05 December, 2020

Kraits In The Grass

In Pakistan too, the foreign hand story meets with scorn

AP
Kraits In The Grass
outlookindia.com
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When the bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, escorted by a security vehicle ahead and another behind, reached Lahore’s Liberty Chowk at 8:50 am on March 3, Pakistan once again began a descent into chaos, something it has gotten used to in recent years. About a dozen heavily armed men attacked the motorcade 300 yards from Qaddafi stadium, where the Lankans were to take part in the third day’s play of the second Test match against the Pakistan team. For 25 minutes the attackers went about their mission with insouciance, and Liberty Market, the city’s commercial hub, was raked with bullets and rocked by explosions.

Although some of the players were injured, their courageous driver, Mahar Mohammed Khalil, managed to save their lives by stepping on the accelerator and steering the bus to safety. He also saved Pakistan from deep embarrassment. "Thank God," says Khalil, "the rocket they fired at the bus missed its target. The next moment, a man came out of a white car and threw two hand-grenades, which also did not explode. Then another...

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