'Raymond Davis does not have blanket immunity'

Published: February 16, 2011

Pakistan's former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi speaks during a news conference in Islamabad on February 16, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Wednesday that Raymond Davis, the US consular employee accused of shooting dead two Pakistanis in Lahore, does not enjoy blanket immunity.

Qureshi was recently dropped out of the newly appointed cabinet “over his divergent opinion on the Raymond Davis issue”. His vocal stance has invited scathing criticism from colleagues in the party.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad after his meeting with US Senator  John Kerry, Qureshi said his stand is principled and not personal. “I will support truth and justice,” he said emphasising that he understands the importance of US-Pak relations.

He said that following the January 27 incident and after consultations with experts he was not persuaded by US claims that Raymond Davis was immune from prosecution.

Qureshi said he stands by his words, adding that the integrity of Pakistan has been his top priority.

“I was given a briefing by the experts in the foreign ministry who said that in their opinion the blanket immunity being demanded by the US embassy for Raymond Davis does not apply in this case,” Qureshi said. The former foreign minister also says his meeting with Senator Kerry has been positive and that Pakistan does not want conflict with the US.

Qureshi says he always acted in the best interests of the country and that integrity of Pakistan has been his top priorities. He said his meeting with Senator Kerry has been positive and that Pakistan does not want conflict with the US.

“If summoned by the court, I will give my opinion with honesty,” Qureshi said.

Qureshi refuted allegations made against him in the past few days. Responding to allegations of being sympathetic to former president Pervez Musharraf, he said”I was a part of a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), I am part of PPP and my relation with the PPP will continue because I believe in the principles of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and the sacrifice of Benazir Bhutto.”

Earlier, media reports had quoted a Pakistani official as saying that Davis has diplomatic immunity and the case for this would be presented in court. Requesting anonymity, the official said, “We will present all relevant laws and rules about immunity before the court and will plead that prima facie it is a case of diplomatic immunity. But it is for the court to decide.”

FO denial

The Foreign Office (FO) on Wednesday brushed aside reports circulating in the media regarding its position on Raymond Davis’ immunity.

A spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry said reports about any pronouncement made by the Foreign Ministry relating to Davis’ immunity were untrue. He said these reports are baseless speculation and should not be taken seriously.

Earlier, there were reports that the foreign office had written a letter to the law ministry confirming that Davis had diplomatic immunity.

The row over the case of Raymond Davis shot dead two men in Lahore in what he said was a move in self-defence, has strained relations between the two allies. While the US insists Davis has diplomatic immunity and should be released under the Vienna Conventions, Pakistan has so far refused to come under US pressure saying that the matter is sub judice and the law should be allowed to take its course.  Police investigations and the subsequent charge-sheet submitted to the court by the police however says Davis was not acting in self-defenc­e and that the shooting was intent­ional murder.

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Reader Comments (97)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 16, 2011 - 1:13PM

    Shah Mahmood Qureshi has done a marvelous job by addressing the press conference in Islamabad. In my personal opinion, he has expressed the views on Raymond Davis case of the entire nation.

    Shah Mahmood Qureshi: The entire nation is standing behind you on Raymond Davis issue. You are the one who stand what people of Pakistan want.

    Now let’s see what conclusion the Judge of Lahore High Court will make on Raymond Davis issue. All eyes are looking at the Judge of Lahore High Court.Recommend

  • Adeel
    Feb 16, 2011 - 1:29PM

    I personally like his comments about Raymond Davis murder case, why other officials are not understanding this point. It’s simple he accused in killing of two people and 47 witness recorded their statement against him. He should be trial according to Pakistan Law and in Pakistan. I hope our govt will not be negotiable on this case with US.Recommend

  • Riaz Phulpoto
    Feb 16, 2011 - 1:53PM

    Cheers to Shah Mehmood. May God make our leaders to keep national interest high and personal one low as do the Americans.Recommend

  • bunny
    Feb 16, 2011 - 1:55PM

    A good stance but please bring some prof on the table and present it before courst dont just do press conferences…anyways bravoooo….Recommend

  • SA
    Feb 16, 2011 - 1:56PM

    PPP has lost a prim and proper politician!Recommend

  • ik
    Feb 16, 2011 - 1:57PM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi must be applauded for his just stance in the Raymond Davis caseRecommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Feb 16, 2011 - 2:05PM

    Very well said! R.D, may have Immunity of some diplomatic nature but certaily not Blanket immunity which covers every thing!
    Since its the requirement of Justice so let the Court decide what should happen to R.D not to make any human happy or sad because we are Muslims and we have a responsibility with the Almighty ALLAH J.S. Recommend

  • Ali Turk
    Feb 16, 2011 - 2:22PM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi is a principled politician and speaks the truth. He should be the next PM of the country.Recommend

  • Mohsin Shafeeque Hijazee
    Feb 16, 2011 - 2:36PM

    What a press conference. Polite civilized and really impressive! Recommend

  • wakki
    Feb 16, 2011 - 2:40PM

    **

    shah mehmood qureshi ,we are with you.
    keep on……..

    **Recommend

  • MS
    Feb 16, 2011 - 2:46PM

    Everyone should come on streets like Tunisia if Raymond Davis is released.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Feb 16, 2011 - 2:46PM

    Great, you have raised your value by taking so bold stance.Recommend

  • Neha Khan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 2:47PM

    Do we see another foreign minister emerging as a leader after ZAB? Recommend

  • Faisal Awan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 2:56PM

    All Pakistanis are with honest politicians
    long live Shah Mehmood QureshiRecommend

  • Kiqbal
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:11PM

    Well done Mr. Qureshi. but don’t you think it took you almost a month to say this? Anyways I still acknowledge the fact least you’ve said it now.Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 3:12PM

    thats the spirit we need from all of our leaders we need to support shah mahmood qureshi voice
    please join this page to build a single voice that v r pakistani’s n no one can dictat us what to do and when to do …… proud to b a pakistani…
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Shah-Mahmood-Qureshi-on-his-stance-against-Davis/168735533174222Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 3:29PM

    Shah Mahmood Qureshi should be protected as he could be a vital witness in the Court of Law testifying this important statement. US spies will probably be after his blood on this revolt.

    Diplomatic or no Diplomatic, this crime is so henious that Davis should face our law and pay for what crime he has done.

    I feel pity on Dr. Afia Siddiqi’s 85 years sentence by US court, as she was only “accused” to pick up a pistol on a US Citizen. Mind you Davis has killed 3 persons point blank.Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:30PM

    Glad that someone feels the integrity and honour of Pakistan and is unwilling to sacrifice it for personal gain or money !

    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN !Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:35PM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi just restored my confidence in Pakistan a little bit!

    Thanks! Recommend

  • Yaser Hussain
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:37PM

    Shah mohammad qureshi zindabad, may allah give all our leaders the leadership that Mr Shah has showed, good on you, U will inshallah be the next president of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Amer
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:38PM

    This is a true diplomat and how a politician should be!
    Shah Mehmood for Prime Minister!!!!Recommend

  • KM
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:40PM

    Mr. Qureshi, hope your eyes remain wide open now, after all you have served 3 years in Zardari’s Party. I am surprised with your complacency as if you were a baby in the setup running for 3 years and didnt know what was really happening. It would be a shame if your lesson learnt doesn’t last long.Recommend

  • Abdul Rauf HAshmi
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:47PM

    ‘This Is It’ Press Conference of Shah Mehmood Qureshi is based on facts and figures, now the government of Pakistan should have the solid instance as ‘Raymond Davis does not have blanket immunity’ and this is voice of masses !!Recommend

  • Ameen
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:47PM

    @Neha Khan: You’re probably right, history seems to be repeating it self. Qureshi is doing the same, what Z.A Bhutto did to Ayub Khan over the Simla Agreement. Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 3:58PM

    “dignity and self respect of the nation comes foremost”

    Qureshi! you are the only respectable person of PPP.Recommend

  • allah rakha
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Qureshi is opportunistic. Why did he not say that when in the cabinet. Mark my words he is planning on being the next Zulfikar Bhutto and he will most probably exit PPP and go either PML N or the Mushhraf way…Recommend

  • Abbas
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:11PM

    Proud of Shah Mehmood QureshiRecommend

  • Ashraf R
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:16PM

    Qureshi may be right but he is point-scoring here. He knows that PPP’s goose is cooked. He wants to come out of it looking white. Don’t know if escalating this issue is the best thing for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Khurram Ally
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:16PM

    Bravo Qureshi! You remind me of our great leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto shaheed. He would have taken the same bold stand as you did. Pakistanis are proud of you and we are all with you. You are a true son of the soil like Bhutto. Keep it up you are on the right path. Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 4:17PM

    … Shah Mehmood Quershi Now stands Tall among all ppp members …
    …. He spoke the truth …. He is right …..
    … I liked his way ….
    .. I salute him !!Recommend

  • Thaqalain
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:19PM

    Pakis are very emotional. We still don’t know on what grounds he lost FM career. He is firm his opinion to win public support in his favor to restore his job now or in later Gov formation.Recommend

  • Perwez Abbas
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:30PM

    Hats off to Shah Mehmood Qureshi.Recommend

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:34PM

    bravo,shah mehmud.Recommend

  • ba ha
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:49PM

    The immigration status once given cannot be changed unless u legally exit the country and re-enter again. If you are a student in the USA u cannot become an immigrant while there. Thus asking the FO is unnecessary. Violation of immigration is a criminal matter to be dealt by the courts. In this add TWO cold blooded murdersRecommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:51PM

    Mr. Qureshi could have easily sided with the Govt. He would have
    Lost nothing by doing so. He scraficed his post on principle is worth
    admiring. He has proofed to the nation that he is a man of principle
    and can stand up for what he beleive is right unlike some of his party
    Members. Mr. Qureshi Pakistan needs people like youRecommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:54PM

    Well said! But let’s wait for the Court’s decision. Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:57PM

    Too late….Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 4:57PM

    lets have mullah fazlur rehman as foreign minister of pakistan – lets show our true face to the rest of the planet that we care not for education and self-respect but only care for jahiliyat and mullahismRecommend

  • Kamran Khan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 5:01PM

    Yes we have another ZAB on our hands. He defied US and was hanged but became immortal. Now Qureshi is on his way to immortality. All kudos to him.Recommend

  • Saleem Adil
    Feb 16, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Bravo QureshiRecommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 5:16PM

    I perceive Raymond Davis is proving to be a “Screening Test” for the sycophant politicians and journalists.
    Though disturbing as well, but literally, everybody is revealed.
    Quraishi previously accused of being a lackey, perhaps was tested to the limit and Davis turned out to be a case even he couldn’t compromise on.Recommend

  • Subbu Jois
    Feb 16, 2011 - 5:21PM

    For all the hysteria and chest thumping jingoism that is happening, Pak will still need to go to US with a begging bowl for funds. US is unlikely to play ball at that time. How does Qureshi propose to handle that situation, now that he is out of office. Pragmatic politics will be the need of the hour for Pak to balance local and international expectations and laws.Recommend

  • hafeez
    Feb 16, 2011 - 5:24PM

    mr shah mehmood qurashi:
    Man of honourRecommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 5:24PM

    PPP should learn from Mr.Qureshi how he was doing alone in the foreign policy matter.shame to our leaders they are still with the America on David Raymond case.Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 5:41PM

    I perceive Raymond Davis is proving to be a “Screening Test” for the sycophant politicians and journalists.Though disturbing as well, but literally, everybody is revealed.

    Quraishi previously accused of being a lackey, perhaps was tested to the limit and Davis turned out to be a case even he couldn’t compromise on.Recommend

  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Feb 16, 2011 - 5:43PM

    Stand up for principles-Pakistan I have been a diplomat for 36 years. You are not even exempted from traffic offenses what to talk of murders. A country that claims be upholders of rule of law must respect law first. Recommend

  • karachiite
    Feb 16, 2011 - 6:16PM

    just goes to show there are decent politicians left in this countryRecommend

  • ashok sai
    Feb 16, 2011 - 6:18PM

    So, anybody speaks against US can become overnight hero in Pakistan, poor US tax payers they will surely hate to hear that.Recommend

  • Abbas Khan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 6:27PM

    Everyone tries to become hero when kicked out from some place of authority. Shah Mehmood is no exception, why he kept silent when he had portfolio? He is one of the foreign ministers who wasted millions in useless foreign visits. If confirmed robbers can become our heroes and declared as Shaheed, then a useless foreign minister can become hero too. This nation is so hungry that anyone who defies government can become a hero. People compare him with ZAB, but they forget that same people left him alone, when ZAB needed them most. We make heroes to take some kind of revenge from poor folks.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    Feb 16, 2011 - 6:42PM

    Future Prime Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi! Well balanced and courageous press briefing. In fact it is the stance of the Pakistani people.Recommend

  • Ashraf R
    Feb 16, 2011 - 6:46PM

    If Qureshi is aiming for the PM post, he should forget about it. No politician in Pakistan can hope to be PM without America’s blessings. His career as a politician is most likely over.Recommend

  • Midas
    Feb 16, 2011 - 7:02PM

    Has anyone established if the so called immunity was accredited by the Pakistani foreign office. Until and unless the Foreign Office in Pakistan accepts the status of a diplomat such immunities are not governed under Geneva convention, where are the law experts on this – out to lunch I guess?Recommend

  • Ameen
    Feb 16, 2011 - 7:03PM

    @Subbu Jois: A good attempt to distract a rising nation. We all know that USA is the cleanest, most law abiding and greatest of all the countries, hopefully, Pakistan will be pardoned, once our country becomes indispensably inevitable for them again. Recommend

  • Ameen
    Feb 16, 2011 - 7:23PM

    @ashok sai: it is no different from India, where any body can become an overnight hero by spitting venom at Pakistan. Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2011 - 8:25PM

    At one hand, it is a golden chance for our govt to win the confidence of people by taking strong action against Raymond. Foreign office which has always been alleged for being the pet of the US… could have taken the matter in its own hands and this time should have shown US that if they provide us assistance doesn’t mean they can rule us, as our geographical position makes me their equal and that is not only in Afghanistan regard but also Iran and China.

    Having said that, I doubt that some agent as trained as Raymond would have taken such drastic step without any reason. He was very smart and calm when he shot the motorcyclist. Plus I dont think he crushed anyone… in fact, he called the office after shooting the two on the motorcycle. Plus, if we see the situation of our country, where Americans are considered our enemies, and so many foreigners have been kidnapped and even executed, plus cities like Karachi, lahore etc are notorious for their crime rate and to add we shouldnt forget that killing the “kafirs” has become a fad and a route to heroism in our country, I tend to think about the credibility of the motorcyclists.

    Quite a fix I am in.Recommend

  • Engr. Umar Pervaiz
    Feb 16, 2011 - 8:31PM

    Excellent Work Qureshi Sb. At least there is one person who stood firm on his saying. Since i grew up, i found Politicians very mean & self centered, but at last you have kept countries interest at the top. Qureshi Sb, i have been a fan of your way of presentation but resisting the pressure of your party & no loyality switching from your party is worthy of appreciation. Recommend

  • Rehan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 8:36PM

    Does diplomatic immunity mean that if the 9/11 terrorists were embassy personnel, they would be free from prosecution?Recommend

  • Chips
    Feb 16, 2011 - 8:50PM

    Bravo
    We love Mahmood Qureshi for his bold stance. He is the stalwart of PPP and has done all that is the voice of all nation.Recommend

  • Subbu Jois
    Feb 16, 2011 - 9:30PM

    @Ameen – Time will tell if your sarcasm carries any weight. Judge for yourself once the episode is considered to be truly overRecommend

  • Ashwin
    Feb 16, 2011 - 9:32PM

    Hmm it is a difficult tangle looking at the issues facing Pakistan, one wonders why the foreign office or it’s minister didn’t give a statement on immunity of Davis were they not aware of the problems it might create for the already troubled Pakistan.What is the delay for the motive.

    from a personal point of view i appreciate GOP for taking a sensible stance on Davis and not allowing USA to rough shod Pakistan for once.Recommend

  • Farhan Hafiz
    Feb 16, 2011 - 9:32PM

    Hats off and Salutes to you Mr. Qureishi. You gave us a some air to breathe by taking a stand for truth. We can see some hope for the country (hopefully).
    I wish you can keep on going like this for Pakistan’s Integrity. Ameen.
    Pakistan Always First.Recommend

  • Asad
    Feb 16, 2011 - 9:42PM

    The Vienna Convention does not give blanket immunity even if u are a diplomat, there is no immunity for major crimes, has anyone even read the law? Recommend

  • It seems Qureshi is going to be a public hero.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Feb 16, 2011 - 10:01PM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi is an opportunist. His stand can hardly be defined as nationalist by any stretch of imagination. He is not only an opportunist but also undeserving minister to lead such an important ministry, he has let us down by remaining silent for all this time. Why didn’t he speak up or outright opposed and resigned from his job. He shows his latent nationalism too late and for his personal reason —- for him all was fine only if appointed as foreign minister again. He is driven by self-interest and no altruism. Shame on his brand of populism.Recommend

  • Aamir+Ali
    Feb 16, 2011 - 10:33PM

    Qureshi saying Davis doesn’t have immunity is only his opinion, and he is a fool who doesn’t understand US-Pakistan relations. Qureshi is now playing politics on this issue as his ego is hurt. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Feb 16, 2011 - 10:57PM

    @The Only Normal Person Here.:

    Salute!

    Salute to your courage! Vow, it’s great to see that there are still people like you around who can raise such issues like credibility of the people on the motorbike —— let’s be straight and matter-of-factly —— didn’t we all hear about “robbers” with some freshly robbed cash and recently snatched cell-phones on them and them being armed with pistols and all. But then how easy it’s in our this cukooland where murderers like Qadri can become heroes Ghazis and robbers can be termed shaheed heroes.Recommend

  • Subbu Jois
    Feb 16, 2011 - 11:16PM

    This story is full of contradictions – Davis shot Robbers. He is an Agent. No, Diplomat. Not a Diplomat. The Robbers were actually ISI agents. No, not agents. They had stolen mobiles. Or, is it? Bystander got ran over. Wife of one of the thieves committed suicide, demanding blood for blood. FM sacked. Govt flips and flops. US demands his return. Vienna convention. Not applicable – grievous crime. Reports of cutting off aid. Ex-FM now decides to switch his story. Becomes a Hero! Taliban dares govt. Obama demands return. Kerry comes calling. PPP Info secy rescinds story. Changes line again. Mass Hysteria.
    What is happening? Is this heading any where. This sounds like a badly made Bollywood movie, without a story line. Why did Q keep quite in the first place? Why this story only after he was dropped? Looks like there are some more acts in the pipe. Wait for Part 2 begins!Recommend

  • saad hafeez
    Feb 16, 2011 - 11:16PM

    even before all this, mr qureshi was the ony politician who actually seemed to be sane and non-corrupt, but after this whole davis episode the amount of respect i had for him has escalated to new heights and i’m sure im not the only one to think this way. the govt will soon realise its mistake for not putting him in the cabinet very soon, inshaAllah!Recommend

  • parvez
    Feb 16, 2011 - 11:26PM

    Better late than never. If this clear statement had been made a day or two after the incident it would have helped avoid the present mess that has arisenRecommend

  • Uza Syed
    Feb 16, 2011 - 11:34PM

    @The Only Normal Person Here.

    I am glad to notice at least one with claims to being a “Normal Person Here” —— great!

    Very impressive indeed, to have courage and display it. Salute to your courage! Yes, one needs courage to question the credibility of those armed with guns, in possession of robbed money and cell phones. I join you in your quest —– let’s find out the truth about what makes one a hero and who among us is evil and the difference between a murderer and a ghazi and difference between a robber and an innocent victim.Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Feb 16, 2011 - 11:44PM

    I’m so glad one politician in Pakistan still has some balls left.Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Feb 17, 2011 - 12:51AM

    Ya… good job but wut happens now is Mr. Qureshi going to have the same fate as Naheed Khan
    and other loyalists of the party… Well I surely hope not!

    I believe despite the Obama pressure and the Govt willingness to hand over Davis, its not happening yet, cause of the pressure of the Pakistani nation, the Court, Mr. Qureshi’s press conference and above all Mr.General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani’ stand with his firm grip on the govt not hand over Davis despite US pressure…Mr.Kiyani is undoubtly the most powerful person in Pakistan John Kerry’s meeting with him proves it.Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Feb 17, 2011 - 1:00AM

    Congratulations everyone and Mr. Qureshi. Finally our Saviours have found an interim prime minister, who is popular, honest, brave, presentable and acceptable. Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Feb 17, 2011 - 1:08AM

    The establishment has managed to lasso a pedigreed horse from the stable of PPP. Perhaps he and other breakaways will get some important positions in a new set up called “Technocrat Government”. So goodbye to any elections by any aspirants. In Punjabi it is called “Bandar da Tamasha” (please translate this into English.Recommend

  • NameWithHeld
    Feb 17, 2011 - 1:13AM

    There was someone else who left in the plane with Kerry. Who was that?Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Feb 17, 2011 - 1:38AM

    Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations:

    Article 37 sub article 2 says that ” Members of administrative and technical staff of mission, …………………………………………………………immunity from civil and administrative jurisdiction …………………………………………………..shall not extend to acts performed outside the course of their duties.

    This convention is present on UN website:

    Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Vienna on 18 April 1961, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 500, p. 95.

    http://treaties.un.org/untc//Pages//doc/Publication/UNTS/Volume%20500/volume-500-I-7310-English.pdfRecommend

  • Ahmed
    Feb 17, 2011 - 1:40AM

    @Asad:

    Asad you are right. the immunity for admin and tecnical staff under article 37(2) is restricted to to acts in normal course of duties. Recommend

  • Noor Nabi
    Feb 17, 2011 - 1:40AM

    This is Shah Mahmood’s Taskent moment. It seems he is now on his way to becoming the Prime Minister. Recommend

  • Truthseeker
    Feb 17, 2011 - 2:32AM

    He is not a man of principles, and should be judged by his principle stand on Kerry Lugar Bill and Drone Attacks.

    Had he been made Minister of Foreign Affairs in the re shuffled cabinet, his ‘principle stand’ would have remained mute, as his past stance on KL Bill and Drones proves.Has any media journalist asked him about his opinion on these thorny issues.

    It is not a principle, but an opinion which he has articulated in the press conference.And that opinion is based on the opinions of other foreign office officials.The principle would have been that even if Raymond (who ???) has diplomatic immunity, he should be tried in Pakistan for causing the death of four innocent Pakistanis. That was the principle for which he should have resigned, before creating this farce in the name of Principle.

    SMQ can’t repeat the role of ZAB, because in the present tense environment SMQ wants to have the best of both the worlds by scratching the skin of public which is suffering from secret itch to get even with USA, while simultaneously blackmailing PPP. He is a toast in historical terms( as he wants to be PM), because he is piranha for all political parties. No party will accept him and in present Pakistani political environment it will be insignificant for his ambitions to be restricted to act as new Sheikh Rashid for various media anchors.

    An interesting situatation is developing because of the inefficiency of PPP government, and the cunningness of Punjab Government.But it is a dream realised by Media, and some anchors are talking in terms of defining moment.Since the creation of Pakistan this nation had so many defining moments that this term has lost its lustre.

    Well Done SMQ for explaining your position by placing the gun on your subardintes shoulders when you asked every individual’s opinion.

    Someone defined honour as a mistress which everyone pursues.So if USA,PPP,PML(N),JI
    and public is pursuing it,so let us help them to grab it.Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 17, 2011 - 3:14AM

    This is simple case of MURDER by a foreigner with dubious background. He is neither a diplomat nor has any immunity to murder Pakistanis or anyone else. Even in the US, with such convincing evidence and over 47 sworn witnesses, he would be convicted and face capital punishment. He should be tried in Pakistan and face the music. MURDER IS MURDER and has no immunity.Recommend

  • Kamran
    Feb 17, 2011 - 4:00AM

    Shah Mahmood Qureshi has spoken his honest heart out today.. he is honest and i respect his views, I hope he is one of the people in the revolution that comes in Pakistan.

    Truth shows when the person speaks it, and Shah sahab is no exception!Recommend

  • Pakistani munda
    Feb 17, 2011 - 4:48AM

    I am impressed by this sudden love for the country by Qureshi Saab. Just wondering why we never saw any of it before and why in his 3 years as FM, he never took such a bold stance on the issue of the Drone Attacks, and why the death of innocent Pakistani’s and the subsequent alienation of their families within their country was never such a big issue for him? Wait a minute…was it because Americans made him feel important and always gave him a pat on the back and now when Hillary Clinton refused to meet him….he has taken this personally? Hahaha….we are not all sleeping Quraishi saab. ;)Recommend

  • Anoop
    Feb 17, 2011 - 6:49AM

    Pakistanis must be disconnected from the Economic and Political realities of Pakistan to be supporting Davis’s punishment.

    US has been Pakistan’s largest aid donor in the last 60 years, even if you dont consider the aid given in the last 10 years. For instance, US have more money than any bunch of countries put together during the recent floods in Pakistan. China, Pakistan’s “best friend”, had initially offered $9 million, when even India had offered more than $20 million. Compare this with a $100 million US initially offered.

    Pakistan is a country heavily dependent on US aid. Ask any Economist worth his worth and he will confirm the same.

    Aparently the guys who are commenting here dont know the Economic reality and the vast number of Pakistanis who indirectly depend on US aid.Recommend

  • JERRY
    Feb 17, 2011 - 6:56AM

    People here are bracing new HERO ,Let us wait ,Untill US will stop AID ,can’t seems to understand simple facts, There is NO ONE OUT THERE TO FILL YOUR BEGGING BOWL.

    Hope Ex FM will Donate his Wealth to common Pakistani people, All of commenting here ,either has wealthy parents of unaware about his or her future ,

    Guys all this fake nationalism will go away when you will see no one out there to help you, Next time natural calamity will hit or you need new F 16.

    Unfortunatly SANITY is not available in Market for sell.Get it from somewhere .Recommend

  • Ashraf R
    Feb 17, 2011 - 9:02AM

    Such thoughts always surface when a politician loses his post. Why didn’t Qureshi speak of this when he was still the minister? His credibility would have been much higher if he had.
    @Kazmis, he has as much chance now of becoming the PM as Mullah Omar has. You cannot thumb your nose at the Americans and hold a position of any relevance. Recommend

  • Imran
    Feb 17, 2011 - 9:03AM

    Qureshi sb chaaa gaiee tussiRecommend

  • Sheikh Pervez Iqbal
    Feb 17, 2011 - 9:05AM

    …Call for a change in Pakistan
    Respected Shah Muhammad Qurashi Sahib thank you for making CALL FOR CHANGE IN Pakistan, now please join us and come out on streets we will follow you InshallahRecommend

  • Yousuf Nazeer
    Feb 17, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Long live Mahmood Qureshi, long live ZAB………Recommend

  • Fayyaz
    Feb 17, 2011 - 9:51AM

    We appreciate the Shah Mehmood Qureshi stance. Remember If America give the Aid to pakistan its not a charity, America doing this for his own interests and stakes belonging to this Region. As we all know, there is no free launch in America.Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Feb 17, 2011 - 10:23AM

    @ Ameen

    Friend, I didnt mean to hurt anybody, its just my observation seeing althose comments.
    Btb, my personal hero is Dr.Manmohan Singh, our proud PM, renowned economist, can you quote any sarcastic remarks by our PM against Pakistan ? One more thing, we Indians had left this Pakistan paranoia 10 years before and started to move on, so our growth is here for world to see.
    What about you ?Recommend

  • Dr.Anwer
    Feb 17, 2011 - 3:38PM

    This criminal is admittedly a member of US Consulate Lahore ..so immunity or no immunity that office needs to be closed immediately being involved in extreme criminal activities …..Recommend

  • Munawar
    Feb 17, 2011 - 4:21PM

    Well done shah mahmood Qureshi for uprising the factual position to the nation but be firmly stand on your statement and nt to become under pressure against any body to change your statement as did by some big fishes in the past rather even be bold ever coz entire nation is with youRecommend

  • Salman
    Feb 17, 2011 - 4:24PM

    This is how leaders gain respect. Not by hiding in palaces holding begging bowlsRecommend

  • tamoor
    Feb 17, 2011 - 6:48PM

    ur stand is appreciatable i m with u (man of honor) i m very proud of u.(shah mehmood qureshi))Recommend

  • Feb 17, 2011 - 8:39PM

    Double thumps up for Mr. Quereshi.Recommend

  • ba ha
    Feb 17, 2011 - 8:54PM

    The people whose begging bowls u are filling are already in suburban USA not here signora Jerry@JERRY: Recommend

  • Feb 19, 2011 - 1:31AM

    Pakistan’s DCPA 1972 law, VCCR 1963 treaty and VCDR 1961 treaty do NOT grant diplomatic immunity to any diplomat, ambassador, consul, embassy or consulate official, consultant, advisor, security guard, soldier, agent, spy, or contractor, etc., for murder, terrorism, carrying or using illegal weapons, hit-and-run, forgery, perjury, spying, sabotaging nuclear program, operating or supporting US drone bomb attacks, or any other grave crime. Therefore, the Pakistan Government or any court of law cannot lawfully grant diplomatic immunity to Raymond Allen Davis, a current Contractor of the US Bureau of Diplomatic Security, US Defense Department, or US CIA; a former special operations weapons sergeant of the US Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group; and an infamous murderer of two Pakistani men.Recommend

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