Pakistan MPs query delay in report on Sri Lanka team attack

ISLAMABAD, February 3, 2010 (AFP) – A parliamentary sports committee Wednesday summoned Pakistani security officials to explain a delay in the release of a report on last year’s terror attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in Lahore. A senior federal government official told the committee the government had yet to receive a report on the attacks from the provincial authorities.

The report was compiled by a judicial commission in 2009 and was supposed to be submitted to the parliamentary committee by the Punjab government in September last year.

“On numerous occasions we demanded a copy of the report but have not received any from the Punjab government,” the official, Ismail Qureshi, told the committee.

Parliamentary sports committee chief Jamshed Dasti said later the chief secretary of Punjab and the inspector general of its provincial police had been summoned to appear before his committee later this month.

The Sri Lankan squad was on its way to a stadium in Lahore for the third day’s play in the second Test on March 3 when terrorists opened fire and hurled grenades at their bus, injuring seven players and their assistant coach.

The attacks forced Sri Lanka’s government to recall the team, with Pakistan late