ISLAMABAD: The police in Pakistan are said to be interrogating five suspects for “facilitating” Tuesday’s terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore. More than 250 suspects have been rounded up.
A mobile SIM card used by the gunmen is said to have been in the name of one of two people detained in Rahimyar Khan, a town in the Punjab province.
Police are also said to be scouring records of calls made from mobile phones from the Liberty Chowk-Gulberg area at the time of attack on a “war footing.”
Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab province, denied allegations by match referee Chris Board that the security provided to the players was inadequate.
The reason that none of the attackers was apprehended, Mr. Taseer said, was that the police present at the spot were doing everything to protect the cricketers rather than give chase to the attackers.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt also dubbed Mr. Board’s statements a “big lie” and said he was planning to complain to the International Cricket Council.
The former President, Pervez Musharraf , who is leaving for New Delhi on Friday to participate in a conference by a media house, also waded into the controversy with criticism of the “elite” police squad accompanying the convoy for not responding swiftly enough. Footage shows that the police did not take on the attackers who picked them out, killing six.
“I would expect them to have shot down the people who attacked. The level of training has to be such that they should have been able to shoot down [the attackers] in less than three seconds. That’s the level of training I expect from an elite force,” he said.