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Posted on March 3, 2009
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""In this still-developing story, unknown gunmen opened fire on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus near Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore leaving several security officials dead and several Sri Lankan cricketers were rushed to the hospital.

The News is reporting at least 5 security officials dead while The Times reports that as many as 8 Sri Lankan crickets might have been injured. However, latest reports point out that the injuries to the players are minor, although the shock is deep.

According to an earlier report from the Associated Press:

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A dozen masked gunmen armed with rifles and rocket launchers attacked a vehicle carrying members of Sri Lanka’s national cricket team Tuesday, wounding at least two players and killing five police officers, officials said.

The attack in Lahore came at a time of unrest in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, both of whom are trying to defeat insurgencies. It was unclear who was behind the assault, but it appeared to have been carefully coordinated. City police chief Haji Habibur Rehman said five policemen died in the shooting and that two players were wounded. A Pakistan Cricket Board security official had earlier said eight players were wounded.

"It was a terrorist attack and the terrorists used rocket launchers, hand grenades and other weapons," Rehman said, adding that the police were hunting down the attackers who managed to flee. "Our police sacrificed their lives to protect the Sri Lankan team."
He said one wounded player was hit in the leg while the other received a bullet in the chest.
Sri Lankan team manager Brendon Kruppu said the team’s batsman, Kumar Sangakkara, was among those injured near Gaddafi Stadium ahead of a game. Rehman said 12 masked gunmen participated in the attack. Footage from the scene Tuesday showed the team’s white van with its front window shattered as security officials tried to gain control of the scene in an intersection.
Security concerns have plagued Pakistan for years and some foreign sports teams have refused to play here.

Most of the violence in Pakistan occurs in its northwest regions bordering Afghanistan, where Taliban and al-Qaida militants have established strongholds. Lahore has not been immune from militant violence however, and at least one attack in recent months in the northwest has occurred next to a sports stadium. Sri Lanka appeared on the brink of crushing the Tamil Tiger rebels after more than a quarter century of civil war.

In recent months, government forces have pushed the guerrillas out of much of the de facto state they controlled in the north of the Indian Ocean island nation and trapped them in a small patch of land along the coast. The rebels, who are fighting for an independent state for Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority, are listed as a terror group by the U.S. and EU and are routinely blamed for suicide bombings and other attacks targeting civilians.

The rebels rarely launch attacks outside Sri Lanka, though their most prominent attack — the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by a female suicide bomber — took place at an election rally in India in 1991.

As reader Eidee Man wrote in his comment elsewhere on thsi blog (in alerting us to this news): "Everything is officially going to hell."

FRIENDS SHARE MIX OF HANUKKAH SONGS web site bellingham high school

The Boston Globe (Boston, MA) December 18, 2003 By day, Dan Funk is Newton’s city solicitor. Alan Nelson heads purchasing and marketing for an auto parts chain. Joel Sussman runs a financial service company. Robbie Solomon is a cantor.

But by night, they rock.

Since their first gig 29 years ago, their band, Safam, has ridden the wave of what they call the Jewish-American sound, creating songs that examine Jewish themes through the prism of American musical styles.

Now they’ve released a CD of music for Hanukkah that combines classic holiday favorites with seven original songs. The group’s next performance is at 8 p.m. this Saturday (Dec. 20) at Temple Israel in Natick.

“It’s everything from rock to pop to folk to calypso to Hasidic to cantorial – even some jazz-sounding songs,” said Funk, a Newton resident. “All the musical styles are there, because what we are is a reflection of the music we’ve been exposed to as Americans and the music we’ve been exposed to as Jews.” Sung in both English and Hebrew, the collection ranges from the traditional “Maoz Tsur” to the group’s pop version of “Blessings Over the Candles” to an original song, “Candles of the Menorah,” which details a personal journey to find meaning in the holiday. Included is a separate CD of Passover music. The collection can be purchased online at for $25.

“We’ve had people asking for this for ages,” said Sussman, who also lives in Newton. The band already has 10 CDs and two greatest hits collections, and some of its older songs like “Judah Maccabee” are sung by choirs across the country.

“We’re the music, the band, the people that a huge portion of the Jewish community has grown up with,” said Sussman.

Twenty-nine years ago, though, Funk, Sussman, and Nelson, who lives in Natick, were just three guys looking for an audience. “The three of us would play for these little $50 gigs that you would split three ways,” Sussman recalled. Solomon, who lives in Jamaica Plain and is cantor at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, joined later. Also in the group now are Mark Snyder and John Servies.

They called themselves Safam, the Hebrew word for moustache. “At the time we all had moustaches,” said Funk. “We thought it was cute and clever.” Only Sussman sports a moustache today, but the members of Safam still have as much fun as they did three decades ago.

“The great thing for me is I can be a lawyer by day and singer by night,” said Funk.

“The biggest thing is the friendship, the fact that we’ve been partners for 29 years,” said Sussman. “And when we go travel to do gigs, it’s still the fun of getting away with your best friends. There aren’t that many guys in their 50s who still get to go away on the weekend with the guys. They’re like an adopted family for me.” Tickets for Saturday’s concert at Temple Israel, 145 Hartford St., Natick, are $25 for adults, $10 for seniors and youths ages 12 to 18, and $5 for children younger than 12. Tickets can be purchased on the temple’s website at

NO-FUSS `NUTCRACKER’ You meant to go to the Boston Ballet’s “Nutcracker” this year, you really did. But somehow, the idea of dressing up the kids, driving into Boston, finding a parking spot . . . and those ticket prices!

So, here’s an alternative.

The Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center will present the holiday classic this Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 20, 21) at Bellingham High School, 60 Blackstone St., Bellingham. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $12 and will be available at the door. For information, call 508-520-7873.

“Especially if you have a young child, it’s a really low-key way to introduce them to some classical art experience,” said Suzanne Senackerib, whose 11-year-old daughter has five costume changes as a party girl, snowflake, angel, marzipan, and flower.

“The kids are so enthusiastic, they love doing this. They just have the best time, and that shows through.” In fact, about 120 young dancers are in the show, with the leads rotating between performances. “We have three different Sugar Plum Fairies, three different Claras, to give more kids a chance,” Senackerib said.

Among the dancers are members of the Quartarone family of Wrentham: Kathy, who teaches at the studio, will dance as the grandmother; her husband Guy will be Drosselmeyer; their daughters Jenna and Kristen dance a variety of roles.

DOCK DREAMS It was a simple dock on Lake Cochituate in Natick. But Rebecca Kinkead grew up there.

“I have so many memories connected to that place,” said Kinkead, who lives in Watertown but still visits her mother’s lakeside home. “When we were little, we learned to swim there. My mom would get us these giant inner tubes from 18-wheelers.” From learning to swim, to water skiing, to adolescent romance, Kinkead’s memories center on her mother’s dock. So as an adult artist, she found herself returning there to paint. bellingham high school

Her “Dock Series No. 8″ is among works by about 40 artists that are featured this month at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln. The annual Salon Show, at 145 Lincoln Road, runs through Dec. 23. In addition to paintings, the show includes photographs, prints, furniture, sculptures, ceramics, and jewelry. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 781-259-8303 or visit

BEASTLY FUN There comes that dreadful lag, just a few hours after the last present is opened, when kids realize they have an entire week of vacation ahead and not enough to do.

Well, here’s something to put on the calendar for Dec. 30. The Arts Alliance of Hudson is hosting the “Mystic Paper Beasts” for two performances, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., in the Walker Building’s third-floor auditorium, 255 Main St., Marlborough. Admission is $5.

The Beasts will don their handmade costumes and masks to perform “Magic Soles,” a look at the magical properties of shoes in “Cinderella,” “12 Dancing Princesses,” and “The Red Shoes.” The Beasts are known for their collection of some 350 masks, all fashioned by member and performer Dan Potter. From 2 to 3 p.m. they will share some of their masks with children in grades 1 to 5 during a “Performing With Masks” workshop. Preregistration is required for the workshop only, which costs $10; call 978-562-1646. Snow date is Jan. 2.

`HANUKKAH HAPPENS’ Enjoy an evening of show tunes on Dec. 24 during the 14th annual “Hanukkah Happens” concert at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton Centre.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., there will be operatic music, Yiddish theater songs, and Broadway hits. The show features Cantor Charles Osborne and the Zamir Chorale of Boston, directed by Dr. Joshua Jacobson. A special guest, Cantor Robbie Solomon from Temple Ohabei Shalom In Brookline, will present pieces from his musical “The Orphan Queen.” Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. Call 617-630-5729.

`MEET ME’ IN MAYNARD The Sudbury-based Metrowest Family Theater will present “Meet Me in St. Louis” at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, in the Maynard High School auditorium. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $12 for premium seating. For information, call 508-358-3067, ext. 333, or visit

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  1. Krishna says:
    January 26th, 2011 5:07 pm

    Sri Lankan cricket team captain Kumar Sangakara thanked Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and The Art of Living for helping the Sri Lankan cricket team to come out of trauma after the Lahore attack

  2. Jamshed says:
    March 3rd, 2010 10:31 pm

    It was indeed a black day.Mercifully,the Sri Lankans stayed alive.The bigger tragedy was all those policemen losing their lives.The terrorists got away with it.The cricket board absolved itself of responsibility after insisting that “head of state level” security would be provided.International cricket came to an end in Pakistan for the foreseeable future.That day raised so many questions,many of which have still not been answered.

  3. aminpanaawala says:
    April 22nd, 2009 3:51 pm

    Mr Khurram farooqui,you have misinterperated my comments I never even think to say that attackers on srilankan team were righteous people.Such things like suiside attacks and attacks on people are haram in all the religions particularly in Islam.To kill one human being means to kill the entire humanity.please read my comments minutely and apologige.Thanks.MAP

  4. WORLD CITIZEN says:
    March 12th, 2009 12:49 am









  5. bonobashi says:
    March 11th, 2009 4:55 am

    Why I think Pakistan will win through.

    A wise man interviewed on another blog said this:

    The real war in Pakistan now is the war on the middle class. If the elite wins it, Pakistan has no hope. But this is not a war that will be lost or won in weeks or months. And the elite hasn’t even begun to invest in the weapons that will decide this war. Blogs, social networks and knowledge.

    Issues in Pakistan that are being discussed on blogs like All Things Pakistan, Grand Trunk Road and Five Rupees today are going to occupy the heart of public policy within the next decade. And none of the protagonists of these blogs (or thier readers) qualify as elite, or as poor. I know it won’t fly in PolSci 101, but that’s cool. No one’s looking. There is a small, and increasingly important middle class in Pakistan. And the elite don’t like them. They want them to disappear. Immigrate to Australia or Canada in the best case scenario, and actually physically disappear in the worst. Hence the war on the middle class.

    So hang in there, guys, ladies; we’re rooting for you.

    @ Watan Aziz

    Cornelia, the mother of Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus, was once asked by a top-lofty Roman matron about her jewels, since she was notably seen without any. She pointed to her sons, and said,”These are my jewels.”

    Lucky Pakistan.

  6. Gorki says:
    March 10th, 2009 10:13 pm

    @ Adnan Ahmad: The work of a moderator is usually hard but it must be especially so on a blog such as this where India-Pakistan issues often threaten to crowd out meaningful discussion.
    That ATP can avoid these pitfalls and still present a real time three dimensional image of the every day Pakistan is a tribute to the vision and the diligence of the moderators.
    You have rightly guessed that people like me love this post as something dear, yet I am mindful of the fact that being a visitor, I have to treat this as a privilege, with respect and mindful of the aims of the moderators and owners of this blog.
    I agree with you that, India Pakistan relationship is very complex and often becomes all the more so when people from across the border convey admiration of another as a persons while negating their nationality; such admiration even if honest, somehow diminishes the object of affection.

    Personally, I respect Pakistan the nation, and Pakistanis, the people. More than anything, I wish its people a peaceful, prosperous society, where the rule of law runs supreme. Having said that; I see no contradiction like Bonbashi, in saying that I love Pakistan and also my adopted homeland of United States while being a cultural Indian at heart. Moreover people like you, Owais Mughal, Adil Najam and all others at the ATP transcend national boundaries and are the natural allies of humanists not only in South Asia but the whole world over.

    @ Bonobashi, I feel a little self conscious praising another Indian while I am a guest myself in this blog but am proud of your elegant way of stating your position since it is similar to my own although, I must admit that I, being a Punjabi, will always remain partial to Pakistan over other nations of the world.
    You see being a Punjabi, the lyrics of Muni Begum posted here in a recent post or the soulful strains of Attaulah Khan

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