Davis case: Slain men’s families secretly flown to UAE

Published: March 20, 2011

Family members of the men killed by Raymond Davis were secretly been flown out of the country. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Family members of the two men shot dead by CIA contractor Raymond Davis have secretly been flown out of the country, The Express Tribune has learnt.

A chartered plane carrying 18 family members of Faizan Haider and Faheem Shamshad, the two men killed by Davis, left the Chaklala air base on Friday at 4:30 pm for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), sources said.

The plane landed at the Dubai airport from where the 18 people proceeded to Abu Dhabi where two houses have been rented for them. Four American Green Cards and two residences in the US have also been arranged for the two families.

Interestingly, husbands of the seven sisters of the two victims have also disappeared along with their children, the sources said. They have been  shifted to undisclosed location for their safety.

They will soon be shifted to Abu Dhabi to be reunited with other members of their respective families. They include Muhammad Afzal and Ramzan, spouses of Faheem’s sisters Nazia and Mumtaz, and Amir Hashmi, Malik Khurram, Rasheed Chohan, Ayub and Imran, husbands of Faizan’s sisters Mumtaz, Nazia, Aasia, Zille Huma, Shazia and Saima.

Davis was acquitted by a court on Wednesday after the two families agreed to execute a ‘blood money’ deal to pardon him.

Court documents show discrepancies in the amount of money given to the legal heirs of the two slain men. It has also been learnt that the heirs of the two deceased men had no idea about the blood money deal, even hours before the deal was struck on Friday.

The documents, copies of which are available with The Express Tribune, do not mention how the money was paid.

Interestingly, three payment receipts, written on plain paper without any official attestation, were presented in the court on Friday. The heirs of Faizan and Faheem were made to sign these receipts in the Kot Lakhpat jail minutes before the hearing.

The amount of money given to each heir of Faheem’s family was handwritten to show that overall Rs100 million in blood money was paid to the family. A similar one-page document was used to show the amount paid to members of Faizan’s family.

Legal experts believe that because the documents are in Urdu language, they must have been drafted by Pakistani authorities in a bid to allow members of both the families to accept the deal without consulting any outside legal expert in order to keep Davis’ release a secret.

The sources said that US Consul-General Carmela Conroy, Consular Officer Jasson Rieff and Officer of Foreign Litigation Paul Harrep, struck the blood money deal, which was brokered by functionaries of a Pakistani intelligence agency and the Punjab government.

They added that the families of the two victims were taken into ‘protective custody’ on March 14 at the start of negotiations for the blood money deal and remained in custody until Friday when they boarded a chartered plane at the Chaklala air base.

According to documents presented in the court, Faheem’s father Shamshad Ali received Rs11.11 million as blood money, Halima Begum (mother) got Rs33.33 million, Muhammad Saleem, Muhammad Waseem, Muhammad Jamshaid and Muhammad Akram (brothers) got Rs11.11 million each, while Nazia Afzal and Mumtaz (sisters) received Rs5.55 million.

Similarly, Faizan’s mother Perveen Akhtar got Rs33.33 million, his widow Zehra got Rs25 million, while Imran, Usman and Salman (brothers) received Rs7.5 million each, and his sisters got Rs3.78 million each.

According to the deal, four persons from the two families would first go to the US after completing visa formalities. Later, other family members would be considered for permanent residence in the US, the sources said.

Earlier arrangements had been made for the two families in Pakistan, so that they could complete the necessary paperwork. The situation, however, changed when Iqbal Jaffery, a senior lawyer, requested the court to summon the legal heirs of Faizan and Faheem. It was then that the authorities decided to send both the families to the UAE.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2011.

Reader Comments (53)

  • General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
    Mar 20, 2011 - 9:50AM

    All protests against the Court Ruling in according with Sharia would be deemed unislamic and hence protestors shall be charged under Blasphemy.Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 20, 2011 - 10:09AM

    Can this judgement bring back the fathers of the orphans. In one case, the orphans have no parents, one was killed and other committed suicide. Sadly, there is no mention of the orphans in this news.Recommend

  • Eeman
    Mar 20, 2011 - 10:49AM

    It’s time for Pakistanis to breed less and reduce the burden of any future blood-money being paid by U.S.. Recommend

  • Ehsaan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 10:50AM

    I don’t care if anyone forced the families to sign at gun-point, you don’t exchange money for murder. Did they think once, how the nation would react to this? How the deceased would feel? Families are far gone, as the deceased rest in peace waiting for someone from the family to come recite fatiha over their graves. Really SadRecommend

  • g
    Mar 20, 2011 - 10:58AM

    this is not a good sign… FAMILIES of victims going to U.S.? they should come back to pakistan… its a matter of their pride because pakistani people will not be too happy with this.Recommend

  • Mar 20, 2011 - 11:01AM

    The methodology used by our government to set him free is against ethics and public policy. Islamic principle of Dy-et has been used in s shameful and colored way. What is the fault of Afia. Recommend

  • adeel qadri
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:04AM

    Good for the families… Get out of this Jungle called Pakistan made by its rulers and Army.Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Will anyone ‘force’ me to accept US visas. Why cant the ghairat brigade swallow the fact that the family has accepted the 20 crore and US visasRecommend

  • Independent from UK
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:46AM

    what is this all fuss about.
    why the leaders who are out on the streets are playing with the sentiments of the people. Those who were aggrieved are very well compensated and have flown to the UAE with stash of money they could never have dreamt of. They have forgotten those slain in Lahore by Raymond.Recommend

  • I See Dumb People
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:56AM

    @Eeman:
    I hope you realize how pathetic your comment really is.Recommend

  • I See Dumb People
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:59AM

    @General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani:
    All treachery and oppression will be punished directly by Allah SWT. His punishment is more dreadful than what you can ever imagine.Recommend

  • Commando (rtrd) Musharaff
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:06PM

    As I have said before: ” The women of Pakistan get raped (Mukhtaran mai) to get raped to get publicty and the Canadian Visa”
    Now let me add:
    “People of Pakistan get themselves killed by the American to get US visa and $$”
    Jiye Jiye Pakistan..the citadel of islam and the Land of Pure!Recommend

  • Mar 20, 2011 - 12:29PM

    @General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani:
    Well said… keep saying that these MULLAHs are the actul blasphemers in Pakistan.. they are the ones who need to be heald accountable to their own law…Recommend

  • Anoop
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:03PM

    Earlier the families were shouting “Death to America” and had labeled them “Anti-Islam” and such wonderful phrases. Now, look at them. They are settling in the same “infidel” Country.they were angry with. Not just one, but all of the Members of the Family are moving to US.

    All Pakistanis are hypocrites, even the crazy ones. They “hate” America but wouldn’t mind moving there or sending their kids their for education in the “infidel” country.

    How pathetic.Recommend

  • Saad
    Mar 20, 2011 - 2:44PM

    @ anoop, how typically ignorant of you. Pakistanis don’t hate America as a country, or it’s people for that matter, we are against the American government!

    And all those people talking about the families playing with the nation’s sentiments, u really need to think what you wouldn’t done in if it was you, and if the families are happy with this decision then so should we. Plus, we’re only getting worked up because the accused was sn American, what about all those pakistani citizens who kill innocent people and go Scott free?! Why don’t we protest against those people? Recommend

  • Najam Sethi
    Mar 20, 2011 - 4:07PM

    one more excellent story keep it up Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 20, 2011 - 4:20PM

    HOLIER THAN THOU

    What is pathetic is that we Pakistanis have a knack of blaming the West and claiming GOD almighty will show his wrath and whAt else not. God has nothing to do with this.

    The truth is that firstly, Pakistan and Pakistanis deserve nothing more for we are a nation of hypocrites and crooks. Murder, rape, daylight robbery takes place on a daily basis in Pak, but who cares right? Its certainly not fighting for. Corrupt politicians, or worthless thugs as i like to call them, who have power in Pakistan dont really care what the people think, simply because they know that the masses, like themselves can be bought for two pennies. Davis CIA or not killed 2 guys on a bike, on average 5 people die due to gun point theft in Karachi every single day, and exiled “leaders” can cause the death of 100+ people in one statement. The lesser evil will go unpunished and my friends, if anyone, God is going to strike down on us, for not only do we not believe but we because of our hypocritical holier than thou attitude! Recommend

  • Anoop
    Mar 20, 2011 - 5:24PM

    “Pakistanis don’t hate America as a country, or it’s people for that matter, we are against the American government! ”

    –> Maybe you dont, but sometime the lines get blurred and some cant tell the difference. For example the guy who tried to blow up a truck in Times Square in New York. Why was he killing the people for the acts of the Government? Because for him it was due to the people its Government was acting the way it is.

    Hate is always bad, especially for misinformed minds. You might not hate Americans but most of your Countrymen do.

    So, stop hating everyone and everything. Things will get better automatically.Recommend

  • aasiasohailmian
    Mar 20, 2011 - 6:15PM

    How lucky the families are.They got American green cards and money to spent. We goofs in Pakistan are shouting for them. Hats off to them, to Pakistani intelligence agency and the Punjab government.Recommend

  • IK
    Mar 20, 2011 - 6:39PM

    UAE and Gulf countries are the biggest threat and enemy of Pakistan existenceRecommend

  • Humanist
    Mar 20, 2011 - 6:58PM

    Authorities of the UNO,HUMANS RIGHTS ASSOCIATIONS, UNITED STATES, PRESIDENT AND PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN, GOVERNOR AND CHIEF MINISTER PUNJAB, CHIEF JUSTICE SUPREME COURT AND CHIEF JUSTICE PUNJAB, DG ISI AND MI, IG PUNJAB, May i ask you all the following after the fiasco of Raymond Davis case? 1. Should i feel secure any more in my hometown, my province, my country and your world?2. Why do you believe that all humans whether asians or americans still have equal rights under the law? 3. Should i not start considering that all laws, from the global to national and local, will fail to help me, if i happen to be a pakistani and get killed by an american? 4. Will it not be better to kill my wife and children first and then commit suicide so that i am i sure that my children do not feel insecure like me in an insecure world where laws mean nothing outside the book? Last of all, please guide me in this respect also. Shall it not be better that i become a suicide bomber and kill my whole family in a large family gathering so that a raymod davis does not kill them in self protection while my nephews and nieces, brothers and sisters, cousins and uncles and aunts are on their way to work or school? let me make finding answers easy for you: Lets make a new law which believes “in the eyes of the global law, a minority of citizens are always equal. The majority of humans from poor classes or lands might be sometimes equal”Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 7:34PM

    @Gen. Ashraf. P. Kayani.

    True….let’s hope this applies to all innocent people who have been falsely accused of blasphemy manufactured against them as that in it self is blasphemy Not just in Raymond Davis case.Recommend

  • Mar 20, 2011 - 8:05PM

    They took blood money, signed and flew away..but left their wet clothing on the line, left-over food, half-eaten bread.. So they decided in a few seconds to sign those papers which they had resisted for many weeks?? Plotters, next time you kidnap someone, do not leave these stupid evidences behind:

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  • Love Pakistan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 8:17PM

    It is important to point out the faulty laws under which the murderers get a chance to flee! It is miracle of the Qisas and Deyat Laws that Raymond Davis walks free! We should condemn these laws! Murder should be a crime against the state not an Individual!
    Such a strange country it is, and strange people!
    They want Asia Bibi to be hanged to death only because she expressed herself, and at the other hand approves laws which give chance to murderers to flee free!Recommend

  • Tariq Ahmad
    Mar 20, 2011 - 8:29PM

    Not sure why Pakistanis are upset. This is Islamic law, so they followed Islamic law and everything worked. In addition the relatives wanted to settle in the US. Just goes to show that no matter how much you may hate the US, every Pakistani wants a visa to the USRecommend

  • kumar
    Mar 20, 2011 - 9:55PM

    well,for sure this makes the people thirsting for Davis’ blood looking like fools. The families are grinning all the way to the bank and for the good life in the great satan!!Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:13PM

    As someone else has mentioned we love to blame the west for all our problems yet we never look at our own ” daaman ” the family were allways going to take the money ( did you honsestly think once the carrot of money was dangled, principles and common sense were going to stay intact ) Question is where does that leave all the Moulvi’s etc who on the one hand wanted the American punished and on the other hand cannot deny the concept of blood money, oh and i forgot all those protestes who supported the family’s cause must feel really foolish now. Goodbye Pakistan, if there are any decent people left behind please leave and don’t forget to turn the lights out on the way out.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:53PM

    The poor lawyer is yelling his heart out……he was left out of the deal.Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2011 - 12:00AM

    pakis soldRecommend

  • Zia Syed
    Mar 21, 2011 - 12:28AM

    I really fail to understand this attitude of declaring the outcome as a false verdict. As per Islamic law, they accepted the choice given. Whats wrong with getting the green cards? Whats wrong in moving to US? If Pakistani are so much of patriots, show the patriotism by voting and selecting the right candidates. With 40% of bogus votes, most of educated masses do not play active roles. Sitting home and discussing issues over INTERNET or TV shows wont do anything.

    And besides, look at the bright side. Americans have to say, release of Raymond Davis is due to Islamic law. All of a sudden an Islamic law is a life saviour for them.Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2011 - 1:40AM

    If you can’t do it, your money can..Recommend

  • Anwar
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:52AM

    The maulvis are holding their long beards and wondering. “The Americans have fooled us with our own law” Now what do we do…?Recommend

  • Tariq
    Mar 21, 2011 - 5:39AM

    @Ehsaan:

    If you believe in Islam than you have to believe in Blood Money, It is in the Quran and is Islamic. These people took the money and forgave the murder. Only Islam allows this, because unlike Western Laws, the crime in Islam is against the individual, just the way it should be, it is not against society. Therefore, God allows the individual to forgive in return for monetary compensation. This allows both the victim and the perpetrator to become good members of society.

    Therefore stop blaming Islam or the families for something that is completely legal and islamic. go and Study Islam before making stupid commentsRecommend

  • DG ISI General Ahmed Shuja Pasha
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:30AM

    @ General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani

    I follow your comman, Sir.Recommend

  • Safder Lodi
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:51AM

    Judiciary is Independent but , JUSTICE ; is in Grim-Grip of Mighty GHQ , as proved this .

    General Nyazi ; Surrendered before General Arora Singh in Dacca 1971 .
    General Kyani ; Surrendered before General David in Lahore 2011 .

    Is it history of Mighty GHQ , repeating herself after 40 years ?
    On March 23, they will celebrate this by Extensions & Promotions , Reward/Award Medals.
    A joke with poor-nation ?Recommend

  • ikhan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 10:34AM

    @IK:
    UAE is the biggest investor in Pakistan & is a true brother like the SaudisRecommend

  • Rana Asghar
    Mar 21, 2011 - 12:09PM

    Diyat Zindabad-Islam Zindabad-Green Card Zindabad.Recommend

  • Larki Desi
    Mar 21, 2011 - 12:55PM

    This is what you will get if u have shari’a law in your country. It makes a mockery of your law system. I say no to Shari’a Raymond Davis got away and his relatives sold themselves for money. shame on Pakistan and its silly law system
    Larki desiRecommend

  • Theodore
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:00PM

    Payment was made as per usual and if the families got the said monies then ok ,they have been compensated..BUT! A certain amount went to lawyers and of course the go betweens of the pak intelligence service. Nothing get’s past those sharks. Recommend

  • Imme
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:25PM

    Time to think about implementing uniform law across the country !!Recommend

  • Saad
    Mar 21, 2011 - 2:06PM

    see the power of shariat.. western courts could have taken 7-8 years, we are done with case in few days. Recommend

  • Zartab Hashim
    Mar 21, 2011 - 2:06PM

    Good for them. I hope they find a better life in the US.Recommend

  • Inayatullah Rustamani
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:34PM

    @General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani:

    Suppose, we accept the ruling of court as definitive in the Raymand Davis Case and do not stage demonstrations, but the time period that the court took to dispose off the case is never a welcome move in the face of disposing off the cases of other citizens of Pakistan. Here the cases of the middle and poor class citizens, even the petty ones, drag on for years. Neither institutions nor influential figures come up with voices to speed up the pace of the trials, the way they did in the release of Raymand Davis. We are the citizens of Pakistan, this dual policy of judiciary, army, and politicians is never in favour of Pakistan, Such double standards may develop west Pakistan like situations.

    Timely justice is the constitutional right of every citizen. Islam urges to provide speedy and equality based justice.
    Recommend

  • mohammad iqbal
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:35PM

    the truth is yet to come. so far only fragments of truth circling in the media.Recommend

  • Semra
    Mar 21, 2011 - 4:46PM

    All of this makes me think that if the respective parties that have been harmed are content with whatever compensation they have received, including the green cards/offer to live in the US why are we sweating over this as a nation? It was the responsibility of the victim’s families to enrage upon this what we might say ‘finanancial compensation for murder’ why blame the government and above all America for this?
    Even if the Sharia law was used misjustly and America is a hypocryte for using this Islamic law to its favor while with its same double standards itcondones Islamic extremism AND the Pakistani government is compromising on its Sovereignity and ehtics in terms of of what is right and wrong only for the sake of passifying the US the fact remains the victim’s family accepted the offer inspite of what has happened to them-who is to blame? Th government, teh US or the common man?Recommend

  • chandran
    Mar 21, 2011 - 5:27PM

    saudi kings never brought islam to indian subcontinent or ruled delhi
    islam brought by turks according the history and there is lot of different between turkey islam and saudi waqabi islam and any try to introduce waqabisam through blasmey law they will fail. dont accept saudi oil moneny and american dollars. why I’m saying this as an indian if same things happend in india he whould not have been realeased.Recommend

  • Bangash
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:02PM

    Congratulations of these families of their newly found wealth and green cards.Recommend

  • Cehyr
    Mar 21, 2011 - 10:42PM

    Poor Souls (faizan’s & faheem’s family members)…hv been kidnapped for sure…If they had any desire to get money..wud hv accepted it long back…Media personnels should question Rehman Malik & govt. officials directly…if these families …had no pressure…& hv really taken money & flown out of country all by their will…thn govt. should provide proper evidence to da Media…plus let media talk to da families & record their views & perspectives behind dis step…Another VERY important issue which govt. is constantly trying to ignore is…Davis was not any average american…he was CIA Agent…how cud they release him jus bcuz da families accepted da deal..??? wot abt other Pakistanis security..? By releasing Davis…govt. hs actually put da lives of Millions of Pakistanis on stake…infact it’s like Americans hv been issued da license to kill Pakistanis in woteva way they want…Shame on dis Govt. !Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 2:38AM

    Fully agree with Ceyhr; They took blood money?, signed and flew away?..but left their wet clothing on the line, left-over food, half-eaten bread.. So they decided in a few seconds to sign those papers which they had resisted for many weeks?? Plotters, next time you kidnap someone, do not leave these stupid evidences behind:

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  • Andrea
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:41AM

    @adeel qadri: I think when the family gets settled and assimilated in the US, they’ll have a different take on events. Perhaps you have no idea of the social problems of Muslims in the West and the challenges of 2nd generation Pakistanis in Europe and North America. Just you wait and see! Ultimately the family got what they wanted but as they say, be careful of what you wish for…… At least for Pakistan and the public, the matter is settled.Recommend

  • Rashid Khan
    Mar 24, 2011 - 11:51AM

    @General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani:
    I agree; but, what is the truth about the victims families agreement; are they forced to agreed to sign & claim “Diyat”, why Govt/Agencies change the victim’s family attorney who represent the case from his beginning, why Govt/Agencies detained him upto 4 hrs during the final proceedings.Recommend

  • Mar 24, 2011 - 11:45PM

    Dr Afia gets 86 years for attempting murder. For double murder Raymond Davis walk away scratch free. Should we term it an American justice and Pakistani justice? We are not questioning the creditability of witnesses from American Base in Afghanistan till the American court. The proponents of freedom and democracy will shout these slogans in our face and walk in Libya. Recommend

  • larki desi
    Apr 6, 2011 - 8:46AM

    it is all over Davis has gone back home the family of the deat got money and visas to the USA i see no more protests going on. Conclusion in Pakistan u can kill and pay and then smile because u get away. Recommend

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