Kerry apologises over Raymond Davis killings

US senator tells press conference "we are deeply, deeply sorry for that tragic incident".


Afp/express February 15, 2011

US senator John Kerry said Tuesday his country was "deeply sorry" over the killing of two Pakistanis by a US official, after arriving in Pakistan to resolve a diplomatic row over the man.

"We are deeply, deeply sorry for that tragic incident," Kerry told a press conference soon after arriving in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore.

"I want to come here to express our deepest regret for those tragic events and to express the sorrow of American people for the loss of life that has taken place," he said.

Kerry, who arrived in Lahore late Tuesday, is the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who helped spearhead a record $7.5 billion aid package for Pakistan, is well respected in the country.

He will also meet government officials to reassure them of long-term US commitment to Pakistan, said a spokeswoman for the US embassy in Islamabad.

"He's coming tonight to speak with government officials about the relationship and reaffirm support for the strategic relationship," said spokeswoman Courtney Beale.

Kerry's visit aims to look for a resolution to the issue and to tone down the pressure on Pakistan's coalition government, one US official said on condition of anonymity.

US says it will certify Davis has diplomatic immunity

The US government on Monday announced that it will certify before a Pakistani court that Raymond Davis, the US consular employee accused of shooting dead two men in Lahore, has diplomatic immunity, according to a BBC report.

US state department spokesman PJ Crowley said, "On Thursday, we will present a petition to the court to certify that he has diplomatic immunity and that he should be released."

He said Pakistan had an "international obligation" to release Davis because he "has diplomatic immunity".

"We respect our international obligations, and we expect other countries, including Pakistan, to do the same," he added.

Petition to summon Qureshi, Wahab in Davis case

Meanwhile, a writ petition was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday demanding that statements of former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and former PPP Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab be included in the Raymond Davis case.

The petition was filed by the judicial activism panel and refers to a public statement issued by Qureshi in which he said that Washington pressured him for the release of Raymond Davis but he had refused to comply on the basis that Davis is not a diplomat.

The petition also requests for the inclusion of Fauzia Wahab's statement at a press conference in which she claimed that Davis is a diplomat and is eligible for diplomatic immunity.

The petition has called on the court to summon both Qureshi and Wahab to record their statements.

It has also appealed to the court to hold Davis responsible for the death of Shumaila, the wife of one of the men shot dead by him.

COMMENTS (75)

Hamid Siddiqui | 10 years ago | Reply I am happy to see Mr. John Kerry, taking his time and apologizing on behalf oh US government, at least there is one person who admits that a crime is committed, and some innocents were killed by an American terrorist, the only thing which Mr. Kerry is hesitating to say is that this man Raymond Davis is a trained criminal, and is the member of the group of Americans who were sent by his Government in the name of contractors, and the contract was to create fear in Pakistan by killing Pakistanis and putting blames on some political or religious group in Pakistan. I have great American friends, I know they are the nicest human beings, but they wonder why Americans are hated in every country of the world. I think they should now understand that it is there government's greed, that has made once loved Americans, the most hated and unable to travel any where without fear for their life. As for Pakistanis, once a great nation, full of great potentials, having the most talented people, have lost their self integrities, and they don't realize that Pakistan never needed nor needs any aid, from any country in this world for their survival. And in fact its their elected Leaders who get paid by these types of Governments to run their agendas of spreading fear in public, to speak their masters (America) voice. Its time that Pakistanis have to take a stand, and think that on one side the American Government is showing determination to save their terrorist and on the other side Pakistanis are demanding justice, we should be heard and supported by the world, we demand nothing but respect, because we are a free nation. But our leaders who have signed a slavery contract for their personal wealth collections, have portrayed the whole nation as slaves, so its the nation who has to decide, and if the answer is that we are a proud, free and peace loving nation, then change the Leaders, and elect those who love Pakistan and take pride in being leaders of an independent country.
Ahmed | 10 years ago | Reply @American: Please read section 37(2) of Vienna convention under which immunity can be claimed. The admin and technical staff has limited immunity for actions in course of their activities and not the blanket immunity. You can read that at following link of UN website: http://treaties.un.org/untc//Pages//doc/Publication/UNTS/Volume%20500/volume-500-I-7310-English.pdf I believe by claiming immunity, USA is voilating Int’l Laws
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