manipulation of harnessing the support and resources from America, sets Taliban going at a tangent!
There is no dearth of evidences to support this!!

Taliban’s stand to the Pakistan government & ISI duo is
clear – “You don’t follow what we say and we make sure you drown with us when the boat capsizes”!

The attack on Sri Lankan cricket team is another manifestation of such a stance, falling in alignment with what we have been seeing as part of the political and terrorist turmoil in Pakistan.

Guys – the Pakistan government and the ISI are very well aware of who is behind the attacks. The paradox is that they cannot openly and in the true sense, blame it on Taliban for fear that more than the name, it is the underlying reason that’s going to jeopardize them internationally, their agenda on Kashmir, as also the proxy-war with India.

Unfortunately, any and whatever terrorist upheaval that takes place in Pakistan has a detrimental effect on India’s cause of fighting terrorism which is no longer geographically constrained. The fact that Pakistan doesn’t spare a chance to illusion the international community by blaming it on India and imparting it a tit-for-tat scenario, causes the real and intrinsic problem between Pakistan and Taliban to be overlooked.

Posted by Rupam Srivastava | Report as abusive

Dear Myra,

I can clearly tell you that first of all you are biased against south asia, and in south asia against india.

you have written and i quote “The death toll was small by South Asian standards”
isn’t there some sarcasm in this. Now what should be the standard according to you? near 3000 as in new york or 50 + as in london?
as a person who reports, your job is just to convey what people say or see the truth in the incident?

Posted by jojoe | Report as abusive

Typical Myra post

– giving space to “speculative alleged Indian involvement
– somehow bringing in Kashmir
– The moral equivalence between India and Pakistan as victims of terrorism.

Huh…

Posted by Venkat | Report as abusive

Raj writes: “Poetic Justice delivered to Pakistan!!

What can I say!”

Raj,

At moments like these, let us not celebrate. It was the SL cricket team that came close to being wiped out. And several security men died protecting them. Their families would never see them again.

Cricket also has fallen victim now to terrorism. I really feel sorry for those talented Pakistani cricketers who will not get to see their home crowds cheer them when they play other teams. Most of those cricketers are absolute gentlemen and great sportsmen. And they are beyond the limitations of national and religious politics. Players like Akhtar and Younis Khan are admired outside Pakistan as well.

It is unfair to victimize cricket. It was left out of politics and terrorism until now. And now there is nothing that is safe in the sub-continent.

Myra,

If you are speculating based on discussions on twitter and blogs then you have missed the LTTE connection. It’s possible that LTTE may be involved in this incident. Until the investigation begins everything is a speculation, isn’t it?

Posted by Nikhil | Report as abusive

[...] So how would you expect them to react when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan? [...]

For some reason my post is not getting thru..reposting this one.

Here you go Myra..

http://letusbuildpakistan.blogspot.com/2 009/03/attack-on-sri-lankan-cricket-team -has.html

http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2009   /3/40350_space.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/79 21291.stm

For some reason my post is not getting thru..reposting this one.

Posted by Anitha | Report as abusive

Nikhil writes: ” If you are speculating based on discussions on twitter and blogs then you have missed the LTTE connection. It’s possible that LTTE may be involved in this incident. Until the investigation begins everything is a speculation, isn’t it?”

LTTE has a better home court advantage inside Sri Lanka than anywhere else. Why would they go all the way to Pakistan to attack the SL team? And SL is quite far from Pakistan to stage an attack of this kind. One has to know the territory very well. The video clips show some of the terrorists and they look very similar to the Mumbai attackers. They also know that they will face further international isolation if sports teams are victimized. LTTE cadres are better in keeping a cool head and being cold blooded. They seldom fail in their operations. LTTE would have finished all the cricketers off rather than escape with injuries.

This attack seems to be coming from the same group that sent some of its militants to Mumbai. LTTE is finished and they are busy fighting for their last breath.

My opinion.

Mauryan,

When I wrote about the LTTE connection, I didn’t imply that the terrorists who shot at the SL cricket team sailed or flew from Jaffna. I meant that a covert LeT and LTTE connection cannot be ruled out. It’s possible. After all, in Pakistan, there are evidences of cross-links among Al-Qaeda, LeT and other terrorist groups who want to create chaos and stay in the news.

Posted by Nikhil | Report as abusive

Mauryan, I am also a cricket fan. I don’t want to celebrate anybody’s suffering including that of SL cricket team.

But the reality is SL team and the country has been given a (well deserved) bloody nose. Sorry tp say this.

Pakistan army/ISI sent terrorists to Mumbai to mow dowan unarmed civilians at train station. India withdrew from the series, we wanted to punish Pakistan. Yet SL willingly replaced India, and now have made a fool of themselves.

There is nothing positive out of this brazen and coward attack. Indians must realize this attack has damaged Pakistan cricket as much as the Indian cricket. Only future will tell if things will normalize, otherwise with Mumbai and Lahore attacks, the 2011 world cup cricket could be taken away from South Asia. Waqar Younis has already stated this, ICC will take decisions in upcoming meetings.

Here I would also like to mentioned the sacrifice of the Elite Force, Punjab police. While some might term this as a security lapse, the Policemen took the direct hits and returned fire to protect the players. Their bravery might have saved a lot of lives. The cowards attacked with automatic rifles, hand grenades and rocket launchers. It is said one of the rockets was fired but missed the player’s bus, if the bus could have taken a direct hit by a rocket launcher or hand grenades, result would have been total disaster.

The only one relief from this painful attack was that there were no fatalities among the Sri Lankan players.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

“Indians must realize this attack has damaged Pakistan cricket as much as the Indian cricket.”

Same old Paki fantasy that India and cowardly, terrorist “Pakistan” are about the same. LOL!

Myra

I do remember after the Mumbai attacks, in different opinions that came out, one was that there could be some kind of proxy war(cover) starting between India and Pakistan. I dont say because I am Pakistani, but I can say with lot of confidence that India might well be behind this attack to ruin Pakistan’s reputation. Even before the Lahore attack, Pakistan was not enjoying a good reputation as far as security is concerned. Lahore might be India’s answer to Mumbai.

Having said this, an inside hand like Pakistan based organizations could be behind it. But Myra, Lashkar-e-Toiba does not have it in their menifesto to attack Sri Lankans or attack sports. Their enmity is with India. This attack is an abnormal incident, even the Taliban have no enmity with Sri Lankans. This attack is the attack by the core enemies of Pakistan. If India is involved then future of cricket in India will be questionable. Because ISI will step up the covert warfare.

Also, possibly the attcker’s motive might have been to scare off the Sri Lankans and not to kill them. Otherwise the attackers had enough rocket launchers, automatic weapons and hand grenades to cause a massacre. Still one of the abandoned car on that square had more ammunition inside, I do believe this attack could have been much worse and deadly, its a miracle that fatalities were minimum. Or probably the fire returned by Police caused panic and foiled the massacre. I hope just like Munich Olympics massacre, this incident goes down in history and something like this is never repeated.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Raj,

If the SL cricketers had been killed in the attack, that would have been terrible. All countries surrounding India tend to hate India for its size and power and they do silly things to irritate India. Remember the massive first innings total by Ranatunga’s team just to rub India in? It was over some 900 runs. I remember the comments made by the SL captain at that time. Everyone learns a tough lesson. But cricket is losing as a result.

The attackers knew which bus was carrying the Sri Lankan team, when the bus was arriving at a certain place and the whole logistics of the security. Definitely there is an inside hand in the operation. Without the precise knowledge about the schedules and locations, this attack would have failed. In Mumbai, it became obvious that none of the attackers were from India. And they had to rely on GPS and wireless communications. And all of them had made the trip for the first time. So they had to resort to random shooting. Here, they seem to have known the area like the palms of their hands. So they got away.

The next time a terror strike happens in India, I can bet it will be staged through locals who know a specific area. The ISI-terror network in Pakistan is learning from every operation. What they do not realize is that by attacking cricket, they have alienated the Pakistani public from themselves. To counter that they will stage a massive scale operation inside India. Any damage to India pacifies all Pakistanis.

So India must be tracking everything around in full alert. In Mumbai they had alerts from the US and Indian intelligence. Somehow, it got lost in the bureaucratic chain. They should now be better in watching all the signals.

I somehow get the feeling that something massive is being staged for India to divert the attention. I am sure some key department inside Pakistan or people in some establishment have staged this with the help of terror networks. But they will try to drag India into it this time. And India will be forced to retaliate. And hell will break loose.

REUTERS NEWS
“Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram described the attack as a “shocking incident” that exposed the “hopelessly inadequate” security provided to the Sri Lankan players.

Analysts said India’s reaction could be seen as hasty and fuel further tension with its neighbor.”

“hopelessly inadequate” . My foot Chidambaram, typical corrupt Indian politician filled with bigot, all he could do was muster up such an horrible, shameful and pathetic statement.

I again commend the brave policemen who reutrned fire, took up positions and prevented a massacre. 5 policemen were martyred but their sacrifice will always be remembered.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Mauryan wrote:
“All countries surrounding India tend to hate India for its size and power”.

Pakistan never hates India because of India’s power, because power is something Pakistan has enough. We are not a weak nation. YOU are suffering from superiority complex, the USSR was a mighty power but a bunch of battle hardened Mujahideen fighters, trained by ISI/CIA and funded by Americ a brought down the USSR crashing into pieces. India’s power or size is of no good if it behaves like a wild bear, India will have to be discipline itself otherwise a mad dog is always shot dead as it becomes a danger for others.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Umair,

You said the Mujahidin fighters were trained by the ISI/CIA to defeat the Soviet Union through proxy war. You imply that India should be warned. Ironically, these mad dogs, that you take pride in, are now taking Pakistan down. The Mujahidis will have their appetizer first (read Pakistan) before thinking of having their entrée (read India). If Soviet Union was defeated, the real question you should be asking is how easily can they overpower Pakistan?

Fyi, India has not behaved like a wild bear. In fact, this development is worrying for India. Such an attack on Lahore means that the Taliban is now knocking on India’s door where as Pakistan continues to live in denial.

Posted by Nikhil | Report as abusive

Nikhil
its a different debate who is behaving like mad dog. You are absolutely right, terrorists have come knocking at India’s door, India doesnt need to go out and look for them. If India and Pakistan can unite to fight the common terrorist enemy, cricket can be saved. If India could help salvage Pakistan cricket, cricket in South Asia can be saved. Otherwise we are all in it together, we will all go down together. BCCI cannot prosper when cricket in Pakistan is breathing its last. the end of cricket in Pakistan means the end of cricket in South Asia.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Umair: I condemn the attacks but relieved that no player got hurt.
@I dont say because I am Pakistani, but I can say with lot of confidence that India might well be behind this attack to ruin Pakistan’s reputation. Even before the Lahore attack, Pakistan was not enjoying a good reputation as far as security is concerned. Lahore might be India’s answer to Mumbai.”
@“India was already unhappy at Pakistan-Sri Lanka cricket series and now you have the Lahore attacks.”
——So your expert analysis says that to express anger over Pakistan-Sri Lanka cricket series, India planned this attack? So much for coming from your proud army background.

@“Also, possibly the attcker’s motive might have been to scare off the Sri Lankans and not to kill them.”
—-Add into the equation that All Terrorists Walked Away without rushing and in complete control—like a GOD’s (ISI) hand to save them. That seems like Paki hand than Indian. This might fetch Islamabad $1 billion more for security.

Umair: You are talking like Hamid Gul. I know you will take that as a compliment.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

Come on Rajeev
dont be childish. I know very well a core enemy of Pakistan carried out this attack. The attackers fled in a hurry and ran for life, they left behind car loads of rocket launchers, grenades, automatic weapons etc. This could have been worst than Munich olympic massacre, i would still say the attack was foiled in a sense. Imagine any causlaties among Sri Lankans?

I am absolutely correct when I say India was unhappy about Pak-Sri Lanka series. Didnt India try to influence Sri Lanka not to play in Pakistan? India itself didnt come to play in Pakistan. I dont need to listen to Hamid Gul, I have full access to international media, cable TV and the internet. I can do my own research.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

@Come on Rajeev. dont be childish. I know very well a core enemy of Pakistan carried out this attack. The attackers fled in a hurry and ran for life, they left behind car loads of rocket launchers, grenades, automatic weapons etc. This could have been worst than Munich olympic massacre, i would still say the attack was foiled in a sense. Imagine any causlaties among Sri Lankans?

“I am absolutely correct when I say India was unhappy about Pak-Sri Lanka series. Didnt India try to influence Sri Lanka not to play in Pakistan? India itself didnt come to play in Pakistan.”
- Posted by Umair

Umair: You did not define the “core enemy”–India/RAW?. Then you are wasting your time? So 12 terrorists walked away (or fled), no-rush (or hurry), so-sure of their life (or ran for life), whichever way you take it, the fact remains the same–they escaped on foot and you cannot even say by taking advantage of the dark-they walked away in broad day light in Lahore city. If RAW can achieve that, it is the sum of all spy agencies in the world. RAW must be reading this blog and feeling happy that they are even seen in this light. Umair, as a neighbor I tell you, many times the solutions are simple but paranoia is a disease taking care of which psychiatrist make their living.

You core enemy is your denial.

PS: Conspiracy theory is how Pak started explanation of Mumbai attack and how much Pak have progressed since then, confessing a lot now. Don’t get into this unnnecessary game.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

@BCCI cannot prosper when cricket in Pakistan is breathing its last. the end of cricket in Pakistan means the end of cricket in South Asia.”

Umair: But Pakistan can still play abroad in due course. In that case, can you explain the mechanism of death of cricket in South Asia.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

Rajeev
The attack on Sri Lankan team was a disaster for Pakistan.

There is an important quesiton here:
Who is the core enemy?
1. India?
2. Millitants/terrorists?

now millitant organizations or Jihadi organizations if you know anything about them operate on stated aims and agendas. I have even seen their pamphlets etc ,they have stated objectives. The Pakistan based LeT has its agenda to fight India and that is no secret. But Let doesnt have a policy to attack Sri Lankans or sports as a whole.

I will once again state who ever carried out this attack was an enemy of Pakistan. Be it India or the terrorists. If its the terrorists we are already fighting them. If it turns out to be india, it will pay the price.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Rajeev
As you already know that Mumbai and Lahore have been subject to terrorist attacks recently. The ICC chief Haroon Lorgat said ICC will take decisions in the next meeting in the light of Lahore attack on Sri Lankan team. Waqar Younis has said the 2011 world cup altogether might be moved out of South Asia. Pakistan has been a former world champion and very good cricket team, if the situation further deteriorates in India you will see South Africa, Australia and New zealand and England refusing to come to South Asia. You might want to ponder if cricket altogether disappears from South Asia.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Raj wrote:
“Same old Paki fantasy that India and cowardly, terrorist “Pakistan” are about the same. LOL!”

Raj you too are suffering with superiority complex thinking everyone else is inferior. From wars to sports Pakistan is a formidable adversary to India. We have been world champions in Cricket, hockey, squash, snooker. We are a nuclear power, we have fought wars. Work or play or fight choice is yours we know the art. YOU must shed this superiority complex before this arrogance takes you down.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Umair,

I understand you are hurt after the Lahore incident but your comments are going off the topic. Your absurd and unending argument of India’s superiority (?) complex has started to sound like a broken record. India is not Pakistan’s equal. It’s a fact! There are no illusions about it. India has its share of advantages and challenges. Please get over it.

Unlike India, Pakistan has inferiority/superiority complex with its neighbors. It’s Pakistan which uses the Mujahids for bleeding its neighbors through proxy warfare. At every opportunity, Pakistan wears silly badges – # of nukes, # of cricket trophies etc – to somehow prove it’s equal or better than India. It’s Pakistan military’s India-paranoia that has lead to the nation’s descent in to chaos. Do I need to write more?

Regarding the Lahore attacks, I’ll ignore the rumor mills and not jump to conclusion until investigation ends; if it does, ofcourse.

Posted by Nikhil | Report as abusive

1) It is clear that our friend Umair trusts and believes the agendas of Taliban, Al Quida, LeT and other terrorist outfits. Can he explain why the hell were these guys killing innocent men, women and children and why were they blowing up schools. I am sure Umair will be happy and satisfied with this.
2) My dear Umair, Please also explain us why would India do something like this in Pakistan? We are already enjoying diplomatic victory over Pakistan as far as
Mumbai attacks were concerned. After all the terrorists in Mumbai were identified as Pakistanis and they had trained in Pakistan. This is a clear case by ISI to shift focus from Mumbai and put the heat on India. But I am sure it will fail.
3) How did the terrorists attack with such precise calculation. They hit the convoy, Injured Sri Lankans, Killed some police men and then simply walked away in broad day light… (sounds like a Hollywood movie) and to top it all it seems they left behind guns, ammo, rocket launchers and food items… Your shipping minister already confirmed that the food items were manufactured in India…. If at all this was done by India, wouldn’t we want to cover our tracks…
Umair- Trust me… this shows that ISI/ Pak Army is getting desperate and they want to project India as enemy No. 1. Pak army Generals (including Keyani) have said that taliban is a strategic asset…

Also read this article…
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/US-sp eeds-up-Save-Pakistan-proposals/articles how/4221277.cms

Who knows this was planned to get the much awaited funds from US!!!!

Posted by Tushar | Report as abusive

Myra,
As an unbiased journalist, if you provide information about speculation about who was involved in the attacks then it should include all the possible cases. It is a shame that you mentioned only about speculation in Pakistani establishment about Indian involvement. You could have also said that may be it is the price Pakistan is paying for creating the terrorist networks. Here is a more unbiased report to enlighten you.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/79 21291.stm

Posted by Aman | Report as abusive

A sad day for cricket.May god bless those who died bravely defending the SL team from these terrorists.So what now?,I am talking long term.

1.Pakistan must stop doing deals with the jehadi types for its own survival.
2.It must stop using terror or jihad or whatever euphemism it wants as a tool of foreign policy against India because these jehadi types aren’t very well disposed to the progressive pakistanis either i.e love your own country more than hate India.
3.It should recognize the LOC as an international border and solve the Kashmir dispute once and for all.Just think rationally in the early 90′s when the USSR collapsed and you has US/China/Islamic world on your side you couldn’t take anything in Kashmir u think u can actually realistically get anything now?
4.Drastically increase funding to education system by nationalizing all madrassa I am not saying stop teaching Islam just let the poor kids whose parents can’t afford anyhting else see an alternative path to prosperity.You could copy the Indian Kendriya Vidyalaya model where kids from poor families are provided with decent english language and maths and science education at reasonable prices.Basically make them literate enough to sit for entrance exams to engineering colleges so they too can participate in the system instead of rebeling against it.

Just my 2 cents.

Posted by Shantanu Chatterjee | Report as abusive

It is a major blow to international cricket in the sub-continent. And no government, whether it be India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh will want to destablise a game which like religion in the sub-continent. Also, India is not a fool to indulge in such antics in these strained global scenario, wherein every terrorist attack comes under scanner of international media and investigation like never before. India has good relations with Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan team has many ethnic Tamilians. India wouldn’t want to get involved in this just to show Pakistan down. (Which is hillarious as India need not do anything to show Pakistan down, the Swat agreement is testimony enough of Pakistan’s standing on terrorism and its ability or willingness to curb it in its home soil. It is high time that Pakistan comes out of its Indophobia and deal with such terrorists with an iron fist. We want our neighbors to be stable and prosperous, including Pakistan.

Posted by Aman | Report as abusive

My friend Umair,
India is not enemy of Pakistan.
It is mentality of people like you who considers India as enemy.
In india there are more muslims than PAkistan and they are living
in peace. Mr. Abdul kalam , Mr. Aziz Premji are prominent names.
Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI, Taliban , LeT are all form of terror and
pak people, pak government are scapegoat of this.
India never wants pak as weak and want prosper, peaceful pakistan for sake of India.
But for sake of Pakistan they should eliminate taliban, Let, and some terror elements
from their army and ISI.

Posted by Salim | Report as abusive

Aman, you wrote:
“If you provide information about speculation about who was involved in the attacks then it should include all the possible cases. It is a shame that you mentioned only about speculation in Pakistani establishment about Indian involvement.”

1) This is a blog about what people are saying. If you want to read the original news story, I suggest you click through the links, which is what they are there for.

2) The blog compares the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team to the assault on music, to the burning of girls’ schools and the kidnapping of the Polish geologist. Does that not speak for itself? Again if you click through the links, you’ll find plenty of references to Taliban militants. And if you read the blog carefully, you’ll see that I said that blaming India obscures the main point — that there is something much more serious going on

3) If you look at this poll carried out by the blog Teeth Maestro (http://teeth.com.pk/blog/), you’ll see that a sizeable minority of those polled (34 percent) blame R&AW compared to 44 percent blaming the Taliban/religious groups. You might not like it, but if it is a factor in the way people are thinking, then it needs to be reported.

Myra

Posted by Myra MacDonald | Report as abusive

It is a tragic incident that has exposed the vulnerability of the players to terrorist attacks.The Pakistani governments flagrant disregard for security has been
a major concern for most of the countries which has dettered them from sendin their players to the Pakistani soil.Despite the awareness abt the security system in pakistan sri lanka went on
to tour pakistan with the notion that their cricketers wouldnt be targeted.They have been refuted by this shocking incident.Terrorists flailing around the city of lahore armed with rocket
launchers and grenades reflects the extent to which pakistan has been engulfed by terrorist elements.Pakistan has become a terror haven, diminishing its own chance of playing host to any
international sports event in the near future.Dogged by terrorism tough days lie ahead for pakistan as it would need some serious image make over if it doesnt want to be ostracised from the
international community.

Posted by john | Report as abusive

The Indian establishments whether government, quasi-govt or private fundamentalist armies do not have enough courage and boldness to execute such a brazen attack; that too on Sri Lankan cricket team – why?

All the senas – Bajrang Dal, Shiv sena, Ram sena, Maya sens have limited bravery and can kill / harass in Ahmedabad, Bombay (Mumbai), Delhi, pubs, buses, roads (all Indian); NO, they do not have the audacity to carry out such a bold operation in Pak.

Anyway, now India should hammer the issue and make US share the blame who are funding / arming Pakistan. Do Pak authorities have any direct control on such incidents – NO; though the establishment is involved but such incidents will unfortunately keep occuring in Pak and with growing intensity.

India needs stability in the region to grow and prosper -prudent to have a strategy and do something about it !!

Posted by KB | Report as abusive

Myra,
With this attack on Sri Lanka cricket team , Pakistan’s identity as a state sponsor of terror is established. The first and foremost question is that how Sri Lanka govt has agreed to send cricket team to Pakistan?

The lackluster security provided to Sri Lanka team exposes the complacency on the part of security agencies in Pakistan , whether somebody in the Pakistan administration is responsible for this incident ? or whether this attack is the result of feud between civilian and military administration ? Whether somebody wanted to score some point in Pakistan under full glare of international media ? There are media reports that Pakistan army generals are under tremendous pressure from army and ISI to take control of Pakistan as they have lost substantial amount of drug money due to heavy US presence in SWAT and other bordering areas .

Pakistan has been universally acknowledged as the most dangerous place in the world, the presence of nuclear arsenals make it more dangerous , fortunately so far it seems these nuclear arsenal have still not fallen in the hands of jehadis and terrorist elements, international community should adopt some mechanism to take control of these nuclear arsenals to prevent any catastrophe .

Posted by anju2008 | Report as abusive

I am an Australian and I worry about my Country’s future there in Pakistan. What is the problem with that country? Seems everything is falling apart. Is this nation going to fail so soon?

Posted by Vn32 | Report as abusive

There is no doubt in global community’s mind that pakistan has become a heaven for terrorists owing to the terrorist friendly policy of its government.now is the time that pakistan should understand as a resonsible nation that there is no gain in nourishing these terrorists on its soil.its the time that pak people should take over the responsibility to bring the govt under check instead of raising hue and cry and blaming India.
moreover India is neither a threat nor an enemy to pakistan. India is a peace loving responsible nation and wants that its neighbouring environment should be also stable and peaceful.

Posted by shanky | Report as abusive

@Myra,

Umair said:

“There is a very real possibility of Indian intelligence RAW involved in this attack. India wants to internationally isolate Pakistan, it was evident when they started to conduct a global smear campaign against Pakistan back after Nov 08 Mumbai attacks.
When Indian cricket tour of Pakistan was cancelled and Sri Lanka opted to come to Pakistan, India protested and wanted Sri Lanka not to play in Pakistan. India was already unhappy at Pakistan-Sri Lanka cricket series and now you have the Lahore attacks. A proper investigation should take place and if India is found involved all cricket in India should stop, ICC should expel India.”

Myra, the next topic, should be “IS PAKISTAN IN DENIAL, AS IT SLOWLY LOSES ITS SOVEREIGNTY TO RADICAL ISLAM?”

As you seen, I don’t think Umair is alone. I think his viewpoint of blaming others is very typical from Pakistani’s. All the way from ISI General Hamid Gul to the Rickshaw driver and samosa vendor on the streets of Pakistan.

As I said earlier, I ask that you start a more meaningful discussion, more for the sake of Pakistani’s, so they can come and provide their point of view to address why they are letting their country fall to radicalism, but always ready on the drop of a dime to antagonize India, which is not doing a thing against Pakistan.

Posted by Global Watcher | Report as abusive

India warned srilanka not because it wanted that there should not be any cricket between srilanka and pakistan but due to the fact that India was aware of the situations inside pakistan.
The discussion of involvement of RAW behind these attacks is completely baseless as why would RAW target the srilankan players, it hAS got nothing to do with them. Instead I think the pakisatni intelligence ISI can be a good thought behind lahore attacks.
It was made quite clear that the terrorists had ambitions to make the players hostage and in exchange to deal for the release of their colleagues in jail.It is also proved by the arms and eatables they carried with them that they had plans to stretch the battle as long as possible they could.
I am also surprised when I watched in news channels that the way they ran away from there, there was no body to stop them they were moving as if they they were on a morning walk at liberty chauk.It is clear by now that there is no law and order left in pakistan, people can come anytime with rifles and grenades and can shoot even the national guests of the country who are there as a goodwill of cricket. what a pity!!! gad save pakistan

Posted by shanky | Report as abusive

@The first and foremost question is that how Sri Lanka govt has agreed to send cricket team to Pakistan?
- Posted by anju2008

Anju:
-SL cricket board does not have any money left. So it looks forward to tours for financial reasons.
-Perhaps it has not been mentioned before, SL cricket board enjoys a special relation with India, not only as a neighbour sports nation but due to BCCI loaning money to them. BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world and pulls huge money from commercials. Ranatunge himself said that BCCI is keeping SL cricket afloat and that is the fact.
-India has visited Pakistan when other countries (Aussies?) did not due to security concerns. But life is more important–isn’t it? It is insecure now in Pakistan, given this trend of terrorist becoming blood and publicity hungry. India opposed SL cricket team visit due to the same reasons.
-People have “SL cricket board opposed India, so India attacked” crappy theories. They survive, thrive and will die with these thoeries.

http://thatscricket.oneindia.in/news/200 8/02/01/cash-less-sri-lanka-banks-on-ind ia-says-ranatunga.html

Indians have good off the field relations with pak playes too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54MyBPCid K0

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

this attack on Sri Lanka’s unsuspecting Cricket team is tragic because of the deaths and because of the long term effect this will have internationally

Umair:
@millitant organizations or Jihadi organizations if you know anything about them operate on stated aims and agendas. I have even seen their pamphlets etc ,they have stated objectives.
-Umair, such a trust on terrorists who claim they do not kill innocents but they do. If you trust India as much and trust Indian stated Indian policies, half of your problems will be solved.
The unstated purpose of millitant organizations is to do what Pakistan wants them to do.

@The Pakistan based LeT has its agenda to fight India and that is no secret.”
- Pakistan based yes, but more appropriately “Pakistan-supported and supporting Pakistan”. Why focus only on LeT. There are n# of hyphenated terror groups, like JeM.

@ But Let doesnt have a policy to attack Sri Lankans or sports as a whole.
-may be may not be—perhaps written between the lines in the pamphlet. Sri Lankans are kafirs-so makes perfect sense.
@I will once again state who ever carried out this attack was an enemy of Pakistan.
-Obviously.
@Be it India or the terrorists. If its the terrorists we are already fighting them.
-make sure that you are not selective in fighting. To begin with, give a statement that LeT and JeM are terrorist organizations.
@ If it turns out to be india, it will pay the price.
-who can prevent you from typing. You can also say “If it turns out to be USA or UK, it will pay the price.” Only Taliban is not paying the price and instead SWATis are paying the price.

Anyway getting back which terrorist organization it could be. Do not forget that LeT has done that in the past.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

Umair,

You are really funny, I mean it
Why shd India thwart Pak Srilanka cricket for crying out loud. India wants to play cricket with Pak alright but not in your country on security grounds. After 26/11 attacks the relations have been strained, that too because of paks denials about the origins of the attack.

In fact there is some basis if pak gets jealous of indias current stature in cricket world. You forgot that the cricketing world not only look up to india with its IPL super success, now ,Brits do want to emulate india to repeat with their own version of IPL.

Paks make great conspiracy theorists, you remind me of those who even today believe that the Sept 11 attackers were all US citizens and arabs were wrongfully implicated. If you like your country to be viewed favorably and want to sincerely better it , first start with some serious introspection. Also, Love thy neighbor.

Azaddp

I wish India and Pakistan meet face to face in the final of 2011 world cup. Imagine Pakistan winning the world cup and smasing India’s arrogance where India have to lick the dust.

Pakistan cricket team is an unpredictable one, on their day no opponents can stand against them. We give a damn about India, as long as there is talent in Pakistan cricket will stay alive. Under street lights, on the roads. The Wasim Akrams and Inzimams became world class cricketers they skipped school to play in the streets with bare feet. We have the raw talent, we have many future stars they are our hope. We look forward to them and be rest assured dont give a damn about IPL and BCCI. India’s BCCI is very rich but morally bankrupt. Will BCCI come forward to express solidarity with PCB at these difficult times? NO
Pakistan cricket will come back, the green shirts will rule the grounds once again.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Umair

I also wish India and Pakistan meet face to face in the final of 2011 world cup, Pakistani players have great talent and this contest will be a good one.

But are you sure cricket will be living in your country by 2011 or your country will be living by 2011. Players are generally nice people, as I said in another comment, Pakistani players should try to get Afghan citizenship and create an afghan team, why play under the flag of a failed state.

From the record book: India has always defeated Pakistan in World cup.

PS:I dont believe in records or winnings or defeats, Game is a Game. Its pakistan which always want to defeat India even in a cricket match. Insecurity Insecurity Insecurity

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive

Umair,

Wish you all the best. Hope Pakistan can still host the world cup.
But for the record sake…. Pakistan has never beaten India in a world cup match. Remember the last time we beat you in 20-20 world cup finals…. Pakistani team no matter how unpredictable is very predictable when they face the Indians…

Posted by Tushar | Report as abusive

Terrorism is a Global phenomenon and it is a network. It is camouflaged as radicles, freedom fighters, or you name it. To finance the terror, it gets one’s suffering, puts in a showcase and solicits those who sympathize its cause. It makes sure that the cash flow is there to procure illegal arms and to propagate its humanitarian mask. Also, it extorts and exploits the weaken one. It acts in a faceless manner in the places where it wants to get total control. To eradicate it, collective effort of the whole world badly needed .. ! As a Sri Lankan, I have seen it in my homeland where we call it the LTTE .. !!

Posted by Gamini Gunasekera - Mendis | Report as abusive

For the Second time in the recent history of World sports, the networking of Global Terror has made a scar in spite of all the effort made to put the differences behind in the spirit of sport. The question we all have to ask ourselves how long we are going to stay blind-eyed to all the sources of these terror networks which are operating under our noses. Terror Groups exploit one’s suffering to execute the terror and the other’s sympathy to finance the terror .. World leaders, it is about time to set up an agenda against this phenomenon unless it will come and knock your door oneday ..

Posted by Gamini Gunasekera - Mendis | Report as abusive

Myra,
You said”3) If you look at this poll carried out by the blog Teeth Maestro (http://teeth.com.pk/blog/), you’ll see that a sizeable minority of those polled (34 percent) blame R&AW compared to 44 percent blaming the Taliban/religious groups. You might not like it, but if it is a factor in the way people are thinking, then it needs to be reported.”

Well i didn’t find you reporting about the 44% people who speculate that it could have been Taliban who are responsible for the attack.

Going by your own admission that you need to report/blog about what people are saying then why did you not mention about Taliban being suspected of the attacks?

I guess your blog must be attracting the highest traffic given the sensationalism you add to your blogs and Reuters must be pretty happy about it.

Myra, I feel you should understand that by making only half the disclosures you are doing this world and your profession a disservice. You are unnecessarily adding fuel to the fire that engulfs people from India and Pakistan.

Posted by Aman | Report as abusive

Aman, you said:

“Well i didn’t find you reporting about the 44% people who speculate that it could have been Taliban who are responsible for the attack.”

I’ve answered this before but will repeat it. If I had wanted to focus on Pakistanis blaming India, I would have put it at the top of the post. I didn’t. If you read the post, you’ll see that I said there seemed to be something qualitatively quite different in the level of violence going on now and compared the attack on the cricket team to the assault on music and culture, on the burning down of girls’ schools and the kidnapping of the Pole — all of which were blamed on Taliban militants.

I also said (because this was the case) that there was speculation about Indian involvement, but that “this may obscure a more important point” — ie the increase in the level and nature of violence.

I do think you are in danger of shooting the messenger here, or of simply focusing on a few lines and ignoring the rest of the post.

Seriously, if I just wanted page views, I would not have taken the time and trouble to add all the links that you find in that post in an attempt to 1) put the attack on the cricket team into the context or rising violence and 2) give readers access to blogs and Twitter so they could see for themselves what was being said.

Myra

Posted by Myra MacDonald | Report as abusive

Why don’t we just close all borders, sea & air links with Pakistan for 10 years and then check back to see if they’ve learned to live like civilized people. Right now they are not making a positive contribution to the world.

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Who would be gaining out of this incident……. I think Pakistan should start complete wipe-out program for RA&W elements in Pakistan, Now after its failure to defame Pakistan, even after killing its own people in the name of 26/11 mumbai incident, india has started to show its crule intentions towards a peace-loving country, india is lossing against Pakistan in every aspect and God is helping Pakistan (see Wagha incidents, when indian soldier got terrified byu Pakistani soldier, Nature has beaten india against Pakistan) Now india is using cheap tricks like attacking the Cricket Players, ruining the paradise on earth by funding SWAT militants, and many more. india should not forget that the world is watching. india is famous for mass murders of muslims, who do not know the story of Babu Bajrangi, who himslef raped, killed, burnt alive, tear-apart more than 100 muslims with the support of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and indian govt. is doing nothing on this case (see india\’s owned website http://www.tehelka.com/story_main35.asp? filename=Ne031107NarodaPatyaMassacre.asp   )

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Peace write

who else will gain…..

Last night I was watching this movie “A Mighty Heart
( 2007),” Angelina Jolie’s film about the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, which happened in Pak in 2003. In all its gripping and sobering serious storyline, I suddenly burst out in convulsive laughter: the Pak information minister proudly declares to national and international media that, ‘we have credible information that the Indian Intelligence agencies are behind this kidnap to embarrass and malign pak’. Later, Al Qaeda enters the picture and starts making demands for release of gitmo prisoners in exchange for their hastage.

This is the typical perennial mindset from very top to bottom in civil and military establishments in Pak.

Myra, Peace andUmair

just read this massacre of Pak soldiers-
Pakistani Taliban have shot dead 14 security personnel, a day after kidnapping them in a tribal region near the Afghan border, an official said on Sunday.

The Taliban abducted the security personnel yesterday after an exchange of fire in Mohmand Agency, assistant administrative officer Rasool Khan said.

NOW,

THERE WILL BE ANY NUMBER OF FINGERS POINTING AT INDIA.IN FACT IT WILL PROVE EMBARRASSING THAT SHOULD THEY FAIL TO BLAME INDIA, INDIANS FEEL IGNORED BY THEIR NEIGHBOUR.

The smell of sour relations between India and Pakistan here too as I felt in the youtube.com discussion where X-General Musharraf being devasted by a muslim of India Moulana Madani. I do not know what is there for Pakistan in future but for it,as a failed state, I have my predection for this country and my personal feelings too.Frankly speaking after 26/11 I do not want friendship not even the time when the relations become normal.I have one full article is on it which can be seen at:http://rawatmounal.blogspot.com/2009/ 03/time-to-end-pakistan.html

Sow shall you reap. Pakistan sowed the seeds of LeT, JuD, Taliban any many others, now paying the price. The Russians are having LOL for Pakistan, claiming victory by driving out the Russians from Afghanistan. Pakistan is on the verge of fragility in the hands of Taliban.
Pakistan has supported militancy against India, now burning its fingers for its own survival.

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