One of our Observers in Pakistan, Awab Alvi, has published a note by the security services warning local authorities about the probability of an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team. The note, dating back to January 22, pointed to an Indian lead.
Who ordered Tuesday’s attack on the Sri Lankan national team in Lahore is anyone’s guess. The Taliban? Tamil Tigers? A document leaked to the press on Tuesday evening has opened up another lead. The memo produced by the security services of Pakistan’s Punjab province warned local authorities about the possibility of an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team masterminded by the Indian secret services (RAW). The note even mentioned the transfer from the hotel to the stadium as a possible timing for the attack: which is precisely what happened. But who might have had an interest in leaking a document that directly accuses India and underlines the negligence of the government in place?
Awab Alvi, a dentist in Karachi, published and commented on the security services’ note on his blog..
The leak may have been organised as part of a political quarrel. The Muslim League recently walked out of the Punjabi government [Shahbaz Sharif was replaced as the province’s premier by Salman Taseer, who is close to the PPP]. Thus, they have every reason to show that the government was aware of the danger but did nothing to prevent it. The memo also gives weight to those who blame India, with whom relations have been on a knife edge since the Bombay attacks. Many Web users (see the survey I organised on my blog) are convinced India manipulated local armed groups to carry out the attack.
Of course, anti-Indian feelings run strong here in Pakistan. But I think most people see it the same way as I do; they say Pakistani authorities are at fault. The players’ convoy wasn’t given adequate protection. Just think about it: the terrorists were free to fire for several minutes before vanishing into thin air."