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Lahore responds to deadly violence... by throwing a party

Here's a perplexing update from Lahore...

Two days after one of the worst terrorist bombing in the city's history that killed 30 people and a day after Taliban forces issued a statement urging the citizens of Lahore and a few others locations to vacate their cities, as more suicide attackers are on the way, the people of Lahore have reacted... with a party.

Tonight, the cricket teams from the cities of Lahore and Sialkot played an exciting final game of a national cricket tournament. The Gaddafi cricket stadium (yes, it's named after the Libyan dictator) seats over 60,000 people and it was packed near capacity.

Women, men, young kids and even crying infants were in attendance, along with male cheerleaders playing the traditional "bhangra" beat.

As I mentioned in my previous post, Lahore has recently become a prime target for terrorists.

Back in February, cricket became a target, when the visiting Sri Lankan national side was attacked by gunmen just a few dozen yards from Gaddafi Stadium.

It seems the fans were not completely unaware of the risk they undertook in coming to the game. At the closing ceremony the loudest cheer didn't go to the winning side or even the losing side (Lahore lost at home), but to the security forces. And the last big cheer went to what the Master of Ceremonies called "the lively hearts of Lahore."

The Pakistan team is off to England to play in a world championship tomorrow. The main sports channels is using Pink Floyd's "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" as the theme song for the team.

http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/pakistan/090529/lahore-reacts