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Pakistan admits security gaps in protection of cricketers

Pakistan admits security gaps in protection of cricketers
AFP
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First Published: Thu, Mar 05 2009. 02 21 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Mar 05 2009. 02 21 PM IST
Lahore: Pakistan’s top government official in Lahore conceded Thursday there were gaps in security provision for the Sri Lankan cricket team amid fresh international criticism.
“A terrorist has to succeed only once, whereas security has to be successful all the time,” Khusro Pervaiz, the commissioner of Lahore, told AFP by telephone from the eastern city.
“After every incident one gets wiser. You get to know all the gaps and how you should not repeat those gaps,” he added.
Tuesday’s attack in Lahore — which left six police and two civilians dead, and several Sri Lankan cricketers wounded — has raised questions about the effectiveness of Pakistan’s war on Islamic militants.
Pakistani authorities were conducting a thorough review of security, with an investigation into the breaches due to wrap up in two days’ time, Pervaiz said.
The commissioner praised the bravery of police who laid down their lives but said security on the outer cordon needed to be investigated.
“We should put more professionalism in all the security apparatus, to come up to the expectation of the nation,” he said.
“We are taking a very comprehensive review of the security apparatus and we would like to see how we can be more effective in dealing with acts of terror,” Pervaiz said.
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First Published: Thu, Mar 05 2009. 02 21 PM IST