Sri Lanka Team Attacked

  • Indian hand in Lahore attack, claims Pak cop April 10, 2009

    New Delhi: Lahore Police claims to have evidence of Indian hand in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, according to Pakistani media reports. The Lahore Police announced having information about those responsible for the assault in a press conference. Lahore's Capital City Police Officer Pervaiz Rathore said there...
  • Lahore attack mastermind identified, claims Pak March 9, 2009

    New Delhi: Littleknown terrorist Muhammad Aqil has been identified by Pakistani security agencies as the mastermind of the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore. But raids across the city to nab him proved futile on Monday as he managed to escape. The security agencies conducted raids at several places...
  • Imran Khan's excuse: foreign hand in Lahore attack March 7, 2009

    London: Cricketerturnedpolitician Imran Khan says a "foreign hand" may have planned the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers with a view to hurt Pakistan and end cricket in the country. "It could be India, Afghanistan, the Tamil Tigers," Khan, 56, was quoted as saying by The Times of London on Saturday. "The motive...
  • Pak draws up suspect list for Lahore attack March 6, 2009

    Pakistani authorities said on Friday they were making progress in the investigation of this week's attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team, with suspicion settling on homegrown militants. Seven Pakistanissix policemen and the driver of a bus carrying match officialswere killed in the attack in the eastern city of Lahore. Six Sri...
  • Lashkar link to Lahore attack? Probe claims so March 6, 2009

    Islamabad: The gunmen who attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team on Tuesday appear to be members of the LashkareToiba (LeT), the banned militant group blamed for the Mumbai terror attacks. Investigation carried out by Pakistani authorities suggests that a group of "headstrong" LeT activists, who went underground and hid in the...
  • World leaders, experts express concern over Pakistan March 6, 2009

    New Delhi: What happened in Lahore on Tuesday to the convoy of Sri Lankan cricketers traveling for a match has not escaped the world. "Great Britain and the United States share a deep interest in ensuring that neither Afghanistan nor Pakistan are safe havens for terrorist activities. The safe...
  • Chinks in Pak security armour revealed by attack March 6, 2009

    New Delhi: After two days of having witnessed a brazen attack in the heart of Lahore, many ask if the ghastly attack could have been avoided. The Sri Lankans were promised the highest level of security but what was provided was far short of what VIPs in the subcontinent are...
  • Pak rules out India's hand in Lahore attack March 5, 2009

    New Delhi: Pakistan's Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik on Thursday ruled out India's involvement in attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. Malik said the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers could be the work of alQaeda. Interior Ministry sources also said the police have arrested four key suspects in connection with...
  • Pak board slams Broad, says security adequate in Lahore March 5, 2009

    Lahore: Pakistan's cricket chief Ijaz Butt on Thursday took a swipe at match referee Chris Broad over his outburst against security arrangements in Lahore, saying that he would soon send a formal complaint against the Englishman to the International Cricket Council (ICC). "His (Broad's) allegations are totally fabricated," Butt told a...
  • Attack on cricketers shows Pak deteriorating: Expert March 5, 2009

    New Delhi: An IndiaPakistan military researcher says the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore is a further deterioration of Pakistan as a state with integrity and that the internal security situation in Pakistan remains as critical ever. A dozen gunmen in Lahore attacked Sri Lanka's cricket team on Tuesday...
  • IPL players express concern on security arrangements March 5, 2009

    New Delhi: As a fallout of the Lahore attack, the Indian Premiere League of cricket could be the latest casualty. Out for a duck in the Napier oneday match and bowling two overs which were quite forgettable for giving 19 runs, Jacob Oram made little impact on the field....
  • Indian cricketers shocked, condemn attacks March 4, 2009

    Reactions have been pouring in to express shock and awe at what had happened. Former Indian captains Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly spoke to us last night. ...
  • Home Min wants IPL delayed, Modi won't comply March 4, 2009

    New Delhi: The Indian Premier League is cricket's most vibrant and colourful carnival. But in times such as these keeping Black Tuesday as well as the upcoming General Elections in mind India's Home Minister P Chidambaram had words of caution over bravado for cricketers. "I have suggested that the...
  • Stunned by strike, Pak launches a manhunt March 4, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistani Police on Wednesday launched a hunt for gunmen who mounted the bold attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in Lahore and officials scrambled to figure out who was behind it. The attack that killed eight people, six of them Pakistani police, plunged Pakistan into a "state of war",...
  • Crackdown begins with the arrest of 4 in Pak March 4, 2009

    New Delhi: A dozen heavily armed terrorists sprayed the Sri Lankan team bus with bullets and lobbed grenades at the convoy very close to Lahore's Gaddafi stadium. The convoy was ambushed by these heavily armed terrorists at the busy Liberty Chowk roundabout. Tuesday's ambush has raised serious security concerns in Pakistan....
  • Pak's frontier region safe haven for alQaeda : Obama March 4, 2009

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the frontier regions of Pakistan were "safe havens" for the alQaeda. "The safe havens for alQaida remain in the frontier regions of Pakistan," Obama told reporters in response to a question at the White House during a joint press conference with the visiting...
  • Cricket citadel attacked, Pak sliding into anarchy March 4, 2009

    In a daring raid reminiscent of the Mumbai attack, terrorists in Lahore targeted the Sri Lankan cricket team as it travelled towards the Gaddafi stadium on Tuesday morning. The Sri Lankan team that was touring Pakistan lived through 25 agonising minutes of onslaught as grenades were hurled by the 12...
  • Question time Pak: Who is to blame for Tue's attack? March 4, 2009

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's party now paints Pakistan as the Somalia of South Asia. The BJP too sees India's western neighbour as increasingly ungovernable. The two top guns Congress Pranab Mukherjee and BJPs L K Advani met late Tuesday to perhaps evolve a common approach...
  • BCCI tense over World Cup 2011 after Pak firing March 4, 2009

    New Delhi: Just a week or so ago, Pakistan cricket was relishing this moment. It was new captain, Younis Khan making a triple hundred. It was their first test match in over a year and may be Pakistan was emerging from the shadows of being a cricketing outcast. But, in...
  • Sri Lankan team lived through 25 minutes of terror March 4, 2009

    New Delhi: The beleaguered Sri Lanka players had a near death experience while on their way to resuming the second test match at the historic Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. At 0845 hrs IST, barely a few hundred meters away from the Gaddafi stadium, the touring Sri Lankan team bus was...
  • Sri Lankan players shocked at security breach in Pak March 3, 2009

    New Delhi: The pride of Pakistan cricket, the Gaddafi stadium has seen many cricket battles being fought. But on Tuesday it became a venue for rescuing Sri Lankan players. The SL players had travelled to the stadium to beat their opponents in a match but they ended up becoming the...
  • Sri Lankan cricketers thank brave Pak driver March 3, 2009

    Lahore: After narrowly escaping death, Sri Lankan cricketers on Tuesday praised Pakistani bus driver Mehar Mohammad Khalil for driving them out of danger amid firing by terrorists. "The Sri Lankan cricketers were praising their driver for his bravery," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt told reporters after meeting the visitors...
  • Pak minister blames India for attack on Lanka team March 3, 2009

    Islamabad: A Pakistani minister accused India of being behind the attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in the city of Lahore on Tuesday, saying the attackers had crossed into Pakistan from India. "The evidence which we have got shows that these terrorists entered from across the border from India," Sardar...
  • SL coach's wife thinks his time wasn't up March 3, 2009

    Sydney: Julie Bayliss was on the way to pick up her two children from school on Tuesday when she received a frantic phone call from her husband in Lahore, Pakistan. Just moments after three bullets shattered a window next to him on his Sri Lankan cricket team's bus, team coach...
  • Sri Lanka condemns attack on its cricketers March 3, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Tuesday described as "appalling" the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan's Lahore city. "It is appalling that anybody should have targeted a sporting team in such a brutal manner. The attitude of targeting sportsmen must change," Sri Lankan foreign secretary P Kohona said...
  • SL players security hopelessly inadequate: Chidambaram March 3, 2009

    New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday condemned the shootout near Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium in which six Sri Lankan players were injured and said the security of the players was "hopelessly inadequate". "It is shocking," Chidambaram told reporters, reacting to the shootout in Lahore's Liberty Market crossing, in which gunmen...
  • Pak official sees Mumbai pattern in Lahore attack March 3, 2009

    Lahore: The attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan on Tuesday bore the hallmarks of the same militants that carried out the attack on Mumbai in November, a senior Pakistan official said on Tuesday. Around dozen heavily armed assailants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team's bus and a police...
  • Six of our players were wounded: SL sports minister March 3, 2009

    Colombo: At least six Sri Lankan cricketers were wounded in Pakistan's Lahore city on Tuesday when gunmen attacked the team travelling to the Gaddafi stadium for the ongoing Test, Sports Minister Lokuge Gamini said. Sri Lanka has cancelled the Test series. "Six of our players were wounded during the shooting incident...
  • Samaraweera, Paranawitharana among 6 hurt in Lahore March 3, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan cricketers Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranawitharana were among the six injured in Pakistan's Lahore city on Tuesday when gunmen targeted the team as it was entering the Gaddafi Stadium for the ongoing Test. CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Duleep Mendis told IANS that double centurion Samaraweera and...