Attacks on Sri Lankan Cricket Team in Pakistan a New Low on War on Terror

 

Lahore, Pakistan- The already bad security situation in Pakistan got worse Tuesday when about 12 to 15 gunmen attacked the bus carrying Sri Lanka’s cricket team for a match against the Pakistani national team in Lahore Pakistan. At least 5 Pakistani policemen and a driver were killed in the attack and up to eight visiting Sri Lankan cricketers were injured.

 

The masked men opened fire on the Sri Lankan bus as it approached the cricket stadium for its match against Pakistan. Grenades, rocket launchers, weapons and backpacks with dry food and water were left behind by the attackers who all successfully fled the scene after the carnage.

 

Pakistani officials stated that the incident had similarities to the attacks in Mumbai in November of last year by the organization, weapons and the brazenness of the attacks. New Zealand immediately canceled its planned tour of Pakistan scheduled for later this year.  Australia also had previously canceled matches in Pakistan last year due to safety concerns. The attacks have also put great doubt on Pakistan’s ability to host some of the matches for the cricket World Cup scheduled for 2011 to be hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In fact, all international sporting events to be held in Pakistan are now in jeopardy as visiting foreign sportsmen will fear for their safety and are obvious targets by the crazed militants in Pakistan.

 

Pakistan has long been feared to be a country on the verge of becoming a failed state. However various events in the last 18 months have shown how true this unfortunate statement has come to reality. All the attacks that have happened in Pakistan from the Marriott bombing in Islamabad, to the murder of Benazir Bhutto, to the involvement in the Mumbai attacks in India, to the Taliban attacks in Swat valley and their win against the government in gaining Sharia Law, the continued kidnapping and beheading of foreigners and now the brazen attacks on a foreign sporting team just go to show how close to a failed state Pakistan has become.

 

Pakistan has for a long time been the most dangerous country in the world for its citizens with rampant crime, lawlessness, mixture of ethnic groups fighting amongst themselves, armed militants and Islamic extremists fighting in Afghanistan and India, and nuclear weapons in a country with a very weak government and constant political upheaval. The attacks on the Sri Lankan team now show the world and especially to the cricket loving Pakistanis that the enemies of the country will stop at nothing to destroy everything that is cherished in their country for their own misguided goals. No patriotic citizen of Pakistan should after these attacks have any doubt as to the immediate need to eradicate these terrorist groups from within Pakistan as they not only represent a clear and present danger to all friends and visitors to Pakistan but to the nation of Pakistan and its sovereignty. These terrorists aim to destroy Pakistan from within and hope to incite a civil war much like the one in Afghanistan with chaos and destruction through their continued attacks and then hope to put in power Islamic extremists like the Taliban who will proclaim to bring order to the country by instituting Sharia Law throughout the country.

 

We at Pakistanis for Peace and the majority of the good citizenry of Pakistan can not let this happen as the dissolution of the state of Pakistan into anarchy like the one in most parts of Afghanistan and Somalia will lead to a point of no return. As a nation of 170 million people, Pakistan’s population is five to six times the size of Iraq and Afghanistan. It has more ethnic groups and divisions than the two countries combined. And most importantly, it possesses a nuclear arsenal believed to be between 80 to 120 warheads. In a country with many armed militant groups that are operating in various parts of the nation and where the security and law and order situation is perhaps the worst in the world, there needs to be greater attention placed by the international community and the United States in eradicating the militant threat and in securing the weapons. Our condolences go out to the family of the dead policemen and to the injured Sri Lankan team and hope that this horrible attack helps the Pakistani people realize and understand that the true enemy of Islam and Pakistan are these extremists who are determined to destroy their nation.

 Reported by Manzer Munir for http://www.PakistanisforPeace.com

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  1. this incident could not have come at a worse time for Pakistan, as they are already struggling with their international image

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