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Apr 11, 2009 at 12:22am IST

Pakistan says India behind Lahore attack

New Delhi: Lahore Police on Friday claimed that there was evidence to prove India was behind the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore.

The Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked on March 3, 2009, near Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium and all the 12 terrorists who attacked got away.

Even at that time and accusing fingers were pointed at India but to its credit the government dismissed those charges.

"So far investigations have ruled out India's hand in Lahore attack. Neither was it the LTTE. Al Qaeda could be responsible," Pakistan's Interior Ministry Advisor Rehman Malik had said.

But now it's back to more finger pointing.

Lahore Police, at a crowded press briefing, claimed to have dug up more evidence of the Indian hand in the attack on the Sri Lankans.

"Involvement of India is definitely there. There is some progress with the help of sister organisations. We will let you know at a later stage," claimed Lahore Police chief Pervaiz Rathore.

India's response was swift, terse and dismissive.

"It is absurd and preposterous. Nobody has ever accused India of such things," Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma said.

But Lahore Police seem intent on raising the stakes. They are also hinting that the attack on the Manawan Police Academy outside Lahore more than two weeks ago was the work of India even after Pakistani Taliban leader has already claimed responsibility for the strike.