“Raymond Davis (the American who shot dead two Pakistanis) enjoys diplomatic immunity and has an official visa”, said PPP Information Secretary Fauzia Azab in the first overt vindication of the popular belief that the PPP-led government would hardly hold its ground in face of American pressure on the issue. The statement is in stark contrast to former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s earlier disclosure that “Davis isn’t a diplomat according to the Foreign Office record”. Dropping Qureshi from the slimline cabinet as foreign minister itself was indicative of the posture government has now taken openly.
Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, PPP Fauzia Azab said that Pakistan is the signatory of Vienna Convention, therefore, all the diplomats enjoy immunity, adding that diplomats cannot be arrested under this convention. She said that Davis possess diplomatic passport, therefore, he enjoyed immunity and had an official visa. “We have always abided by international laws and conventions”, Azab said. “Davis has an official business visa, so why argue and why we are risking our overall good reputation before the rest of the world?”, the USZ stooge barked on.
The USZ State Department on Saturday postponed a round of high-level talks with Afghanistan and Pakistan following failed attempts to get Pakistan to release their state sponsored criminal Davis. USZ lawmakers have threatened to cut payments to Pakistan, the beneficiary of the fictitious $7.5 billion dollars of aid and practically non-existent $2 billion in military aid, and Washington has warned that high-level dialogue is at risk unless Davis is freed. “America is the largest market for Pakistan, with whom we earn four billion dollars. Most Pakistanis who live in the United States send bulk of remittances to us to support our economy”, the shameless Fauzia Azab continued her barking.
Thousands of Pakistanis have taken to the streets demanding that Davis be hanged over the killings. A third Pakistani man was run over and killed by a USZ consulate vehicle that made a failed attempt to recover Davis. Davis was arrested Jan 27 in Lahore after he shot dead two men on a motorcycle. Lahore police decided to charge him under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code that deals with ‘murder by design’. Police had declared Raymond Davis (this is his fake identity, only God knows his real name) as a COLD BLOODED KILLER. The question of his diplomatic immunity had not been entertained by the provincial and federal governments openly until Fauzia’s statement.