Sri Lankan team was attacked by RAW in Lahore

ISLAMABAD (Ansar Abbasi) Exactly 40 days before the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, the Punjab Crime Investigation Department (CID) issued a clear threat alert on January 22, 2009. What was included in the plan to defame Pakistan by attacking the visiting team of the Indian intelligence agency “RAW”. 

The CID had quoted the source as saying without any doubt that there would be a terrorist attack, especially when the Sri Lankan team would travel between the hotel and the stadium or stay at the hotel. Then on March 3, 2009 the whole world saw the same thing happen.

 This raises the most important question as to how serious the security of the then government was. 

Although those who ignored the warning were not punished, it was clear how India had helped terrorism to harm cricket in Pakistan. 

The report, dated January 22, 2009, with the “Secret / Immediate” mark, citing the “Source Report”, stated that it had been verified that RAW had provided information to its agents. It is the responsibility of the Sri Lankan team to be targeted during its tour of Lahore, especially when it is traveling between hotels and stadiums or staying in hotels.

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 It is clear that RAW wants Pakistan to be portrayed as a dangerous state, especially when European and Indian teams have canceled their planned tours and Pakistan is seen as a high security risk country.

 RAW has also collected photos of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (banned) leaders and their whereabouts so that they can be targeted. 

Extreme caution and top security arrangements are required. The report was sent to the then Home Secretary Syed Kamal Shah, Chief Secretary Punjab Javed Mehmood, then Chief Minister’s Secretary Syed Tauqeer Shah, Home Secretary Nadeem Hassan Asif on January 22, as well as Additional IGPCID Malik. Muhammad Iqbal’s cover letter was also sent. 

The same cover letter also included a note stating that the CCPO Lahore and the Commissioner Lahore had been notified separately so that necessary steps could be taken. On the same day, due to the sensitivity of the matter, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was informed on whose instructions an immediate and confidential note was sent to IG Punjab, Commissioner Lahore, Chief Secretary and Home Secretary.

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 The Chief Minister had said that he had seen the source report and directed that all possible steps be taken to protect the Sri Lankan team.

 He also said that extreme caution and high security arrangements are needed to avoid any untoward situation.

 A meeting on the issue was held on January 23 under the chairmanship of Commissioner Lahore Khusro Pervez Khan and was attended by Director IB Mirza Tamriz Khan, DIG Traffic Muhammad Ghalib Bandisha, Col. Saqib of Military Intelligence, District Emergency Officer Lahore Ahmad Raza. , SPCID Lahore Azmatullah, DCO Lahore Sajjad Ahmed, Protocol Officer DG Protocol Lahore Noorul Hassan, SP Traffic Lahore Muhammad Asif Khan, SP City Lahore Rana Abdul Jabbar and others were present. Made tight security arrangements for the first Pak-Sri Lanka ODI match (held on January 26, 2009) under the leadership of Shahbaz Sharif.

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 Authorities then discussed every aspect of the terrorist threat and decided to take action. 

It is learned from the meeting minutes that a comprehensive security plan was drawn up and a contingency plan was also drawn up to deal with RAW’s possible terror plan.

 The then IG Punjab, Shaukat Javed, personally visited the cricket team on the day of the match and spoke to the police stationed there. 

The then CCPO Pervez Rathore also visited the area more than once. 

It was unfortunate for the country that the then PPP government imposed Governor’s Rule in Punjab on February 25, 2009 in which not only the Chief Secretary and IG Police were replaced but also a large number of policemen in Lahore. Including CCPO, SP Operations and 6 other SPs were also replaced, which, according to the CID report, diverted attention from the RAW project and then the whole world saw the Sri Lankan team. The terrorists attacked.