03
Mar
09

On air: The Lahore attack

_45530145_006966423-11Most 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?


60 Responses to “On air: The Lahore attack”


  1. 1 parth guragain
    March 3, 2009 at 11:39

    the trend of using sports as making political statement is increasing rapidly.beging olympics was used for the purpose and now this attack.sports should be excluded from any politics.these attacks should be condemed in strongest words.

  2. 2 nora
    March 3, 2009 at 12:36

    Sport is the last refuge of the young from the horrors of their parents wars. But it is also commerce. Too bad for innocence.

  3. 3 Thomo
    March 3, 2009 at 13:14

    Where does Pakistani cricket go from here? This is an unfortunate episode but I am disappointed by the reaction of a Pakistani official stating that “no country can guarantee its’ citizens safety.” I would have expected to hear apologetic statements mixed with a renewed resolve to stop this tragedy ever happening again but what I heard was a hollow try at absolving responsibility.

  4. 4 Steve in Boston
    March 3, 2009 at 13:32

    This is nothing new. Attacking athletes is a tactic more than three decades old. Hello? Munich Olympics 1972?

    It’s pretty obvious what the answer is:

    The United Nations must start pressuring Pakistan to give land to the terrorists in exchange for peace.

    All western countries must withhold aid from Pakistan until it allows the terrorists free and open borders.

    The BBC must begin prominently highlighting Pakistani defense efforts and portraying them as atrocities.

    Clearly, a two state solution–with Pakistan surrounded by the terrorist state, is the only roadmap to peace.

  5. 5 Steve
    March 3, 2009 at 14:10

    Pakistan has a serious problem is on the verge of becoming a failed state. Time to get religion out. Unless you find being of a failed state something to be proud of.

  6. 6 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    March 3, 2009 at 14:41

    Perhaps Pakistan might divert some of the enormous amounts of money it spends on its nuclear weapons programme to provide better security for visiting sportsmen from a nearby country with which Pakistan has good relations.

  7. 7 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    March 3, 2009 at 14:42

    @ Steve in Boston: Thank you for pointing out some of the patent absurdities in the way many people around the world would have us deal with terrorists.

  8. 8 patty
    March 3, 2009 at 14:44

    The report that I heard this morning was that all of the gunmen got away. Huh??
    How is this possible? Not one was apprehended, injured, killed? 5 Police officers killed and not one of the gunmen was even injured. This boggles my mind.

  9. 9 Anthony
    March 3, 2009 at 15:47

    Wow, they are getting much more organized. I wouldn’t be suprised if this starts happening in other countries…the U.S., the U.K., Western Europe, etc. Pretty scary, I feel very sorry for these athletes who were just playing a game that they loved who could really care less about the politics of it all.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  10. 10 jimjugbob
    March 3, 2009 at 16:07

    it is unfortunate and quite likely that only moderate Muslims will be able to stop this kind of thing, if it was the taleban who did this

  11. 11 Peter
    March 3, 2009 at 16:12

    @donnamarie Pakistan is spending more money fighting the Talebans to help NATO forces in Afghanistan. Their involvement has made them targets of terrorism. I am sadden by a conversation with a muslim woman in western dressing who believe the terrorists were fighting a just war and any attack on muslims is because they are bad muslim and the thousands of Achehness who died in the tsunami were punished for being the wrong type of muslim. If she was in Pakistan the Talebans ‘ll acid her 4 the way she dressed.

  12. March 3, 2009 at 16:20

    all attackers escaped after shooting srilankan cricketers and killing policemen .not at all surprising where benazir was killed and probe nowhere even though her husband is pulling the power strings plus even after clear evidence after mumbai attack the way pak authorities allowed them to plan and escape all shows that its a haven of terrorism ..dawood finances and all kinds of ladens are there causing unrest allover by their terrorist methods and foolishly financed by america in the hope that pakisthan is with them in the fight against terrorism .now its clear that all this finances are channelised to destablise india ,bangladesh ,srilanka ,afghanizthan countries .its time united nations take action gainst pakisthan or else in future no big sporting events can happen as this kind of authorities will help this terrorists to escape as todays incident shows ..
    hope srilankan cricketers recover fast and condolences for pakisthani security men who lost their lives saving the lives of srilankans from this terror cowards.

  13. 13 Dolapo Aina
    March 3, 2009 at 16:25

    This attack illustrates what most unbiased watchers have stressed that these terrorists are getting technologically advanced in their operations. The counter-terrorists organizations have to think strategically from all angles now. This is obvious nothing such be left to chance.
    But one must ask. Why is it that the Pakistan government seems not to take terrorism seriously or they seem not to be doing anything meaningful about it? It is like they are powerless and would rather make deals with rogue groups like the Taliban.

    Dolapo Aina,
    Lagos, Nigeria.

  14. 14 Irene
    March 3, 2009 at 16:53

    Dear Ros,
    I don’t play cricket and must admit I only ever watched matches when Imran was playing. But I was absolutely jolted when I got the news alert (on my BlackBerry) here in Carmel, California. It felt like a terrible violation, as unimaginably awful as the slaughter at the Munich Olympics.
    How sad it would be if Pakistan and perhaps even the entire subcontinent were to become a no-go zone for international sport.
    Irene Hoe
    Singapore

  15. 15 Vijay
    March 3, 2009 at 16:53

    The needs of the ordinary Pakistani citizen is not being met ,things have become so desparate that sharia law ,jihad and religious extremism are viable options.

    No international broadcasting organisation is communicating to the Pakistani people in the own languages eg. Punjabi and Sindhi etc.. rather they communicate in the immigrant mohaja URDU(would you speak to some on a UK council estate in RP English,if you wanted to change their behaviour)

  16. 16 Chernor
    March 3, 2009 at 17:05

    This is really bad! I think all countries that are notorious for terrorism should be banned from taking part in any sporting event.

    Sport is for those of us who are happy. Not for people who are always aggrieved about something, or who are always mourning about people.

    It is a shame that none of them was apprehended.

    We sport lovers are not politician and please stay away from the game.

  17. 17 Nate, Portland, OR
    March 3, 2009 at 17:08

    That the gunmen all got away is simply mind-boggling. Mind-boggling, but not surprising. I was in India during the Mumbai attacks and followed the local reports and talked to people. If Pakistan is like India the police are extrordinarily under-paid, under-trained and nearly unarmed. Many of them are very brave, but without training and weaponry to match the torrorists that bravery is a death sentence.

    @Anthony – while terrorism will happen in the US, UK, W Europe, etc, it will not be with such impunity. Here in the US the police are reasonably well armed and trained, and larger cities have heavily armed SWAT teams quickly available. In India it took 6 hrs to get commandos that could stand up to the terrorists from Dehli to Mumbai. A few weeks after the attacks a Mumbai cabbie told us he’d been one of the cabs that took the commandos from the airport to the Taj. My first thought was “Wow, that must have been scary exciting!” My second thought was “The commandos had to take a TAXIS to the terrorist sites!?!”

    India, and apparently Pakistan too, are simply not prepared to deal with this sort of thing.

  18. 18 Matt in Oregon
    March 3, 2009 at 17:13

    1. If it was the Taleban or similar groups who perpetrated this attack I hope the Pakistanis will finally realize that they cannot sign peace treaties with these people. (i.e. the recent Swat valley treaty)

    2. It is also very possible that these men are either Tamils or Tamil sympathizers. If so, this would be another evolution in international terrorism following the same vein as the recent Mumbai attacks.

  19. 19 Anthony
    March 3, 2009 at 17:55

    @ Nate, Portland

    I live in Whittier, CA, a suburb of L.A., and if JUST ME BY MYSELF wanted do do something like this, I could EASILY take out at least 20 men, women, and children on a Wednsday during the “Uptown Whittier Family Night” with my legal 12 gauge, 22lr, and Mosin Nagant, even though Whittier has a private Police Force and Private Swat.

    Lets be realistic, just because we have cops around doesn’t mean jack, especially since our citizens aren’t prepared for something like this!

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  20. March 3, 2009 at 17:59

    The cancer of terror is spreading across Pakistan, and will continue to do so unless Pakistan accepts that it cannot defeat terrorism alone, and invites the US and India in to help eliminate the terrorists. Politicians who oppose Islamic extremism need to unite to defeat the terrorists. This problem goes beyond politics and nations, and the failure of Pakistan to realise that is the reason the problem is so big there.

  21. 21 sad
    March 3, 2009 at 18:14

    Sad and Shameful and cheap and outrageous.

    Sorry for the player who had to go through it.

    they were guests visiting your country. What ware the officials thinking?

    Where have all the principle gone.

  22. 22 Tom D Ford
    March 3, 2009 at 18:18

    @ devadas.v
    March 3, 2009 at 16:20

    “…hope srilankan cricketers recover fast and condolences for pakisthani security men who lost their lives saving the lives of srilankans from this terror cowards.”

    Yes, I agree, thanks for that reminder.

  23. 23 Kishore
    March 3, 2009 at 18:31

    This attack is not just an attack on the Srilankan team, but its an attack on the spirit of Cricket in Pakistan and rest of the world.

  24. 24 Vignesh Kalyanaraman
    March 3, 2009 at 18:36

    At a time when terror is clouding Pakistan, the best solution to overcome it is to join hands and unite with the world in fighting extremism. Whether it is Mumbai or Lahore, it is extremism vs. the common man. We need to fight terror in unity.

    Vignesh
    Kuwait

  25. 25 Ron S. from Ft Myers Florida
    March 3, 2009 at 18:46

    I don’t know much about Cricket. But I know all about logic:

    Just because Pakistan associates itself with the US does not mean it should be a target.

    Perhaps we shoudl find out WHO attacked them and WHY. It has to go much deeper than just Pakistan’s associtation with the US.

  26. 26 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    March 3, 2009 at 18:49

    I am from the USA although I have Swiss citizenship, too, and live in Switzerland.

    You can’t put world terrorism onto the Americans. The terrorists are trying to impose by force their twisted world view on the rest of the world.

    If the terrorists got rid of the Americans, and the Jews, they’d just keep on going down their list of perceived enemies.

  27. 27 Challenged
    March 3, 2009 at 18:49

    No can really know why these thugs ambused the cricket team. Its likely for a number of reasons. Each reason, in the mind of the thugs, were justified. Such animals cannot be reached by reason and do not deserve to live among people and death would be far too sweet for them. Such animals, unfortunately, are good at killing and destruction but terrible at healing or building. Its likely such animals were simply doing what they were told and are led, as most animals are by a stronger animal very much like themself.

  28. 28 Bharath
    March 3, 2009 at 18:50

    Its much more than cricket. Its the extremists flexing their muscles and showing the world what they can do. Its an internal problem for Pakistan and one that has to be dealt by their government sans political and religious corruption.

  29. 29 Philippa
    March 3, 2009 at 18:54

    I also feel sorry for Pakistan and Pakistanis (not to mention the Sri Lankan cricket team). For the West to turn its back on Pakistan, after it worsened existing problems there with its ill-advised “war on terror”, would be terribly wrong.

    It would also send a clear message about what may happen to you if you side with the West.

    And by the way, every line which you say is bad, is crystal clear in my home (on cable radio). And other audio which you don’t comment upon, such as the one with the captain of the Sri Lankan team at the beginning, I can’t understand a word of.

  30. 30 Lynn
    March 3, 2009 at 18:55

    The focus needs to be shifted to the individuals in the government that are allowing the extremists to thrive. When we talk about the ‘government’ of any country we provide cover for the individuals in the government who are failing to act or who are acting in ways that allow this kind of attack to occur. Who in the government is going to be held responsible?

  31. 31 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    March 3, 2009 at 18:57

    @ Peter: your comment makes no sense. Are you implying that I am a muslim woman in western dress, that I am making any judgement on good/bad muslims, that I am in some way responsible for the tsunami and that I should be the target of an acid attack?

    Pakistan spends a lot of money fighting the Taliban. Pakistan spends a lot of money on its nuclear weapons programme. I merely suggested that the money spent on the nuclear weapons might be better spent on the security of a friendly sporting team–or security in the Swat Valley, or security in the tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan–than on belligerent, end-of-the-world weapons programmes.

  32. 32 Nate, Portland, OR
    March 3, 2009 at 19:12

    @Anthony,

    You’d take them out, but you’d also be caught and/or killed. If you belonged to a larger organization it would be hunted and largely eliminated. I’m not saying a nut job with an arsenal can’t cause dozens of deaths. Thats been proven again and again.

    I was primarily emphasizing the difference in internal US, UK, etc security’s ability to respond vs. India’s and apparently Pakistan’s internal security’s ability to respond. I don’t think US citizens are safe from a few isolated nut jobs going off the handle. No security force can prevent such things and still allow personal freedoms to its citizenry.

    I remain confident, however, that our security forces can deal with long-term threats in a way that I’m not confident in India’s and Pakistan’s security forces. If the terrorists up the ante, I’m confident we’ll have the will and resources to respond accordingly.

  33. March 3, 2009 at 19:46

    Condolences to the families & friends of the deceased policemen who paid the ultimate price for their dedication to duty. Pakistan is at a crossroads- fight the West’s war on terror or fight IT’S own war on terror. The West’s war on terror involves diverting billions of dollars (foolishly provided by the most ignorant of administrations) in foreign aid by Pakistan to extremist groups whose ‘raison d’etre’ is to keep India on permanent emergency footing in Kashmir and also financing the undermining of Afghanistan whose perceived leanings toward India pose a threat to Pakistan.

    Pakistan’s own war on terror will stop its descent into chaos ‘a la` Somalia’. In 2004, the Indian Cricket team played 5 one-day matches in Pakistan in the friendliest of atmospheres. President Musharaf’s presence at one of the games signaled a new Pakistan, moderate and confident in its rightful place in the modern & civilized world. It was all a sham. Massive sums of money sent by the USA were being systematically re-directed to keeping India busy in Kashmir and re-arming & strengthening the deposed Taliban in Afghanistan. The events of 03/03/09 in Lahore are simply ghosts returning to haunt Pakistan for its’ doublespeak and treachery, to the rest of the world and worst of all, to itself.

  34. 34 Simy from Kuwait
    March 3, 2009 at 20:25

    I think its the LiT, who are behind this shooting using pakistan as a base as they have good relationship with the US. As US suppots Pakistan with money and arms, they should realise this and show a strong forefront in all this.
    I strongly believe that Pakistan can and should employ some tactics soon in eradicating the terrorists which have become a threat to the world.
    Its high time Pakistan government showed some back-bone in securing the country!

  35. 35 Josiah Soap, USA
    March 3, 2009 at 22:29

    I don’t know if it is my imagination or do terrorist attacks now get a lot more media attentio? They have been going on for years, IRA, PLO, Basque’s etc, all small separatist groups with their own agendas
    Who knows why the cricket team was attacked. However since 9/11 there seems to be an underlying theme creeping in that these attacks are all connected, part of a worldwide effort.
    No doubt our country will use these attacks to endorse more control over us and more loss of our liberties

  36. 36 Fred
    March 3, 2009 at 22:37

    Steve at 14.10 put his finger on it

    Pakistan which was set up a Muslim State separate from India is fast

    becoming a failed state -or some would say a rogue state .

    with all their problems did they need a nuclear Bomb porgramme and why was

    the Nuclear Bomb Chief who had given away secrets acquitted recnetly ?

    The Mumbai atrocities on the Hotels and Jewish Centre and the

    horrendous murders there and now this attack in Lahore and

    NOT ONE out of the 12 gunmen apprehended . There are also regular

    other suicide bombings virtually each day and a suspicion that some of

    so called Security [Pakistani ] apparatus gives tacit support to some of the

    terror groups .

    How can democracy or a decent Government survive under such

    conditions ? The Pakistani people have got to say enough is enough .

    So far they have turned a blind eye to Islamic extremism .

  37. 37 Ajay Mitra
    March 3, 2009 at 23:45

    Pakistan is becoming the ‘Asian Zimbabwe’ just like Afganistan.

    The solution is simple:

    Now that the Neo-cons, viz, Blair, Bush, Rumsfeld, Reagan have disappeared, permanently (hopefully) from the scene, the US and the West should be respectful towards Iran and invite their leaders to run Pakistan and Afganistan. No amount of American and Allied bombing has any chance of success against the Al-Queda-inspired organisations and the ISI of Pakistan – both being equally malevolent. Iran backs Hezbollah and Hamas purely to spite the West for their disrespectful behaviour. Given their rightful place in solving this problem as well as the problem in Palestine, Iran will prove it can do it. The only proviso is that they recognise Israel and establish non-aggression treaty with them.
    Let us not forget there are almost as many Afgan refugees in Iran as in the country itself- and nobody has heard Iran complain!

  38. 38 sahil
    March 4, 2009 at 06:32

    It was a bad for pakistan and the cricketing world, and we all are with pakistan security forces and sri lankan team.
    and well salute to the real heroes who died saving the sri lankan team.well no one talks about the real heroe,s the pakistani security forces 7 guys who died on the spot fighting the terrorists.we need to come forward and salute these heroe,s and well show sympathy with their families.
    No 2, some of the people are saying the world should pressurise pakistan well why they pressurise pakistan, becuase the of the terrorist attacks, why don,t you people acknowldge pakistan efforts fighting against terrorism, well since 2001 afghan attacks , Nato and american forces have lost around 4000 soldiers, while pakistan have lost more than 8000 soldiers fighting against terrorists, another thing to add is that we have deployed around 200000 army on our westren afghan borders, while nato and american combined forces are less than 100000.and its pakistan army helping and safeguarding them in afghanistan, otherwise their casulities will be more than their expectations.
    some one here said that pakistan have got billions of dollars from westren countries, well the americans have given pakistan around 10 billlion dollars aand well every one is talking about that money , but let me tell u the pakistan bill regarding transportation and other services forwarde to american forces is around 32 billion dollars,well still they have to pay us the rest of 22 billion dollars.
    another thing well pakistan army need some modern equipments to fight against terrorists, but no one is giving them those equipments.so how they are helping us.
    another point is that the terrorists have sphisticated weapons than pakistan army , the question is that where from these weapons are coming, no one think about that, with out any foreign help its almost impossible.so we should stop those forces supplying weapons to those peoples.
    and another point is that why is the westren world supporting the corrupt politcal leaders in pakistan,like zardari, gilani and benazir bhutto and nawaz shariff.
    well whats happening is infact the reaction against these corrupt civil nd poltical beuracracy.the world should stop helping these leaders.
    well while the americans were wereremoving saddam husssain , saying we are removing a dictator from his office, at the same time they were supporting an illegal president musharaf , who was also a dictator ruling pakistan. the point is that its the dual polic of americans they make it worse for the people supporting wrong people. because those leaders are serving their interest.so they need to stop all these things. let me remind you people another thing while the whole world were fighting against the ussr aggression against afghanistan in 80,s the americans were sternghthening a dictator in presidential palace pakistan. why any one don,t talk about that.
    and the last thing i want to add is , the world should come forward and appreciate pakistan role against terrorism and strengthen pakistan and its official , that we are with you in this war. don,t pressurise or leave him alone in this war, otherwise it will be a nightmare for the whole region.and we need gather under one banner and send a message to the terrorists that we are not afraid of these tactics, the game will keeps on going and we here supporting pakistan and pakistan cricket team. and appreciate those heroes who died fighting these terrorists, and appreciate their services.

  39. 39 Jim Newman
    March 4, 2009 at 07:38

    hello again
    That thorny word terrorism raises it’s ugly head again. I wish people would define exactly what they mean everytime they use the words terrorist or terrorism. Priya Shah defines attacking cricketers as terrorism. Fine! But does Priya’s definition extend to the bombing of wedding receptions in Afganistan for example. Some people say that deliberately targeting innocent people is terrorism which brings the bombing of cities and villages well within that definition because cities and villages are full of innocent people. At this point maybe a definition of innocence is required.
    I’m not trying to excuse terrorism I’m just saying that it is an emotionally loaded concept used by villains to describe the villainy of others.
    I’m certainely not calling Priya Shah a villain. He/she (sorry) is using a word that is common currency but in fact has no meaning.
    Your eminently zappable
    Jim

  40. March 4, 2009 at 08:16

    this is a really sad and atrocious development. religious extremists seem to have a foothold in pakistan, i wonder if we are seeing the birth of a failed state. a state ruined by the selfish and blind religious aspirations of a few. sad

  41. March 4, 2009 at 08:50

    Bush’s cozy relationship with Musharaff has been a catastrophic blunder for world affairs. While the coalition forces were “surging” in Iraq, the Taliban and al-Queda remnants have been purging large areas of Pakistan government control.

    Who will stop them now?

  42. 42 Joe
    March 4, 2009 at 09:13

    SHAME SHAME SHAME….WHAT A COLD DAY IN HELL IT IS!!

    It is an act of cowardice to cover up a bigger problem & Pakistan cannot afford to continuously bury its head in the sand about. Where the seeds of TERROR are let to germinate, there is no telling where this will end…

    Sportsmen/ women are real Ambassadors of a civilized world & true sports fans should NOT be denied an opportunity to watch any sport ANYWHERE! Call it what you may, Pakistan has a lot of work to do beyond cricket! I mourn the bereaved and wish those injured both physically and mentally God speed!

    Make NO mistake….there are millions of peace loving Pakistani’s in this world who do not subscribe to religious or political fanaticism! There are also millions more who admire the values of peace and tranquility, however this blessed right is perverted by those in authority and their failure to ably put ALL cards on the table and call it as it is.

  43. 43 Krishna Chakrabarty
    March 4, 2009 at 09:18

    Golding in his saying-“human heart produces evil as bee produces honey”!!
    Too much for the world to cope with that evil!!
    Nobody ever can think of any place to live in peace!

  44. 44 Nitesh
    March 4, 2009 at 10:51

    we all knows that what happens is bad but beside blaming others they should try to cooperate.

  45. 45 Fred
    March 4, 2009 at 11:20

    Jinnah who was not religous set up this failed rogue Islamic State .

    Think what the situation would be like if INDIA had been allowed to stay

    united as Gandhi and Nehru wanted ?.

    Meanwhile you can blame who you want , but it would seem that it was

    local born and trained in terror tactics , gunmen who were allowed to

    carry out murder in broad daylight for 30 minutes in a beautiful city

    wiithout anyone doing anything except to film it from a TV studio as we all saw

    on BBC TV . THAT IS NOT THE WESTS FAULT it is Pakistan s

    This is a rogue failed state where the rule of law does not apply any more , even

    though we had 1000s of “lawyers and judges ” on the streets last year when

    some of them were dismissed . Where are they now ?

    So much of the worlds problems conme form this one country -if there are

    good democartic Pakistanis out there THEY had better start to deal

    with their extremist Muslim Islamist brothers NOW befiore the whole

    world is subjected to a hateful dominating regime of Islamist terror .

  46. 46 Frank Adam
    March 4, 2009 at 11:48

    The biggest tragedy is all the decent Moslems around the world who just wish to get on with earning a living are now going to be perpetually embarrassed by this apology for a Moslem state the only justification for its creation being that Moslems have a state of their own without having to queue for office as a minority in a Hindu majority India however secular in governmental spirit.

    If this is how Moslem states descend into violence – or into the Somali non-state -as the next stage on all other Moslem states resorting to not so disguised dictatorship; it drives the coach and horses through Turkey joining the €U; or the sillier notion of a one state solution to Palestine. After all why do so many Moslems, “Go West young man!” if not because Pakistan – in a manner of speaking can not wipe its bottom politically?

  47. 47 steve
    March 4, 2009 at 12:46

    Instead of blaming India, or blaming the USA, I would think it would help the world sympathize with Pakistan if there were actually massive “not in my name” demonstrations. Not planning on holding my breath though.

  48. 48 Peter
    March 4, 2009 at 13:47

    There is a strong suspicion that India is involved in this attack. India declined to go for the match to Pakistan.But Srilanka obliged to spite India and to show their gratitude to Pakistan for the supplies of arms to kill the Tamils in the civil war..In fact Pakistan gave Arms to spite India..
    Not that Indian government loves the Tamils.India is keen on creating chaos in all her neighboring countries under various pretext .Buhtan,.Nepal, Srilanka, Bangaladesh,Pakistan, Afganistan and perhaps Maldives with the passage of time. India is not considered a friend by any of her neighbors.
    India Will smile at her Neighbors and while she smiles ,penetrate the hearts and cause a heart attack.

  49. 49 Asher
    March 4, 2009 at 16:18

    The real problem is there is no united front to stand up for civillisation against the ‘Jungle’ that is world terrorisim.

  50. 50 Dennis Junior
    March 4, 2009 at 17:47

    I think that these attacks in Pakistan shows that the country is not prepare to host any further international activities until the country rebuilds its security and other problems…

    ~Dennis Junior~

  51. March 4, 2009 at 22:10

    In fact,
    security laps is the result of this tragic incident occured in liberty roundabout lahore in Pakistan.
    Enough saftety was not provided to Srilakan cricketer team.
    Under such circumstances,as there are tense relations between central and provincial governments and common condition of the country proper security was overlooked.

    As camers exposed,terrortis committed crime frankly and run away.
    Subsequenly it was also shown that camers cheased insurgents riding on moterbike going to different directions but there was no police personnal relating to law enforcing agencies.

    There are great similarities between the occurence,happened in India and occured in Pakistan many angles are pointing to the fact that any indian group or agency may be involve in this tragic inccident.

  52. 52 Dictatore Generale Max Maximilian Maximus I
    March 5, 2009 at 07:24

    Re: 48 Peter March 4, 2009 at 13:47

    .
    This response of yours is indeed strange! India is the most civilised and non-aggressive nation in that part of the world. Read history.

    Pakistan has been playing with fire (terrorists) for a very long time. The chickens are coming home to roost! Live with them. Pakistan created its destiny. Don’t blame others for your ills.

    In your responses to Donnamarie in Switzerland too you are making some very strange remarks which seem to be neither founded in fact nor tethered to any logic.

    You’re probably a Pakistani/Moslem masquerading as ‘Peter’ or you’re a ‘Peter’ with strange sympathies for Pakistan! In any case all are irrelevant in the long march of time, history and positive human development.

  53. 53 Dictatore Generale Max Maximilian Maximus I
    March 5, 2009 at 07:42

    Re: 47 steve March 4, 2009 at 12:46

    “Instead of blaming India, or blaming the USA, I would think it would help the world sympathize with Pakistan if there were actually massive “not in my name” demonstrations. Not planning on holding my breath though.”
    .====

    I agree with you! But some might construe your remark as cynical. So I did try holding my breath for as long as I could and almost created history by being the first person who died of self-asphyxiation!

  54. March 5, 2009 at 07:56

    this attack is another reminder for pakistan and other nations that they need to feel the preasure as if they were guarding the english cricket team from attacks..then everyone would be safe.

    TAMBUA,HAMISI,KENYA.

  55. 55 Dictatore Generale Max Maximilian Maximus I
    March 5, 2009 at 07:57

    Re: 33 KENYAN CRICKET FAN March 3, 2009 at 19:46
    .
    .
    The first paragraph of your comment is indeed true and educative. If only ‘Peter’ could read and understand it and more important accept it; along with those foolish Americans who’re behind their own ‘shoot yourself in the foot’ foreign policies.

    The 2nd paragraph too is well-written and factual. I am particularly enamoured by the last line of this paragraph.

    If only voices of fact and reason, such as yours, could find a foothold in the country in question!!!

  56. March 5, 2009 at 08:57

    this tragic incident was a result of conflict going on between centre and unit due to which they couldn’t draw proper attention on the security arrangements.

    so sorry Sri lanka.

  57. 57 Fred
    March 5, 2009 at 10:27

    Now Pakistan is blaming INDIA for this atrocity !

    Did the Indians prevent the non existent re inforcements that did NOT

    come to the rescue of the victims [dead police men in first car and sitting

    duck cricketers in bus and officilas in mini van behind ] from materialising ?

    There was no armed guard on the bus or in the minvan with officials .

    And the attcakers just wandered off slowly and not one has been found .

    There is just a lack of will in Pakistan s Politicians and Society generally

    to sort out the dark forces of Muslim Islamic terror in their society

    and so they blame every one else .

  58. 58 Ben
    March 5, 2009 at 13:28

    Well, the Pakistani Police says to have found some initial proofts of involvement of Indian intelligence agency RAW in this incidence. Let’s see what more of the investigations reveal. Whatever the outcome is, big nations should carve out a better, solid strategy with pakistan to single out real culprits- whoever they are. Mere assumptions would do nothing good to the world and working on them would do more harm than good.

  59. March 5, 2009 at 17:14

    The activities of these terrorists are becoming more and more difficult for one to comprehend. I find it hard to give meaning to this kind of unreasonable evil act.
    The cricketers are, for God’s sake, innocent of whatever the political reason for this attack could be. Shame on you if killing innocent people is the only option you have to make your grievances known.

    Bayo Tayo,
    Kano, Nigeria

  60. 60 Barrie Muntaga
    March 6, 2009 at 16:59

    Hi Rose
    I Think Lost Treasures Shuold Be Retun To The Rightful Country Or Individul.Reasion Is It Keep National Hretage And Culture. So I Dont See Any Reasion To Take Treasure From The Real Persion , Thses Are Speacial Things To Some People. Barrie Muntaga/ Liberia


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