Ethics and morality March 4, 2009

Yesterday was shock, today is anger

The attack on Sri Lanka's cricketers has left the world in shock, Pakistan cricket in exile, and cricket across South Asia in jeopardy
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The attack on Sri Lanka's cricketers has left the world in shock, Pakistan cricket in exile, and cricket across South Asia in jeopardy. The single most edifying feature has been the dignity of Sri Lanka's cricketers in response to an incident that could have cost them their lives, and caused several of them injuries. But the single most upsetting fact is the role of Pakistan's security arrangements in enabling this calamity.

Yesterday's events and the ease with which the attackers rained bullets and then escaped did not equate with "presidential level" security. How could the assailants take on security forces in this manner for many minutes and then flee unharmed? The conclusion that is emerging is that the security arrangements and performance were criminal in their negligence. A view supported today by Chris Broad, a man known for speaking his mind without fear of causing offence.

All credit to him. I share his anger. This was the highest profile sporting event in terms of ensuring its safe passage, and it had been promised the highest level of security. Clearly, this did not happen. Such a disastrous security failure is either a conspiracy or a murderous case of negligence. Either way it has plunged the reputation of Pakistan to an all time low. All Pakistanis who care about the reputation of their country should be indignant.

The PCB and the Pakistani Government have some serious questions to answer. But who will hold them accountable?

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • khalil on March 8, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    The fact that we can not show to the world the face of any of those terrorists, dead or alive is a sufficient proof of the lapse in security.In the face of the courage shown by Sri Lankan players,when no one was willing to play cricket in our country,this incident, which sunk our cricket, is not acceptable.. Regarding what Broad said, he didn,t care about what his statement can do with the future of our cricket.He could have left this to the concerned authority(ICC) but he will not let any chance go by, as far as asian teams are concerned just like Darrel Hair.

  • Singapore Sling on March 8, 2009, 2:08 GMT

    It is high time Pakistan woke up to itself. They refuse to resume a test match for the first time in history and blame the umpires, or rather one white umpire. Players get caught numerous times on drugs, but apparently they are not to blame. The umpires are almost killed in Lahore due to incredible Pakistani incompetence, or perhaps worse, yet the response from people like Miandad is to suspend the umpires. You are not honourable men, you are little girls. Remind me why the cricket community should bother with you any more?

  • aftab on March 7, 2009, 23:54 GMT

    The World Cricket will boycot Pakistan visits, fine. But if Pakistan had pretty Bollywood actresses and that kinda money, some would have stood by. Even some Ausies! Part of the story Pakistan is that povery and segrigation of sexes are outright unattractive and make a bad tourists location. I don't buy the crickers think their chance of being hit next time around is much higher than any where else in the world. Their response is more like why should we go there in the first place? Pakistan government have provided them with a perfect excuse. Buy a soccer ball.

  • waterbuffalo on March 7, 2009, 22:04 GMT

    "Our public is cricket crazy"-Ejaz Butt. Then why are the stadiums empty except for screaming schoolchildren let in for free? Both Tests were played to empty stadiums, the PCB needs a reality check. Play in Birmingham, Toronto and Sharjah, then you will see a cricket crazy crowd. Even if Younis Khan scored 401 the stadiums in Pakistan will be less than 5% full. Time to admit it, and stop being delusional. Test cricket is as dead in Pakistan as the pitches and those policemen and drivers.

  • Mohan khanna on March 7, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    This incident just proves one thing . Aus NZ SA ENG IND were justified in calling of their tours. This was a planned operation as seen by the execution. Pakistanis in previous blogs blindly criticised all countries which refused to tour the danger country calling them chicken and what not. 3/3 just proved the Ponting and co were correct in judgment. Hopefully no team tours Pakistan for next decade as terrorists were seen going off peacefully after attack as if it was sure no one would catch them.

  • Jawad on March 7, 2009, 5:25 GMT

    What happened should not have happened? It was a terrible incident and a very serious security lapse. My question to Mr. Broad is that he had been going to the Gaddafi stadium for a couple of days, how come he did not point out the lack of security the first two days? Why did he not refuse to go to the stadium under such a weak security? Will he go to India even though there was an incident in Mumbai a few months back? Will he go to New York where 9/11 happened? How about his own Country where 7/7 happened? We need to look into the realities before jumping to conclusion and playing the blame game. Pakistan should build a stroinger team, show their strength in forgein tours and make other teams visit us rather than begging them to come here. I know they can be the best team in the world provided they stay fit and be sincere to their profession.

  • Samir, India on March 7, 2009, 4:03 GMT

    Dear Kamran, I dont normally comment on this forum lest it be misconstrued as gloating, and yes I feel the wheel will eventually turn for pakistan. But could you gag these idiots who are in office. Butt and Miandad are still in la la land. The heroic driver turns out to be a closet jihadi with extreme views on India and islam. Who do you trust? Is there such a thing as a normal internationally indexed person left?

  • Ryan Andrews on March 6, 2009, 23:44 GMT

    The comments by Butt & Miandad accusing Chris Broad of lying are outrageous. Why would Broad lie? I can easily see why Butt & Miandad would - they are protecting their own interests. Butt speaks of a cop who "saved Broad's life". Broad says the cop was hiding from the gunmen. Based on the indisputable footage of the cop who played dead on the roadway, then got up and celebrated when the terrorists left, I know whose version of events I find more plausible. That said I don't blame anyone - including the cops - for taking cover. They were clearly undermanned, undertrained and under-equipped. The PCB & Government should have provided adequately trained and equipped protection for the touring party. There is also the mystery of the separate travelling times and routes for the two teams which raises some uncomfortable questions. Clearly Butt regards attack as the best form of defense as there are some very hard questions on the way. Miandad? Well he's just a disgrace.

  • Hussain Khan on March 6, 2009, 23:16 GMT

    IF there is any accountability in Pakistan than Butt and his bullshit administators should resign or be sacked immediately. I don't think this will ever happen as, knowing Pakistan and its corrupt history. Its government is lead by crimnals and PCB by half whit dumb asses.

  • John on March 6, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    Miandad and Butt's attack on Broad's cedibility does not make Rest of the cricket world comfartable. Infact it makes it worse. Miandad's comment about banning Broad is a joke. Might make great news in Pakistan but outside Pakistan it will be viewed with contempt. Who are trying to win over ??? Instead of looking at objectively they Butt an Miandad must refrain verbal assault on Broad. Anyone in Broad's shoes having faced near death would lash out with anger.

  • khalil on March 8, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    The fact that we can not show to the world the face of any of those terrorists, dead or alive is a sufficient proof of the lapse in security.In the face of the courage shown by Sri Lankan players,when no one was willing to play cricket in our country,this incident, which sunk our cricket, is not acceptable.. Regarding what Broad said, he didn,t care about what his statement can do with the future of our cricket.He could have left this to the concerned authority(ICC) but he will not let any chance go by, as far as asian teams are concerned just like Darrel Hair.

  • Singapore Sling on March 8, 2009, 2:08 GMT

    It is high time Pakistan woke up to itself. They refuse to resume a test match for the first time in history and blame the umpires, or rather one white umpire. Players get caught numerous times on drugs, but apparently they are not to blame. The umpires are almost killed in Lahore due to incredible Pakistani incompetence, or perhaps worse, yet the response from people like Miandad is to suspend the umpires. You are not honourable men, you are little girls. Remind me why the cricket community should bother with you any more?

  • aftab on March 7, 2009, 23:54 GMT

    The World Cricket will boycot Pakistan visits, fine. But if Pakistan had pretty Bollywood actresses and that kinda money, some would have stood by. Even some Ausies! Part of the story Pakistan is that povery and segrigation of sexes are outright unattractive and make a bad tourists location. I don't buy the crickers think their chance of being hit next time around is much higher than any where else in the world. Their response is more like why should we go there in the first place? Pakistan government have provided them with a perfect excuse. Buy a soccer ball.

  • waterbuffalo on March 7, 2009, 22:04 GMT

    "Our public is cricket crazy"-Ejaz Butt. Then why are the stadiums empty except for screaming schoolchildren let in for free? Both Tests were played to empty stadiums, the PCB needs a reality check. Play in Birmingham, Toronto and Sharjah, then you will see a cricket crazy crowd. Even if Younis Khan scored 401 the stadiums in Pakistan will be less than 5% full. Time to admit it, and stop being delusional. Test cricket is as dead in Pakistan as the pitches and those policemen and drivers.

  • Mohan khanna on March 7, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    This incident just proves one thing . Aus NZ SA ENG IND were justified in calling of their tours. This was a planned operation as seen by the execution. Pakistanis in previous blogs blindly criticised all countries which refused to tour the danger country calling them chicken and what not. 3/3 just proved the Ponting and co were correct in judgment. Hopefully no team tours Pakistan for next decade as terrorists were seen going off peacefully after attack as if it was sure no one would catch them.

  • Jawad on March 7, 2009, 5:25 GMT

    What happened should not have happened? It was a terrible incident and a very serious security lapse. My question to Mr. Broad is that he had been going to the Gaddafi stadium for a couple of days, how come he did not point out the lack of security the first two days? Why did he not refuse to go to the stadium under such a weak security? Will he go to India even though there was an incident in Mumbai a few months back? Will he go to New York where 9/11 happened? How about his own Country where 7/7 happened? We need to look into the realities before jumping to conclusion and playing the blame game. Pakistan should build a stroinger team, show their strength in forgein tours and make other teams visit us rather than begging them to come here. I know they can be the best team in the world provided they stay fit and be sincere to their profession.

  • Samir, India on March 7, 2009, 4:03 GMT

    Dear Kamran, I dont normally comment on this forum lest it be misconstrued as gloating, and yes I feel the wheel will eventually turn for pakistan. But could you gag these idiots who are in office. Butt and Miandad are still in la la land. The heroic driver turns out to be a closet jihadi with extreme views on India and islam. Who do you trust? Is there such a thing as a normal internationally indexed person left?

  • Ryan Andrews on March 6, 2009, 23:44 GMT

    The comments by Butt & Miandad accusing Chris Broad of lying are outrageous. Why would Broad lie? I can easily see why Butt & Miandad would - they are protecting their own interests. Butt speaks of a cop who "saved Broad's life". Broad says the cop was hiding from the gunmen. Based on the indisputable footage of the cop who played dead on the roadway, then got up and celebrated when the terrorists left, I know whose version of events I find more plausible. That said I don't blame anyone - including the cops - for taking cover. They were clearly undermanned, undertrained and under-equipped. The PCB & Government should have provided adequately trained and equipped protection for the touring party. There is also the mystery of the separate travelling times and routes for the two teams which raises some uncomfortable questions. Clearly Butt regards attack as the best form of defense as there are some very hard questions on the way. Miandad? Well he's just a disgrace.

  • Hussain Khan on March 6, 2009, 23:16 GMT

    IF there is any accountability in Pakistan than Butt and his bullshit administators should resign or be sacked immediately. I don't think this will ever happen as, knowing Pakistan and its corrupt history. Its government is lead by crimnals and PCB by half whit dumb asses.

  • John on March 6, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    Miandad and Butt's attack on Broad's cedibility does not make Rest of the cricket world comfartable. Infact it makes it worse. Miandad's comment about banning Broad is a joke. Might make great news in Pakistan but outside Pakistan it will be viewed with contempt. Who are trying to win over ??? Instead of looking at objectively they Butt an Miandad must refrain verbal assault on Broad. Anyone in Broad's shoes having faced near death would lash out with anger.

  • joules lara on March 6, 2009, 21:54 GMT

    Miandad has now come out asking ICC to boycott Chris Broad, the very person who saved and helped in that terrible situation. We all know Javed Miandad's stand on terror. He got his son married off to the daughter of a "specially designated global terrorist". So i think Miandad should just shut the hell up. He has no authority talking about this.

    It is quite obvious that the players and people involved in this situation wont be fabricating things. Their hurt and are voicing their opinion. Chris Broad's account has been backed by the other umpires which includes the very renowned and unbiased Simon Taufel. The PCB has let down world cricket and Pakistan. Because of negligence and utter disregard to the security and well being of their guests, they have maligned Pakistan and disrespected the favor that SL had done to visit their terror struck country to quench the thirst of its cricket loving people.

    Miandad, once again. Just shup up and go back in your little hole.

  • CRICKET EXPERT on March 6, 2009, 16:59 GMT

    Tali, let me just remind you that when Bob Woomer died the first thing everyone said that Pakistan team killed him and in the end it was proved he died of natural causes. Therefore why dont you stop implying stupid and baseless things like it was Pakistan team that tried to kill Sri Lankans. Also why dont you explain what they could get out of doing this (if anything). As for this hypocrite Chris Broad he should at least shown some respect to the police officers that gave lives just to save an ignorant person like him.

    Lastly, I also think that what Ijaz Butt said (just a scratch) was wrong.

  • mukesh kunal on March 6, 2009, 14:39 GMT

    4 th March was a Black day in the history of world cricket.It shook all players and people round the globe for the terror attack in Lahore that too in the most busy part of the city.And this is a strong answer why no test matches was held in pakistan for the past 14 months .The big reason was because of the security .And now PCB has got a big question to answer to its players as to what is the future of pakistan cricket.Such incidents only hampers the player because they are the worst suffers .And because of this the subcontinent cricket's future is getting spoiled as of now IPL is going to start in a months time .And the players taking part in that tournament are now planning to call off for this season because of the security reasons.So indian cricket is also suffering and has to pay the price for this.With such incidents happening frequently in pakitan i hope that the government will take extra precautionary measure to stop such happenings so that spirit of the game is alive .

  • Kool Kat on March 6, 2009, 9:10 GMT

    Zafar aka Shoaib Malik : Well put. Where is Mr. Imran Khan, who pooh-poohed the idea of cricketers being targeted. And it is high time Pakistanis listened to world opinion, instead of just feeling victimised everytime. No point in crying in an increasingly impatient world. And yes, the SriLankans showed immense dignity.

  • Dan on March 6, 2009, 6:40 GMT

    With regard to the police who played dead and the police who were killed we can only have pity.

    Clearly, these men were completely unprepared for the attack. Only an untrained, unwarned and under-equipped group of police could be so comprehensively defeated like this.

    The PCB will continue to use their deaths as evidence of its commitment to security. But if the PCB had really been committed to security, it would have ensured that the men detailed to protect the Sri Lankans were properly armed and ready.

    The policeman who took control of the Sri Lankan bus and got it to safety is to be congratulated. But that is the reaction of a desparately brave man, rather than a well-trained professional. He and his colleagues deserved to have been properly prepared for an attack of this nature. If they had been, fewer policemen would be dead and more terrorists would be dead or in custody.

  • pranav on March 6, 2009, 6:14 GMT

    also i want to know one thing, the attackers were coolly driving away on a bike and a police car/van drives right past them, with no attempt to stop them, and mr butt has the gall and indecency to say what he has!

  • Deepak Shah on March 6, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    You make an excellent point about the dignity shown by the Sri Lankan players. Maybe, it has something to do with their own experience of terrorism at home, or maybe it has something to do with their Buddhism. Whatever it is, it is admirable. I would also like to commend the general Sri Lankan public and Sri Lankan media for maintaining their dignity in face of this calamity. I can only imagine with horror (and sadness) how Indian media (driven by our ridiculous television channels) and the Indian public (incited by our ridiculous politicians) would have reacted had this happened to the Indian team. And had such a thing happened in India to the Pakistan team, I cannot even begin to imagine what that would have led to. My respect for the average Sri Lankan (cricket lover or not) cannot be higher.

  • Arbab Kureishy on March 6, 2009, 6:00 GMT

    All Pakistani citizens and cricket fans should make an applogy to Srilankan team, how supported us in our tough times. WE ARE REALLY SORRY TEAM SRI LANKA. WE LOVE YOU AND RESPECT YOU. Our government has always made us ashmed.

  • Naeem Khan on March 6, 2009, 5:56 GMT

    Mr Ejaz Butt should resign and if he is not a gentleman to do that then he should be fired. His statements are emotional and obnoxious. What kind of security is he talking about? I saw the videos of these terrorist calmly walking away. The policemen who died are commended but even their death is attributed to not sufficent security. I am no lover of Broad but in this case I fully support him. It is about time that we accept that we did not deliver as promised. All the security had to do was guard the route that the cricketers were travelling on. It is not that they had to guard the whole city. In this day and age if you cannot do that then please don't make nonsensical promises. You are playing with peoples lives. My sincere apologies to the Sri lankan team, the umpires and all other sport officials who were victimized because of the lack of security. What lessons will we learn from this?

  • Gokul on March 6, 2009, 3:15 GMT

    A good share of the blame lies with the SL cricket board for allowing this tour to go ahead.

  • Ali Hassan on March 6, 2009, 0:43 GMT

    Buildings collapse - no one apprehended, bridges collapse - no one apprehended, humans decapitated - no one apprehended, women buried alive – no one apprehended, embassies bombed - no one apprehended, thousands of day light robberies - no one apprehended, Benazir assassinated - no one apprehended, Sri Lankan team attacked guess what - NO ONE WILL BE APPREHENDED.

  • Karan on March 6, 2009, 0:38 GMT

    Please answer the simple question, Wasn't India justified in not visiting Pakistan tour ? I would also like Imran Khan and Javed Miandad's comments on this.

  • Dan Ali on March 5, 2009, 23:48 GMT

    I think Ijaz Butt needs to accept that the security arrangements werent adequate. I dont think "presidential style" security means a handful of police officers as an escort. There should have been at least some SSG commandos escorting the Sri Lankan team. Im sure if a visiting head of state visits Pakistan, they are given more than a few police officers for protection. Also, how did the terrorists manage to kill 6 police officers and the police didnt manage to kill a single terrorist?? Is is a lack of training or did they lose the will to fight at the crucial moment?? But the biggest question that needs to be asked is why did it take 25 mins for police reinforcements to arrive?? Its beyond belief that the response time was so slow and is probably the reason the terrorists got away. Thanks to the Sri Lankan team for coming to Pakistan at such a volatile time and our apologies for letting you down in such an appalling way.

  • Asif Bashir on March 5, 2009, 23:42 GMT

    Fire this idiot Ijaz Butt! What in God's name is wrong with this moron? Instead of owning up he has the galls to say that Chris Broad is lying? There is no decency in our people. None whatsoever. Only luck saved the players and the umpires, not the so called presidential security. Our hearts go out to the slain police officers but their deaths do not mean that the security was there. Not a single culprit was caught and that says a lot about what kind of fight was put up by the security staff. A punctured lung is not a scratch Mr Ijaz! Resign, you disgrace to this nation and save us all the trouble. He's worried about his job and nothing else. No one in Pakistan has ever owned responsibility for anything and its not about to change now. Our deepest gratitude to the Sri Lanka players for visiting our country and sincere apologies for what they had to go through. We have gotten used to this level of incompetence but there was no reason why you had to suffer it as well.

  • mani on March 5, 2009, 22:53 GMT

    Kamran, you are 100% right.. this is the BEST article i have seen in recent times. On the money !! I have said enough nice things; so please post this on board; on your last article, i wrote the truth; u didn't clear the posting it on the board..

  • Tah on March 5, 2009, 22:52 GMT

    I dont understand why every one is blaming the security system?? if it wasn't that good than the sri lankan would have been in serius conditions but our security mens have scrificed their precious lives to save them ... so why people cant see that fact that security was alerady good enough. plus if something like this happens all of sudden ovesly there ggona be lapses coz no 1 knows what is going to happen, if they knew tht it was gona hapen thn that would have been different story so i woould kindly apeal to all those who are questinong the security please look at it at the positiv way not negative way that how they have protected the sri lankans and lost their lives. thanks.

  • Dr Bhishma Swami on March 5, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    The Pakistani High Commissioner in London blamed the Taliban for the attacks, trying to thus plead helplessness (equal to innocence) of the Pakistani government. He remembered that the Taliban had prevented a Pakistani college cricket team from playing in Afghanistan when they were in power. We did not know this. But if the authorities did know about the Taliban's distaste for cricket, then I am impressed that the PCB and government assured the Sri Lankans about their security with a straight face. That the Taliban is well entrenched in most Pakistani cities must be well known to the authorities as well. The rest of the world does. Putting these 2 things together, surely they could have at least suggested to the visitors that they wear kevlar and slightly different looking helmets.

    The neutral venues for Pakistani matches will work remarkably well as the NR Pakistanis are more likely to fill the stadia than we see the locals do at home. The TV revenue stays the same anyway.

  • Aamir Akhund on March 5, 2009, 19:41 GMT

    Today i have nothing to say about the column by Kamran Bhai. I being a pakistani have never felt the shame that i have felt today on what has happened at Liberty.

  • atta ur Rehman on March 5, 2009, 19:36 GMT

    Dear Kamran, I am hundred % agree with you. I am extremely sorry to hear the comments of Governer, Mr Butt and Younas. These people either dont care or understand the importance of this tour.The security to the foriegn team and official was so poor.but I am surprised to read the comments of Butt regarding Broad,s statement. Does he not know that Pakistan promised the Presidential security.Can Mr Zardari or Mr Taseer will travel like this in Pakistan.Now they are trying to hide there emberresment behind the dead bodies of policemen.But dont they understand they cant make world fool with crocodile tears.Is this not there responsibility to clear the way of foreign team/official.There should be army commondos all over the area.But unfortunately if people appointed on the basis of there political influence but not there merit.In Pakistan unfortunately no justice and accoutability. The adminstration is so shameless that instead of taking responsibility they are threatening the referee,sorry

  • Arsh on March 5, 2009, 19:24 GMT

    I've seen some videos today.. videos of policemen hiding in the flowers.. and of videos of policemen playing dead during the gunfire and then of gunmen casually walking away from the scene. . I was totally baffled at that. Policeman lays right next to the van the umpires were in and when the van moves away after the gunfire, that cop gets up and thanks heavens (or so it looked like!). Another cop is hiding in a nearby garden like a wussy!! That's just appalling. Pakistani police force has really shot cricket in the heart.

  • Kartik on March 5, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    Cricket in Pakistan is permanently finished.

    Now, no team will tour Pakistan for years to come. Thus, there will be no ticket sales, and much less money flowing into the game. Thus, youngsters will not take up cricket, and the quality of the team will decline even when touring.

    The death spiral is permanent.

    Meanwhile Pakistanis will be forced to watch India play on TV, in front of packed stadiums, and will multi-million dollar endoresements for each player.

    There will not even be 'rebel' tours to Pakistan in the way that there were to South Africa in the 80s.

  • ks on March 5, 2009, 17:53 GMT

    This guy Ijaz Butt is a first class A-HOLE and a crony of Mr. Cent per Cent, what else does Pakistan expect when their Prez is Asif Zardari...max points to Chris Broad for speaking his mind..But the real problem is that no Pakistani feels safe at any point at any place in Pakistan, anymore. If the life of the common man in Pakistan has no value, then there will never be any security for anybody else, and that is the bottom line.. every life is valuable, not just the politicians...

  • AN on March 5, 2009, 17:01 GMT

    Mukul Kesavan in cricinfo got it mostly right. And no, most Indian fans I know are upset not celebrating because a failed State like Pakiatan poses long term costs to the Indian taxpayer in the form of increased border security and internal investigations/checks etc. Makes life a pain. As a global traveller, the wait at airports has become longer. Brave people like Imad above give me hope. Maybe the closest we can get to nearly foolproof security is by having routes cordoned off and blocked for public usage during the team bus drive. The buses can thus move fast through traffic signs and reach the destination. The route itself should be carefully chosen to avoid areas with troubled history. Roof tops of buildings on this route will have to be manned as well.

    "The trouble with denial is that we almost always deny it. When we accept the reality we cure the problem quickly" It is human nature and we have to address this occasionally in our personal lives as well.

  • Shuvro (Dhaka) on March 5, 2009, 17:00 GMT

    Sorry, I can't resist writing again (Wish this'll be published). This PCB joker (Read Butt) now is getting anger out of me, instead of sympathy. I wish Broad & others don't sue bankrupt PCB for the Presidential security Butt is defending off (May B the insurance guys would). I live in a much peaceful City & even an elite bridal party is escorted better here. Few months back, I wrote that postponing CT, could be a blessings in disguise for Pakistan Comic Board, chaired by a *****. This big mouth never had the measures of his words & after spreading enough stain, would serve PCB best by resigning ASAP.

    Not the ideal time now, yet to say, exclusion of Pakistan as Test hosts should do this great game no harm, nor the team, after the "Fast & Bouncy" experiences & playing abroad will be benificiary 4 the team. This administration don't have the knowledge of their position, be it cricket or not cricket issues. Hats off to Lankans, who tried to payback a long due, let down by PCB stupids

  • Shariq Hoda on March 5, 2009, 16:28 GMT

    People are forgetting to analyze oe angle. How come Pakistani team bus left 5 minutes after the SL team bus? Every other day, they left at the same time. The news says that Younus Khan wanted the buses to leave separately. Too much of coincience to believe. Younus Khan should be grilled...seems like he was aware of this thing happening beforehand.

  • Shahid (PART 2) on March 5, 2009, 16:21 GMT

    Also, last but not the least, thank you to the SriLankan cricketers, for coming here in the first place, your grace under fire and most of all, the class you guys have shown after the event in not badmouthing Pakistan when you would all be absolutely justified in doing so. I promise you, you are all in a lot of Pakistani people's prayers, and we are all eternally grateful. At least all of millions of us who did not shoot at you.

  • RAJA on March 5, 2009, 16:19 GMT

    What one sows , reaps it ! Instead of taking the bull by the horn Pakistanis Govt is busy diverting the isuue on foreign hand. Adding salt to the injury is butts comment that Mr.Chris Board just had a scratch !!!. refrain from becoming an International buffoon and direct your energy in garnerining the population of pakistan to channelise the focus on dismantling the terrorist infrastructures that is causing havoc to Pakistan in particular and to the world in general

  • Shahid on March 5, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    I am outraged by the absolutely insensitive and idiotic comments by Ijaz Butt about Chris Broad. But then again, this is Pakistan. No one in the top brass will take responsibility, no one will apologize and no one will be taken to task for this. Mr Butt should resign right now if he has an ounce of decency in him, like we say in Pakistan "agar apni maa ka dudh piya hai". But of course he will not do that. We will continue to get bullsh*t statements from them.

    Mr Broad, and all the other umpires and support staff, please let me apologize on behalf of the Pakistan people. Do not expect the PCB to apologize to you, they will not.

    To all the overwhelming majority of responders in Cricinfo who have had sympathy and support for the Pakistani people and cricketers, thankyou from the bottom of my heart. It literally brought tears in my eyes to especially read supportive comments from SriLankans and their already wonderful image as a people in my eyes is substantially increased manyfold.

  • Zafar Majeed aka Shoaib Malik on March 5, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    What anger are we talking about? Who is angry? PCB chairman termed Chris Broad a liar, High Commisioner in UK compared this to July 2005 attacks and Mumbai. Sorry its not being angry. Its the traditional arrogance that typifies so called pakistani society. Pakistanis are still light years behind the cultured and civilised world to appreciate the power of logic and reasoning. More than the terrorrists its our ignorant and egoist public that should be blamed for this shameful event. Afterall they were all claiming that Pakistan is a safe country for sports. How many ex cricketers have come forward and taken their words back with an apology? None. Why? Because they are too arrogant to do that. Make no mistake! This will not humble any Pakistani. Instead we ll find new ways to blame others. The only tradition we are blindly following is that of Doomed Forever Classic Shakespearean character. Be it Hamlet or Macbeth, the end is nigh. Please WAKE UP

  • solo on March 5, 2009, 15:50 GMT

    things are only gonna get worse with someone like zardari 'mr 15 per cent' by trying to secure his political position in sacking the punjab government and continuing the dictatorial policies of previous regime. there will not be cricket in pakistan for a v long time. there is no democracy in pakistan. only a western puppet.

  • Owais Ajmal on March 5, 2009, 15:45 GMT

    I just want to apologize to the Srilankans.Honestly we want cricket in our country and not these attacks.No1 wants its,none of us.But it did happen and we can just apologize for that,but please dont turn your backs on us.Please its not just me saying this,the whole of pakistan is.What Younis Khan has said is completely true.Cricket is the only light of hope in our country please dont take that away from us.Please dont do that. Thanks

  • Sanjay on March 5, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    1. Cricket is not a game to die for. So no one should force anyone to play anywhere if he/she is not comfortable with security. 2. Of course, one cannot be 100% sure about security as the limit to which terrorist can reach is monumental (9/11, 26/11 or Lahore or anything you can talk about. But that don't take away your responsibility of having enough security to hit back any possible threat. It is clearly the case here where there is absolutely negligence in security. What is even more unfortunate is that both PCB and Govt are trying to find a way to blame someone else to cover up a greater problem that might engulf this country. 3. Who said general public cannot do anything? Remember it the choice we made today will create our future. Accept the fact and stop going on "denial" phase and take the responsibility. Govt or PCB is run by people no different from us. 4. Nothing is end, but it is a new beginning. I am still optimistic that people of Pak will rise to the occasion.

    God Bless

  • PakistanLover on March 5, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    This is to Brahminy: Butt was right and Broad is nothing short of being wrong. Our soldiers and our policemen are given their lives to you ungrateful lot and this is the reaction we are getting? Its ok then. I don't wanna see any team tour pakistan if they are ungrateful of the lives that were given up to defend people like Brahminy.

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on March 5, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    I am searching for words to express two things. First, my sincere gratitude and thanks to Sri Lankan Team that on account of various threats they visited Pak and they will be remembered for their professional attitude and timely help to revive the cricket in Pakistan. But after the attack their noble cause was in vain just because of the lack of support and attitude of the Government and PCB Authority. Now a days the Pak Government is spineless whatever they say the attack was done and it is the end of cricket in Pakistan. Was the Government of Pakistan & PCB was not aware that God forbit if anything is happened, the cricket from Pak will be vanished. Shame...........I think PCB will never be able to forgive themselves. How they are running this organization is known to God. They should have provided some extra security knowing the fact that all around the world is watching their activities with great zeal but what they have done is known to us and I am afraid there will be no cricket

  • Omail on March 5, 2009, 15:13 GMT

    Certainly we are bemused as to how it can happen with presidential level of security, whatever said and done how can Butt or Butthead as he should rightly be called come out and accuse broad of lying..these ppl were in the thick of things and butt was maybe sitting in his toilet at the time all this happened..its so ridiculous and almost shameful that these pcb official come and defend themselves on any account. I am a pakistani and really i feel sad for what has happened, personally i never felt any team should have come to pak at all at the times when we ourselves feel unsafe in our country. U park ur car u r worried it will be stolen, u stay out late somebody might rob u , u go to crowded place u feel what if there is a bomb blast..so how can u expect anything from other nations to come here risk their lives, i feel when u have worng ppl to do the job these things happen, pak for the start has an idiot leader in shape of zardari and everybody else just follows dumb and dumberer.....

  • sadat ali khan on March 5, 2009, 15:00 GMT

    the pcb chairman should be ashamed of himself for even thinking if countering what are clearly true charges... the whole of pcb is one of the most corrupt and inefficient organisations...

  • vishnu on March 5, 2009, 14:48 GMT

    It is indeed a very sad day as never before has cricket or cricketers been targeted but as Aatif says we should not treat this action as done by Pakistan the country , it is done by certain idiots who care for nothing. It is indeed brave of the lankan cricketers to be composed and dignified in spite of the calamity that ensued. It is high time that both India and Pakistan take some concrete and real steps towards dealing with terrorism and not political bickering. History has shown that war has brought only suffering and nothing else. People of both countries must unite and kick out the extremist forces and corrupt politicians on both sides. We were all a single country for 4000 years and there was no problem how can we become sworn enemies within 60 years? Shame on us

  • Neil S on March 5, 2009, 14:43 GMT

    This is a very emotional subject and two days after the event it is time to take stock. I am very sad that there is now a slanging match between Mr Broad and Mr Butt about whether proper security was provided. Is it not better to offer thanks that no cricketers or officials were killed? - and to offer condolences for the security persons who lost their lives to this mindless act of terror. The stock taking should be done by the Pakistan Govt - i.e. immediate and intensive measures to remove all extremist and terror groups from the country. If the outside world sees proper measures like this, then perhaps in a few years we will get international cricket again in Pakistan. I would ask the Sri Lanka Team and its fans, the umpires, Mr Broad amd Mr Cork to forgive the nation of Pakistan for this tragedy, but also not to criticise too severely. They will know in their heart of hearts that the security people did not wish this to happen.

  • shashank on March 5, 2009, 14:34 GMT

    It is easy to blame security lapses, but even if they had fifty men protecting that bus it would not have been of much help if the rocket had been on target. The fact is there can be no guarantee of security. The entire subcontinent region cannot provide security to its own people but then we have the false pride to claim that we can provide security to our "GUESTS". If I were an international cricketer , I would not tour the region. There are still people talking about staging IPL and world cup.. do these people have any sense, terrorists dont give a damn for your false bravado of "We will not give up our life style". The fact is that one is afraid to step on to a local train or even just walk on sea side... you never know where the bullet with your name is.

  • nabeel on March 5, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    We always act surprised and ask innicent questions and mention other incidents in other countries. What we fail to see is the reality.

    Anyone who tries to defend by claiming "no security lapse" is far away from reality. Truth is that we FAILED to provide proper security to ur guests.

    Many teams have refused to come to Pakistan on security issue and we keep on giving them assurance and continue to request ICC to penalize the teams that do not visit us.

    What security? Why make commitments you can not keep. On top of it, we face the camera claiming that people who are raising fingers on our security lapse are lying and trying to give us bad name??

  • Brahminy Kite on March 5, 2009, 13:52 GMT

    Thank You Aatif Irshad. We know ALL the "real" Pakistani fans are embarrassed & ashamed as you are, for things that were beyond your control. We feel your pain, and we as SL cricket fans are truly sorry for the fate of Pakistani cricket.

    But then, you've got an IDIOT for your Chairman. What those terrorists managed to do was to make Pakistan a no-go zone for few years max. It was up to your government & the PCB to change that around. Instead of that, your Chairman has to come out accuse Chris Broad of lying. Call him "obnoxious" ? While looking at the video footage & listening to the stories, we all know that it's just an act of GOD that no player or official died. Mr.Butt should be on his knees praying.

    Even SL players have said that the security was lacking this time around. PCB had ONLY ONE friend and that was SL. Your chairman has alienated that support by these comments. Imagine how the rest of the world must be feeling. He has done more damage than the terrorists! Shame!

  • Sunil on March 5, 2009, 13:50 GMT

    Coming from Sri Lanka, I can understand what Pakistan is going through. There have been more suicide bombings in Sri Lanka than possibly any other country in the world, besides attacks on the country's capital. I think it's pretty sad how a lot of people seem to be taking pot shots at Pakistan. I am glad Sri Lanka has come back home and the tour has been cancelled, but Pakistan needs help dealing with its problems, not isolation and condemnation. Unlike 'Brahminy Kite' I do not think all Pakistani fans should be 'embarassed' and 'outraged.' That's just a silly comment. Many Sri Lankans are thankful to the bus driver who drove the team to safety and the policemen who laid down their lives protecting the team.

  • Noman Siddiqui on March 5, 2009, 13:35 GMT

    While the incident was very unfortunate, the serious repurcussions it can have on Pakistan cricket & the larger subcontinent are going to put in some major dents. Without any such situations as the one in Lahore, Pakistan was out of test cricket for 14 months. Now this time span can be multiplied by 3 or 4 at the very least. Cricket is already being seen to fade away. This can be gauged from the quality of raw talent that we are producing in the last 2-4 years. Unless the current situation improves, we will be seeing a serious lack of interest in the general public. I wish and pray that those incharge in the country make some intelligent decisions to the save the game in this country.

  • VSD on March 5, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    Guys, to be honest, one need to look into the why these poor policemen were sacrificed.. There was no security and it is obvious that the terrorist and the authorities where hand in glove in this. There are no coincidences in modern times. No security gurads on scene, not one terrorist identifed or caught or shot at on scene, the bus taking a different route on that particular morning, pakistan team leaving the hotel late, no presence of security guards in the srilankan bus, no bullet proof bus etc etc.. defenitely points a finger towards a conspiracy here. And for god sake, PCB chairman , be manly enough to admit that the arrangements were pathetic and stop embarrasing yourself by saying there was no lapse in arrangements. And there is an investigation going on. what a big joke? Do you believe us to rely on your findings. The truth is , pakistan as a nation is being islotaed from everyone and is in the bottom list of the civilised world. My fellow pakistani friends, my sympathies!

  • Aatif Irshad on March 5, 2009, 13:01 GMT

    Kamran I agree with you and also with Chris Broad.I think the fact that none of the attackers were either caught or killed says it all.How on earth could this happen with a "Preseidential level of Security".I seriously think there is some kind of a security lapse.Hell with cirkcet or future of the game in the country Iam more than happy and actually "releived" that the Lankans are back ALIVE.We do not want cricket at the expense of the lives of the players and that too international players who are high profile and house hold names.I ON THE BEHALF OF PAKISTANI NATION APOLOGISE TO SRILANKAN TEAM IN PARTICULAR AND THE LANKAN NATION IN GENERAL FOR THE UNCOMFORT AND PAIN THAT THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH BECAUSE OF THE ATTACK.WE ARE SORRY!Please trust us this is not us.We are a very hosipitable nation.These are a handful of IDIOTS because of whom 17 Million cricket loving people are suffering.This is actually a death blow and I feel ashamed.Thankyou Lankans for touring and our due apologies.

  • Brahminy Kite on March 5, 2009, 13:01 GMT

    Kamran, what are you feeling today? I hope you are both outraged & embarrassed beyond belief. You & ALL Pakistani cricket fans better be.

    As SL cricket fans, we should've been outraged & burning effigies (Like every Indian is, for motives we know well). There's some anger/questions over why the team was sent, but, that's directed at the Government. As a country that has suffered under terrorism for so long, we could only sympathize with the tragedy that has befallen Pakistan cricket. There were reports on security being lapsed, changed after political changes & so on, but, we all are guilty of being utterly naive, believing in the notion that terrorists have ethics. It's a mistake; those things happen, we only have to learn from them. Every pakistani cricket fan should be thanking their stars, because, miraculously, no player or official died. Imagine that!

    And then, CEO of PCB has to come out & accuse Chris Broad of lying. You got to be kidding me! "Just a scratch"? I'm speechless!

  • H.MALIK on March 5, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    CUM ON Omar do not be an Ostritch and be overzelaous patriotic. Wrong is Wrong Impotence is Impotence , They will not change over to Right & Valoure just becuase 8 innocent people died tobe at the wrong place at the wrong time & shower praises over them as The Great Pures. They were the victom of the Impotence of their brass headed funcky uselss incharges who are shamelessly holding on to the lucrative jobs while throwing scums to the viwoders and laying flowers on the innocent killed . The Country promised a "Blue Book Security" and even failed to provide minimum coverage . We all konw what a "Blue Book Security menas" if not then go and asked people in Karachi whose reltives died in the ambulances & could not reach the hospitals because a os called "PM" or the socalled "General Musshy" decided to bestow the charm on the city by paying a visit . Rethink again , You can lie to people more and think they will beleive just because it has come from the Land Of Pures.!

  • Tali on March 5, 2009, 12:44 GMT

    Few questions - Why Pakistan team left 5 mins afterwards? - Why another route was taken for Srilanka team? - Why not even 1 terrorist was shot dead? - What is the point terrorist wanted to prove by killing cricketers? - Why nobody yet been captured?

    All points to the fact that Pakistan internal forces are in hand on this action.

  • big chocho on March 5, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    i think this surely was the sadest thing to take place in recent times...watching the news and listening to all the expert analysis of the whole incident makes me think this could be an inside job ...I've never heard of a group of 12 men spray bullets at whatever there target might be and litterally jus walk away from the scene with no worries at all...ahh only in pakistan this type of lunacy can occur....thank god all the cricketers are ok ....and may god bless all the people who lost their lives while doing their duty... A sad persons view!..

  • Gani on March 5, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    Terrorist attacks happen everywhere. They happen in London, in Mumbai, even in New York. When that happens to an entire city, even the best intelligence, and an army of men cannot prevent damage. But, guarding a specific route taken by a specific set of people at a specified time should have been possible. ----------------------------------------------- Reply to Madhavan: Monica Seles was stabbed by a lone man acting alone. It was an isolated incident, and such things can be avoided with increased security. Cricket in the sub-continent is being attacked by organized terrorists that have the tenacity to stage a high profile attack in the middle of a city, and walk away scot free after that. This cannot be avoided by increasing security, this has to be corrected by waging a war. That is the difference.

  • rext on March 5, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    Sorry Omar but the umpires were abandoned to their fate and what saved the players was not the police but the fact that the rocket missed their bus. Simon Taufel said the only policeman to come to their van said he couldn't help them because he couldn't drive!!! Why was not one attacker captured and why were they allowed to casually walk away still fully armed as filmed? And as I understand it on previous days the Pakistani Team bus travelled in front but for some reason on this day it didn't. Could the Pakistani Team actually have been the intended target or did the attackers have inside knowledge of the change in order. It seems to me there is a lot more to this story than has yet been revealed.

  • Shuvro (Dhaka) on March 5, 2009, 12:06 GMT

    This was a stupendous stupidity for the part of PCB & Pakistan Govt. If Pentagon is not safe nothing in the world; but I was astonished that a bunch of police men in an open Pick up us following (Or may be leading) such a lucrative target when the purpose of the tour was to prove Pakistan’s competence on providing protection to foreigners (If this is the so called Presidential security, lord save the diplomats bound to travel to Pakistan).

    The PCB Chairman should instantly resign & allow someone younger to take charge.

  • knight on March 5, 2009, 11:17 GMT

    The fact that 8 people died would not dismiss the fact that security was shockingly bad. It is by pure luck that Sri Lankan circketer have survived. The police were not able to prevent players from getting hit by bullet. The bullet that hit legs could well have hit chest or head.

  • Imad on March 5, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    Its a valid question Mr. Abbasi as to who will hold PCB and the Pakistani govt responsible. My problem is that for 62 odd years, the government has thought itself to be above questioning, and the pakistani people have accepted this. The moment the people try waking up and start the cry for accountability, our mir sadiqs and mir jaffers quickly and effortlessly put an end to it. No sir...we cannot continue to wait for "someone" to clean up our mess. We have to do it ourselves, and by seeking and getting understanding and support from the world is not going to accomplish it. Pakistan - the country and the nation - has been brought up to be a 63 year old spoilt brat and its time that "spare the rod" philosophy be put aside...similar to what is happening to Zimbabwe. The nation needs to stop looking for excuses and finally own up to the fact that yes, we screwed up!!! Once we, as a nation, awaken to this fact, then maybe, we as a nation, can start doing something about it

  • Roscoe on March 5, 2009, 11:02 GMT

    Benazir Bhutto was blown up. What if "presidential level security" is an impossible guarantee in Pakistan? And how much of a failure was it? The security people gave their lives, the bus driver was courageous, & it was enough to save the cricketers.

    It's such a shame, tours to Pakistan will be cancelled & it will become very hard to revive the game there. But isn't it possible that the police would learn from this incident & do it better next time?

  • Ahmad on March 5, 2009, 10:58 GMT

    The people responsible for this gross negligence should be hanged. We just made the case againt our selfves, We dont need india or the US to destablise our country the president and the governer are doing a preety good job.

  • omar hussain on March 5, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    In blaming the security arrangements we must remember that 8 people died in defending the Sri Lankan team and the officals.I agree that there should have been a commando team with the cricketers which was missing so there are grounds for suspecting a conspiracy just as there were at the Marriot Hotel bombing.What most people still keep forgetting is that the Pakistan team was also on the way to the stadium and they escaped by a hair's breath.The Pakistani police has been so relentlessly pursued by the terrorists,thousands have been killed,that a lapse like that could easily happen but here it was also the responsibility of the PCB to check that every day the cricketers and umpires had maximum security.Too many of us Pakistanis never adhere to the better safe than sorry principal.It is easy to be wise after the event but let us not forget those poor policemen who saved ,never mind how, the cricketers and the umpires with their own lives.May God bless their souls.

  • Mahadevan on March 5, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    We have to be optimistic and learn from mistakes. When Monica Seles was stabbed during her game, were the games stopped anywhere? No one declined to play in Germany. All that was to be done was security level had to be beefed up. I ask why the same logic doesn't apply when it comes to this type of happening in the sub continent? We can also learn from our mistakes and so surely we can press for hosting games in this area where there is a lot of enthusiasm for cricket.

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  • Mahadevan on March 5, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    We have to be optimistic and learn from mistakes. When Monica Seles was stabbed during her game, were the games stopped anywhere? No one declined to play in Germany. All that was to be done was security level had to be beefed up. I ask why the same logic doesn't apply when it comes to this type of happening in the sub continent? We can also learn from our mistakes and so surely we can press for hosting games in this area where there is a lot of enthusiasm for cricket.

  • omar hussain on March 5, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    In blaming the security arrangements we must remember that 8 people died in defending the Sri Lankan team and the officals.I agree that there should have been a commando team with the cricketers which was missing so there are grounds for suspecting a conspiracy just as there were at the Marriot Hotel bombing.What most people still keep forgetting is that the Pakistan team was also on the way to the stadium and they escaped by a hair's breath.The Pakistani police has been so relentlessly pursued by the terrorists,thousands have been killed,that a lapse like that could easily happen but here it was also the responsibility of the PCB to check that every day the cricketers and umpires had maximum security.Too many of us Pakistanis never adhere to the better safe than sorry principal.It is easy to be wise after the event but let us not forget those poor policemen who saved ,never mind how, the cricketers and the umpires with their own lives.May God bless their souls.

  • Ahmad on March 5, 2009, 10:58 GMT

    The people responsible for this gross negligence should be hanged. We just made the case againt our selfves, We dont need india or the US to destablise our country the president and the governer are doing a preety good job.

  • Roscoe on March 5, 2009, 11:02 GMT

    Benazir Bhutto was blown up. What if "presidential level security" is an impossible guarantee in Pakistan? And how much of a failure was it? The security people gave their lives, the bus driver was courageous, & it was enough to save the cricketers.

    It's such a shame, tours to Pakistan will be cancelled & it will become very hard to revive the game there. But isn't it possible that the police would learn from this incident & do it better next time?

  • Imad on March 5, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    Its a valid question Mr. Abbasi as to who will hold PCB and the Pakistani govt responsible. My problem is that for 62 odd years, the government has thought itself to be above questioning, and the pakistani people have accepted this. The moment the people try waking up and start the cry for accountability, our mir sadiqs and mir jaffers quickly and effortlessly put an end to it. No sir...we cannot continue to wait for "someone" to clean up our mess. We have to do it ourselves, and by seeking and getting understanding and support from the world is not going to accomplish it. Pakistan - the country and the nation - has been brought up to be a 63 year old spoilt brat and its time that "spare the rod" philosophy be put aside...similar to what is happening to Zimbabwe. The nation needs to stop looking for excuses and finally own up to the fact that yes, we screwed up!!! Once we, as a nation, awaken to this fact, then maybe, we as a nation, can start doing something about it

  • knight on March 5, 2009, 11:17 GMT

    The fact that 8 people died would not dismiss the fact that security was shockingly bad. It is by pure luck that Sri Lankan circketer have survived. The police were not able to prevent players from getting hit by bullet. The bullet that hit legs could well have hit chest or head.

  • Shuvro (Dhaka) on March 5, 2009, 12:06 GMT

    This was a stupendous stupidity for the part of PCB & Pakistan Govt. If Pentagon is not safe nothing in the world; but I was astonished that a bunch of police men in an open Pick up us following (Or may be leading) such a lucrative target when the purpose of the tour was to prove Pakistan’s competence on providing protection to foreigners (If this is the so called Presidential security, lord save the diplomats bound to travel to Pakistan).

    The PCB Chairman should instantly resign & allow someone younger to take charge.

  • rext on March 5, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    Sorry Omar but the umpires were abandoned to their fate and what saved the players was not the police but the fact that the rocket missed their bus. Simon Taufel said the only policeman to come to their van said he couldn't help them because he couldn't drive!!! Why was not one attacker captured and why were they allowed to casually walk away still fully armed as filmed? And as I understand it on previous days the Pakistani Team bus travelled in front but for some reason on this day it didn't. Could the Pakistani Team actually have been the intended target or did the attackers have inside knowledge of the change in order. It seems to me there is a lot more to this story than has yet been revealed.

  • Gani on March 5, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    Terrorist attacks happen everywhere. They happen in London, in Mumbai, even in New York. When that happens to an entire city, even the best intelligence, and an army of men cannot prevent damage. But, guarding a specific route taken by a specific set of people at a specified time should have been possible. ----------------------------------------------- Reply to Madhavan: Monica Seles was stabbed by a lone man acting alone. It was an isolated incident, and such things can be avoided with increased security. Cricket in the sub-continent is being attacked by organized terrorists that have the tenacity to stage a high profile attack in the middle of a city, and walk away scot free after that. This cannot be avoided by increasing security, this has to be corrected by waging a war. That is the difference.

  • big chocho on March 5, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    i think this surely was the sadest thing to take place in recent times...watching the news and listening to all the expert analysis of the whole incident makes me think this could be an inside job ...I've never heard of a group of 12 men spray bullets at whatever there target might be and litterally jus walk away from the scene with no worries at all...ahh only in pakistan this type of lunacy can occur....thank god all the cricketers are ok ....and may god bless all the people who lost their lives while doing their duty... A sad persons view!..