Sri Lanka Cricket Team's Bus Attacked in Pakistan - Four Players Injured


Pak hints at Indian involvement in attack on Lanka team
 
LAHORE, Mar 3:
Indian involvement in the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team cannot be ruled out, Lahore Commissioner Khushro Pervaiz was quoted  as saying Tuesday.

Pervaiz also said that security officials had successfully protected the Sri Lankan team, Geo TV reported.

India was trying to weaken Pakistan, added Gen (retired) Hameed Gul, a former chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

He told Geo News that India wanted to declare Pakistan a terrorist state and the firing on the Sri Lankan team was related to that conspiracy.

Six escorting security personnel were killed and six Sri Lankan cricketers as well as the assistant coach were injured when the team cavalcade was targeted by heavily armed gunmen close to the Gaddafi Stadium while they were going to play the third day of the second Test against Pakistan.

Reacting to the attack, India's foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee said in New Delhi: "The terrorism infrastructure facilities available in Pakistan must be completely dismantled and the perpetrators (of the attacks) brought to justice, otherwise perpetration of these types of incidents will take place.

"I request the Pakistani authorities not to divert the attention of the international community, but to take courage in both hands and dismantle the terrorism infrastructure and take stiff measures against the perpetrators. Only then will such issues be adequately addressed." 


Sri Lanka Cricket Team's Bus Attacked in Pakistan - Four Players Injured

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Lahore, Mar 3: Gunmen killed at least four people in an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team's bus on Tuesday as it drove to the Gadaffi stadium in Lahore , according to witnesses and cricket officials.

Sri Lankan media, quoting the sports minister, said four players received minor injuries in the attack -- Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavithana.

Pakistan television channels said four people were killed.

A witness told Reuters he believed two police commandos were killed along with a regular policeman and a traffic warden. Shopkeeper Ahmed Ali said the two police commandos had been driving behind the team bus when they were hit.

"It was a very heavy firing and I heard at least two explosions at the time," said a Reuters witness who had been on his way to cover the Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka .

Pakistan only invited the Sri Lanka team to tour after India's team pulled out with security concerns following the militant attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai in November.

According to PTI, the incident took place when the Sri Lankan team was attacked by around 10 armed gunmen near the Liberty Chowk which is close to the stadium.

"The firing took place from at least four sides and continued for some minutes," one police official said.

One explosion was also heard at the stadium, PTI adds.

The attackers later escaped in separate groups.

The liaison officer of the Pakistan team said players of the host nation have been sent back to the hotel.

"The Sri Lankan players are presently safe at the Gaddafi stadium and they are getting treatment," one PCB official told PTI.

Sources also claimed that the police had received a threat on Monday that the Sri Lankan team would be attacked so a different route was used to transport the team to the stadium.

"The firing took place from at least four sides and continued for some minutes," one police official said.

"There were 12 masked gunmen," Lahore police chief Habib-ur Rehman told reporters, adding that police battled against the assailants for about 25 minutes.

"They appeared to be well-trained terrorists. They came on rickshaws. They were armed with rockets, hand grenades, Kalashnikovs," he said.

Television channels aired footage of at least two of the gunmen, one of them wearing shalwar kameez and other jeans and a jacket. Both were armed with assault rifles and carrying backpacks.

Police cordoned off the area immediately after the attack and launched a search for the gunmen. The driver of the cricket team's bus drove away from the spot immediately after the firing started.

"We are assessing the situation," Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ejaz Butt said.

"Five policemen who were providing protection to the team sacrificed their lives," he added.

Samaraweera shot in chest: TV reports
 
 
NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan cricketers Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranawitharana were among the six cricketers injured in the attack on the cricket 
team in Lahore. TV reports say that Samaraweera has been shot in the chest and is being operated upon.

Unidentified gunmen targeted the team as it was entering the Gaddafi Stadium for the ongoing Test match against Pakistan.

A Sri Lankan foreign ministry official confirmed that two players, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana, have been hospitalized. He said 3-4 more players were slightly injured, including Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, and that the head coach, Australian Trevor Bayliss, also sustained minor injuries. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

IANS from Colombo reports that CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Duleep Mendis said that double centurion Samaraweera and Paranawitharana were wounded when they were entering the match venue.

Team captain Mahela Jayawardene's father said his son had just called his wife from Lahore to say that he too had suffered minor injuries in his leg during the attack that has shocked the world.

"We were just informed that our players were shot at while travelling to the match venue at Lahore. We are very concerned about the incident," Sri Lankan Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge said.

Six policemen escorting the team bus were killed in the attack that took place as the team was travelling to the Lahore venue to resume the second day's play of the second and last Test match.

Security concerns have plagued Pakistan for years and some foreign sports teams have refused to play here. 

  

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  • Raymond P. D'souza, Dubai / Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 05 2009

    It's an open secret that PAKISTAN is a terrorist state.Why is the UN tight lip on this issue or is it a sleeping body of the world.

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  • sanath, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2009

    It is very sad. how they can try to kill innocent people. They are not human beings. they are taking a help of religion to do all this. No religion will accept this.

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  • Munna, chikmagalur/abudhabi

    Thu, Mar 05 2009

    Mr. Tanveer, you said this is the last nail in paks coffin, they are dead body you put up and down this will not make any change to their attitude.

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  • Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2009

    When you play with fire, you are bound to get burnt.. this incident is not new for Pakistan or for India. The terror/fanatic/antisocial organisations we nurture for our advantage one day will turn thier ugly face on us.. Only then we realize its too late..

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  • keonne, UK/Dubai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Jude, You have rightly described Hameed Gul, as a rabid fanatic and a hard core Lunatic. I would say that he is mentally ill because how can a retired general and a former ISI chief make such a comment when his security was weak and was not able to capture even one terrorist to prove that the terrorist was an Indian. Unlike the Indians, who captured Qasab (an original Paki) in the Mumbai attacks.

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  • Laxmidas M, M,lore / Dubai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    This is act of cowardice of the highest degree. Its a matter of concern which we all have to strongly condemn. we wish all the injured SL cricketers recover asap. Its really a sad day for cricket. Even in this situation Pak govt is busy playing blame game. Hope they realise what is good & bad soon. Glad Indian team called off the tour.

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  • victor, mangalore

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    If, Pakistan says India is involved in this terrorist attack. then India should tell Pakistan, give us the permission to enter Pakistan to catch the terrorist hiding in pakistan. (including Dawood)

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  • Yatheem, UAE

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Now wonder !!! Whenever a bomb explodes anywhere in India , our Indian authorities see Pakistani black hands in it . So , if Pakistani authorites see black hands of Inda in the recent attack , let us judge such statements as gimmick of politicians.

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  • Sandeep, Udupi/Delhi

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Dear Abid.. This is not the time to enunciate Shaanti Mantra... Yeh Laaton k bhoot hai.. Baaton se nahi maante... Why should Indians should be killed like street dogs ?? just because India is peace loving country..!! We beleive in Ahinsa.... even they Kill our 100000 citizens we dont care... still we are awaiting for action from Pakistan govt....

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  • Jude, Mangalore Dubai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    I agree with Mr Madhav, For too long now we have relied on diplomacy and help of the EU and the USA to put some sense into the Pakistan government and military. But this has only enboldend them to conduct more attacks. Time is now running out for Pakistan and if it fails to act then it will be left to our armed forces to finish this nonsense once and for all. May be the common man in Pakistan too is waiting for the Indian army to come and liberate them from this fundamentalist cancer.

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  • Madhav, Sharjah

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Mr Abid, what is wrong in Sandeep, comment. All indians wish to uproot the Terrorist camps in Pakistan, so that we & our nexgen can live safely.

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  • M.Bhat, Mumbai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Abid, udupi Grow up man, whats wrong with Mr. sandeeps message? Every patriotic Indian feels similarly like Mr.Sandeep. Why you have soft corner for pakistan? your view smacks of hypocracy,

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  • Clifford, Mangalore, Dubai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    This is interesting to see USA provided financial aid to Pakistan, which they used against India and now USA is bankrupt. Australia cheated Indian Cricket Team and they lost the top position. Sri lankan overstepped Indian decision of not sending Indian cricket team to Pakistan and suffered very badly. Pakistan and Bangladesh always betraying India and look at them. After all we Indian peace loving people..............Jai Hind

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  • Noor Bbajal, Dammam

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    From this incident, we come to know like all pakistan terrorists are misguided and always fooled on the name of Jihadh. There is no basic motivation for this attack. No cricket team should enter into Pakistan

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  • abid, udupi

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Dear sandeep, do not write these kind of comments. We are Indian we not like Pakistanis. All common people in India wake up and unite. If we comment nonsense what is the difference between India & Pakistan.

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  • Sandeep, Udupi/Delhi

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    India behind this attack... Joke of the millenium... we will be happy if RAW can enter into pak and attack like this.... in that case our targets will be Lashkar training camps not cricket teams....

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  • Jude, Mangalore Dubai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Instead of commenting on this news article people are busy scoring brownie points over each other by writing silly comments. It is so sad that our communities have been so polarized over the past 6 - 8 months that we have started hating each other on the basis of our religion.

    Here is a rabid fanatic and an anti Indian lunatic Hamid Gul who created the Taleban, blaming India for all terrorist activities happening in Pakistan. This man is a fool and we need to condemn what he says. All that the terrorists are doing today in Pakistan is biting the very same hand that fed them.

    Hamid Gul is the architect who created this monster and the very same monster has turned its head and is eating his country. Instead of accepting the folly of its anti India policies, Pakistan is still in a denial mood. One of the positives is the reactions comming out from the Pakistan press and the common man there.

    All this while the government and the military had been fooling them by creating an Indian boogey, but now the people have woken up and started asking questions. Mad fanatics like Hamid Gul and his associates can no longer fool the Pakistan public.

    One hopes that the common man there wakes up and unites. Pakistan today is on the verge of collapse and unless the man on the streets in Pakistan takes upon himself to clear the mess once and for all, there will be no Pakistan left in a few years time. That is the biggest danger to India and the whole world.

    I also hope that the US government realises that they have been taken for a ride all along by the Pakistan military and take some positive steps and clear the mess which they themselves helped create by funding the taleban and the mujaideen.

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  • Thomas Pascal Andrade, Valencia / Toronto

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Pak blaming India is nothing but a joke. It is just to undermine their terrorism in India. Pakis always said that the terrorism in India is engineered by India itself in order to blame them. As per them, 26/11, attack on Indian Parliament and some religious shrines, hijacking of Indian plane to Kandhar, etc. were all done by the Indians. Are they so stupid to think that people are so naive to believe them? Pak is the biggest contributor to terrorism. It has sowed terrorism all over the world and it is now reaping it. By visiting Pakistan, Srilankans threw a challenge at the Talibans and rest is the history.

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  • Jsmithson, Udupi

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    You can call them 'terrorists' or 'fighters' depending on which side of argument you are in. After all, cricket is a foreign ideology .

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  • Tony, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    It will happen in Pakistan. They are getting a taste of their own medicine. Rajesh Shetty speaks like a Pakistani. He should be sent to Pakistan. An Indian cannot talk like that.

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  • siraj kote, hejmady/al jubail

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Salute to Mr.Vijay G Mangalore. Its because of people like you that democracy still holds its own meaning and people still have faith in it... :) wish all the rest are  as broadminded as you....

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  • Padmanabha Shenoy, Udupi / Saudi Arabia

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Its unfortunate that this attack took place at this crucial moment. I use to love to see Pakistan and India cricket matches. We should not Blame each other or commen without knowing the truth behind this attack. let us wait until we know who is behind it and comment on that. I pity the poor people in Pakistan who suffer due to this attack financially. Do not blame Islam for this please...This people are not belonging to any religion...please be clear of that...I live with Muslims and most of them really truthful and helpful.

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  • Clive, Mumbai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Pakistan is always the perpetrator of terror worldwide. May be this attack was carried out by the ISI to blame it on intelligence agencies. Even if it is not, then Pakistan should remember, that what goes around comes back. They have to pay for the terror attacks across the world.

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  • Deepak Melwyn, Udupi/Dubai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    US and other developed countries are playing a larger conspiracy. By instigating terror in Pakistan and in India they try to keep check on Indian economy so that prople are constantly under fear of terrorism and no development takes place for them to be strong economies.

    This is what precisely they have done to their own people in US. All the activities of terrorism are planned in the US because they want the whole world to be in fear forever so that countries buy arms and ammunitions from them. In the process, our politicians take undue advantage of innocent citizens.

    Ultimate motive of the strong countries is that they want poor countries to remain poor so that they do not challenge the sovereignty of developed or rich countries. All the happenings are a big conspiracy and a high level plan to fool people like you and me. US knows what it is doing.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, udupi/dubai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Oh Pak authroities, catch hold of the terrorists, try them under international law and hang them. They are enemies of humanity. How come they assault your guests???

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  • Rolphy Almeida, Udupi/Bangalore

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    This is another kind of cannibalism. These people love to see human blood and do not care about divine punishment and eternal life. Only God can save this world. Our shameless neighbour has no answer for its weakness but to pass the buck on India. In fact they are fooling themselves.

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  • Rafique, Kanhangad

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    What more can you expect from Pakistan. Only thing we can do is snap our ties with them and increase our security.

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  • Vijay G, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    I feel terribly sorry for the good people in Pakistan. Of course the folks who did this deserve severe punishment for rest of their life. We can't ban Pakistan. It will only get worse if we do that. We will be always in danger then. I think the developed nations should help Pakistan to restore democracy and eliminate terrorism.

    As much as I love Gavasker, Kapil Dev, Sachin and others, I like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram too. We should not forget that there are poor good pakis who minds their own business and don't bother mess with us. My condolences to the family who lost their beloved ones in this bad event.

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  • Edwin, Karnataka

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    I am interested to know who were the culprits, their masterminds, how they got hold of such weapons, etc.

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  • ramesh, puttur

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    MR Rajesh Shetty, read the news well before commenting nonsense things. Just for the heck of commenting pls refrain from that

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  • Steevan Dsouza, Kinnigoli/Dubai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    This is SHAMEFUL. Instead of apologising - and the pakis have maintained a rather 'we are never at blame' stance, they actually go ahead and blame INDIA!!! First of all, whoever is at blame, PAKISTAN could not provide the Lankan cricketers top class security. This despite the fact that the Lankans were actually doing them a favour by touring Pakistan. I wonder what it will take to bring Pakistan in line.....maybe it's time PAKISTAN is declare a terrorist state. that should put all arguments to rest.

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  • Ashok Kumar, Udupi

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    What has happened in Pakistan is just the tip of the ice-berg. A piece of advise to you Pakistan - if you agree to disagree on terrorism activities you will see your country destroyed without a war with India or any other nation.

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  • Tamanna Azim, Udupi/U A E

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Pakistan should be more vigilant on the safety and security of the people.Its very shocking and also sad day for  international cricket .I don't Know why these people are not able to understand that killing incocent people for any purpose is not allowed in any religion.

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  • Rolphy Almeida, Udupi/Bangalore

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    It is clear that security was inadequate otherwise this so called security could have killed at least one of the terrorists. The main question is how this fully loaded (with guns and grenades) vehicle reached the stadium? If the area was secured then none of the terrorist would have escaped. This shows the weakness of Pakistani government and its security forces if that is not true then ISI is certainly involved in this attack.

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  • Rolphy Almeida , Kalmady/Udupi/Bangalore

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Hatred is being spread by certain group of people all over the world, who do not understand the value of love. This is another kind of cannibalism. These people love to see human blood and do not care about divine punishment and eternal life. Only God can save this world. Our shameless neighbour has no answer for its weakness but to pass the buck on India. In fact they are fooling themselves.

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  • Naan, Manglore

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    I don't understand why this people are thinking so much about the incident. There is international community to take up the matter.   You guys think about your home land, yenna aaji mala uppunaga, nanoriyana mooji mala daayeg thoovodu?  If not wake up on right time now our goverment or people should seek help from international community to survive from our internal terrorists.

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  • Athaullah , Dubai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Dear Mr M Bhat Mumbai,Shame on your narrow minded comments.The meaning of Islam will not change if terrorist attacks happens.Islam teaches peace and billions of world muslims follow the same. Dont judge the religion by the act of only a small % of people's stupid acts.Did anyone commented that Hiduism is against peace during the time of Church attack or pub attack? There are crores of muslims staying peacefully with our Hindu,Christians brothers.Islam is always against terrorism & true muslims never support the killing of innocent lives. Please understand this & stop your baseless comments....

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  • John Cutinha, USA

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    In life, there were lots of situations where I had to choose between HATE and LOVE. I chose LOVE and here I am. (A.R.Rehman upon receiving the OSCAR for best Music)

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  • fardeen, banglore

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Very sad news for world cricket

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  • Lancy Moras, Jeddah Saudi Arabia

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    I tell you what..it will be very difficult for international cricket to be hosted in Pakistan for quite some time to come. Could the World Cup still take place there? It's too early to say. Meanwhile, there could be a regime change in Pakistan, which would settle things down.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Pakistani politicians are good in twisting the statements !!!! They were reluctant to conduct the inquiry in Bombay attacks. Shameless is a appropriate word for such politicians !!!

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  • NAWSHAD ALI , santhosh nagar thokkottu ./dubai

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Our thoughts are with the brave soldiers who were killed in the attack. No hard feelings Pakistan.. ! I Hope all countries will see the real threat of terrorism and work to remove it from this world.

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  • Praveen shetty, Udupi

    Wed, Mar 04 2009

    Dear Rajesh Shetty...comment only on the article i.e., "Sri Lanka Cricket Team's Bus Attacked in Pakistan". It is uncalled for to bring politics in between.

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  • Arun, kankanady

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Shame on you Mr. Rajesh Shetty, udupi You speak like a politictian. No political leader is good in India. When They come to ask your vote they say they are helpfull to us and after getting elected in vote they become harmfull to us. They create a situtation which forces us to live in poverty.

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  • jithen shetty, karkala/dubai

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    OBAMA AND REST OF THE WORLD STOP EVERYTHING TO PAKISTAN OTHERWISE MORE SUCH INCIDENT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.IF THE GOVERNMENT AND DEFENCE FORCE IS NOT ABLE TO SAFEGUARD LAHORE, WHAT ABOUT REST OF PAKISTAN.GOD ONLY SAVE YOU GUYS.

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  • MANU,MANGALORE, MANGALORE

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    HOPE THAT PAKISTAN WILL NOT BLAME LTTE for the attack. They are experts in twisting the entire situation.

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  • M.Bhat, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Joke going on in pak : Pakistan to host world cup with following teams: ISI Al quaida taliban simi laskhar-e-taiba indian mujahidden The cup will be named as the \"The Terrorists Cup\" and will be sponsored by the Porkistan government. Winner will be given license to use nuclear weapon on any 1 country for 3 days and security cover for lifetime.

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  • M.Bhat, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Joke going on in pak : Pakistan to host world cup with following teams: ISI Al quaida taliban simi laskhar-e-taiba indian mujahidden The cup will be named as the "The Terrorists Cup" and will be sponsored by the Porkistan government. Winner will be given license to use nuclear weapon on any 1 country for 3 days and security cover for lifetime.

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  • Gopal Shetty , mumbai

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Manjunatha, You are fighting like small children. this site is for expressing decent comments. If u don't have decency pl keep away.

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  • Anand Shetty, Mlore

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Mar 3, 2009 Please send Arjun Ranatunga to SWAT for training Talibanis for friendly cricket

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  • Deepak, MOODBIDRI

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    We always tell dont mix politics with sports. But terrorists make sure they mix everything together.Now only god can save Pakistan from these EVILS.

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  • Tanveer, Mangalore/UAE

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    This was the last nail in Pakistan's coffin.

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  • Ravi kadri, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Some of the writers here want to blame BJP for everything and anything happening in any corner of the world. What Pakistan government got to do with BJP or Karnataka Govt.? On the basis of certain senseless comments I will not be surprised if one of the writers here blames Karnataka CM for the terrorist act in Pakistan.

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  • Dolphy Veigas, Bendoorwell/Kudla- K.S.A

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    This terrorist group has been supported by Pakistani govt. and financed by Pakistani citizens in order to attack India as well Kashmir.. There is a proverb, if my house is set fire gradually fire will spread all neighboring houses too. Always country should be ruled by the parties and not by the fundamentalist group or religion. When religion is interfering in politics we can see this kind of terrorist activity. Even BJP also following Pakistani footsteps, sooner or later everyone will realize.

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  • Shrinath Shet, Oman

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Some people are comparing Karnataka with Pakistan. This is too much and this comparison is totally unacceptable. Karnataka Govt is not supporting Terrorism. I think some people don’t know the difference between Terrorism and other issues. It is better to revise their thoughts before giving this type of statements. Pakistan is suffering this types of terrorists attacks because they are the ones who feeded these terrorist activities. There is a saying in Hindi "Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni", and in Kannada "Maadidunno Maharaya". Strict actions should be taken either by the Pak Govt or UN or US Govt to curb this Terrorism. In future no other countries will play Cricket and other Games in Pak.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Indian cricketers would have been the victims in this incident. These terrorists might have been trained to attack Indian cricket team !!!! This kind of things should not happen atleast in sports !!!

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  • Rajesh Shetty, udupi

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Dear Manjunatha Bangera, please read my simple English language comment. I did not compare Karnataka to Pakistan. I have given answer to Zara. Here I am comparing Pakistan government and Karnataka government not Pakistan and Karnataka.

    If your mentality is terrorist you support Karnataka government not Karnataka state. Your mentality is dirty some time you are supporting terrorist and some time supporting humanity. What we can comments you people. Your dream PM L.K.Advani is one of the supporters of terrorist. Every thing is comes out one day secular government has come to power in majority. JAI HIND, JAI KARNATAKA, JAI TULU NADU

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  • Rajesh Shetty, udupi

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Dear Manjunatha Bangera, please read my simple English language comment. I did not compare Karnataka to Pakistan. I have given answer to Zara. Here I am comparing Pakistan government and Karnataka government not Pakistan and Karnataka. If your mentality is of terrorist you support Karnataka government not Karnataka state. Your mentality is dirty some time you are supporting terrorist and some time supporting humanity. What we can commentsyou people. Your dream PM L.K.Advani is one of the supporters of terrorists.

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  • mbhat, mumbai

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    If Islam means peace, why should they fight in kashmir? Why there is fight between Sunni's and Shia? why there are so many division is Islam like, Whabis, Ibadis,Sufis etc etc? If one God has created true religion Islam, why then there are so many divisions in such short time of the religion(1400 yrs). Why hamas and the other Palestinians fighting with each other/ If Islam means peace whay there is huge infighting in Africa? Why cannot the own house set right before preaching others? Why there is so many divisions in Pak itself? This mystery has no answer, which make me think sinister designs of izlam all over the world.

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  • Santosh - Ullal,

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Pakistan govt. has soft corner and saafe haven to all those terrorist groups, same like Karnataka BJP state govt. which has soft corner to terrorist organization like Rama Sene, Bajrang Dal & SParivar.

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  • Abdul, UBAR/DOHA

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Terrorist, Terrorist... Terrorist.. what the hell they are going get by killing innocents..... OH PAK GOVT.. Please take serious action againisnt Terrorist..

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  • mohammed iqbal, Kasargode/KSA

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Really Shocking news, It shows how the Pakistan Government gives protection to their guests. We should thank BCCI for their great decision against sending Indian team to Pakistan

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  • Nivans , Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    I agree with Rajesh Shetty, udupi-comments-Becoz attacking Pubs(Human beings),Malegao Blasts,Parliments attacks- These all are Terror activities .We can't blame the Country here,Government should take action to STOP all these terror activities .

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves , Bannur Puttur/Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Unfortunate for Sri Lankan players as they thought that they are undeterred by the terrorism from Pakistan and scoring double centuries. How come possible? Pakistan cricket is supreme (as per Pakistan). If Pakistan was allowed to win Lankans might have been spared. But this is cricket either by match fix or by terrorism.

    I think now onwards no cricket nations will come to play in Pakistan. The present and the previous governments were under the mercy of Al Qaida without which no ruler can rule Pakistan.

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  • yoonus, kerala/Abudhabi

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    It  is revealed 'pakistan is the land of terrorism

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  • Manjunatha Bangera, Kasaragodu/Bengaluru

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    I dont know what Mr. Rajesh Shetty is telling. He is comparing Karnataka to Pakistan. I think first people like him should be sent to Pakistan (if he feels so much for that country) so that he can fight terrorism there. The whole world knows that Pakistan is waging a proxy war post independence after it lost all the wars with India with the help of the so-called "jihadis" or terrorists. Now its plan has backfired. Jai Hind.

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  • Nash, MANIPAL, Bahrain

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    What else can be expected from Pakistan? This attack looks like a Preplanned one from PAK GOVT and its TERRORISM Org to take away global attention from Mumbai attacks to Lahore.

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  • Manjunatha Bangera, Kasaragodu/Bengaluru

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    That is a sarcastic remark Mr. Chandrashekar but you are right.

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  • Abdul Khaliq, udupi

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Outrageous...!!!

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  • Sizzeldin, Muscat

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Shocked  to see how Pakistan is going to the extremes. They are digging their own graves. Shame that nothing can be controlled in Pakistan. A country like Sri Lanka being targetted this time. Why Srilanka? Why the innocent players had to go thru' this horrific incidence. Terrorism has to end, who is to bell the cat?

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  • Rajesh Shetty, udupi

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Dear Zara, It is very sad that terrorists are targeting even sports. Terrorist have no religion, no country see e.g. Pramod mutalik involve in MALEGAO attach. Karnataka government supporting terrorist and same Pakistan government is supporting terrorist.

    If other states stop doing business with Karnataka, as you like where we go. Here question is we do not support any terrorist attaching mentality people. In whole world have terrorist. We come to unit and fight against terrorist. We cannot fight against country innocent peoples are living all countries.

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  • N Kanchan, Udupi/ Dubai

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Latonke Boot Batonse Nahi Mante, He Duniyavalo Pakistan ko LAAT MARO, udarke system ko thookdo, yeisi mahman nawazi aap kidar bi dekahai,iske natije bugto.

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  • Dusty R., India

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    US administration be that of George Bush or now that of Obama, is bluffing the world, about its intentions on, war on terror. Though the US people voted for a change, to see peace in the world are deceived either. US is blaming India about the hawala money going to fund terror activities, but they are funding terror directly by legally giving money and arms to Pakistan, knowing fully well, the final destination for them is the ISI, taleban or Al Qaeda.

    The world including India, has to rise against the US administration and tell them enough is enough, stop giving money to terror through Pakistan. If this is not done soon enough, US will protect itself, by destroying the rest of the world.

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  • Maxi, India

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    BJP in India are supporting Hindu terrorism for example present Karnataka BJP Government.

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  • Shareef Moideen, Mangalore/ Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    I thank God almighty because our Indian players didn’t travel to Pakistan, the world’s most dangerous country. Even though, the safety of the touring cricketers have been assured by the government security agencies and Pakistan Cricket Board but nothing could stop the gunmen attacks. In spite of change in the team route the attack was inevitable that means the security personnel’s are involved in this heinous crime.

    It is wake up call for Indian government to take strict action against the perpetrators who take the law into their own hands in the name of religion, party, culture, tradition & ideology. India should avoid all sort of relationship with Pakistan until the real democratic government instated in Pakistan. We are sorry for Sri Lankan cricketers and Cricket Sri Lanka. We hope & pray that all the injured cricketers will recover in no time.

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  • Gopal Sherigar, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    It is really unfortunate thing to happen. It reminds me the massacre happened during Olympics where terrorists killed number of players belonging to Israel. Where are those pseudo secularist who trumphet to continue dealing with Pakistan. Please note that this is the beginning since SWAT valley has been donated to Talibanis and they slowly gobble up Pakistan like Anaconda gobble its pry.

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  • JOSEPH D'SOUZA, Dalantre/UAE

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    This happened few months Back"India had called off their tour of Pakistan in December in the wake of the deadly attacks in Mumbai, which India blamed on Pakistan-based militants. Sri Lanka then agreed to replace India and split their tours in two visits - playing the three-match one-day series in January followed by the two Tests."Now it happened what we expected.We pray for speedy recovery of those injured Lankan Players.

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  • Chandrashekhar, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Its unfortunate with crickters..Thank God BJP party is not there in Pakistan, or else people would have blindly blamed the party.

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  • Dr Richard Rego, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    It is very sad that even sports are being targeted by terrorists. It is a heinous crime - not just because cricketers are involved, but because innocent are the victims of terrorism. Any nation which supports terrorism in any form will pay dearly for its power-greed. Indian politicians and administration should learn a lesson from such unfortunate incidents not to allow self-styled (im)moral / cultural police to take democracy for ransom. I condemn the attack in Lahore.

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  • Manjunatha Bangera, Kasaragodu/Bengaluru

    Mon, Mar 02 2009

    Really a sad incident. I have always said that we Indians should stop all the cultural, trade, business, sports or any other type of activities with Pakistan. When the BCCI said it was not willing to send the Indian team to Pak, many people told that India should tour Pak, politics should not be mixed with cricket, etc. Wasim Akram too told that India should not cancel the tour. Now look what has happened. Thank god BCCI and Indian govt took the right decison.

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  • zara, pakistan

    Mon, Mar 02 2009

    Ban Pakistan in the whole world. Stop doing business with Pakistan, let the Pakis be banned in all the countries.

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  • ravindra, mangalore

    Tue, Mar 03 2009

    Tragedy should have been more gruesome if it was indian cricketers. Pakistan has become a rogue state and international community should ban all sports events of Pakistan.

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  • priyasudhan, Chennai

    Mon, Mar 02 2009

    Sri Lanka belives those who are unreliable but does not belive the peace-loving Tamils.

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