'Foreign hands' involved in attack on Sri Lanka cricket team: Pak Interior Ministry

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Islamabad, July 15 (ANI): The Pakistan government has claimed the involvement of 'foreign hands' in the terror strike on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March this year, in which eight persons were killed and seven Lankan cricketers were injured.

A report submitted by the Interior Ministry to the National Assembly's (NA) Standing Committee on Sports said the weapons used in the attack suggest the involvement of a foreign intelligence agency.

"The weapons recovered from the site are normally used by Afghan militants and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and are Russian made. There is probability of involvement of a foreign intelligence agency in this attack," the report said.

Later, the NA committee called a meeting to discuss the brazen terror strike, and recommended that persons responsible for the March 3 incident should be brought to book as soon as possible.

Expressing displeasure over the absence of Interior Advisor Rehman Malik, Secretary of Interior, Punjab Home Secretary and Punjab Inspector General of Police despite being summoned for the meeting, the committee asked all of the above-mentioned officials to appear before it in the next meeting, failing which they would be compelled to report the issue to the President, The Daily Times reports.

The committee said if the officials remained absent during the forthcoming meeting, it would then seek the suspension of all of them through the President. (ANI)

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