Srilankan Cricketers attacked in Lahore


Pakistan’s quest to fight against terrorism and allegations by the world plunged further when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricket team today morning. The players were on their way to Gadaffi stadium in Lahore, proceeding for playing the second and final test match. The Dawn channel has shared footage of two gunmen opening fire, which is now being aired across the channels. Four or Five policemen are believed to be dead and seven players feared to be injured. However the names of the players are not yet disclosed.

Luckily for us, India had called off their tour of Pakistan in December in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. India has since been blaming Pakistan-based terrorists for the attacks. Sri Lanka was the only team who agreed to replace India play in Pakistan. The tour was split in two visits- playing the three-match one-day series in January followed by the two Tests which are underway now.

This incident goes down as a big jolt to the Pakistan Cricket and erstwhile concerns of security in the terror lorn country. The debates involving growing influence of Taliban in the country will now take a new meaning. All I can do now is to wish for the security of Srilankan cricketers and the wishful innocent Pakistanis. Inshahallah!

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