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Reporter: Emily Bourke

ELEANOR HALL: The world's leaders have unambiguously condemned the deadly shooting in Pakistan.

And Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says the targeting of cricket players represents a
worrying new shift in terrorist tactics.

Emily Bourke has our report.

EMILY BOURKE: The United States is the latest country to condemn the attack on the Sri Lankan
cricket team.

But during a press conference with the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the US President Barack
Obama spoke broadly about the fight against terror in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

BARACK OBAMA: Obviously we're deeply concerned but let me just make a general statement: both Great
Britain and the United States share a deep interest in ensuring that neither Afghanistan nor
Pakistan are safe havens for terrorist activity.

The truth is that the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated. The safe havens for al-Qaeda
remain in the frontier regions of Pakistan.

EMILY BOURKE: In Washington the US State Department's Gordon Duguid was more forthcoming about
America's outrage.

GORDON DUGUID: We condemn this vicious attack on innocent civilians but also on the positive
relations that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are trying to enjoy. This is not just an attack on
individuals: this is an attack on peaceful, normal relations.

EMILY BOURKE: There has been no claim of responsibility but some Sri Lankan officials fear a
possible link with the military offensive against ethnic Tamil rebels in the island's north.

In Pakistan, the Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani has described his country's relations with Sri Lanka
as 'very good'.

But he has conceded Pakistan's image has suffered.

YOUSUF GILANI (translated): Our relations with Sri Lanka are very good. They came here on our
invitation and their protection was our responsibility. I feel that this incident has humiliated
the country and the whole nation. This has tarnished the prestige of Pakistan.

EMILY BOURKE: The head of Pakistan's Interior Ministry, Rehman Malik said his country is in a state
of war while also suggesting the masked gunmen may have come from outside Pakistan

REHMAN MALIK: The democracy of the country is being undermined. Pakistan is under continuous
aggression and the father has been targeted with the view to bring bad name to the country and I do
not overrule foreign handling.

EMILY BOURKE: By striking South Asia's most popular sport, Pakistani security analyst and retired
army lieutenant general Talat Masood says the attack shows a frightening shift.

TALAT MASOOD: I think it is shocking in a way especially against cricketers and Pakistan is one of
those countries which loves cricket. So it is a great shock not only to those people who are there
in Lahore but also to the entire country, and I sure to the entire international community.

Because sports in the one area where we thought that, you know, the militants should not be
operating and it appears that, you know, they are not sparing any area.

EMILY BOURKE: The Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says the assumption that sport and
indeed cricket is out of bounds from terrorism no longer applies.

STEPHEN SMITH: This makes the point, irrespective of what position you occupy, irrespective of what
pursuit you follow, you are not immune from terrorist activity and that is why Australia and
international community need to stare down the terrorist threat that we see in this region.

I made the point when I returned from Pakistan that the very clear impression I was left with when
I had my conversations with President Zardari and Foreign Minister Qureshi and Chief of the Armed
Services Kyani, that Pakistan now understood that what it was dealing with was not just a problem
associated with the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, which had implications for Afghanistan, but this
was very much an existentialist threat to Pakistan itself.

ELEANOR HALL: That is the Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith ending that report by Emily
Bourke.