Pakistan’s Cricket Problem

When Pakistani terrorists in Lahore recently attacked the Sri Lankan national cricket team, it brought to light an old problem: international athletes aren’t safe in Pakistan. In recent years, Australia, India, and New Zealand (on two occasions) have all canceled cricket tours in Pakistan because of safety concerns. The usual round of condemnations–both from within and without Pakistan–has done nothing to change the fundamental reality: Pakistani leaders are unable to control fringe elements. As Roger I. Abrams over at Huff Po observes, Pakistan may never again host a cricket match of international significance. As well, Pakistan is now likely to lose its status as host of the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

That’s unfortunate. The sport of cricket is a galvanizing force, particularly for former British subjects in the developing world. There’s even such a thing as “cricket visas,” which allow fans to travel to hostile countries they’d otherwise never be allowed to visit. And perhaps no country needs the consoling distraction of sport more than Pakistan. Pakistan, of course, faces a litany of challenges: terrorist elements, rising tensions with India (particularly after the Mumbai attacks), failing infrastructure, economic decline. Cricket will solve none of those, but the sport’s role in soothing a frustrated populace is undeniable.

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    Pakistan is a threat to the entire world.
    Yes, PAKISTAN is the Epicenter of Global Terrorism.

    9/11 >…… . . . 26/11>………3/3 All in the name Of Allah, The Merciful.
    It is not an attack upon One International Trade Centre at New York.
    Not upon A Financial Capital of a Country , Mumbai.
    Nor a heinous attack upon the Sri Lankan Cricketers at Lahore.
    It is their Devastation Policy to Kill all Kaffirs according to Quranic dictum to quench their thirst for fresh blood. They shouted Allah-ho-Akbar ! Allah-ho-Akbar!! ……..
    We find the connection very clearly. They are Talibani. They are Pakistani. Obviously Muslims.
    Every where they didn’t forget to utter or murmur the Holy name of Allah before these Jihadi activities like blasting , bulleting , butchering , beheading , bereaving the beasts named Kaffir.
    There is no other easiest & straight way for these Jihadis for achieving the goal of Behast,
    the Islamic Paradise………………..
    Blasting..Bulleting…Butchering….Beheading…..Bereaving >> Behast…
    Jannatul Firdaush !!! The Supreme Paradise as per Islamic Concept. ……………..
    This calculation relating to the Upsurge of Pak based Terrorism named properly as Jihad is now fixed by them as a most dangerous threat looming upon the peace loving Civil Society, we live in every where.
    These extra-religious Jihadis are now also habituated to wash their hands with the blood of the muslim brethren too with the same of the non-muslims. It is also in the name of Holy War. Who may come as the obstacles before the Goal of Pan Islamism , finish them. Finish them. And Finish them.
    The Gallant Police Constabulary of Punjab Province of Pakistan were trying to save the endangered life of attacked Sri Lankan Cricketers as per their duty responsibilities. But these Police contingents stood against those Jihadis and were punished properly . At least 5 Police Personnel were killed with 2 civilians in front of Gadaffi Stadium at Lahore by the Ultra Jihadis fully equipped with Kalashnikov , hand grenades , rocket launchers , human bomb jackets , rounds of bullets , explosives and even sharp knife to cut throats of the kaffirs.
    I don’t know the decision of the Great Merciful whether these dutiful Police Officers would be rewarded for their dutifulness till their last breathe or cast in the hell named Dojakh for fighting against the Dear Jihadis aiming to the establishment of State of Allah Pak all over the Word.
    Thanks God ! The All Six Injured Sri Lankan Cricketers are Out Of Dagger. ( plz read : Out of Danger ). Had they been captive of the Jihadis by the 3/3 equation , surely they will be beheaded or shoot out at point blank range. The Jihadis are Trigger Happy. They are Dagger Happy.
    Mr. Salman Tasi, the Governor of Panjub Province directly connected the 3/3 Lahore Black Day with 26/11 Mumbai Mayhem. He condemned it vehemently.
    But Mr. Hamid Gul, Former Chief of ISI finds a critical hand of RAW and India in this deadliest activities of Lahore and declared that the Jihadis came from eastern border.
    Fine ! Very Fine !! If we are still in reluctance to understand what is what, one day soon this epicenter of Pak Terrorism will be the Epicenter of Destruction Of Q.A.Jinnah’s PAKISTAN.
    In the present days we embarrassingly see the very volatile and fragile situation in Pakistan.
    Democracy , Cricket , Music, Art & Culture, Sufis, Quadianis, Hindus , Christians, Rituals and Religious Places of Minorities are the targets of State Sponsored or the Opposition Group of Terrorists. This is the real situation of Pakistan. They have destroyed the peace of this region. They have destroying the Peace of this world in the name of that ‘Peace of Religion’ and in that holy name of PAKISTAN. Pakistan is not a THREAT only. Its is a CHALLENGE to us.
    pl. vist :
    http://www.alertpak.wordpress.com
    http://o3.indiatimes.com/alertpaktimes

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