Lahore shootings: Malik promises fair trial

Published: January 29, 2011
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Govt assures parliament it will not be lenient in seeking 'appropriate' legal action against detained American.

Govt assures parliament it will not be lenient in seeking 'appropriate' legal action against detained American.

ISLAMABAD: The government assured the parliament it will not be lenient in seeking ‘appropriate’ legal action against the detained American Raymond Davis who shot dead two Pakistani men in Lahore.

“The law will definitely take its course. No one is  allowed to breach it,” Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the National Assembly here on Friday.

Malik’s assertion came in response to allegation by a PPP member that the interior minister tried to rescue the killer immediately after the incident, on Thursday afternoon.

Noor Alam Khan, an MNA from Peshawar, said he had credible information that Malik made contacts with Lahore police to let the American go. He did not mention his sources though. Though the matter has to be dealt with by provincial authorities, Malik offered to initiate a parliamentary inquiry into it.

Several members from both the government and opposition parties demanded punishment for the foreigner while lawmakers from the Senate also set aside their party affiliations and asked the government not to succumb to any pressure and ensure a fair trial.

Regarding the details of the case, Malik said the matter was being investigated and that an inquiry by the federal agencies had also been ordered to collect information about the American and the weapon he was carrying.

No panel to review blasphemy law

Meanwhile Malik denied that the government had formed a parliamentary committee to suggest changes to blasphemy law.

Leaders from various religious parties have been demanding that the government dissolve a committee, reportedly headed by minorities’ affairs’ minister Shahbaz Bhatti, to investigate and remove loopholes in the blasphemy law.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Jan 29, 2011 - 9:54AM

    As if Mr. Malik’s promises actually mean something… Recommend

  • Jawad+Iqbal+Jawad
    Jan 29, 2011 - 10:38AM

    How can we Believe in Malik’s claim/statement or slogans. If he, as the federal interior ministor, does not know about the operation in Karachi, he is only raising fake slogans about Lahore tragedy. Tragedy with Pakistanis is that the security chief of the assassinated Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto has been the security chief of the whole country.
    Hats off to the vigilance and performance of Mr. Malik. Recommend

  • ali
    Jan 29, 2011 - 10:46AM

    Fair Trial …. hahahahhaa what a joke. Recommend

  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Jan 29, 2011 - 4:47PM

    Promises do not cost a single penny.Recommend

  • Shayan Afzal Khan
    Jan 29, 2011 - 6:35PM

    How about a fair trial for the murder of Salman Taseer first?Recommend

  • Noreen Bahadar
    Jan 29, 2011 - 6:44PM

    a new joke from mr.minister!!!Recommend

  • pakee
    Jan 29, 2011 - 8:58PM

    @Noreen Bahadar:
    Miss,,, trial of yourz Taseer’s killer is underway and nobody is pressurizing what so ever, then wat a silly question is this from U, I’m sorry 2 say thisRecommend

  • Abbas Khan
    Jan 29, 2011 - 9:38PM

    No one trusts Rehman Malik.Recommend

  • Sunny
    Jan 29, 2011 - 10:38PM

    ahhhhhh……Trial……he is protected by Diplomatic Immunity….. We are overstepping legal boundaries, we did not even have the authority to arrest him…. it was self defence anyways.Recommend

  • G.Khan
    Jan 30, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Those who came into Power through NRO , in which Pres. Musharraf Pardoned their Crimes against the State and People of Pakistan via Presidential order, can never do justice to others. They are criminals themselves and must stand Fair trias. But before that , they must step down. Recommend

  • Afaq
    Jan 30, 2011 - 11:20AM

    What about killers of Benazir Mr. Malik? Have you caught them??? Please don’t play with the emotions of Pakistani peoples.Recommend

  • imran
    Jan 30, 2011 - 2:51PM

    Yeah its a joke b Malik!!!!

    but i think Govt can’t handle any reaction by Pakistani People if no action taken on Raymond caseRecommend

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