A high-powered Pakistani investigation team will travel to Sri Lanka next week to probe reports that elements in the island nation were linked to the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday.
The team has already been constituted, Malik told a TV news channel. The Sri Lankan government has handed over some important clues that are being examined and these leads are expected to help nab the persons behind the attack, he said.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani recently directed Malik to send a team of experts to Sri Lanka to investigate reports that elements in the island nation were linked to the attack on the Sri Lankan players in March.
Gilani has said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa gave him clues linking elements in Sri Lanka with terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including the strike on the Sri Lankan cricket team, during a recent meeting in Libya.
Eight persons were killed and over 20 others, including several Sri Lankan players, injured when terrorists ambushed the team’s motorcade at a busy traffic roundabout on March 3.