MELBOURNE: This is with reference to your report on the website titled “US embassy demands immediate release of Davis”.
The law should take its course. If he is a diplomat and has diplomatic immunity, then regardless of the way some of us would like things to turn out, he will have to be released. I would like to see as much outrage when our own women are being paraded naked in public, or burnt with acid, or killed in the name of honour. Where is the outrage when innocent Pakistanis, by the thousands, have been done to death by suicide bombers?
Now we have a situation where, by most accounts, a foreign national acted in self-defence against two men who were trying to rob him and we have people baying for his blood. These are the same Americans, whether we like it or not, who keep us from going under, who bail us out with their aid, and who provide us funds for infrastructure, roads, hospitals and who provide scholarships every year to hundreds of bright Pakistani minds.
We, on the other hand, are living with our mob mentality and our penchant for hanging people.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2011.