Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Raymond Davis - US - Pakistan Case (Just in & Related)

BBC photo

Note: Aafia's family may not be willing for a "swap" between Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and Davis although they are calling - as they have all along - for repatriation of Aafia*.

Consider the following reports and views (which often in these updates not represent my own):

Raymond Davis case: Pakistan court delays decision

Pakistani court has delayed until 14 March a decision on whether a US official arrested for killing two men in Lahore has diplomatic immunity. Pakistani officials argued for more time to prepare their case on the status of Raymond Davis.The decision came after US envoy John Kerry vowed Mr Davis would be subject to a criminal inquiry at home if freed. The case has soured relations between the US and Pakistan, a crucial ally in the fight against militants. READ MORE here

The Raymond Davis case: Emotion and realpolitik ( Pakistani reports)
1 hour ago as of 2:10 PM ET 17 February 2011 (New York zone)

Protesters torched an effigy of US senator John Kerry and a US flag during a demonstration against arrested US national Raymond Davis, in Multan on February 17, 2011. The latest on the Raymond Davis case is that US Senator John Kerry has come to Pakistan and tried to smooth ruffled feathers. He said that the case should not jeopardise US-Pakistan relations, but stuck to the American position that Mr Davis has diplomatic immunity and should not have been arrested, nor should he be tried in a Pakistani court.The January 27 incident in which American citizen Raymond Davis shot dead two Pakistanis, and where a third Pakistani was crushed by a car sent by the US consulate to Mr Davis’s help, has spiralled into a crisis of relations between Pakistan and America... READ MORE here

US pro-war view:
The strange case of Raymond Davis, a ‘strategic corporal’ in Pakistan
Posted by Robert Haddick on February 16, 2011 11:10 AM
In 1999, Gen. Charles Krulak, USMC coined the term “strategic corporal,” referring to a low-level soldier whose battlefield decisions could have strategic consequences. Raymond Davis, an “administrative and technical staff” employee at the United States consulate in Lahore, may soon be inducted into the “strategic corporal” Hall of Fame. Davis, now jailed in Lahore and awaiting trial for allegedly murdering two Pakistani men whom Davis claims were attempting to rob him at gunpoint, may accomplish what Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and ISI scheming have failed to do, namely cause a fundamental break in relations between the United States and Pakistan.U.S. State Department spokesmen have called for Davis’s release under the terms of diplomatic immunity. The Pakistani government has thus far refused and continues to process Davis’s criminal case while it reviews his diplomatic status. Meanwhile, authorities in Lahore leaked the police investigation to the local media, which seems to have further inflamed public outrage against Davis and the U.S. government. The U.S. government has cancelled a Feb 23rd meeting with Pakistani and Afghan officials. Activists in Pakistan are threatening Cairo-style protests if Davis is set free...READ MORE here

► See comments under the article above "The strange case of Raymond Davis", a 'strategic corporal' in ...Feb 16, 2011 ... Posted by Nym | February 16, 2011 7:09 PM. See Anonymous: Some Pakistanis want Aafia Sidiqque in return for Davis and mention of videos of Raymond with videos named

Was Raymond Davis Spying on Pakistan's Babur Missile? SEE Firedoglake (MyFDL) for this and other OP Ed and comments from US weblog.

Pakistan Digs in on US Diplomat

* See from Feb. 1st that the idea of "Killer Exchanged with An Innocent" was rejected by Dr. Fauzia Siddiqui here Whether or not there has been a change recently is unknown.

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