Pakistan gives clean chit to India, LTTE
After hinting initially that India may be behind the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan ruled out India’s involvement in the audacious attack. Pakistan said it suspected Al-Qaeda to be behind the attack, report Rezaul H Laskar and Kamal Siddiqi. Sketches issued by Pakistani police of suspectsUpdated: Mar 06, 2009, 09:47 IST
After hinting initially that India may be behind the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan on Thursday ruled out India’s involvement in the audacious attack.
Investigators have not found any evidence of India's involvement in the attack, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik told reporters at the National Assembly in Islamabad. Sketches issued by Pakistani police of suspects
He also rejected speculation about the possible involvement of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Pakistani authorities have identified those responsible for the attack, according to Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.
“We have made arrests,” he said. The government later announced the arrest of two people — Faisal Nawaz and Khurram Nawaz — from Lahore.
Local media reports said some men were also picked up by police from Bahawalpur, Karachi and Faislabad.
They are suspected to be of Afghan origin.
The preliminary report of the investigation will be ready today, according to Malik.
The Pakistan government has come under severe criticism after fresh TV footage showed two of the gunmen strolling away from the attack to a waiting bike, and then riding past a police van.