The Prime Minister described attack on Sri Lankan cricket team as a conspiracy against the country and its prestige. Strongly condemning the incident, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said he has asked Advisor on Interior to present preliminary investigation report before the House.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy very close relations and the cricket team was here on our invitation. He said the attack is an insult to the entire country. The Prime Minister said he has talked to the Sri Lankan President after the unfortunate incident. He said the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister is also arriving Pakistan tomorrow.
Members belonging to different parties condemned the incident in strongest terms and said the attack was carried out against players of a friendly country to defame Pakistan. Earlier the house offered Fateha for security personnel who embraced Shahadat while protecting lives of the visiting team. They also expressed sympathies with injured players of Sri Lankan team.
Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza and Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi have strongly condemned the incident of firing on Sri Lankan team. President Pakistan Muslim League (N) Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Quaid PML (N) Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmad have also strongly condemned the incident of firing on Sri Lankan team. Senator Malik Salahuddin Dogar has also condemned the terrorist attack on the cricket team.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Naib Amir and member of Senate of Pakistan Professor Khurshid Ahmad expressed his anger and displeasure over firing incident over Sri Lankan Cricket team terming it ‘highly condemnable‘. He has said that whole Pakistani nation was aggrieved on the incident and shared sorrow and pain of Sri Lankan team as well as of nation.
He further said that Sri Lanka had opted to send its cricket team to Pakistan at a time when law and order situation in the country had hampered many to visit Pakistan. ‘This was not only an extraordinary act of solidarity but success of the tour was likely to send a very positive message to the world”, he maintained.
Referring to the evidence collected on the sight of crime, he said that now when it is clear that Indian-made arms and ammunition was used in the terrorist act, no ambiguity remained as to the nature, motives and objectives of this action. This is definitely part of large-scale campaign launched with an objective to isolate Pakistan in the global community”, he opined. Professor Khurshid also paid homage to police officials who had lost their lives in the mayhem and demanded that the government unveil the perpetrators as well as architects of the plot.
The Awami National Party (ANP) Quaid Asfandyar Wali Khan strongly condemned the attack on Sri Lankan team. Talking to media men here, he said that it should have not happened with the Sri Lankan team which was the guest. To a question, he said that he could not term it as security lapse because who embraced martyrdom in the incident were all the security personnel.
Federal Minister for Sports Pir Aftab Jilani and Sectary for sports Muhammad Sharif strongly condemned the attack on Sri Lankan team. Jilani said that this attack was a conspiracy against our county. Pir Aftab Jilani said the people who were involved in the attack had mission was to defame the county.
Sectary for Sports Muhammad Ashraf said the traveling of the players among the countries was good for their profession and also strengthening the relationship of the countries. Muhammad Asharif prayed for the recovery of the injured and showed sympathy with Sri Lankan team. He also expressed condolence with the bereaved family over the death of policemen.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has said that attack on Sri Lankan team was an act of terrorism and barbarism. In a statement, he strongly condemned the attack and offered his condolence to bereaved families of the security personnel who scarified their lives in the incident. He also expressed his sympathy to the injured of the incident.
Imran Khan Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman said that the foreign hand was involved in the act of terrorism and the terrorist might be Tamil Tigers. Ruling out its connection with war on terror, Imran said that the fundamental terrorists would have carried out suicide attack on the fashion of Mumbai attack instead of running away after firing on the players. PTI Chairman; however, termed it as a big security lapse saying the team should be provided high level security. He demanded of Governor Punjab to resign on the security failure. He apologized from the Sri Lankan government and the team for not providing sufficient security as they tried to help Pakistan cricket out of the crisis.