Raymond Davis case: US lawmakers threaten aid stoppage

By AFP
Published: February 9, 2011

Pakistani leaders told that Congress would consider cutting aid unless Raymond Davis is freed.

WASHINGTON: US lawmakers said on Tuesday that they told Pakistani leaders on a visit that Congress would consider cutting aid unless Raymond Davis is freed. Representative Buck McKeon, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, said he mentioned to Pakistani leaders that Congress was working on the budget. Asked if aid could be at risk, McKeon told reporters, “It very well could be.”

Representative John Kline said there “would be a lot of support” for cutting aid if the American, who the United States insists has diplomatic immunity, is not freed.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2011.

Reader Comments (32)

  • Ashraf
    Feb 9, 2011 - 8:17AM

    That’s it, boys and girls. Time to send Davis home with a few expensive gifts so that he says nice things about Pakistan to his masters. Pakistan’s bravado and thirst for ‘justice’ only lasts until the US threatens to pull the plug on aid money. Pakistan’s ‘ghairat’ is restricted to sound bytes only. COAS met with Hilary Clinton yesterday and this arrangement has already been thrashed out.Recommend

  • faraz
    Feb 9, 2011 - 9:18AM

    Lets do it, dont hand over Raymond. Let the people face the music, let them come out of their world of fantasy and emotions. Logically you cant explain an ordinary citizen that when a country runs on aid and loans, it loses its sovereignty. I am sick of this “qaumi ghairat” rhetoric of Urdu press, Imran Khan and other religious parties. I demand that Raymong should be hanged. Recommend

  • Shahbaz Younis
    Feb 9, 2011 - 9:32AM

    They have only one choice to stop aid to Pakistan, but we have many choices, just stop the NATO supply, withdraw from so called war of terrorism. Recommend

  • Ramin
    Feb 9, 2011 - 9:34AM

    Indians will be so happy!Recommend

  • devis
    Feb 9, 2011 - 10:52AM

    US Govt. is blackmailing us, what if someone did the same to their citizens in their country, you can well imagine what they could do, for one black water representative, whole US machinery is active, r v really blind or deaf, we know facts but instead of stopping this we close our eyes….y and where is “Sub say pehlay Pakistan”.law should be equal for all.Recommend

  • Ramin
    Feb 9, 2011 - 11:03AM

    The world will be very happy. The rogue beggar regime is going down. We need an Egypt style uprising. This will also lead to solving the problems of Baluchistan, FATA, Kashmir, Karachi. Pakistan will get a true democracy, where people will have a say.

    The Balochis will get what they want, people from KP will get what they want, Kashmiris will get what they want and Karachi will get what it wants.

    Having the Americans out will help solve the so many problems that plague Pakistan today. Recommend

  • bunny
    Feb 9, 2011 - 11:36AM

    RAMIN:
    Let the india happy once after stopping the aid….I am sure Paksitan will stabd up after that…and let them stop it… first of all they cant do it…..they can never do it…but if they have done it once…we will be abck on track…guys dont you think its like 1857 when britisher took us over….but now we could bring the difference….Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Feb 9, 2011 - 11:37AM

    Ok. We will close our supply routes for NATO/US Army to Afghanistan… both from North and South.
    Lets see who comes down first.Recommend

  • SK
    Feb 9, 2011 - 12:11PM

    please do stop aid by all means- I am sure this will chock lifeline of Pakistan’s political and military leaders which will be biggest blessing on us as Pakistanis. We as ordinary Pakistanis already make our own living, its these politicians, top bureaucrats and military generals who are the beggars so Amen to stoppage thoughts, please execute on this idea if you American govt is at all loyal to RaymondRecommend

  • muhammad mushtaq
    Feb 9, 2011 - 12:13PM

    Terrorist Americans never accept the diplomatic immunity of anybody in Micky Mouse America. But at the same time, they expect the impoverished countries to grant a full diplomatic immunity to their terrorists, who can kill anybody anytime, just because they are Americans.

    Terrorist America refused to accept the diplomatic immunity of the Deputy Ambassador of Georgia, who had killed an American woman in a car accident. This ambassador in the end, was sentenced to imprisonment in USA.

    This is the very same Terrorist America, which is demanding a diplomatic immunity for its Micky Mouse Terrorist, Raymond Davis in Pakistan. What a joke.

    This is called, the Micky Mouse Justice of Micky Mouse America.

    We hate Micky Mouse America.

    We urge all to boycott all Micky Mouse Products of America in Pakistan, starting from Pepsi & Coke.Recommend

  • Noor Lodi
    Feb 9, 2011 - 12:25PM

    Let Americans stop the aid. Pak should cut off all logistics into Afghanistan. When will Pakistan realize that US needs Pak more then Pak needs US. The moment they realize this, game changes. Call the bluff. And send a bill to US congress for $500B for their bungle up in Afghanistan that has cost Pakistan its security and economy. Don’t settle for chump change. It is all a bluff. Recommend

  • kumar
    Feb 9, 2011 - 12:51PM

    maybe the chinese will give aid now?Recommend

  • Anoop
    Feb 9, 2011 - 1:04PM

    US will definitely not stop Aid till they pull out of Afghanistan in 2014. But, after that you can kiss your free money good bye. Also, US will make sure IMF will set out the strictest of conditions for Loans.

    This has made India’s job much easier. Let the people of Pak know how much dependent and bankrupt their nation is.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Feb 9, 2011 - 1:12PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.This threat shall be definitely the shocking news for our corrupt and beggars leaders.But now they must have to take bold steps to secure and rescue Pakistanis from the killings by the foreigners and if this incident is happened in USA then do our corrupt and beggars leaders threaten USA to stop supply from Peshawar to Afghanistan for US and NATO troops?Now the time has come to prove that Pakistan is not a completely dependent country on US aid and against this threat our leaders must threaten US officials to block supply from Pakistan to Afghanistan for NATO and US troops if they have honor,grace,dignity and self-respect and courage to stand on their own feet.They never bow down their knees before US officials’ this threat.They must have to show bravery and courage in this regard to show that we are independent and sovereign state and can’t afford interfere of any country in our internal confidential matters at any cost and we can protect our nation and we have courage to protect Pakistan from any internal and external threat.How long we shall afford dishonor,disgrace and insult by the advanced Western countries’ leaders against begging the aid?When we shall stand on our feet for the real self-reliance,prosperity and sovereignty?When we shall wake up from the dreams of carelessness?Recommend

  • Umair
    Feb 9, 2011 - 2:18PM

    I will be so happy if America cut this so called aid for Pakistan this will be the first step towards Pure Islamic Revolution. Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Feb 9, 2011 - 3:27PM

    Hey US just do that this time around, it will be a blessing in disguise for us. Why people forget what had happened in 1998 when Pakistan had faced lot of sanctions after its neuclear tests, lets unite again and try to stand on our own foot.Recommend

  • edgarm
    Feb 9, 2011 - 4:47PM

    @ muhammad mushtaq
    Could we have the name of the Deputy Ambassador of Georgia who killed the American ?Recommend

  • edgarm
    Feb 9, 2011 - 4:52PM

    @ muhammad mushtaq

    In January 1997, Gueorgui Makharadze, the deputy ambassador of the Republic of Georgia in Washington caused an accident that injured four people and killed a sixteen-year-old girl. He was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.15, but released from custody because he was a diplomat. The U.S. government asked the Georgian government to waive his immunity, which they did and Makharadze was tried and convicted of manslaughter by the U.S. and sentenced to seven to twenty-one years in prison. The first three years of his sentence were served in a North Carolina prison, after which he was repatriated to his home nation of Georgia to serve the remainder of his sentence.Recommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Feb 9, 2011 - 6:14PM

    @Ramin said: “Indians will be so happy!”
    I can tell you categorically that as an Indian I do not wish suffering on the people of Pakistan. They deserve better. Our complaints are only against your military and the ISI for training and supporting terrorists who kill innocent people in India. But then, it is not in their interest for the two nations to be at peace.Recommend

  • Shery
    Feb 9, 2011 - 7:53PM

    @J.Oberoi: That’s what I call maturity of thought. We need to have the same mindset on both sides. Trust us on the fact that ordinary Pakistanis have regard for Indians too and in all honesty, we are as skeptical about Indian forces as we are about ours. I guess we are just more of a slave to our serving elite than you are!Recommend

  • My Opinion
    Feb 9, 2011 - 7:59PM

    Stop NATO supplies through Pakistan and they will forget about Raymond Davis.Recommend

  • Uzair Javaid
    Feb 10, 2011 - 4:53AM

    @Ramin: Lets just stay away o’ryt. People like you from a country where millions sleep under the sky without food, without sustenance means. Stop showing your teeth on this joyous story for you. I would rather recommend you to post such comments when you have basic health and food benefits for miseries suffered by millions.

    Till than dont worry more about Pakistan as its not going anywhere. Its US puppets and once they go, believe me you’re gonna be jealous!Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 11, 2011 - 11:53PM

    If Raymong Davis won’t be hanged then it will be a great source for US Govt. to blackmail us everytime. We still hope for the justice!

    I respect you Indians from the bottom of my heart. :-)Recommend

  • Bubbles
    Feb 16, 2011 - 6:59AM

    @J.Oberoi – You are so right friend, we really dont wish bad or think bad for Pakistani’s, we all are aware of the fact that those series of attacks were a ‘cover up too” we know that ISI.CIA and Indian Intelli. was involved. This is just another event in Pakistan where poor Pakistani’s are paying for it and been suffering. Please, fight back you guys have been suffering like Palestinians and Kashmiri’s the worst thing is that these blood suckers Aid suckers using civilians and playing with thr emotions since past 60 yrs.These people are not aware of the fact that what happened in 1947 was not a joke we all can get together and repeat 1947 in Pakistan against these blood suckers politicians* This 911 drama is been going on for too long we all knwo stories behind that too. Pakistan should really get together with Russian and fight these issues with Russia, I am sure Russians will be very happy to help Pakistan. Recommend

  • Salman Ilyas
    Feb 18, 2011 - 12:43PM

    If Davis is a diplomat..So Americans are sending Military Trained Professionals as diplomats in other countries? Now all the treaties and conventions will be used against Pakistan..What happened when Israelis killed aid workers of Turkey and other countries.. Where you put the red line against Israel? How can UN is silence about Bush and Blair..they lied about WMD in Iraq? Killed thousands of innocent people and captures the oil resources can anyone take them to International Criminal Court of UN for their acts…War On Terrorism is about War for Natural Resources….An ordinary people in Pakistan never heard of Al Qaeda before …its been heard after 9/11…..Americans (if I used this term it means only American think tanks and military policy makers) have that fear that Islam is there next threat…which will rise against them…..Americans get freedom for East Timor and Darfur…but they didn’t want Kashmiris and Palestinians to used their rights for freedom as they are called them Terrorist…Recommend

  • Valentin
    Feb 22, 2011 - 12:17AM

    I think all of US, NATO and western troops should withdraw from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and cut all financial aid to Pakistan. Egyptians, Tunisians, Libyans, Barheinis, Algerians, have just shown you get the government you deserve.Recommend

  • common sence
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:00AM

    Look at the facts, it was a desire for liberal representative government that prevailed in overthrowing the autocrats in Egypt and Tunisia, not the desire for an Islamic “Republic”. The people of the middle east don’t want a Muslim empire they want individual rights. Even if the Salafists succeed in creating another is Islamic “Republic” it will not be long lived. It will be a isolated spec quickly corrupted by capitalism. State and Religion cannot successfully mix in this age of globalization. Iran will serve as a demonstration of the failure of the Islamic Republic in the next ten years.Recommend

  • Salman
    Feb 24, 2011 - 7:01PM

    thank you! thank! Take your aid!!Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2011 - 3:38PM

    Pakistan does not rely, or survive on American Aid.

    Most American aid goes to International NGOs and some local ones who implement fringe programs with limited benefits to the Pakistani people or economy. These NGOs spend a majority of their cash on expenses such as salaries, travel, accommodation. Very little ends up with the Pakistani government, or helps in job creation. Instead these private NGOs live the life of riley at the Pakistani taxpayers expense, because this ‘Aid’ is in the forms of loans which we have to pay back with added interest.

    Military aid is also benefiting them more than us, because with any money they lend to us, we are contracted to buy American equipment. Equipment that is usually sub-standard, used, obsolete and expensive. All to be paid back with interest added.

    This Aid instead of helping us, hinders us in the mid-long term, and is a recipe for financial disaster. The best thing that we can do is stop all these loans coming in, which are only being given to line the pockets of our corrupt politicians/bureaucrats, and learn to stand on our own feet.Recommend

  • Faizi
    Mar 6, 2011 - 3:11PM

    Dear Friends,
    This is the true that American govt and his civilians are paying a lot in the war against terror. They also help us a lot in the flood and even in the earth quake and also in the betterment of our civilization. If we count all of these so it may out of our figures but
    At the other hand if we have an eye about the distribution of the aid that had been given to the govt of Pakistan so there we will find the answer.
    The aid was given for the people that need but our politicians are much moor deserve for the aid because its hand out to them.
    Here we have to take the decision that weather this is AID is needed to us?
    The support is for whom and who will pay the price??Recommend

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