Saturday, March 21, 2009

Slap on the face

The terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team, whoever did it, is a slap on Zardari’s face and thereby on Pakistan’s face. Of course, if Zardari is sensitive enough to care. It is evident that Pakistan is a terrorist state even if not declared so. What more proof than this terrorists attack on Sri Lankan team, and that too in a city like Lahore.

When the entire world, cricketing world that is, had refused to visit Pakistan fearing the worst, Sri Lankans extended their hand of friendship and paid the price for it. That worst fear came true. The security provided by the government was not enough. Of course the security personnel escorting the team did their job well and gave up their life to defend the Sri Lankan team. And defend they did. Zardari- Gilani & co. should take a lesson or two from these men. The presence of mind and courage of the coach driver saved the Lankan team. They escaped with minor injuries.

Either Zardari doesn’t care enough or the situation is no more in his control. Several terrorist groups are calling the shots. Zardari is only a bystander and barely able to save his chair .How long he will servive is anybody’s guess. But one thing is for sure. Cricketing days in Pakistan are over. Even security equivalent to Fort Knox will not tempt any cricketing team to visit Pakistan, at least not for a long time to come. I guess Imran Khan will agree with me.


Header image credit: adapted from David Niblack

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