With the international search for an able administrator for Pakistan fast zeroing-in on him, former president, Pervez Musharraf, on Thursday condemned the attack in unequivocal terms and said it was a conspiracy against Pakistan.
In his first comments to the media since the Tuesday attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, Musharraf said: “I condemn it in the strongest terms. It was a conspiracy against Pakistan, an attempt to destroy Pakistan’s cricket.”
Speaking of the attack, on the vehicle ferrying the Sri Lankan team by a dozen heavily armed militants, that left eight dead and several others injured, Musharraf lamented for the sport in the country saying, “cricket is finished. This is very bad.”
Strongly criticizing the security personnel responsible for guarding the visitors, Musharraf blamed them for not reacting swiftly and effectively.
“I expected the security forces to shoot down those people who attacked the Sri Lankan team. There are elite forces placed there and they are expected to react within three seconds of any such incident,” he said.
He also deplored the non-reaction of the residents in the area where the attack occurred, “They should have been brave, a man could have taken his car and run over those terrorists. The public did not react at all,” said the former Army chief.