Negligent Lahore police blamed in Sri Lankan team terror attack report

July 31st, 2010 - 6:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, July 31(ANI): A Lahore High Court judge has blamed the city’s police for being ill-prepared, poorly equipped and incompetent in their efforts to prevent last year’s terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus.

Judge Shabbar Raza Rizvi mentioned over a dozen senior policemen in a 120-page report on the attack, which is due to be submitted to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

In the report, Rizvi wrote that police officials failed to perform their duties when gunmen killed six policemen and a van driver in the team convoy, and injured several Sri Lanka players and team officials.

Senior police officer Haji Habibur Rehman was supposed to be the overall commander of the Sri Lanka team’s security, but Rizvi said that he failed to do his job.

“I wish I had seen him marching on the road … or at least sitting in his office before 8 am. Unfortunately, he only became visible and audible after the occurrence had taken place,” The Daily Times quoted Rizvi, as having written in the report.

Rizvi also described Abdur Rahman, who supervised the station near the attack, as “a coward” after he and officers under his command fled the scene on being attacked.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will send the report to the International Cricket Council (ICC) after getting clearance from the government.

Leading cricket teams have refused to visit Pakistan following the attack, which has also forced Pakistan to hold its ‘home’ series against Australia and England in England.

In the last two years, Pakistan ‘home’ games have also been staged in the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand.

Pakistan, which was due to co-host the 2011 World Cup, was also stripped of its matches following the attack on the Sri Lankan team.

Pakistan was supposed to hold 14 matches, including one semi-final. Eight of Pakistan’s matches have been awarded to India, four to Sri Lanka and two to Bangladesh. (ANI)

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