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Kamila Shamsie: Pakistan's Last Refuge

Kamila Shamsie in the Guardian:

"Perhaps, though, if we are to try desperately for a silver lining, we can say ..." one of my friends ventured, in response to the attacks, before her voice trailed off into gloomy silence.

But I knew the end of her sentence. "When a group attacks cricket it ensures that the whole nation will turn against them, rise up against them. So if people believe it was the Taliban or the Lashkar-e-Taiba ..."

But the sadder truth at the heart of Pakistan's psyche is that we have been made so cynical, so mistrustful of the world that there is unlikely to be agreement about who sent the gunmen. The government is already saying the attack was meant to destroy Pakistan's international reputation (which every Pakistani recognises as code for "India did it".) And if the Taliban or the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba or any other group is blamed, there will be many who'll say that cricket is so beloved that the attack is just a set-up to harden public opposition to those groups and justify any action the government takes against them.

Full Article: This attack struck Pakistan's last redoubt of national pride

Kamila Shamsie in the Guardian:

"Perhaps, though, if we are to try desperately for a silver lining, we can say ..." one of my friends ventured, in response to the attacks, before her voice trailed off into gloomy silence.

But I knew the end of her sentence. "When a group attacks cricket it ensures that the whole nation will turn against them, rise up against them. So if people believe it was the Taliban or the Lashkar-e-Taiba ..."

But the sadder truth at the heart of Pakistan's psyche is that we have been made so cynical, so mistrustful of the world that there is unlikely to be agreement about who sent the gunmen. The government is already saying the attack was meant to destroy Pakistan's international reputation (which every Pakistani recognises as code for "India did it".) And if the Taliban or the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba or any other group is blamed, there will be many who'll say that cricket is so beloved that the attack is just a set-up to harden public opposition to those groups and justify any action the government takes against them.

Full Article: This attack struck Pakistan's last redoubt of national pride

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