Lahore conspiracy theories go beyond the boundary

March 6, 2009

Conspiracy theories have filled a void in Pakistan that opened up as soon as the dozen gunmen who attacked the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team made a leisurely getaway  without any apparent casualties after a 25 minute gun battle.

Since the attack on Tuesday, Pakistani authorities have yet to reveal where the investigation was going,  despite Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi saying “important  leads” had been established.

There has been finger pointing in the Pakistani media in various directions, but the sympathies of the indiviual reporter or media group have to be examined in every case. Only the conspiracy theorists have answers to who could have done it and why.
 
    WHO ARE THE SUSPECTS?
    Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani jihadi group blamed for the slaughter of nearly 170 people in Mumbai last November. There were some similiarities, but LeT hasn’t got any history of attacking inside Pakistan.

Maybe LeT fears the Pakistan government, having already arrested a handful of LeT members named in the Mumbai case, seriously aims to put it out of
business and wanted to send a warning, destabilise a Pakistani government it thinks is soft on India and Kashmir. Maybe it is worried the old  friends in Pakistani intelligence are abandoning them.

But the rationale for targetting Sri Lankan cricketers, in Lahore, a city where the LeT has moved easily in the past, is hard to see.

 Another Sunni militant group with far stronger ties to al Qaeda is Lashkar-e-Janghvi. Like LeT, LeJ is a Punjabi group.

But LeJ has provided footsoldiers for al Qaeda operations, and has been involved in spectacular attacks, most recently the  suicide truck boming of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad last September, which killed 55 people.

As the Daily Times notes, the involvement of LeJ, or another group in al Qaeda’s thrall makes sense on some levels. But the question of why the Sri  Lankans were targeted is hard to square unless the answer is that it could have been anybody. The attack has certainly achieved an  al Qaeda objective in terms of ruining Pakistan’s international image and undermining faith in the government.

 The Pakistani Taliban also have ties to al Qaeda and have been blamed for the assassination of former prime minister  Benazir Bhutto, though there’s a surfeit of conspiracy theories around her slaying too.

Then there is the Indian factor. Attitudes towards India in Pakistan are polarised, with ordinary people in many parts of the country ready to make friends, but the media in both countries quickly turn on each other.

There have been three wars since Pakistan’s formation out of  the partition of India in 1947, and a peace process was frozen in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks.

A lot of rightists, people associated with the security apparatus and retired, but still influential generals would readily blame Indian intelligence.

 One junior minister from President Zardari’s party actually said there was evidence of Indian involvement before the government disowned his comments by saying it had no information so far.

There have been other accusations and allusions in the media to the Indian involvement.  A story in The News reported a day  after the attack the Punjab government had been warned that Indian intelligence was planning to hit the Sri Lankans in Lahore, and scanned copies of the purported CID report have been circulated via e-mail.

 Former Pakistani spy chief and Islamist sympathiser Hamid Gul has speculated that Indian intelligence could have helped the Tamil Tigers launch the attack. But remember Gul has said that both the 9/11  attacks in the United States and the November 26 raid on India could have been “inside jobs”. Nonsense it may be, but Gul is seen as very credible in Islamist, rightist quarters of Pakistan.

 So let’s look at his theory. In August, 2006, a bomb attack on Pakistan’s High Commissioner, Bashir Wali,  in Colombo killed four Sri Lankan soldiers. Wali, a former intelligence officer, is convinced India put the Tamil Tigers up to the attack, as a warning to Pakistan to stop meddling in Sri Lanka, according to a report in the News.
 
The Tigers haven’t targeted Sri Lankans abroad before, but they certainly have a motive — they’re on the point of defeat in northern Sri Lanka.

But why would Indian intelligence give them a hand? India is discomfited by the friendship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan provides military training and arms to Sri Lanka.

 Indian involvement, if it was discovered, in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team would presumbably drive Pakistan and Sri Lanka closer together. New Delhi shouldn’t want to risk that.

 Pakistan and India have a history of seeking revenge, tit-for-tat, actions, and as yet the books aren’t balanced for Mumbai . Some Indo-phobes suggest the Lahore attack was payback by an Indian intelligence agency , and many ordinary people find that easy to believe.

 If that was the case why hit the Sri Lankans? Why target a cricket team? People shouldn’t forget that if anyone loves cricket more than a Pakistani or a Sri Lankans it is an Indian.

 The next time the attack would be on Indian cricketers. Would
India’s agency, the Research & Analysis Wing, want to risk that? I don’t think so. They haven’t been playing that badly.

Comments

Interesting!!!

Posted by Eeman | Report as abusive
 

Peace,If you are a Pakistani patriot, then maybe you can give some advice to the PCC how to get foreign teams to play cricket in Pakistan.From NY TIMES:Most major cricket teams already refuse to risk playing in Pakistan, ever more isolated from the rest of the world.“This happened in the heart of Lahore, the cultural capital of the country,” said Aftab Ahmad Sherpao, a former interior minister and a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party of President Asif Ali Zardari. “None of the attackers were shot or caught, and they were coming to the scene with big bags. That’s absurd.”

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive
 

Hey Peace,Read this: Lahore attack ‘mastermind’ escapes police raid in Punjab (TIMES, UK [09/03/2009])The suspected mastermind of last week’s assault on a convoy carrying Sri Lankan cricket team today escaped a police raid on his village home in northern Punjab.Mohammed Aqeel, an activist of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), an al-Qaeda-linked militant group is believed to have organised the terror attack in eastern city of Lahore in which eight people were killed and seven members of the Sri Lankan squad, including a British assistant coach, injured.I hope Hamid Gul is not wasting time moping around with his pathetic conspiracies. He is turning into another Comical Ali.

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive
 

Ah I love conspiracy theories from the Pakis. Its the usual CIA,Mossad and the RAW who responsible for everything-terrorism,Al qaida,Taliban,economic depression,food shortage etc etc. And the Pakis are all clean,all of them go to the Mosque ,pray for everyone’s welfare and prosperity and treat their women equally. Hamid Mir,Pervez Hoodbhoy and Asma Jehangir are some popular agents of the CIA. Pakistan thought they were good people until a popular intellectual,Zaid Hamid opened the Pakistani people’s eyes. We Indians are the land of Chankya-Islam’s main enemy( it is interesting to note that he died 800 years before the prophet) .We Indians are just jealous of the Pakis and we deserve to be ruled under the foot of the Muslims once again. But unfortunately for the time being ,the entire wold is conspiring against Pakistan and maligning it’s pluralism…

Posted by mitchell | Report as abusive
 

I saw & read many comments of my comments, but one thing is common among all idiots…oops…indians is that they do not answer the queries raised in my comments. They give reference of UK, USA and other foreign websites but are very much ignorant of there own country website, like the one i mentioned in my earlier comments…secondly if what you say and refered is correct than it is proven that mumbai incident was the mastermind in india…because all its suspects including police officers were arrested in different part of india…. BE REALISTIC AND BE TRUTHFUL. You have been beatened by PAKISTAN on many occasions and this happened naturally…. all the geographics and history is filled with these reports.

Posted by Peace | Report as abusive
 

Peace,Don’t worry! We Indians are skill-less people who cannot even complete a sentence without committing Grammatical and spelling errors and we can’t resist abusing our neighbors with words like ‘idiots’. We Indian abusers will be unveiled soon by the Pakistanis. As you say,the world’s geography is filled with these reports.

Posted by mitchell | Report as abusive
 

Bulletfish,I don’t think Mr.Gul is a comical Ali. He is a mass murderer with evil in his heart. Those who all voted for Benazir’s party should read this letter from B RamanAdditional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India. http://www.ppp.org.pk/party/issues/p_art icles56.html I quote Mr.Raman, “Benazir’s close friendship with Rajiv Gandhi, her alleged links with R&AW and her alleged betrayal of the Khalistan movement were some of the secret charges used by Ghulam Ishaq Khan, the then President, to dismiss her in August 1990, at the instance of Gen Beg and Lt Gen Gul. “

Posted by mitchell | Report as abusive
 

Mitchell,Like you say for Benazir,every Pakistani prime minister had got a fiend in the main core of the army and the intelligence. If its Zia-Ul-haq for Z.A.Bhutto and Musharraf for Nawaz Sharif,then its Hamid Gul for Benazir. I don’t know who’s in the store for Yusaf Raza Gilani and Zardari…

Posted by pk | Report as abusive
 

Peace,You are the idiot with his head buried in the sand. The truth has been presented to you many times, but you continue to live in a state of denial. You so-called Pakistan is going down the drain. You remind me of another blogger who was warned, Ali. For all I know you probably are him.I QUOTED YOUR PRECIOUS PAKISTAN NEWSPAPERS TO YOU, BUT YOU SEEM NOT TO CARE.Every comment you have typed has not posed any question. So I cannot see any comment to reply to. What I have presented to you is all evident in real time and not STUPID, PATHETIC crap that you spout and do not support with legitimate proof: Its RAW!! All you can state is that its all in books or on the internet. You sound like a sycophant for Hamid Gul.Here is a defeat report for you:Do you remember what happened in 1971 in East Pakistan? Millions of your own citizens murdered by your own glorious military. I have seen a beautiful photo of a Pakistani Lieutenant General A A K Niazi signing a ‘surrender’ in Dhaka (not a strategic cease fire). He then had to be protected by the Indian soldiers from the new Bangladeshis. He did cry. Over 90,000 Pakistani prisoners of war which was the largest surrender of forces since World War II.(the information in the above paragraph is irrefutable).Pakistan is defeating itself.

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive
 

Pakistan has never desired and wished to overrun India.Pakistan is a peace loving country.But in order to put the things in the right perspective,i would like to tell you that It was CIA which created Al Qaeda and Mujahedeen(Talibans) for Afghan Jihad in 1979.Osama bin Ladin was and is still on the pay role of CIA.they both(Osama+CIA) are working closely with RAW to destabilize Pakistan.By the way, may I ask my Indian Counter parts that what 18 x Indian consulates are doing on Pak-Afghan border?are they issuing visa to Afghans???If you have read the history you must be aware of the fact the India supported/trained/ provided weapons and shelter to “muktee bhani” in 1971.Later on India even backed out from its promise,which it made with Sheikh Mujeeb ur Rehman,that India will cede West Bangal to Bangladesh,and Bangladesh will be a united West+East Bengal).Pakistan only wants peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute with India,which India is reluctant to do?India don’t want to address the root cause of tension between India and Pakistan.Once you the Indians talk of extremism in Pakistan ,may i draw your attention towards RSS/Shiv Sehna….. so what do you call them?Hindu fascist or extremist?as you the Indians must be well aware that Somjotha express bomb blast was not conducted by LET etc but by your own?Made in India RSS(RAW)”.So i will advise all Indians to stop worrying about Pakistan and save your own country falling into the hands of”HINDU EXTREMISTS”

Posted by Irfan | Report as abusive
 

Peace: What a name you picked—a typical case. Other similar examples are Lashkar-e-Toiba means “’Army of the Pure” and Taliban means “one seeking religious knowledge”.Indian Muslims: They do not give a damn to your sympathies–your crocodile tears for vested interest or time-pass. They are sick and angry at you people–sitting in Pakistan and pretending to be fellow Muslim brother. They do not want to be attached to you–such is your stage. Sane Muslims accept that India is the best place for them. There is a scope for progress. Hatred taught to you or self-learnt that Indian Muslims have Economic and social disparity etc. is a myth. You can count the # of Muslim riots and other such incidents on your fingers (in many cases culpirits held), but you need days to write about the benifits and advantages they have in Indian system–workable secular democracy, # of prominent Indian names in all walks of life. All those prominent persons if they had decided to go to Pakistan would perhaps be talking crap like you and doing nothing else for the good of Pakistan. Go man get some life. Leave Indian alone.As you would know your former Pres. Musharraf was in India invited at a meeting also talked about RA&W role in India. He said this:“We have to accept the reality. Your R&AW does exactly what the ISI does. My request is let us tackle the RAW and the ISI to stop this confrontation,”A prominent Indian Muslim responded like this. Click below for 1 min video or call it one slapping-left and right.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO1 sUdAdl NIIf you have guts, why don’t you ask your Mullahs to issue a fatwa against terrorists. In India, Indian Clerics Conference Issues World’s First Anti-Terror Fatwa.http://www.memri.org/bin/articles. cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP195908Can you do that in Pakistan?—No, because either you do not have balls or you consider terrorist a Muslim, either way impotent and coward.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

Peace: What a name you picked—a typical case. Other similar examples are Lashkar-e-Toiba means “’Army of the Pure” and Taliban means “one seeking religious knowledge”.Indian Muslims: They do not give a damn to your sympathies–your crocodile tears for vested interest or time-pass. They are sick and angry at you people–sitting in Pakistan and pretending to be fellow Muslim brother. They do not want to be attached to you–such is your stage. Sane Muslims accept that India is the best place for them. There is a scope for progress. Hatred taught to you or self-learnt that Indian Muslims have Economic and social disparity etc. is a myth. You can count the # of Muslim riots and other such incidents on your fingers (in many cases culpirits held), but you need days to write about the benifits and advantages they have in Indian system–workable secular democracy, # of prominent Indian names in all walks of life. All those prominent persons if they had decided to go to Pakistan would perhaps be talking crap like you and doing nothing else for the good of Pakistan. Go man get some life. Leave Indian alone.As you would know your former Pres. Musharraf was in India invited at a meeting also talked about RA&W role in India. He said this:“We have to accept the reality. Your R&AW does exactly what the ISI does. My request is let us tackle the RAW and the ISI to stop this confrontation,”A prominent Indian Muslim responded like this. Click below for 1 min video or call it one slapping-left and right.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO1 sUdAdl NI

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

Peace: If you have guts, why don’t you ask your Mullahs to issue a fatwa against terrorists. In India, Indian Clerics Conference Issues World’s First Anti-Terror Fatwa.http://www.memri.org/bin/articles. cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP195908Can you do that in Pakistan?—No, because either you do not have balls to do so or you consider terrorist a Muslim-either way impotent and coward.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

You are truly an absolute idoit as you have mentioned 200 girls school were destroyed in SWAT, if you have been informed of even very littled things in Pakistan you would not have said that….. you indians are like donkies who are just do without thinking and without feeling…..total population of SWAT is less than 50,000 comprises of women, men, children both boys and girls, it could not possibly have 200 schools and then think of 200 girls school wow…..You said 70% of Pakistanies support Extremist…no they support truth and justice….they donot support your brutality in Kashmir, they do not support killing of children, raping of girls, this is all evident in books, internet…above all your own soldiers do suicide due to felt of guilty in thier concience…..you can bark like dog, but you cannot hide truth…..do not say anything bad about Pakistan because this country is much more times blessed than yours….atleast we do not have genocide killers like BABU BAJRANGI who is supported by the so-called secular govt. PLEASE STOP BARKING.

Posted by Peace | Report as abusive
 

Hey Peace,Looks like the nails are going into the coffin of Pakistan sports. Even if Imran Khan went around the world as a goodwill ambassador for Pakistan sports, it would be fruitless.Please add the attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore to complete this list:from BBC South Asia website:Sept 2001: New Zealand pull out of Pakistan tour following US military action in Afghanistan after 9/11 attacks; West Indies and Australia move games to neutral venues.May 2002: New Zealand cancel tour of Pakistan after explosion outside team’s Karachi hotelMarch 2008: Australia postpone tour of Pakistan on security concerns.Oct 2008: West Indies call off November tour of Pakistan on security concerns.Dec 2008: India pull out of 2009 Pakistan tour after government directive.Feb 2009: ICC’s 2009 Champions Trophy tournament in Pakistan is called off after participants express security concerns.

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive
 

I remember Mr.Peace-AKA hate- commenting in one post that Pakistan is a better economy than India because there are no job cuts in Pakistan. He is brainwashed to that extent that even Ali commented back that his statements are like ‘works of fiction’. I am surprised that the Indians here respond back to the fanatical statements made by Islamists. Brainwashed people,I had observed,shout at their maximum in a debate and convince themselves that they had won the discussion.

Posted by mitchell | Report as abusive
 

Pakistan is a peace loving country.But in order to put the things in the right perspective,i would like to tell you that It was CIA which created Al Qaeda and Mujahedeen(Talibans) for Afghan Jihad in 1979.Osama bin Ladin was and is still on the pay role of CIA.they both(Osama+CIA) are working closely with RAW to destabilize Pakistan.By the way, may I ask my Indian Counter parts that what 18 x Indian consulates are doing on Pak-Afghan border?are they issuing visa to Afghans???If you have read the history you must be aware of the fact the India supported/trained/ provided weapons and shelter to “muktee bhani” in 1971.Later on India even backed out from its promise,which it made with Sheikh Mujeeb ur Rehman,that India will cede West Bangal to Bangladesh,and Bangladesh will be a united West+East Bengal).Pakistan only wants peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute with India,which India is reluctant to do?India don’t want to address the root cause of tension between India and Pakistan.Once you the Indians talk of extremism in Pakistan ,may i draw your attention towards RSS/Shiv Sehna….. so what do you call them?Hindu fascist or extremist?as you the Indians must be well aware that Somjotha express bomb blast was not conducted by LET etc but by your own?Made in India RSS(RAW)”. Babu Bajrangi, world knows what he did to muslims and he was then and now supported by indian govt. So i will advise all Indians to stop worrying about Pakistan and save your own country falling into the hands of”HINDU EXTREMISTS” search youtube for this term and you’ll see true face of HINDUSTAN(india hypocratic version of fooling world)

Posted by Peace | Report as abusive
 

Peace,Please STOP PASTING THE SAME OLD, BASELESS BULLS**T on the different topics, you are as annoying as your so-called peaceful country!Zardari and you would make an excellent partnership as second-hand car salesmen with his nausiating smile and your crap.

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive
 

Peace says “India even backed out from its promise,which it made with Sheikh Mujeeb ur Rehman,that India will cede West Bangal to Bangladesh,and Bangladesh will be a united West+East Bengal)” LOL :-) HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa.I wonder how the West Bengalis will react to these statements. LOL.:)I try not to respond to a joker but just can’t resist reading these fanatical jokes. I think this is what they teach in a Paki school these days. ‘Hate your neighbor but call yourself a peaceful moron!’

Posted by mitchell | Report as abusive
 

RAW is a spineless corrupt agency unfit even to plot against own party members for political reasons let alone on the SL cricket team. I bet only Pakis know the expansion for the RAW-they are so obsessed with it. No other country-including India-gives a damn about the agency. Almost 75% of my Indian friends are unaware that there is an agency called the RAW. Hopeless the pakis are so obsessed with everything Indian. I recall one of my Paki colleague-a very wonderful person at heart-trying to lecture me about the ‘RAW-Chankya fanaticism’. According to him RAW follow the infamous priest’s ‘Arthashastra’ and try to destabilize pakistan and finally he concluded that Chanakya hated Islam. Little did he realize that Chanakya died 1000 years before Mohammed? Or a little research would have sufficed that Chanakya had died without the knowledge of Islam. I just don’t know how these smart humans believe in the utmost garbage fed to them. Everyone must have at least once in our life experienced some annoying propaganda-in my childhood my uncle always tried to convince me that there is no God other than Jesus and that non-believers are uncivilized. But with our growing up we are supposed to be wise and seek the truth,aren’t we? But why does most of the Fundamentalist Hindus,Muslims and of course Christians talk garbage despite the huge advancement in Science?I don’t know why!!!! If Pakistan tolerates India and India tolerates India then that’s peace,not hating each other over Kashmir and East Bengal and finally saying saying we love peace!!

Posted by mitchell | Report as abusive
 

Peace:Click below to see an Indian Muslim kicks Pervez Musharraf’s butt. This is on recently held meeting in Delhi.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO1 sUdAdlNIEnjoy:-)

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

Peace: This is PM Sharif, PM during Pervez Musharraf’s time.Salakhon ke peeche–a rare delight.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z IBIxsimWFE&feature=relatedEnjoy:-)

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

i think these attacks have been done by the indian raw as many edvidences showed this factindia is trying to break the relation between two countries

Posted by Nabeel | Report as abusive
 

Nabeel,Please get a life!We do not need to read the same baseless, statements repeated by others.What else have you got up your sleeve: MI6, CIA or is it Mossad?

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive
 

Mitchel you’re so very right. The problem in both India and Pakistan and the same would apply to a lot of other countries in the region is an extremely low level of literacy and more importantly, general public awareness. We are all responsible for the mess we are in as is always and everywhere the case. We forget to believe that everyone brings its own misfortune. The very book of Quran that Muslims believe in clearly states that you’re responsible for your own fortunes and misfortunes. But public in general in these countries have this tendency to duck the blame of their own actions. In the past they blamed their kings, then they blamed the colonial powers like the British and today they blame either the neighboring countries or their own leaders. They fail to see their own flaws and wrongs as a society. Unless the public in general in India and Pakistan and in other unstable and poverty-stricken area take the matters and responsibility in their own hands and believe that the ‘buck stops here’, I do not see any peace, development and prosperity.

Posted by SMJ | Report as abusive
 

Its been over 50 years and still blaming each other, picking on each other for stupid things, take actions against terrorist, its time to work together to end it and grow your dam economy. GROW UP, i hope the young generation take a different step.

Posted by TI | Report as abusive
 

TI”picking on each other for stupid things,” “GROW UP,”—If You find the umpteen humans killed in bomb blasts & incidences like the Mumbai attack ‘stupid’then we thank our stars we’re not a ‘GROWN UP’ like you…

Posted by anup | Report as abusive
 

This attack was conducted by Indian RAW to avenge Mumbai attacks, and to create distance between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which would be a help to Indian buddies, the Tamil Tigers.

 

As a West Bengali, i would like to let the so called extreme Pakistani ‘PEACE’ lover know a little bit about Bangladesh.In August 1947, the Partition of India gave birth to two new states named Pakistan and India. The Muslim-majority area became Pakistan while areas with Hindu majority became India. The new nation of Pakistan included two geographically and culturally separate areas in the east and the west of India. The western zone was popularly and officially termed West Pakistan and the eastern zone (now Bangladesh) was termed as East Bengal and later, East Pakistan. It was a fact that West Pakistan dominated politically and exploited the East economically, leading to many grievances.On March 21, 1948, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Governor general of Pakistan, declared that Urdu would be the only official language for both West and East Pakistan. The people of Bangladesh whose main language is Bengali(same as mine), started to protest against this. On 21 February 1952, students of capital city of Dhaka called for a provincial strike. The Pakistani government invoked a curfew to prevent this and the protests were tamed down. The Pakistani police fired on the students despite their peaceful protests and a number of students were killed.Inevitably, the war broke out on 26 March 1971 as army units directed by West Pakistan launched a military operation in Bangladesh against Bengali civilians, students, intelligentsia, and armed personnel who were demanding independence from Pakistan. Members of the East Bengal Regiment, East Pakistan Rifles, East Pakistan police and other Bengali military and paramilitary forces, and armed civilians revolted to form guerrilla groups and forces (generally termed as the Mukti Bahini) to fight against the army of West Pakistan.During the following months, India provided economic, military and diplomatic support to the Mukti Bahini in Bangladesh. On December 3, 1971, (West) Pakistan launched a pre-emptive attack on the western border of India, which marked the commencement of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Finally, on December 16, 1971, the allied forces of the Indian army and the Mukti Bahini (Bangladesh Liberation Army) decisively defeated the Pakistani forces deployed in the East resulting in the largest surrender, in terms of the number of POWs, since World War II.(Anyone in doubt of these above facts, can check them out from Wikipedia, it doesn’t lie)And so began the tradition of Pakistan attacking India and getting defeated so very shamefully over and over. But they are a gritty nation, so they keep on trying. And the funny thing is, all this time, India has only defended own turf. What the ‘PEACE’ lovers do not realize is that India, being the fourth most powerful nation in the world (military and economy wise) can be very intimidating to any rouge neighbor.

Posted by tridibearth | Report as abusive
 

Aamir Ali,Do you and Peace work together and drum up such conspiracy theories?Just remember that the attacks happened in BROAD daylight with a number of policemen killed and not ONE attacker captured or killed. YOu are doing yourself, those killed policemen and your country no favours with such statements like: it was RAW, no it was CIA, no it was MI6. Whats next Mossad?I would have thought you would be on this so-called Long March.

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive
 

bulletfishDont blame Amir and Peace.When there is a complete breakdown of govt machinery and when people loose faith in administration. it is then in their helplessness people resort to conspiracy theory and rumors.Amir and Peace are just symptoms of a much wider mess we call Pakistan,alas, next to our door.

Posted by chirkut | Report as abusive
 

Irfan—How come every paki has exactly the same comments to make- are you’ll given these hand-outs at the madrassa that you’ll religiously attend?

Posted by anup | Report as abusive
 

Anup shut you stupid Indian.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive
 

Let us think for a while that may be India was involved in the Lahore attack, for the sake of debate.Then i must say that the Pakistan police and security forces are very pro-India.The attack lasted for 30 to 35 minutes and not much shot was fired at the trigger happy (Indian!?!?) terrorists. This was not the view of an obnoxious Indian but of an attacked Srilankan Cricketer.A Pakistani news channel (GeoTV) showed a CCTV footage where two terrorists were fleeing the shootout spot by a motorbike with their AK47, and a police car went by them. Surprisingly they didn’t do anything, no attempt to shoot or even stopping. They must have been true patriotic Indians to let the ‘Indian’ Terrorists get away like that. The only thing missing was the “MERA BHARAT MAHAN”(My India Is Great) sticker from that Lahore Police car.As for the other terrorists who took different routes of escape, found their way a little too clear. In fact may be they looked a little disappointed to see no one were there to congratulate them on their fine job.For a area (Liberty Chouk) that was supposed to be under presidential security (because of the cricket team passing by) was a little too unsecured for comfort.Who knows, may be India replaced all the guarding police men of Liberty Chouk with the finest from Mumbai, with compliments.But actually it was a sad day for the properly educated and cricket loving people of Pakistan. The bottom line is all the twelve terrorists got away without a scratch, unlike Mumbai where each one of them were killed and even got one arrested, the infamous Ajmal Amir Kasav, the Pakistani who allegedly does not have a country.

Posted by tridibearth | Report as abusive
 

Umair,Do not get too hot headed with anup and PLEASE do not retort with insults like ‘shut you stupid Indian’. I know you can respond with a more tolerant and civilized reply.What anup has stated is partially correct. Not every, but MOST Pakistanis on these blogs (06 Mar – 11 Mar) post the same old rehtorical stories:Indian slumdogs.Pak Army – best in world.Pakistan is peaceful country.Pak: we have nukes.Lahore attacks: its India and RAW.I too have posted repeat responses, but in my defence I supply supportive information.I name Peace and Aamar Ali because these 2 seem to post the same comments. I know that Peace has copy and pasted the same comment on 2-3 blogs with nothing to support their theories.

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive
 

bulletfishsometimes Anup has resorted to the worst kind of comments, look below what he states regarding Madrasas. When I was young my father sent me to Madrasa and I learned the Quran in the Mosque, I further went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Business.Moral of the story, Madrasas in pakistan do not preach hatred/terrorism.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive
 

@Moral of the story, Madrasas in pakistan do not preach hatred/terrorism.- Posted by Umair–Umair: Can you say that for each Madrasa in Pakistan? Understandably, in principal Masdrasa can not be a place to preach hatred/fundmentalism. I can put my money that some Madrasas are teaching fundamentalism/hate (not terrorism per se) for a simple reason of “Catch them young” ideology.Don;t you agree withme? please be honest in your reply. A Madrasa in Ismlamabad and FATA or SWAT Will not be the same.http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l= en&art=4071http://www.thefreelibrary.com  /Inside+a+Madrasa:+U.S.+kids+talk+about +their+daily+lives+at+an…-a0154756197

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

Bloody Indians taunt and insult Pakistanis as a nation, then complain when they get a reply in the same coin.

 

@Bloody Indians taunt and insult Pakistanis as a nation, then complain when they get a reply in the same coin.- Posted by Aamir Ali–Meet my dear friend peaceful friend Aamir Ali from peaceful Pakistan! spitting honey!!!

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