US denies threatening to sever diplomatic ties

Published: February 12, 2011
Haqqani denies ABC News report about US NSA Tom Donilon threatening to boot him if Raymond Davis was not released.

Haqqani denies ABC News report about US NSA Tom Donilon threatening to boot him if Raymond Davis was not released.

The United States on Friday denied that it threatened to sever diplomatic ties with Pakistan if its citizen Raymond Davis, involved in the killing of two Pakistanis last month in Lahore, was not released.

A report by ABC News claimed that President Obama’s National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon summoned Ambassador Hussain Haqqani to the White House last Monday, and warned him about the consequences of not releasing the detained US official.

According to the report, Donilon told Haqqani that the US will expel him from Washington, close its consulates in Pakistan, and cancel an upcoming visit by President Zardari to Washington if Davis is not released by Friday.

However, a statement issued by the US embassy in Pakistan denied the report, though it did confirm that a ‘private diplomatic meeting’ took place between Haqqani and Donilon.

“Although we are unable to discuss the substance of a private diplomatic meeting, the US embassy, Islamabad, can state categorically that the description of the conversation in this report is simply inaccurate,” said a brief statement issued by the embassy’s acting spokesperson Courtney Beale.

Ambassador Haqqani, via a Twitter post, also contradicted the news item that any “US official, including the NSA, has conveyed any personal threats to me or spoken of extreme measures.”

Meanwhile Reuters reported the controversy has placed a trilateral meeting scheduled this month between Pakistani, Afghan and US officials in Washington in jeopardy.

While the Afghan embassy in Washington and the US State Department said preparations for the gathering are  underway, a Pakistani diplomatic source said no decision had been made whether the meeting would go ahead or not. One Afghan minister also said his plans to travel to the US for the meeting were now in doubt.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 12th, 2011.

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  • Shuaib
    Feb 11, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Actually I think it wouldn’t be bad if he gets bootedRecommend

  • asia zin
    Feb 11, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Kick him out! Release Davis or else!

    Its time up!Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 11, 2011 - 3:24PM

    people of pakistan seriously wish the USA does everything mentioned in this news report.. that will be the single biggest favor it will do to pak since 1947.Recommend

  • brbajaj
    Feb 11, 2011 - 3:30PM

    Howsoever, the Embassy or the High Commissioner may deny, Pakistan, though unfortunately, has lost sovereignity and self respect in the comity of nations, and, it has itself to blame. It has adopted denial as an instrument of sate policy as a result it has lost the confidence and trust of not only its own people, but other nations as well. It has become a tool in the hands of foreign powers to promote their ends in return for easy money as a result, it has become a nation surviving on aid than on hard work of its own people.The value system has denigrated to its lowest ebb.Islam, which could have been a source of inspiration, righteousness, and good conduct has come to become an instrument of terrorism, killing, masacres, conflicts, demonstrations and destructions.It is in pakistan’s interest to come to term with USA and regain its lost glory and maintain its independent character.Recommend

  • Feb 11, 2011 - 3:43PM

    Don’t worry US, Mr. Zardari will definetly take steps to snsure his trip to US. Recommend

  • kamaal
    Feb 11, 2011 - 3:47PM

    Lets see what wins.”Gairat” or “Dollar”..Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 11, 2011 - 4:06PM

    $ it is baby…Recommend

  • Fahad Shaikh
    Feb 11, 2011 - 4:24PM

    @ brbajaj


    Actually, the dollar-loving corrupt politicians have brought Pakistan to this state. Recommend

  • Zazi
    Feb 11, 2011 - 5:13PM

    USA by doing so could help kick start a revolution in Pakistan. Its a tinderbox anyway and just needs a spark. We could then proudly join hands with the Tunisians and Egyptians and whereever else people are standing up for their rights. Recommend

  • G.Din
    Feb 11, 2011 - 5:30PM

    “Barhao na aapas mein millat zyada, mubada ki ho jae nafrat ziyada”
    (Do not get too familiar with each other lest you develop hate for each other!)

    “Karo dosto pahle aap apni izzat, jo chaho karein log izzat ziyada”
    (Respect yourself before you seek the respect of others!)

    What a fall from grace!Recommend

  • SUB
    Feb 11, 2011 - 5:34PM

    Can they do it to an American national that’s Mr. Haqqani?Recommend

  • kumar
    Feb 11, 2011 - 6:18PM

    probably inflation will jump to 5000% if pak aid stopped…better invest in land or gold.Recommend

  • faraz
    Feb 11, 2011 - 6:21PM

    As a starter, US should stop buying our low quality exports; about 25% of our exports go to US. And if EU joins in, then its over 50%. Recommend

  • Kazmis
    Feb 11, 2011 - 6:29PM

    It was Haqqani who recommended Raymond Davis’s visa; visit visa on diplomatic passport.Recommend

  • munnabhai
    Feb 11, 2011 - 7:41PM

    All American money is misused & never spent for the causes it is meant for. A big portion is spent on purchase of arms to be used against India or over Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions and about 30% lines the pockets of top Army brass & politicians. Poorly-paid soldiers are sent to battlefield to lay down their lives.
    If Pakistan’s military or political leaders were clean, how could they afford to live in UK or USA in ‘exile’?
    It’s time Pakistani people woke up to reality & make friendship with their natural brother India.Recommend

  • Ashwin
    Feb 11, 2011 - 8:38PM

    hahaha Well US of A should get ready to run from Afghanistan with it’s tail between it’s legs. Pakistanis get this War on terror to end, tell the army guys “live to fight another day”.things will be fine.Concentrate on your economy build some Industrial Giants like China, which will 2 decades.In 2 decades times China will the sole super power.World will be your playground. Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 11, 2011 - 9:51PM

    This is too good to be true!
    Americans will be doing Pakistanis a huge favour by kicking this poltical appointee out.
    He has never behaved like Pakistan’s ambassador; he behaves more llike US’s ambassador.

    As far as Davis is concerened, Americans must relaslise that this not Musharaf’s Paksitan. There is a different political party in Punjab, a different party at the centre and a free and independent judiciary, a free press, etc.

    Americans cannot go about bludering around the way they have been doing, especially in case where the accused has claimed on recorded video that he is just consultant workign at the counsulate. Recommend

  • abdullah
    Feb 12, 2011 - 12:27AM

    awesome waiting 4 this day …coz wen they close counslates they will also have to take these terrorists wid dem lyk raymond davis…and this will bring peace ….Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Feb 12, 2011 - 1:37AM

    One citizen. Relations between two of the most important countries on war-on-terror at stake. US going to such an extreme for this guy is evidence in itself that there is something wrong. Something fishy!!! After all there are three hikers on trial in Iran and not much word about it in the news.Recommend

  • Munnabhai
    Feb 12, 2011 - 3:16AM

    I agree with Mr B R Bajaj. Most of the dole from USA is misused & about 30% of it lines the pockets of the ruling Military Brass or politicians in power. That is how these rulers can afford their ‘self-imposed’ exiles & enjoy themselves.

    I hope Pakistani Press becomes courageous enough to bare this corruption that makes US popular amongst the politicians & military, but hated by the Pakistani population.

    The Press also should nudge the Pakistani public opinion for a friendly relation with India who is their natural brother.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 12, 2011 - 7:01AM

    Davis is NOT a “diplomat” by any defintion.
    He has himeself admitted to being a consultant,

    US needs to realise that it dealing with a a differnt goverment in Punjab, a different govermen at the Centre , an independent and free judiciary, a free press.
    Amercia needs to accept deomocracy and independence of istitutions in other contries. They don’t have Musharraf as a pushover to do their bidding. Recommend

  • True Indian
    Feb 12, 2011 - 8:01AM

    Let them fight each other its benefit for India. Let see How much “Takat” In Pakistan. USA also came to know that If u make friendship with Bad National than what price u have to pay.Recommend

  • Ray
    Feb 12, 2011 - 8:09AM

    Let me get this straight – American drones kill countless Pakistani civilians. An American citizen commits cold-blooded murder in broad daylight on Pakistani soil, of two Pakistani citizens, and the full force of the American government is out to protect this man?

    If the Pakistani government desires even a thread of legitimacy in the eyes of the people, it must stare down the American threats and prosecute this killer, Mr. Davis. If he gets away with this, then anything goes.Recommend

  • Ali Turk
    Feb 12, 2011 - 8:21AM

    Has anyone noticed that there have been no drone attacks since Raymond Davis has been arrested?.

    This whole issue needs to be sorted out with cooler minds and with realistic approach.

    May be a way forward would be release him,both with assurance that he will be tried in US.Recommend

  • \amin
    Feb 12, 2011 - 9:13AM

    What would have been the scene if sons of some high-ups killed in such incident ?Recommend

  • Moise
    Feb 12, 2011 - 10:01AM

    500%? Get real.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Feb 12, 2011 - 10:41AM

    I am absolutely delighted by this as I think US has been carrying and bankrolling Pakistan every since its birth, which inturn has allowed to invest more on destroying India than improving its economy, Political structure, etc.

    What I dont understand is how can a sane Pakistani call for Davis’s punishment. Doesn’t he realize the kind of Economic mess that Pakistan is in? And, the only Country now, which has the resources to spare some change for Pakistan is the USA? In the last 10 years US has given around $20 Billion to Pakistan. For a $160 Billion Economy that is HUGE!

    Even during the recent floods, US gave more money than all the Countries combines, excluding EU. And, not to forget $7.5 Billion, US will be giving to Pakistan in a span of 5 or so years under KL law.

    To those of you who think that China will manage to fill US’s shoes, let me take you back a few months after the devastating floods – The floods were so massive and had such a deep impact that even India pledged $20 Million. How much did China pledge? A paltry $9 Million for a $4 Trillion dollar Economy and with forex reserves of more than $2 Trillion.

    Christian Science Monitor puts it well when it says,“Some Pakistanis, meanwhile, question why a relationship with China that is supposedly “as high as the Himalayas” has produced an offer of only $9 million – not even a foothill.”

    As a Humanist I say the sensible option is to let Davis go, to save Pakistan’s poor. Dont be STUPID!Recommend

  • F Robinson
    Feb 12, 2011 - 1:02PM

    Pakistan is violating International law. Raymond Davis has diplomatic immunity. He acted in Self-defense.US is the most generous aid donor to Pakistan. Free Raymond Davis and stop biting the hand that feeds Pakistan. Recommend

  • karachiite
    Feb 12, 2011 - 1:44PM

    @F Robinson : please do not satisfy the general America stereotype. come up with something new; every Davis related argument you comment the same line I for one am starting to doubt your creativity if not intellectual ability Recommend

  • Justcurious
    Feb 12, 2011 - 5:53PM

    According to initial reports Davis alleged that the 2 motor-cyclists were armed with pistols and had threatened him. But later reports have not dwelt at length on this. Davis probably over-reacted. But one would also like to know, who were the motor-cyclists, I mean their professional background, antecedents etc. There is too much heat and not enough light. Has Davis case not become a pawn in anti-American politics of religious right, pushing the merits of the case in the background and the long-term interests of the country in jeopardy?Recommend

  • Neeraj, India
    Feb 12, 2011 - 6:52PM

    Without strong provocation the American might not have shot dead the two Pakistanis, on a broad daylight and right amidst the traffic, risking possible lynching by infuriated mob. Pakistanis are good at shooting on their own legs and they did it again. All sections, such as public, Federal government, state government, judiciary media and off course good old Mullahs have played their role pretty well in this foolish drama. Pakistan desperately needs the US and its western allies. Both, western aid and trade are vital for the survival of the Pak economy.
    Those Pakistanis who have adopted a jingoistic stand and busy calling for terminating relations with the United State, don’t know about economics and how a state functions. They are blissfully unaware of the consequences of economic collapse. Ask Argentineans or Zimbabweans. In Argentina, economic meltdown was so swift that the Government was forced to freeze peoples’ Bank Accounts for one year, leading to the widespread rioting. Not just that, within few months peso completely lost its value. People started using the so called ‘alternative currency’ which included notary agreements, bonds etc.
    In Zimbabwe, situation became so worse that by 2008 inflation reached 11,200,000% percent! And the Central Bank left with no other option but to print 100 billion dollars (Zimbabweans) notes!! Goods virtually disappeared from shops and whatever were left, such as potatoes, were being sold at 10 billion dollars a Kg.!
    There is another myth prevalent in Pakistan i.e. the US troops would be starving if Pak cuts off supply route. No sir, absolutely false hope. The US would increase supplies from northern Afghan road link and through air transportation. Both are expensive compared to Pak route, but, this can be more than compensated by cutting off the billions of dollars of aid to Pakistan. The only thing Pakistan can do is to strengthen Taliban and make life difficult for Americans, but, that would be an open invitation to war with the US, something unimaginable.
    Let me tell you another thing, all your four neighbors, India, Iran, Afghanistan and China are watching the ongoing drama with smile on their faces as everyone of them wants relations between Pakistan and the US to sour, albeit for the different reasons. Recommend

  • abdullah
    Feb 12, 2011 - 8:58PM


    i would lyk u 2 post comments by giving true facts…tell me y did he shoot them from the bak ..he is a spy coz he was having photos of madrasa and mullahs who have been involved in bombng..his car number plate is fake …was having a gun and wireless……and lots of other proof has cme out that he is a spy and is associated with blakwater..he also had photos of pakistani army near the indian border …..y was he doing all these……Recommend

  • John
    Feb 12, 2011 - 9:30PM

    1947 is a disaster for Pakistan if one looks at it objectively after 65 yesRecommend

  • Chengezi
    Feb 13, 2011 - 4:45PM

    @ neeraj.. you are comparing apples to oranges.. the dynamics of those regions can not be compared to pakistan..

    mr. john.. an indian would definitely say that.

    mr. robinson.. your messages seem to be automated.

    the ex-pak foreign minister said today he is not a diplomat and his comments are based on inputs from the FO.Recommend

  • Harish Advani
    Feb 13, 2011 - 8:48PM

    Haqqani is a dual national!Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Feb 14, 2011 - 4:10PM

    Let Mr. Davis stand for trial in Pakistan and clear his name. And let the trial be fair based on logic and natural justice. This “diplomatic immunity” clause should not be a hinderance. If he is indeed found to have killed in self defense, release him, protests notwithstanding, if not, then punish him under law of the land. But he should stand trial to clear his name.Recommend

  • SUB
    Feb 14, 2011 - 4:57PM

    @Anoop: Please also help your FM to differentiate between speeches of Portugal, Brazil, India etc. HeHeRecommend

  • SUB
    Feb 14, 2011 - 5:20PM

    @Harish Advani:

    Exactly :)Recommend

  • Munnabhai
    Feb 14, 2011 - 6:42PM

    Mr John,
    In retrospect, Partition must be seen as a major blessing for India!
    Indians can’t stop thinking what their plight would have been if Pakistani people had been a burden on Indian people’s productivity today.
    Thank God!Recommend

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