Pak Affairs

Raymond Davis on diplomatic visa in Pakistan: Rehman Malik

ISLAMABAD:Interior Minister Rehman Malik said here a short while ago that U.S. detained national Raymond Davis traveled to Pakistan on valid diplomatic visa. Talking to journalists at the headquarters of FIA he said, “According to our record Raymond Davis traveled to Pakistan on valid diplomatic visa.

He said his ministry had complete record of Raymond Davis and will be presented before the LHC over court orders. Malik said the court was trying Raymond Davis and the Federal and provincial governments were not interfering in trial of Raymond Davis. He said that no foreigner was allowed to carry arms in any part of the country.

Talking to media after visiting FIA headquarters in Islamabad, Malik said that Raymond’s passport was in the custody of Punjab government and it was impossible for him to make any changes in it. He said that FIA Act 1974 would be amended to improve its performance. He said that monitoring of the officials would be made to make FIA a corruption-free institution.

Meanwhile U.S. Counsul General Carmela Conroy in Lahore stated, “Raymond Davis is entitled tofull immunity from criminal prosecution by Pakistan under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. All countries, including my country and your country, freely agreed to abide by these rules. Under the rules, he should be freed immediately. In a statement she said American diplomat Raymond Davis was remanded into judicial detention in Lahore in connection with an incident in on January 27.

We understand that eyewitnesses at the scene said that Reacted in self defense when confronted with two armed men on a motorcycle. We also understand that these men were found with stolen property and, as the police stated today, a loaded gun. We regret that authorities did not consider these eyewitness accounts and physical evidence when they stated that this was not a case of self-defense.

We respect the law and Pakistan’s sovereignty, and expect all representatives of our government to respect the laws of our host nation. We respect the people of Pakistan and enjoy working and living in this country. Americans and Pakistanis can accomplish so much together. We need to resolve this case immediately and continue our work, including cooperation in education and health, our common fight against extremist violence, and building bridges between the people of Pakistan and America.

This incident was a tragedy, and we feel tremendous sorrow over the loss of life. We extend our deep sympathy to all the family members who have been affected.

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Azhar Masood

Azhar Masood is Controller of News in PTV, and Chief Instructor of PTV Academy, working for Arab News. He has Covered Iraq War from Baghdad for CNN, BBC, FOX News, and Al-Jazeera and other regional channels. He covered conflict in Bosnia Herzegovina. He interviewed Yasir Arafat of Palestine, Paul Wolfoweit, Prime Minister Jean Ghteyan of Canada, Dr. Amar Musa of Egypt, Mr. Haris Slajic, Prime Minister of Bosnia Dr. Akbar Ali Vallayati, former Foreign Minister of Iran, President Kumaratunge of Sri Lanka, Mr. Kumar Su Bramanyem, Director of National Defence Institute of India, Mr. Hamid Karzai President of Afghanistan, Dr. Ahmad Chalabi of Iraq National Congress, Mr. Hoshyar Zubari, Vice President Kurdish Democratic Party of Iraq

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