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Pak has not approached US on Lahore attack investigations

world Updated: Mar 06, 2009 16:55 IST

The US has said that Pakistan has not yet approached it for seeking any assistance to investigate the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore on Tuesday.

“Not at this point,” State Department Deputy Acting Spokesperson Gordon Duguid told reporters in response to a question on the issue.

“We work regularly with Pakistan to fight the threat of terrorism that Pakistanis suffer from as much as anyone else in the region,” he said yesterday.

“We are in touch through our embassy (in Islamabad) and our other multifarious contacts with the Pakistani government and Pakistanis all through civil society,” Duguid said.

“We are working to help Pakistan deal with many of the problems that you describe,” he said.

Commending the role played by Pakistani security forces in saving the lives of Sri Lankan cricket team players, Duguid said: “The people who were killed in the most recent attack were all Pakistanis.

“They were Pakistani policemen who gave their lives to protect their charges, which was the Sri Lankan cricket team.”

Eight persons were killed and over 20 others, including seven Lankan players, injured in the brazen assault carried out by a dozen heavily armed terrorists.