The attack on the Sri Lanka Cricket Team in
The large haul of arms and ammunition showcased by the Pakistani police as having been abandoned by the attackers appears inconsistent with the fatalities and injuries reported. An inconsistency that we should all be thankful for, as the consequences of an attack using all the lethal capability of the weaponry displayed would have been horrendous.
Two reports suggest that the Sri Lankan Team Manager had in fact asked for additional security before the
With its long-running conflict, Sri Lankans are well aware of the sometimes frustrating security measures adopted in the country where entire localities are virtually sanitized prior to a VIP visiting the area or even simply passing through. When the visiting team was assured of being provided in
In that case what went wrong?
The answer could well lie in the confusion that arose following the unseating of the PML governor in
The only reported security response in the immediate aftermath of the attack was where the stranded umpires were driven to Lahore Stadium by a Police Officer after removing the dead driver’s body from the minibus.
Cricket fans around the world, as indeed the cricketers themselves, would be waiting for a report from the Pakistani authorities.
The International Cricket Council should lay down minimum standards of security for all tours and these should be enhanced depending on separate threat assessments for each event.