Pak Affairs

No pressure on government to release Raymond Davis: PM

Islamabad: Dispelling the impression that Government is under pressure to release the U.S. citizen Raymond Davis employee of embassy involved in killing of three citizens in Lahore. The Prime Minister Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani has said that rule of law is supreme in the country and no one is above the law. The matter is subjudice, he added, and we will respect the law of the land.

However Sources revealed that current government of Pakistan people’s party (PPP) led by President Asif Ali Zardari is under immense pressure from Washington. But they could not find out any solution to the issue which can bring out the enraged public on streets like Egypt and Tunisia if the matter is handled carelessly, sources added.

In this regard Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the courts should decide the fate of a U.S. Embassy employee in Pakistan, under investigation for double murder, after U.S. lawmakers called for his immediate release. Six representatives of the U.S. Congress asked president Zardari to free Raymond Davis, who was arrested after killing two Pakistani motorcyclists in broad daylight on the streets of Lahore, in what the American said was self-defense.

Meanwhile Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has categorically stated that the law will take its own course and no special treatment will be given to the U.S. citizen who killed two persons in Lahore. Responding a point of order raised by Khawaja Saad Rafiq in the National Assembly he said President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani have already cleared the position of government of Pakistan saying that Remond Davis will be treated according to the law of land. He said the government is taking very seriously this issue and investigations are underway which would also be shared with the House.

The Prime Minister was talking to Chief Minister of Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister Balochistan Sardar Aslam Reasani and Information Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwah, Mian Iftikhar Hussain who called on him prior to the meeting of Council of Common Interest (CCI) at PM’s Secretariat.

The Prime Minister observed that passage of 18th Constitutional Amendment has provided real provincial autonomy for the first time in the history of the country. He hoped that transfer of enhanced financial resources and administrative powers to the provincial governments will enable them to improve the service delivery to the masses.

The participants apprised the Prime Minister of distribution of Smart Cards among the flood affectees in their respective provinces. They also discussed with him the projects initiated for the reconstruction of the damaged infrastructure in the provinces.

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