FIR registered against Davis for using illegal weapon

Published: January 31, 2011
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Policemen stand next to a car, which police said a U.S consulate employee was travelling in when he was engaged in a shoot-out, after it was brought to a police station in Lahore. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Policemen stand next to a car, which police said a U.S consulate employee was travelling in when he was engaged in a shoot-out, after it was brought to a police station in Lahore. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LAHORE: A First Information Report (FIR) was registered on Monday against US citizen Raymond Davis for using an illegal weapon when he gunned down two men in Lahore.

The case against Davis has been registered on the investigation officer’s statement.

Davis is in the custody of the Lahore Police and is being questioned. Earlier, Davis was awarded a six-day physical remand by a court in Lahore.

Police have sent their investigation report to the Punjab government. The report states that Davis, the US embassy and the consulate in Lahore are not cooperating with the police. It states the officials concerned have not replied to a questionnaire sent to them. The report also claims that the Americans have not given the police information on the driver of a vehicle that ran over a third person during the incident.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government is set to inform the federal government of its investigations till now. It is also in contact with the US embassy and the consulate.

Senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders including the chief minister, IG Punjab and the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore are meeting to discuss the police report.

Earlier, Pakistan had rejected the US demand to release Davis, saying that sub judice in a court of law and the legal process should be respected.

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  • Faisal Awan
    Jan 31, 2011 - 4:42PM

    If he was using Illegal Weapon, it can not be ruled out that he would have through the other gun as well to show that it was act of self defense.Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 4:49PM

    If Pakistanis government is bound to respect American judiciary ruling on Dr Aafia Siddique, then American government must also respect Pakistani judiciary on Raymond Davis for murdering. America must not interfere with the legal system of Pakistan as this action can be considered against the sovereignty of our country. Authorities responsible for the investigation of this case must not yield to the political pressure from American Embassy or government.Recommend

  • J.C.Couch
    Jan 31, 2011 - 5:10PM

    @Faisal Awan:
    What? Please rephrase your remark so we can understand your point.Recommend

  • Ibrahim
    Jan 31, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Mr. Faisal, please correct your spelling of through; it’s throw. I agree with you on this that this looks like more than a self-defense act. Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 5:46PM

    In the normal practice, visas are given to the applicants in their country of origin. There were reports in the recent past that scores of visas were given to americans by our embassy in the gulf on the directives of a close relative of our ruler. Most of them belonged to the Blackwater. Davis seems to be one of them.Recommend

  • malik
    Jan 31, 2011 - 5:56PM

    Eyewitnesses say that two vehicles were going back to back when one of the vehicle (prado) ran over the motorcyclist. These youngmen were wittness of the scene and tried to chase the American criminals on their bike. Successfull stoped the Honda Civic near Qartba Square but fell victim to offensive of R. Davis.Recommend

  • riversand
    Jan 31, 2011 - 6:29PM

    Why did the embassy car following following Davies have to plough in crushing a bystander to death. What if it was not one but four bystanders.Would the car not have crushed all to death? Why do the authorities not clarify the positions on this. And it was open for Davies to substantiate the motives of the two individuals before killing them outright. After all, if at all, he only feared for his life hypothetically, and he was not shot at at all. The sequence of his responses and actions has also to be clarified.Recommend

  • Adeel
    Jan 31, 2011 - 7:03PM

    Our Government also trying to save the American. This is very bad.Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 7:37PM

    A leap forward. Registration of an FIR means that there is some semblance of law prevailing somewhere.

    As the matter is sub-judice, we hope that the matter shall be dealt on merit and the justice will be dispensed with.

    Lets see how it goes when the pressure is built from US as well as extreme right. Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 7:56PM

    Truth will never come out either from Pakistan officials or from the accused. No body kills another unless there is a motive, or he is mad or a criminal like our Taliban. Still there is no word from the government about the sequence of events in this case. Our government is leaving the choice to the people to create their own stories

    Subhan Basha
    KarachiRecommend

  • pakee
    Jan 31, 2011 - 9:34PM

    Registering an FIR is a Good sign. I believe if something silly is done here by our joker rulers (malik & zardari) they will face public wrath. Similar acts of “shah ki wafadaari” have been done by these jokers in past but EnUf is EnUf.Recommend

  • kumar
    Jan 31, 2011 - 10:48PM

    @Delirium:
    this should be a lot of fun to watch what happens. it appears that the americans have woken up to their problem and now they realise it is not going to end in a jiffy and davis is not going to be back home anytime soon.
    It appears that this might be a good oppty to exchange davis for aafia siddiqui.Recommend

  • kumar
    Jan 31, 2011 - 10:54PM

    How is it that no journalist has bothered to try to contact the American embassy for an in-depth interview regarding davis and this incident. Let the embassy show proof of his diplomatic status during the interview.Recommend

  • fakhrul islam
    Feb 1, 2011 - 12:34AM

    Its real strange that in a democratic regime Prime Minister or the President have not yet spoken about the issue in formal speech. Communication Gap causing confusion in masses. It gets more important and serious in the recent backdrop of Egyption uprising and escalating poverty in country.Break the Silence and shape public opinion in the right direction keeping in view the best interest of the nation.

    Recommend

  • Shuja
    Feb 1, 2011 - 1:54AM

    what if the guy did try to defend himself…?? what if he really is innocent ??….being a pakistani dont we all know that mobile snatching, car theft and shooting is very common these days….and increasing every day….wud our reactions be the same if the two had actually shot Davis ?…and then we say he shudnt have killed the two armed men …what if he had a little daughter back home in america and a wife who he dearly loved….and he actually did try to defend himself thinking about them….Recommend

  • Sher Afzal Khan
    Feb 1, 2011 - 2:17AM

    Pakistan must trial the accused under her own law. The authorities should reject the demand of American Embassy to release davis or what so his name. At this stage no bargaining allowed. When he convicted by court then it may be decided what we can do on his plea bargain application, if he applied for. Before the legal process/trial he never never never be allowed for any relaxation on any ground as they do in the case of Afia Siddiqui, the daughter of Pakistan. As a nation we can say as you sow, so shall you reap. It is a case to prove nationalism. Recommend

  • MAD
    Feb 1, 2011 - 9:37AM

    Raymond must hangRecommend

  • Ahmed M
    Feb 1, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Nothing will happen…. eventually Davis will be released under pressure from the US authorities. I give them full credit for caring for their citizens. Our government did nothing to save Aafia Siddiqui. Recommend

  • MAD
    Feb 1, 2011 - 3:56PM

    @Shuja:

    Well than they know how those thousands of widowed Pakistani wives and orphaned Pakistani kids feel. no sympathies here. Recommend

  • Bajrang Dal
    Feb 3, 2011 - 3:56AM

    Sir Raymond Davis should be released immediately as he is a diplomat as claimed by US embassy. Pakistan shud not invite the wrath of western world as it will affect the large diaspora in US, UK Canada etc. Recommend

  • Faisal Awan
    Feb 3, 2011 - 11:16AM

    @ Bajrang Dal
    Using illegal weapon is act of terrorism in Pakistan, and there is no immunity for Terrorist in Pakistan and USA.

    The Ambassador of Afghanistan embassy in Islamabad was sent to Guantanamo Bay, as he was a terrorist.

    Recommend

  • Feb 17, 2011 - 3:27PM

    @Majid:
    My friend the case of Raymond Davise has nothing to do with Aafia’s improsonment. Both cases have different status. We being Pakistanis one way or other are bound to compare both cases equally. Yet Raymond has murdered two Pakistani Youths whose back record no one has come up to check. What was the reason to gun down both and what was the reason to sentence Aafia eight decades plus improsonment. One has to see both sides of the picture and examine it whole heartedly.

    F D. Boaz Chaudhry
    LahoreRecommend

  • Feb 17, 2011 - 3:33PM

    @malik:
    You have mis-understood the situation. Both vehicles were not going together but the second was called right in the middle of incident.

    F. D. Boaz Chaudhry
    LahoreRecommend

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