The recent attack on Sri Lanka cricket players by members of the Tamil Tiger opposition group has raised new questions concerning the effectiveness of the Pakistan government. Opposition leader former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who was ousted by the Zardari government, charges the Pakistan government knew of the intending attack but did nothing to prevent it. Shahbaz claims the Crime Investigation Department (CID) had already informed the government about a terrorist threat to the cricket team, but there was no follow up to their warning. Shahbaz insists, “I also held meetings with the inspector general of police, the home secretary, Ejaz Butt and other officials concerned to prepare a plan to thwart the terrorism attempt, due to the strong possibility of such an incident occurring. But the governor’s government diverted the attention of security agencies to some other issue.”
It is difficult to ascertain if this is an accurate version of what happened, but the story can readily be believed due to the corruption and inefficiency of the Pakistan government. Until the current government cleans house in the security section of the military, it is difficult believing Pakistan will ever take action against terrorism.