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2009 terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team was RAW sponsored
The CID had said that the terrorist attack would be carried out while the Sri Lankan team is travelling “between the hotel and stadium or at the hotel during their stay

Ansar Abbasi
September 20, 2021
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ISLAMABAD: Exactly 40 days before the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, the Crime Investigation Department (CID) Punjab on Jan 22, 2009, had issued a precise threat alert about a RAW plan to target the touring team to defame Pakistan.

The CID, while referring to a source report, had said that the terrorist attack would be carried out while the Sri Lankan team is travelling “between the hotel and stadium or at the hotel during their stay”. And this is exactly what the whole world saw on March 3, 2009, raising a million dollar question about the serious security lapse on the part of the then government.
Although, those who were responsible for ignoring the threat alert remained unpunished, the attack showed how India was sponsoring terrorism to hurt Pakistan’s cricket.
The January 22, 2009, report tagged “SCRET/IMMEDIATE” with the subject “SOURCE REPORT” read: “It has reliably been learnt that RAW (the Indian Intelligence agency) has assigned its agents the task to target the Sri Lankan cricket team during its current visit to Lahore, especially while travelling between the hotel and stadium or at the hotel during their stay.
2. It is evident that RAW intends to show Pakistan as a security risk state for sports events particularly when European and Indian teams have already postponed their proposed visits considering it a high security risk to visit Pakistan.
3. RAW has also collected photographs of leaders of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (proscribed) and its establishments to target them.
4. Extreme vigilance and heightened security arrangements indicated.”
The above source report was sent to Syed Kamal Shah, the then interior secretary, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad; Mr Javed Mahmood, the then chief secretary, Punjab, Lahore; Dr Syed Tauqir Shah, the then secretary to chief minister, Punjab, Lahore; and Mr Nadeem Hassan Asif, the then home secretary, Government of the Punjab, Lahore on January 22 with the covering letter of Additional IGP CID, Punjab, Lahore Malik Muhammad Iqbal. The same covering letter also included a note announcing that the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore and Commissioner Lahore are being informed separately for necessary action.
The same day on January 22, 2009, the issue was brought to the notice of the then Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif because if its sensitivity. On his instruction, an urgent and confidential note was sent to the then IGP Punjab, Commissioner Lahore, CCPO Lahore, Chief Secretary and Home Secretary.
On behalf of the chief minister, it was stated that the “Chief Minister has seen the enclosed source report and has desired that every effort may be made for the security of the Sri Lankan cricket team during its current visit to Lahore. He has further desired that extreme vigilance and heightened security arrangements may be made to avert any untoward incident.”
On the very next day on January 23, 2009, a meeting was held on the subject under the chairmanship the then commissioner Lahore Khusro Pervaiz Khan and attended by the then Director IB Mirza Tamraiz M Khan; DIG Traffic Muhammad Ghalib Bandesha; Military Intelligence rep Col Saqib; Director ISI Lahore Ashraf Khan; DCO Lahore Sajjad Ahmad; district emergency officer Lahore Dr Ahmad Raza; SP/CID Lahore Azmat Ullah; protocol officer c/o DG Protocol Lahore Noorul Hassan; SP traffic Lahore Muhammad Asif Khan; SP city Lahore Rana Abdul Jabbar and others.
In the said meeting, the provincial government under Shahbaz Sharif took extremely tight security measures for the one-day international between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which took place on Jan 26, 2009.
The authorities at that time discussed each aspect of the terrorism threat and the security measures to be taken. These minutes show the evolution of a comprehensive security plan and the contingency plan to pre-empt the possible threat of terrorism by RAW.
The then IG Punjab Shaukat Javed personally visited the whole route of the cricket team for the one-day match and even talked to the cops deployed there. The then CCPO Pervez Rathore also visited the site more than once.
To the country’s misfortune, the then PPP government imposed Governor’s rule in Punjab on Feb 25, 2009. After the imposition of Governor’s Rule, not only were the chief secretary and inspector general police changed but many police officers in Lahore, including the CCPO, SP Operation and six other SPs, were also changed and replaced. As a result, the emphasis of the CID report about RAW’s threat was overlooked and the whole world witnessed the unfortunate terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team, which brought an end to international cricket in Pakistan for more than a decade.

 

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I mean it was clear then. Also, attack on Mehran or PAF base.
The point is we didn't reciprocate in equal footings.
I hope, sooner or later their SUs or Rafale get targeted at least. The APS or any other civilian death can only be avenged if their RAW is targeted.
 

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To the country’s misfortune, the then PPP government imposed Governor’s rule in Punjab on Feb 25, 2009. After the imposition of Governor’s Rule, not only were the chief secretary and inspector general police changed but many police officers in Lahore, including the CCPO, SP Operation and six other SPs, were also changed and replaced. As a result, the emphasis of the CID report about RAW’s threat was overlooked
Complicit. Facilitators and abettors.
 

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Absence of transparency and accountability is undoing of Pakistan. As per Saleem Shehzad, Major Haroon Ashiq was involved in Sri Lankan team attack and was also among the team who killed Maj Gen. Faisal Alvi. If RAW was involved then it should have been made public with preparators punished for everyone to see.
 

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Sorry to say that again people just forgot their past mistakes.

India also did the same kind of mistake- sending the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka and the alleged IPKF atrocities against Sri Lankan Tamils. It caused the death of Rajiv gandhi.

Pakistan also did the same kind of mistake by supporting the Taliban against USSR... Then took a U-turn after was being forced by USA.... TTP were killed as a result of the military operations that the Pakistan Armed.

Still, I strongly believe that Pakistan is making the same kind of support by going to support the Taliban,..... Better to learn from the mistakes. I do not think Pakistan got anything from 1979, Pakistan could have done far better if did not get involved in such matters.

Such reaction from the terrorist group was always on the card...

INdia is a soft target to blame everything but should need to look into its own mistakes also...
 
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Good report but world needs evidence. We arrested kulbhushan but nothing happened. We can make thousand reports and blame india but we don't take action. India,after uri attack,actually took action. There is a big difference in mentality. Enemy will continue to attack and we continue to blame them. No action against bla, no action against ttp in afghanistan and no action against india or iran. These reports serves no purpose.
 

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We really need to stop whinning now and get a hold of ourselves. Act. And then go on the offensive. ISPR needs to stop releasing songs and the military needs to start ruffling up some feathers in the east
 

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Jo mukka larai k baad yaad aye, wo apne mu pe mar lena chaiye.

And we are about 12 years late.
 

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Let's be honest, if it was Israel they would have gone after the country and bombed the hell out of them for doing such a thing such as foreign country attacking a team on their soil. Now, put that into perspective. A country of 220 Million people with Nuclear weapons is being attacked daily by India and it does nothing for all these years. It is the height of indignity and a country with no honor.
 

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Absence of transparency and accountability is undoing of Pakistan. As per Saleem Shehzad, Major Haroon Ashiq was involved in Sri Lankan team attack and was also among the team who killed Maj Gen. Faisal Alvi. If RAW was involved then it should have been made public with preparators punished for everyone to see.
You couple this with what IK with his loose mouth is telling every other jounalist around the world about how elements within the Army were complicit in attacking Musharraf.

Then maybe you can understand why International teams would be reluctant to tour Pakistan.
 

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Let's be honest, if it was Israel they would have gone after the country and bombed the hell out of them for doing such a thing such as foreign country attacking a team on their soil. Now, put that into perspective. A country of 220 Million people with Nuclear weapons is being attacked daily by India and it does nothing for all these years. It is the height of indignity and a country with no honor.
Our government and leadership (especially at that time) are more interested in retiring in a nice house and sending their kids to study abroad, or getting similar perks over here. PPP has set this country back by decades literally every time it has come in power.
 

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