United States pressures Pakistan to free murderer

This video from Pakistan is called Lahore shooting incident: Self defence or murder?

By Ali Ismail:

US bullying Pakistan to release “diplomat” who killed two in Lahore market

10 February 2011

Pakistan’s government is facing escalating US pressure to release Raymond Davis, the American national responsible for gunning down two Pakistani youths in a Lahore market on January 26.

Obama administration officials and US Congressional leaders have suggested that US aid to Pakistan could be curtailed, a March visit of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to Washington canceled, and US-Pakistan relations downgraded, if Davis is not immediately allowed to leave Pakistan and all charges against him dropped.

Last weekend, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to meet with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, at the Munich security conference. In a definite signal as to the US’s priorities and a calculated affront to Pakistan’s embattled civilian government, she did meet, however, with General Ashfaq Kayani. The head of the Pakistani Army, Kayani is a Pentagon favourite.

On Monday, the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, met with President Zardari to reiterate Washington’s demand that Davis be released on the grounds of “diplomatic immunity.” The next day, US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley denied a press report that Washington has suspended all “high-level contacts” with Islamabad, saying “We continue to talk to the Pakistan government to stress the importance of resolving this issue.”

The Davis affair has created yet another crisis for the deeply unpopular Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led coalition government, which in addition to a raft of economic problems faces mounting popular opposition because of its collusion in the crimes of US imperialism in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Davis was arrested in Lahore on January 27, the day after he had gunned down two Pakistani youths, while driving through a busy market area in a Honda Civic. When the motorbike bearing Mohammad Faheem and Faizan Haider, pulled up beside his car, Davis opened fire on the young men, with a Beretta pistol, killing both of them on the spot. According to Davis, and the US Embassy in Islamabad, one of the men was carrying a gun, and Davis, fearing that he was about to get robbed, shot the youths in “self-defense.”

A third man, Ibadur Rahman, was killed when US officials ran him over while rushing to the scene of the shooting, so they could prevent Davis’ arrest. The vehicle that struck Rahman was speeding in the wrong direction on a one-way street. The US officials fled the scene without bothering to assist him.

A murder case was registered against Davis after he was arrested the following day. The driver of the vehicle that killed the bystander Rahman has also been charged with murder, but has yet to be apprehended, and is believed to have fled the country.

A post-mortem report has revealed that both of Davis’ victims were shot from behind.

While insisting on Davis’ immediate and unconditional release, US authorities in Pakistan and Washington have refused to answer any questions about the shooting incident, including why Davis was driving alone and armed in Lahore, and his role in Pakistan. All they have said is that he works for the US mission in Pakistan as part of its “technical and administrative staff.”

Davis himself has refused to state where he was headed and who he was going to meet when the shooting took place.

Washington’s conduct and the lengths it is going to secure Davis’ speedy return to the US indicate that he is a highly-trained US security operative.

The official US version of events lacks consistency and strains credulity.

According to a report by ABC News, Davis runs a shadowy Florida-based security firm Hyperion Protective Consultants, heightening suspicions that he is an operative for, or otherwise, linked to the CIA. Some reports have suggested that he may have been working on behalf of the notorious private security firm Blackwater.

The manner in which Davis gunned down the two youths suggests the modus operandi of an elite agent with advanced firearms training. The men were shot with sniper-like precision, after which Davis immediately called for a back-up vehicle.

US officials and Pakistani authorities initially attempted to paint the victims as criminals.

Some suggested that both men were armed and that they had robbed another person in the area just before the shooting incident occurred. However, no conclusive evidence has been presented to show that the youth were involved in criminal activities and the allegations are vehemently denied by the victims’ families.

According to Geo TV, police investigators in their initial report stated that Davis’s act was “excessive and disproportionate.” The police report concluded that the shooting could not in anyway be labeled an act of self-defense. Investigators said that they were unconvinced by Davis’s story. They also added that he was not a diplomat and that no security agency was aware of his presence in the area where the killings took place.

The police report and anonymous sources cited by Geo TV have complained that the US Consulate in Lahore has refused to provide any information about the driver and the vehicle that killed Ibadur Rahman.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office has been tasked with establishing Davis’s status and whether or not he qualifies for diplomatic immunity. Theoretically Davis could be ordered to stand trial for murder. But ordinary Pakistanis fear—with good reason—that their government and the military, which continues to effectively run the country’s foreign and national security policy, will release Davis to avoid any conflict with Washington.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has been forced to publicly deny that he is pressuring the judiciary to release Davis.

President Asif Ali Zardari has warned those expressing support for the victims’ families and demanding justice not to “politicize” the issue.

According to Associated Press:

The U.S. State Department also announced that “Raymond Davis” is not his real name, but that his real name will soon be made public, though as yet such action is not possible.

Giving a false name to police investigating you for murder is a grave crime in most countries, including the USA. That alone should be reason enough not to release this murderous pseudo-diplomat “Davis”.

From the Tribune in Pakistan:

ISLAMABAD: The government’s reluctance to free Raymond Davis is attributed to the fact that the two killed in the Lahore shooting were believed to be the intelligence operatives.

Pakistani police alleged on Friday that a US diplomat held in a pair of shootings had committed “cold-blooded murder”: here.

See also here.

The “diplomat” whose release the US is demanding after he killed 2 Pakistanis is, in fact, a CIA agent: what a shock: here.

U.S. Officials: Raymond Davis Is CIA Contractor, Ex-Blackwater: here.

A report in the British Guardian newspaper is confirming that Raymond Davis, the man jailed in Lahore, Pakistan charged with murdering two young Pakistanis who were almost certainly themselves working for Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), is an employee of the CIA. The paper says that based upon its reporters’ interviews with both Pakistani and US sources, it is “confirming” that Davis is a CIA spy: here.

From PTI news agency:

Feb 22, 2011

Raymond Davis, who is arrested in the Pakistani city of Lahore for killing of two persons, had very close links with the Taliban and was “instrumental” in recruiting youths for the militant group.

Davis was masterminding terrorist activities in Lahore and other parts of Punjab,” …

“His close ties with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan were revealed during the investigations…

Call records data received from mobile phones found on Davis had reveal his links with 33 Pakistanis, including 27 militants from the banned Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

A US diplomat jailed in Pakistan for the fatal shooting of two armed men was secretly working for the CIA and scouting out a neighbourhood when he was arrested, CIA officials admitted today: here.

Pakistan boycotts meetings with Afghanistan, US later this month to protest drone attacks – Asian News International: here.

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  3. A PAKISTANI court released an unidentified US citizen on bail today after Washington identified him as an FBI agent.

    The court directed the man to submit a surety bond of one million rupees (£5,775) for his bail.

    Police detained him on May 5 at an airport in the southern city of Karachi after seizing ammunition and three knives from him.

    He was stopped as he was about to board a flight for Islamabad, police said, adding that officials had also found several electronic devices that were being examined.

    A US official eventually admitted that the man was an FBI agent and claimed that he was in Pakistan as part of a multi-agency anti-corruption programme.

    The official claimed that the agent had appeared to have made a mistake and US authorities were hopeful that the situation would soon be resolved with the agent’s release.



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