LAHORE: U.S. Senator John Kerry emphasizes Pakistan and the United States need to focus on their ” broader and many mutual interests” rather than letting the dispute over a jailed U.S. embassy worker derail relations. Raymond Davis has been detained since Jan 27, when he cold blooded murder killed two Pakistani citizens who according to him were trying to rob him. He was addressing a Press Conference after his arrival in Lahore late this night.
Number of American officials have called for his immediate release in wake of diplomatic immunity that according to then can be granted in accordance with the Viana Convention to which Pakistan is signatory. In his first public statement regarding Raymond Davis President Barack Obama has also asked for releasing him. Kerry reiterated the U.S. stance Tuesday. He also said he regretted the deaths of the two Pakistani men and pledged Davis will be tried in an American court.
meanwhile he telephoned Former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and discussed with him the thorny issue of Raymond Davis. Shah Mehmood Qureshi told media that Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called him and reiterated his stance that Raymond Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity and that he should be released from detention while expressed the desire to meet him when he comes to Pakistan.
He said, “when he was the minister he had regular interactions with John Kerry that is why he called me”. He said that he once again categorically made it clear to Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Davis issue rests with court and only court will decide the fate of US citizen. He told Kerry that if Davis is U.S. diplomat then proof must be provided to the respected court.
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