Most read today is the gun attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan. 5 policemen were killed and 8 players injured.
“The players are shocked. They have never gone through anything like this before”
former Sri Lankan player Sanath Jayasuriya
Although Sri lanka has been mired in a vicious decades long civil war (which the government believe they have all but won), their sportsmen have never been targetted.
With chronic terrorism within Pakistan and its neighbours (India and Afghanistan) linked repeatedly to Pakistani militants, is the country falling apart?
Is it more of a venue (for terrorism) than a functioning country with solid borders and respect for the rule of law? Pakistan is apparently where terrorist attacks on London and Mumbai began, where the US pursues the Taliban, where more people have been killed in 2008 than in Iraq and Afghanistan put together.
Pakistani cricket is dead. With tournaments cancelled and teams refusing to travel there. So is attacking sport and sportsmen hitting it where it hurts? There have been hundreds of terrorist attacks in Pakistan in the last year, but we take more notice when sport is involved? Is sport the best publicity?