Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has broken his silence and categorically said that Raymond Davis did not enjoy the blanket diplomatic immunity. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Qureshi said that he had taken experts opinions from the officials concerned at Ministry of Foreign Affairs besides holding intensive meetings with them on the issue. “I conducted meetings with the officials of MOFA and talked to them personally, all of them were in agreement that Raymond Davis did not enjoy blanket immunity”, he said. The former FM dispelled the impression that ISI or GHQ were pressurising him. “Nobody can pressurise me, I listen to the voice of my conscience and that’s why I came to make all this public”, he said. Qureshi argued that it was time to raise the heads to uphold Pakistan’s sovereignty instead of bowing heads in submission to the USZ’ dictation.
Yesterday, talking to Kashif Abbasi on a private TV channel, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that USZ had made a generous offer for him that if he changed his stance on Davis then he shall be immediately restored as the foreign minister of Pakistan and USZ will also increase its so called aid to Pakistan. He hinted that the top government officials had asked him to keep silent over Raymond Davis issue so he kept mum for last few days. He said that if needed, he would reveal more secrets. “Pakistan’s interests are more dear to me than anything else. I would keep playing my role to promote my country’s interests whatever price I have to pay”, he reiterated. Shah Mahmood offered his party workers to hang him upside down at Regal Chowk Lahore in case he failed to justify his stance over Raymond Davis issue.