Diplomat or not, Davis departs

Published: March 17, 2011

A video grab from Express News’ exclusive footage captured on February 15, 2011 shows Raymond Davis attempting to walk out during questioning by police. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Ending one of Pakistan’s most testing diplomatic crises, 36-year-old American national Raymond Allen Davis – accused of being a CIA contractor and charged with killing two Pakistanis in a busy Lahore street in January, – was released by a Lahore sessions court on Wednesday after spending 48 days in detention.

Davis was released after paying Rs200 million as ‘blood money’ to the legal heirs of the deceased and Rs20,000 as fine for carrying an illegal weapon.

The court also awarded Davis 41 days imprisonment, equal to the number of days he had already spent in jail, while granting Davis benefit under section 382-B of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) that relates to reduction in period of sentence of imprisonment.

However, despite the seeming resolution of the crisis, the thorny question of Davis’ status in Pakistan, and whether or not he was a diplomat entitled to immunity, remained unaddressed.

While the compensation amount was paid, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denied that the American government had paid anything. US admission of having paid compensation would have confirmed that Davis was, after all, not entitled to immunity and was  not a diplomat – which would have gone against Washington’s uncompromising stance on the issue that had been reiterated by even President Barack Obama himself.

How it went down

Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Yousaf Aoujla issued the order while holding the trial of the accused at Kot Lakhpat jail.

US Consul General in Lahore, Carmela Conroy, was also present on the occasion.

There were a number of new twists and turns which resulted in the surprise release of Davis.  A new counsel, Raja Irshad, appeared on behalf of the complainants – the legal heirs of the deceased Faizan Haider and Faheem Shamshad – and requested the court to summon his clients, deputy prosecutor general Muhammad Akram told The Express Tribune.

Irshad filed an application under section 345 CrPC, saying the heirs have arrived at a compromise with the accused, and have no objection over his release, Akram said.

He added that a total of 18 legal heirs of the two deceased appeared before the court, proved their identity, submitted their affidavits and also showed receipts verifying the monetary compensation they had received.

Court sources added that Rs190,000 were deposited in the court treasury for the mother and sister of deceased Shumaila, wife of Shamshad, who committed suicide soon after her husband’s killing.

Zahra Faizan, Haider’s widow, also appeared before the court and said she had taken Rs30 million as compensation and had no objection over the release of the accused, sources said.

The judge repeatedly asked the legal heirs if they were coerced into arriving at this compromise but they maintained it was made under their free will, the sources added.

‘New lawyer’ negotiates the deal

Raja Irshad, the complainants’ new counsel on Wednesday, and a lawyer attached to the Supreme Court in Islamabad, said he was engaged by the victims’ families just two days ago to negotiate the agreement for them and represent them in court, according to The New York Times.

Irshad arrived from Islamabad just in time, as the court judge was beginning proceedings to indict Davis, and presented the judge with a signed agreement under which both families accepted the payment of “blood money” and pardoned the accused, The New York Times added.

“The families wanted this and they gave their statements voluntarily,” Irshad said while speaking to The New York Times.

In an interview later, Irshad said he had no dealings with American officials and that the Pakistani government had paid the compensation to the families in Lahore.

After the judge concluded the proceedings, the US consulate representatives and members of the victims’ families, along with their new counsel left Kot Lakhpat jail in a convoy of seven vehicles.

Soon after, Raymond Davis was flown out to the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where he was to undergo a medical examination and be interviewed by American officials, The New York Times added.

Old lawyer caught ‘unawares’

The stand of the complainants’ former counsel Advocate Asad Manzoor Butt, however, posed new questions. Butt said that the “blood money” deal was done without his knowledge and that he was in detention when it was made.

“I was not allowed to participate in the proceedings of the case … and could not see or approach my clients,” the BBC quoted Butt as saying.

“I and my associate were kept under forced detention for four hours. If my clients have indeed signed a blood money deal, then this has been done behind my back and I don’t know anything about it,” he added.

Butt said he had been trying to contact the families since March 14 but their phones were off.

Who paid for the release?

The New York Times adds that in remarks to reporters in Cairo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thanked Pakistani officials and the families of the two men for agreeing to release Davis. “We appreciate the actions they took that enabled Mr Davis to leave Pakistan and head back home,” she said.

Asked about reports of compensation, she replied, “The United States did not pay any compensation.” Asked if someone else paid compensation at the request of the United States, she said “you should ask the families and the Pakistani government.”

Davis to be investigated in US

After his release from Pakistan, the US Department of Justice has opened an investigation against Raymond Davis in the Lahore incident, US ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter said in a press release.

The ambassador added that the families of the victims of the January 27 incident in Lahore have pardoned Raymond Davis.

The statement did not mention any details about any reported ‘blood money’ paid to the heirs of the two victims killed by Davis nor was there any mention of issuance of US visas to some members of the victims’ families. Alberto Rodriguez, spokesperson to the US embassy in Islamabad refused further comment when contacted.

Munter in his statement expressed gratitude to the family members of the victims for their ‘generosity,’ adding he “wish[ed] to express, once again, [his] regret over the incident and [his] sorrow at the suffering it caused”.

“I wish to express my respect for Pakistan and its people, and my thanks for their commitment to building our relationship, to everyone’s benefit,” he added.

With additional reporting by Irfan Ghauri in Islamabad.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (303)

  • Ammar
    Mar 16, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Pakistan finally takes a stand against America. Pakistan zindabad!! Recommend

  • Omar
    Mar 16, 2011 - 2:09PM

    Finally, the government did something right!Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Mar 16, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Why no body bother to investigate the motive behind the killings ?Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 16, 2011 - 2:56PM

    In the interest of justice and fair trial we should stop the insertion of comments until the outcome
    of this trial.Recommend

  • Blunt!
    Mar 16, 2011 - 4:31PM

    @Ammar-

    America needs to fill Pakistan’s pocket, perhaps by a few billion more to change their stand! Recommend

  • Asad
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:20PM

    And the story ended finallyRecommend

  • some
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:22PM

    What the hell is going with this government?Recommend

  • Noor
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:23PM

    justice and emotions rarely go hand in handRecommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 5:24PM

    Have a safe flight, RaymondRecommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 5:24PM

    The state succumbs to its true masters.

    In protest, lets burn over own property, our own cars and motorcycles, strike and shutdown our own businesses and factories, that will show those Americans! Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:25PM

    The government has made very easy for families of victims to deal with Davis. Very soon he will be flying home.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:26PM

    What is this?

    What this means?

    Mercenaries are given freedom to kill people in Pakistan?

    Do we have a government? If yes, it is in Pakistan?

    Do we have any law?Recommend

  • Khawaja Faraz
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:27PM

    i reserve my abusive comments……Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 5:28PM

    Everyone was just waiting for things to calm down and here you GO ! Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:28PM
  • aly
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:30PM

    did anyone read this correctly? it says hes been released and has left! Recommend

  • Amir
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:31PM

    Nation’s blood has been sold again by traitors. There is a rule of law in the country BUT for those who have no powers. Govt, opposition, Supreme Court, High court, Police they are all traitors.

    These people definately deserve Taliban’s bombimg. May Allah bring those institution to deathRecommend

  • Tiger
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Beggars can’t be choosers :)Recommend

  • Shiraz
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Raymond Released: Alasss!!. Happy ending of a Drama Serial..
    I have no words for the family who played with the sentiments of the entire nation, now i realized why a wife of a victom suicided coz she knew that her family will take Blood money which definately will be in Millions of Doller, Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:33PM

    So much for the justice!Recommend

  • Umair
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Pathetic! This government is simply pathetic. They would see their mothers if they got a good deal for them.Recommend

  • N
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:34PM

    What about Asad bhatti’s statement that the victims family was forced to sign pardon papers.

    All in all a game well setup…good that he went away but after a decisionRecommend

  • SK
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:35PM

    I have to say, its better to die than being citizen of this country where American slaves have been placed to govern and kill people as per whim of American govt.
    SHAME ON US…. SHAME ON US…. SHAME ON USRecommend

  • Muneeb
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:35PM

    It was clear from the family’s interviews whether they wanted to pardon or not. Highly disappointing!Recommend

  • Sumair
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:35PM

    bohat bohat mubarak ho!! proud to be a pakistani!!Recommend

  • ALI
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:36PM

    Ashamed to be a Pakistani :( Recommend

  • Malik
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:36PM

    One of the truest example of Begahrat …..Recommend

  • Mahmood Kazmi
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:38PM

    pakistani law and justice system is just a joke. dont expect any further from the corruptRecommend

  • Talha
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:39PM

    Once again, our military and civilian government has sold our nation for a little amounf of money.

    This is just shameless.Recommend

  • SAMMY
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:40PM

    oh my god !! message to the world , kill a pakistani ,PAY AND WALK FREE !!!Recommend

  • Ahmed Iqbalabadi
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:41PM

    Ghairat brigade….where are you now? The ISI operatives / dacoits families got the money!!!Recommend

  • satyram
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:41PM

    Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha… Poor Pakistani ! Value of life is also considered in money. I feel sorry for you people. Anyway, we do understand that beggars can’t be choosers !Recommend

  • harris
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:42PM

    really? released? after cold blooded murder? way to go politics. and hey drones? we missed you. welcome back. thank you america. you bring us nothing but the buckets of death and mindless slaughter we so desperately need. Recommend

  • Mehriene
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:42PM

    What a sell-out ! I’m ashamed to be a Pakistani today ….Recommend

  • All BS
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:43PM

    ‘Davis was only indicted for double murder and not for other charges like espionage’Recommend

  • shah
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:45PM

    should we expect an arab situtaion now>? well done slavesRecommend

  • aly
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:46PM

    well honestly this was expected! so why fret over it. Pakistan has way more problems to think about. Recommend

  • rehman
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:47PM

    really sad!!!Recommend

  • aly
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:47PM

    well honestly..this was expected wasnt it?! why waste our anger here…Pakistan has way more problems to think about! let it go and move on!!!Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:47PM

    He has been released according to the same Sharia law which we all want to implement in PakistanRecommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:48PM

    This whole drama was staged for one person’s (job) extention. When Pakistan’s most important person wanted his extention, he asked his Boot Polish Brigade to oppose Kerry-Logar Aid Bill and make lot of noise. Once the extension was given, whole Ghairat died down. Once again time tested drama was staged to get same results. The day government announced the extension of second most important person, it was expected that very soon Divis will be flying home. In reality Davis was innocent from the begining. Whatever he did was in self defence. Now everyone got, what they wanted. Families of dead robbers got money, second most important person got extention, religious fanatics got opportunity to prove their power. Boot Polish group got coverage in media. Government got new life.
    I am sorry for Davis, who suffered so much for so long.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:48PM

    pathetic…the state should prosecute and not the individual who, as in this instance, can be intimidated.Recommend

  • rofl
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:48PM

    So much for for an eye – for – an eye pakistanis.Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 5:49PM

    Isn’t it like raping someone, and then forcing to admit that you are a prostitute, take money and stop crying like a Pup.Recommend

  • Masroor
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:49PM

    O America!

    Choose me

    I will serve your purpose here better than the current politiciansRecommend

  • Shiraz
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:51PM

    18 people become the “WARIS” of just two victims huh? What the hell, who give them the right to play with the sentiments of the entire nation.

    Funny part of the story is Davis was already flown away before the news breakRecommend

  • NaK
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:51PM

    Shame on to all athouries,
    Come on Pakistanies time of Revolution.Recommend

  • Vaqas
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:52PM

    Congratulations my fellow Pakistanis!
    Palm-greasing justice has been served, just the way our leadership likes it.
    Thank you PPP, PML, Khakis, Agencies and everyone else.
    It was clearly a team effort, and all the boys played well to get RD past the finish line safely.
    Americans, please come and hunt a few dozen of our people in the streets next week.
    I’m sure you know by now that you will only have to stay at the Adiyala or Kot Lakhpat ‘hotel’ for a few weeks before you get to go back to your home country with a pat on the back from our “pro-judiciary” politicians.
    Long live the Pak-America hunting partnership!Recommend

  • NaK
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:52PM

    Azad adlia or setelment authoriy ?Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Thanks God, Shumaila Faheem isn’t alive today to witness this.Recommend

  • M Sharjeel
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:56PM

    Its open the door for REVOLUTION…..WAKE UP PAKISTANRecommend

  • ArifQ
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:57PM

    Good riddance, now can we please focus on Pakistan’s real issues such as poverty, education, healthcare and terrorism.Recommend

  • Usman
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:58PM

    @ Talha, how is the military involved?

    And at all you others who are “shocked”, what were you expecting, a trial? a hanging? sure, dream on. This is Pakistan, crying over this is futile. Just make sure that you dont go down the same road as our leaders have.Recommend

  • Gappo
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:59PM

    Out on the streets everyone …. ! Recommend

  • Neman
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:59PM

    “Congratulations my fellow Pakistanis! Palm-greasing justice has been served, just the way our leadership likes it.
    Thank you PPP, PML, Khakis, Agencies and everyone else. It was clearly a team effort, and all the boys played well to get RD past the finish line safely.”Recommend

  • Masroor
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:59PM

    O america!

    so many pakistanis are ready to be killed!

    come !

    Pay !

    &

    Enjoy !Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Mar 16, 2011 - 5:59PM

    Everything has a price and America always paid the right price plus some change. Those who are unhappy should come out of dreams and work hard and spread education, the worldly education not Mullah’s education and when we are as strong to defend by ourselves, the price will also change to a higher level. It is as simple as that.Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:00PM

    What a joke, they released a terrorist!Recommend

  • Gappo
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:02PM

    We are all a pathetic bunch of people … America rules us, they can even get away with raping our daughters … Sometimes I feel we really deserve all the misery that befalls us ! Recommend

  • moiz umar
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:02PM

    why are ppl thinking that govt did right thing? its not right wat happened…they must’ve pressurized the families to sign the agreement…this is not at all good thingRecommend

  • adeel
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Clearly Army is involved in releasing him. They know the fact these americans are involved in terrorists activities but because only ordinary ppl and soldiers are dying… so never mind.. they are in their office. army again let the whole country down. Shame on you. really disappointed. Recommend

  • NaK
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:05PM

    23 March is coming, we need another resulotion for free county.Recommend

  • Gappo
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:05PM

    Why don’t we convert Pakistan into a hunting reserve for everyone who can afford to pay up .. that’ll boost tourism with lots of aggressive foreigners coming for adventure trips to Pakistan and hunt Pakistanis and pay dollars/euros/GBP per body … the foreigners can even take back stuffed heads that have been decapitated as their hunting trophies .. Recommend

  • sana
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:05PM

    where is independant judiciary? suo moto?Recommend

  • Blithe
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:05PM

    Ashamed to be a Paksitani today.
    Never before have I felt so ashamed. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:08PM

    Pakistan: Now an established slave of America.

    All political parties and our Army are Hounds, which America use to hunt us…
    We need to get rid of these dogs now…. Time has come…Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:09PM

    @ Aamer

    Ooops !!! He got away.Recommend

  • Salman
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:09PM

    In Money we Trust. Pakistan for sale. All taker accepted.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:10PM

    I am ashamed, truly ashamed, I believe anyone who has some bit of self esteem left would feel disgusted and damaged by this act of hypocrisy, i am sure there will be many untold stories behind this whole drama at all ends. For heavens sake people, wake up, what more would make you realize that we as Pakistani need to guard our dignity, our pride and self respect.

    I being Pakistani totally reject this. i don’t have enough or decent words to show my emotions right now. pathetic, simply pathetic, no politician is sincere or honest to this country, simply no one and we, regardless of the fact that one is educated or not, simply blindly follow these corrupt sorry politicians (so called) without taking into consideration that majority of these politician is purely illiterate, how can we expect them to be the leaders of educated masses or to device policies, make plans, think of building this country, its economy, act for the welfare of this nation or safe guard Pakistan’s interest etc. All are busy either filling their pockets, fighting with each other, taking turns in governments, fooling nation that they are the best for this country despite their track records they deserve another chance, and we are so naive that every time we fall for it, amazing.

    I am ashamed that i don’t have enough to protest against all this, i may also lack the power or guts to tell them that i own Pakistan and i don’t subscribe to this non sense drama that you made up to release most a convict/killer/spy of most hypocrite country in the world i.e. USA. Shame on you USA, if you have any dignity left you should not be complaining or dictating any nation on lessons relating to humanity, civil/human rights, independence, justice or democracy.Recommend

  • zeeshan
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:11PM

    @faraz:
    In sharia law you can take the blood money but in this case he hasn’t been released according to sharia law, didn’t you read the whole article. Sharia law is the best if you truly understand it.Recommend

  • Cosmo
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:11PM

    @Ammar:
    Dude, he simply bought the lives of those two he killed.Recommend

  • Mastuj
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:11PM

    What’s the big problem here? The relatives would rather have money and US passports than have Davis serve a jail sentence. Their call.Recommend

  • LazyBum
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:12PM

    Aah, now we can all re-focus on more pressing matters … World Cup 2011Recommend

  • MUHAMMAD ABBAS
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:12PM

    no wordssssssssss………….:Recommend

  • asif
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:13PM

    i m disgusted to learn about all this,..shame on these so called courts, law, govt, ministers,.they will be doomed inshallah very soon,..Recommend

  • hana
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:13PM

    a slap on the face of ghairat brigadeRecommend

  • Maulana Sandwitch
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:13PM

    He has been released as per sharia so one should be careful, while commenting on the issue.Recommend

  • Adeel
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:16PM

    Paisa, dollars, green card…..better than human lives….welcome to Pakistan!!Recommend

  • Adeel
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:17PM

    paisa dollars green cards….better than human lives…..welcome to Pakistan!!Recommend

  • LazyBum
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:17PM

    If it’s proven that the governemnt pressured the families and coerced them forcibly to sign the pardon papers … that should be able to tip the scales in favour of a massive change in government and the status quo … isn’t there anyone in the country who can mobilise people on the streets? It’s time to step outside our houses everyone … Recommend

  • Noman
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:19PM

    Wat the hell…………………how could these guys accept the blood money only at the last moment….i think guys there was some thing fishy going on………..Victim’s families had open an Joint Bank Account to get funds from the people to support them the fight on this case….Everything thing went wrong at the very right moment…and now the Punjab Government is saying that they didn’t have any involvement in this regarding the family accepting the Diyaat.

    unbelievable………..after reading this i am in a state of shock…….Recommend

  • ali
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:19PM

    They have taken 20 Crore as blood money! Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:20PM

    @Lala

    Did you hear Ramomd Davis was let go!!!! So much for your Pakistani justice system. Hope this dosent spoil your day too much.Recommend

  • asif pakistani
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:20PM

    no more khappay . now i m changing my name from asif pakistani to nomore pakistani. hate dis country . what the hell is dis. i use to say i am proud to be pakistani but now i am going to say i regret to b pakistaniRecommend

  • Hmmm
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:21PM

    I have an offer. I have Rs200 million in my account. If you want a rich family when you are dead and you are fed up of your life – contact me – I will come and kill you. Ops – I forgot I only have a Pakistani passport – may end up getting jailed for 86 years. Long live ISIRecommend

  • salim
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:21PM

    Mulla’s are going to be very upset.Recommend

  • Mahmood Hussain
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:24PM

    victims’s relative are forcibly sign on paper and given 210 millions and US visa.

    I think JI. should strongly protest against this “FORCIBLY”Recommend

  • Waqas
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:24PM

    Soul sold to devilRecommend

  • maitre
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:24PM

    U.S Pressurized pardon doesn’t mean anything. Its shame on the part of the government of Pakistan who let this double murder killer and U.S Black Water spy slip out of Pakistan. Atleast kick all these Americans out of this place!Recommend

  • Kunwar Moeez Khan
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:25PM

    Dear All,

    Read the news article correctly. He has been released and sent back already. PPP Khappay PML N Khappay. At least now the people of Punjab should understand the real politics of these two parties. I feel extremely sorry for the departed souls specially the wife of the deceased who committed suicide as she knew that she would not get Justice. I call upon the COAS and CJ where are you guys and where are your swift actions. I guess the need for an army is gone. We dont need to spend billions on the army as they are incapable of defending us. CJ you proved your self to be a PCO Judge after all. Looking in to petty issues rather taking bold steps to save the integrity of Pakistan. Pakistan Ka Allah Hi Hafiz this is what Musharraf said. I guess after Japan now its our turn. Recommend

  • satyram
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:25PM

    Your govt. may play some other drama in coming days to divert public attention, so be careful.Recommend

  • Saad
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:26PM

    I am absolutely gutted! If there was a complete and fair trial we would have uncovered so many secrets about the Americans, but this is just too much. I’m so disappointed in the victims’ families, how could they do this? Forget the nation’s sentiments, they did this to their own children!Recommend

  • Raza
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:26PM

    Are you fond of hunting…..? Come to the Jungle of Pakistan..Give some money and Kill as many people as you can..and Enjoy your huntRecommend

  • wahab
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:28PM

    For those who think its an open door for revolution, he has been released by court according to the constitution of Pak, and after families pardoned him. Families had every right to pardon him. So stop making an issue out of itRecommend

  • Khalil Shah
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:29PM

    This is misuse of Islamic Law, religious scholars claimed that even the family of those killed couldn’t allow this in this. Conditions of applicability of Islamic Law aren’t met. Thanks to stick of army and ISI, pressure of Punjab and Federal Government. This came immedietely after ‘successful talks” of ISI and CIA yesterday.Recommend

  • Fawad
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:30PM

    finally it happend…. Yes SIR!!! Begggers are not choosers….!!!Recommend

  • Ron(INDIAN)
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:31PM

    This is the big difference between your country and India. You blame our country for everything we too agree that our country is not yet developed one or superpower but still we are proud of our country because of our stable institution and democratic values. Few bad apples are bound to be there but over all our system and institution are far more superior as compare to the complexities, divercities exist. Proud to be an Indian. Thanks.Recommend

  • Noor
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Shame on Pakistan. Ashamed of Pakistan Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 6:33PM

    I dont want to spoil my day over an american and this no consequence government. Salams for ever to the innocent people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 6:35PM

    Sharia law to the rescue :/Recommend

  • Irfan
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:35PM

    The family members got close to 30 Crore and US citizenship

    I doubt they will even speak a word against anyone.

    It was well clear that the people who were murdered were criminals and davis being an agent.

    Any guy will have fear of taliban in pakistan especially a CIA agentRecommend

  • asif pakistani
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:38PM

    he was carrying illegal weapons with him what about that case. from now i will carry with license pistol because i know no one can touch me because i live in pakistan where exist law of jungle or i say no law because even in jungle there is a law :PRecommend

  • SunniRage
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:40PM

    Pakistan will remain closed because a Shia President released American for Sunni brother. This is blasphemy we will burn down all government bldg.Recommend

  • Salman
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:44PM

    Thinking about writing a book. Could be a best seller in New York Times.

    “How to make slaves and influence traitors”Recommend

  • Nasir Jamal
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:44PM

    The dollars did it all. They were only increasing their demand but such tactics. Unfortunate for the women who gave her life to get the murderer of her husband punished. Shame shame shame. If you had to sell yourself then why was so hue and cry raised. Shame shame shame. This is a national shame.Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:46PM

    @salim:
    Don’t worry about Mullahs, they already have their piece of the pie and if this piece is smaller than blood money, the will protest in large numbers and loud until their rightful share is bestowed ‘by god’. Recommend

  • Timur Beg
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:50PM

    What a shame,Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 6:54PM

    Now it may trigger a “Dama Dam Mast Qalandar” …. Let’s seeRecommend

  • anonymous
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:54PM

    how many family members are going to the US then? oh wait.. everyone has brand new greencard na? insert gaaliyanRecommend

  • Nisar
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:55PM

    I am feeling as if some one closer has gone missing………..probably it is Pakistan that used to live in my heart has disappeared at the moment……….
    Can some one help me find it please!!!!!Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 6:55PM

    the whole episode proves that nation and govt have some integrity and honor left. Till last moment no IMMUNITY was given. Although US used its all resources to pressurize pakistan but failed. whole case was dealt according to law.
    being pragmatic I think its a win win condition in which Pakistan has more win. now no US contractor or national will act as Raymond did and will be conscious that Pakistan will act. To be frank and putting emotionalism aside I think it was an honorable way out the bad situation.Recommend

  • Zarghun Khan
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:56PM

    Cool down friends! I cannot believe that so many of you really thought that Pakistan could confront America. Your country – which you love so much – is afloat thanks to American dollars. You cannot beat America with the other fist while extending your begging bowl with one hand. Let us try to come out from our fouls’ paradise for a while and accept the fact that Pakistan would have long collapsed (if it has not already) without the American largese.

    Davis was never “arrested” in the true sense of the term. He was detained for a while for public consumption while being provided every facility one can wish for at home.

    Let us not make another mistake: He is not released by the “government” (nor was he arrested by the government). He was arrested, and now released, by the army generals. And the generals had not arrested him for “national honour”, they had arrested him for reasons best known to them, for had he been arrested for “national honour”, he would never have been released so easily. Recommend

  • moeed
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:56PM

    today i am ashamed to call my self pakistani
    does anybody remember aimal kansi when we had a similar situation why did aimal kansi was’nt pardoned why did’nt the nawaz sharif government paid money to americans to pardon aimal kansi
    we want justice
    this beghariat kaum should wake up nowRecommend

  • saadat nazir
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:57PM

    now, pakistan should wait for their furious battle,because earlear TTP has warned of attack on being released.Recommend

  • Atta Rasheed
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:58PM

    Hello Americans , we are Pakistanis , we offer services in human killing. Feel free to come and shoot us. We charge 10 million / citizen. Special Offer , Kill 10 of us and get a discount of 10%.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:58PM

    wouldn’t be surprised to see Davis back to Pakistan in a few months under a different name. Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:59PM

    If people don’t take to the streets now, then we deserve out fate. The nation is dead!Recommend

  • Ammad
    Mar 16, 2011 - 6:59PM

    Woooohooooo……Pakistan Zindabad. The very first day i heard this news, i knew the outcome. I even put a bet on it and right now i have enough money to take my class out for dinner. Partyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.Recommend

  • Raymond Davis
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:02PM

    Hey Guys….. I am freed… its awesome… I am American and Pakistan cant touch me.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:03PM

    Can we trust these courts and judicial system?

    Government has failed to protect citizens of Pakistan. Recommend

  • In God We Trust
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:04PM

    It was upto the family of the victims. But of course Pak Government had something to do with too. Recommend

  • slapped
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:06PM

    The family will be living in America now. They’ve accepted this offer.Recommend

  • Hamza
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:07PM

    Thank you for finally realising that Raymon Davis is not the worst of our problems. Recommend

  • In God We Trust
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:07PM

    Indians beware the next such case will be handled differentlyRecommend

  • kamaal
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:08PM

    I regularly visit this site.I get to see so many comments from Pakistani readers where they talk about “self-respect”.They write so many thing about so called self-respect of theirs.Just wanted to ask.How much dollar it takes to forget “self-respect”.Recommend

  • Musthaq Ahmed
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:08PM

    @Nadeem Ahmed:
    Nadeem ! You hit the bull’-eye ! But Davis’s innocence does not follow from your reasons.Recommend

  • Bangash
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:11PM

    All the loud talk of “law, sovereignity and courts” amounted to nothing. Pakistanis sold themselves to US Dollars.Recommend

  • faysal
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:18PM

    m afraid that after these bad events,pakistan may hit by a tsunamiRecommend

  • Ray D
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:24PM

    Yo Paki Govt and my lovely jail supervisors … Thanks for the great hospitality at Kot Lakhpat and Adialaa .. I loved watching the prn and the comfortable bed in Camp Lakhpat … ooh, and thanks for the nice *ladies you provided for my “relaxation” … and not to mention all the booze we enjoyed with the Prison chief … Couldn’t have asked for a more pleasurable stay .. I will send you all postcards from the States and will definitely recommend my other CIA colleagues to come and have a “blast” (literally ;-)) in Pakistan … there are many other families who need the green card and some extra cash ..Recommend

  • In God We Trust
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:26PM

    When we see Pakistanis coming and applying for immigration in America like a last resort we are not surprised! Look what we did with your Dr. Afia Siddiqi. All Pakistanis planning to be a legal immigrant in America beware!Recommend

  • Nael
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:27PM

    Two things. No one has the right to object if the families have pardoned Davis against Diyat. But that is not it, what about his activities, I thought he was hurting Pakistan and Pakistanis. Is he not going to be held accountable for his evil designs against Pakistan? Is that not giving free licence to all the CIA spies/contractors, RAW and others to continue their evil work against the State. Shame on everyone involved in freeing this man. Shame on PPP, PML N and the Army. None of you are worth a dime. This is the first time in my life I am disappointed with Pak Army. No one is reliable around here. Recommend

  • Waqar
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:28PM

    When you have a gun pointed at your head both literally or allegorically, hell, I’ll forgive even a child rapist! Recommend

  • Ramesh
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Pakistanis,
    I hope you will take solace from the fact the Indian Government in1984 quietly slipped out the bosses of Union Carbide responsible for the greatest industrial disaster in the history of mankind in Bhopal. Calm down and realise that lack of pride, treachery, deceit and greed comes very naturally to us South Asians irrespective the country.Recommend

  • Colorado NRI
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Here in the US we think of ourselves as capitalists but Pakistan can teach us a thing or two about capitalism.

    When is the next Sale?Recommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:31PM

    @ Nisar

    I hear you brother and feel the same!Recommend

  • Antimullahs
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:31PM

    what happened to all the mullahs where are they hiding? why no noise are they also sold out like our government. Shame on mullahs they couldn’t do anything…Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:35PM

    @salim:

    Shame on you too.Recommend

  • bunny
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:38PM

    Definately PML N would have won their govermental right form US during their next termsRecommend

  • sureboy
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:44PM

    Being an American feeel proud today of our country for successfully releasing our CIA agent. This will teach a good lesson to pakistani government henceforth not to hold any American in Pakistani jails afterall we are ones supporting pakistan economically and militarily. Common Pakistanis need to understand that Pakistanis are surviving today just because of the America and no one else. If we stop aid your country will fall apart and no one will be able to save Pakistan not even God.Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 7:48PM

    Dear Pakistanis

    My lawyers dictated to me that we may be able to twist various aspects of Vienna convention on diplomatic relations. We tried, we failed!!!!!

    Line the pockets of the politicians? Been there, done that!

    Maybe the ”independant” Judiciary system could be manipulated……

    Searching………..searching………………… ………………..

    And then there was the silver lining…… ‘Diyaa’(blood money) implemented as salient features in the legal system that can be exploited by the wealthy. Thank my lucky stars, all 50 of them…..a human life could be so cheap, I never knew!

    Thank you Zia ul Haq

    Signed

    R.D
    (……lol @ the originality of the name!!! )Recommend

  • Karachi ctzen
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Shame on PPP and PML(N) they played with the sentiments of the people , they can do anything for money and power.The worst govt in the history of Pakistan………….Recommend

  • Raonn
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:55PM

    At least, the Americans would be convinced,—-how much Islam is peaceful religion.. Diya…..compensation
    But this is the shameful act of the Pakistani government who pressed the victim family. Diaya is not the name of threat,pressure….the government did what was being expected.Recommend

  • anuj mehta
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:56PM

    BLOOD MONEY……so if you are rich you can kill as many people as you want in pakistan…..and pay price for the dead…….well, can i get price list……..i want to see whom and how many i can afford… LOLZZZRecommend

  • AZZAN
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:59PM

    Pakistani government can do everything/anything for dollars.shame rulers.The ever worst curse is existing in Pakistan,They are not rulers,but a stigma and monster….Recommend

  • Qasim Alvi
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:00PM

    BTW, the person who got the 86 years sentence was a US National!
    If Shumaila Faheem was alive, she wouldnt have gotten anything. Her in laws would have kept all the money.
    Out of the 210 million paid, 10% be given to Jamat-e-Islami for Jihad Kashmir fund, that will purify the diyat amount.Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 8:05PM

    Green Card is Accepted Here.Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:06PM

    The most absorbing TV serial I have seen so far,.WHAT A BIG JOKE, THE SO CALLED INDEPENDENT PAKISTANI JUDICIARY,Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:06PM

    All the Pakistanis in the US should surrender their US citizenship in protest and go back to Pakistan.Recommend

  • how
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:08PM

    Since when USA became a fan of Islamic Laws….???
    If that is so then what about other islamic laws…….??????Recommend

  • Rifaye (India)
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:10PM

    im wondering, what zaid hamidi could come up with his next conspiracy theory to pollute the last and very few remaining minds..even your immediate neighbours iran has got lot of guts and stood firmly up against west. feel sorry for the wife who commit suicide herself. when she is such helpless , what else she could do ?….

    the frustration that i see here, will only let to create more young population to take terrorism as a way to take revenge against west…and will eventually see more pakistani names in international terrorism. its gonna be cycle of event with each seen each other as a no 1 enemy.. and i am afraid that pakistan is already got well trapped into it.

    There is one good lessons that american could learn from this episode, the islamic extremism that americans target over years, is what actually helped them when they are in trouble.

    For all pakistanis, to worst is yet to come ! Recommend

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