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How much pressure can Pakistan bear on release of Raymond Davis

The Islamabad Globe

It has been a couple of weeks and the US Ambassador to Pakistan (aka Pakistani Ambassador to US) Mr. Hussein Haqqani is in panic because the State Department has has restricted diplomatic contact with the Pakistani Embassy. This supposedly is the first step in the pressure. A woman of Pakistani origin was given a life sentence in New York and is being kept in solitary confinement for attempted murder of a US Marine after being gang raped for years and being forced to watch her children being raped ad nauseum. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is given a life sentence.

A US contractor whole regular civilian passport has been shown on Pakistani Television shoots two Pakistani citizens in the back, and there is pressure to release him without a trial. According to press reports, the US is threatening stopping all military and economic aid to Pakistan if Mr. Raymond Davis or whatever his name is not released immediately.

According to the Pakistani press, “Mr. Davis” seems to have worked simultaneously in Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi. According to Ahmed Qureshi a respected journalist in Pakistan, Mr. “Davis” was on a business visa and that does give him any diplomatic immunity in Pakistan. The Vienna Conventions clearly state that Diplomatic Immunity cannot be used to escape from Criminal activity.

Press Reports from Pakistan indicate that he was involved in  “sensitive activities” working as a “contractor” for U.S. Department of Defence and CIA.  In plain English this means that he was part of a Blackwater type of Organization. Pakistani Officials have warned the US that since the case is in the court it would be highly unpopular for the Federal or Provincial government to intervene and release the American and risk public backlash.

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February 7, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, CIA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Pakistan, Pentagon, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , ,

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