Islamabad, Mar 8: The terrorist attack on the visiting cricket team from Sri Lanka is forcing Pakistan to look inward, making it more difficult to blame the US, India or other outsiders for a growing threat within its own borders.
"Unfortunately in Pakistan, we have many people in responsible positions who blame outside factors for their own wrongdoings and mismanagement, but on the global level it does no good to our interests," said retired Lt Gen Talat Masood, one of the nation's most prominent security analysts.
Abdullah Gaznavi, a spokesman for Lashkar-e-Toiba, said: "The attack is the handiwork of Indian agencies to malign the freedom struggle of Kashmir and Pakistan."
Lahore-based security and political analyst Hassan Askari Rizvi said: "Empirical evidence shows Pakistan has little ability to fight terrorism and to prevent the country from being a free field for extremists."
A'shar Rahman, a senior editor of the Dawn newspaper, said: "It is primarily the responsibility of the state to prevent such attacks."
Imtiaz Gul, head of the Center for Research and Security Studies, an Islamabad think tank, said: "Why would the world believe that Pakistan's nuclear arms are in safe hands?"