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Police blamed for negligence in Lahore attack

Jul 31, 2010 12:31:10 PM - itnnews.lk

Senior Pakistan Police officers have been heavily criticised in a Judge’s report for being ill-prepared, poorly equipped and incompetent in their efforts to prevent a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team bus last year.

Calling one officer a lazy coward, Shabbar Raza Rizvi of Lahore High Court identified more than a dozen senior policemen in a report on the attack that is due to be submitted to the ICC. Excerpts of the 120-page report, which has not been made public, were provided to The Associated Press on Friday.

Mr Rizvi wrote that police officials failed to perform their duties on March 3rd 2009 when gunmen killed six policemen and a van driver in the team convoy, and injured several Sri Lanka players and team officials. Senior Lahore police officer Haji Habibur Rehman was supposed to be the overall commander of the Sri Lanka team’s security, but Mr Rizvi said he failed to do his job.