Imran Khan warns rulers not to release Raymond Davis

Published: February 15, 2011
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File photo shows PTI chairman Imran Khan addressing a public gathering in Malikwal. PHOTO: INP

File photo shows PTI chairman Imran Khan addressing a public gathering in Malikwal. PHOTO: INP

SIALKOT / ISLAMABAD: The chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, on Tuesday said that his party will not allow rulers to hand over Raymond Davis, a US consular employee held over the killing of two Pakistanis, to the US.

Imran said this while talking to a delegation of PTI Sialkot which called on him at his Lahore office.

He said that his party will soon stage an anti-US long march in the country as a protest against the murders.

Imran also said that corrupt politicians will flee the country in a revolution that will shake the conscience of the masses soon, saying that the oppressed people of Pakistan are united over the real issues and desperate to avenge their frustration.

Those observed to be advocating foreign influence or pressure through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other agencies have no contribution to make for the resolution of real issues like innocent killings through drone attacks, he said.

He termed the aid given to the government as a virus and said that it was not needed as it only helps the corrupt leaders who pocket it to stay in power while the masses are left to bear the burden of the war in the north.

Jamaat-e Islami issues warning over US prisoner

The Jamaat-e Islami (JI) accused the United States today of riding roughshod in the case of Raymond Davis and said it would hold protests if he is freed.

The party accused the United States of exerting “unprincipled and unlawful” pressure on Pakistan.

“Why is America hell bent on trampling on Pakistani law and its judicial system? We will forcefully protest if he is released without a court order,” Jamaat-e-Islami deputy chief Liaquat Baluch told Reuters.

Jamaat-e-Islami and other religious parties don’t win many votes in elections but are capable of organising large protests often seize on sensitive issues concerning the United States.

Earlier, the Pakistani Taliban and Jamaat-ud-Dawa also issued similar statements.

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Feb 15, 2011 - 8:04PM

    Imran,
    Does your warming to the PPP Govt comes with a threat
    of action or are you jjust trying to get on board
    With the restRecommend

  • Talha
    Feb 15, 2011 - 8:46PM

    Slight correction:

    Its Pakistan Tehreek-i-Islam (PTI) and not Tehreek-i-Insaf.Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 15, 2011 - 8:46PM

    It can also be Pakistan Tehreek-i-Imran (PTI) Recommend

  • billo
    Feb 15, 2011 - 8:48PM

    Let me get this straight: The legal process should be set aside for Dr. Aafia and she should be returned to Pakistan because she is a Pakistani citizen. But the legal process should be upheld for Raymond Davis and he should not be returned to American even though he is an American citizen? How can you justify taking such opposite positions? Oh wait, this is Imran Khan and the JI who will say anything to get in the media spotlight and score a vote or two.

    Incidentally, I believe that we should let the Pakistani judicial system decide the case of Davis, including the question of judicial immunity. Yet how can Imran Khan or anyone else claim to respect the legal system when they have already decided that Davis should not be handed over? Let our judges decide and don’t unnecessarily exploit the issue to score political points. Recommend

  • amjad
    Feb 15, 2011 - 9:18PM

    Pakistan is signatory to the Vienna Convention. If this guy is a real diplomat, and have immunity then he should be released. Pressure, from any individual, group or party should not be accepted. If, he does not have diplomatice immunity then no pressure should be accepted from US either. Even it cost billions, so be it. Decission should be based on facts and truth. What are the facts, and what is the fiction? These questions, should be answeredt in the open without ambiguity.Recommend

  • Sana Moneer
    Feb 15, 2011 - 9:21PM

    for once, it is not so bad to read imran’s name along side the jamaat e islami’s. and the taliban. and the jamaat ud dawa. theres one thing in pakistan we are all united for – the poor Davis guy. as Shakespeare put it, all’s well that ends well. hopefully so. Recommend

  • Hamood
    Feb 15, 2011 - 9:46PM

    Is this the same Imran Khan who regularly goes to the USA to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in fund raisers? Looks like US is more tolerant of him than his buddy Taliban.Recommend

  • Hamood
    Feb 15, 2011 - 9:49PM

    Speaking against US is fine and dandy, collecting money within US is also Ok. Imran knows he will be killed the next day if he spoke against the Taliban barbarians. Imran should have stuck to Cricket.Recommend

  • gupshup
    Feb 15, 2011 - 10:17PM

    we support You Imran,,you are great, i hope this time you will lead the nation.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Feb 15, 2011 - 10:23PM

    Looks like PPP “Jialias”are on media sites trying to change public opinion and defending their leaders. PPP days are numbered. Recommend

  • Tahir
    Feb 15, 2011 - 10:37PM

    This davis issue has created real anger in the general public. It has revealed the true ugly nature of the USA and also the cowardness of our leaders who bow to america.It doesn’t matter if you support Imran Khan or not, he is right on this matter and is one of the few politicians taking a stand so we should all support him.Recommend

  • Feb 15, 2011 - 11:03PM

    How could the flag bearer of free judiciary comment on a matter which is still sub judice. What if courts release Ray under Vienna convention, will he oppose Azad Adilyas decision ? Hypocrisy!Recommend

  • Sally
    Feb 15, 2011 - 11:28PM

    Raymond davis is a murderer and has committed the murders in Pakistan in broad daylight, infront of so many people. He must be tried in Pakistan and punished. The diplomatic stauts was given to him a day after he committed the murders. Now more fake documents are being provided …
    Imran Khan and JUI are right in saying that he should not be released.Recommend

  • MuRti.!!
    Feb 15, 2011 - 11:45PM

    What the hell is diplomatic immunity ?? Immunity doesn’t means that a person can carry out a massacre in a foreign country . Recommend

  • rehan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 12:19AM

    @Talha. So any harm in it being Tehreek e Islam?? So now you don’t even like the word ISLAM?..WE LOVE YOU IMRAN!! Come and kick these rulers out of their big chairs!Recommend

  • mian raza
    Feb 16, 2011 - 5:07AM

    @Hamood:
    u better get some more information about imran then open ur gob abt himRecommend

  • AmJad Habali
    Feb 16, 2011 - 10:10AM

    Our government will soon sell whole Pakistan at stock exchange. Pakis are the most coward & disorganized people on this planet. They are supposed to make 100 time stronger blow to government that include fake-doctoral degree holders, Chief of Criminal US agnent and US employ.

    Millions of Pakis must must must March to Presidentianl HouseRecommend

  • Hamid Siddiqui
    Feb 16, 2011 - 10:19AM

    Justice should be for all and it should be served , no matter whats the country.
    Three youth died by the hands of a terrorist, who is in custody and he should not be released.
    He should be punished to provide justice to the families of the victims, and if the killer is backed by any country, international community should condemn that country.
    No body should be allowed to kill people on streets, regardless of his/her position and nationality.
    Imran Khan is not wrong if he demands that this terrorist should not be released.Recommend

  • ikram
    Feb 16, 2011 - 12:32PM

    @Hamood:
    if imran khan goes for collection, he asks overseas pakistanis for money not to bloody americans. only for the poor not for himself.
    think before u speak about this man credibility.
    he is not a corrupt others.

    he has all his assets declared inside the pakistan, not in swiss bank.

    there is not a single true, sincere, brave and upright politicain except imran khan.

    so have a lk look over the ground realities. there shud b sum difference considered between a patriot and corrupt traitors. Recommend

  • ikram
    Feb 16, 2011 - 12:36PM

    what immunity, no one can kill any body for nothing.

    bcoz he is well trained intelligencr officer and he has got plenty of info regarding cia and fbi, not a diplomat………Recommend

  • HAFEEZ ULLAH KHAN
    Feb 16, 2011 - 2:26PM

    God bless Imran Khan, only hope left. He is representing the views of majority. He is not relying on just statements and debates, he will come on streets with is workers and that will be final round of the game. Recommend

  • Ayesha Khan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 2:33PM

    In my view Imran is the only Pakistani Politician who doesnt speak the American language while the rest of the rotten lot has huge stakes in US that is why luke warm language is used by all the other scum.
    This is a great turning point in the history of Pakistan, incidents like these become a spark to start a new faze for the nation.
    Since the day Raymond murdered the three Pakistani’s it was evident that he would be taken back to the US within 3/4 weeks. Zardari is their stooge, hence expecting Zardari to displease them is foolish on our part. Hats off to our Foreign office for resisting and putting forward their point of view, after this episode Mr Salman in FO will surely loose his seat.
    Zardari should start packing up his bags with code named Raymond Davis.Recommend

  • Basit
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:19PM

    @Hamood:
    Well, you are not the first one whose think like this.

    let me be clear here, few specific community in Pakistan, i dont want to mention ithere, think that Imran Khan is somehow supporter or with talibans… com’on guys… its not like that… he always condemn them, if u dont listen it then its not his problem…

    those who say that, i just want them to put themselves in position of Imran and then they will realize that a person who can have a awesome wealthy comfortable life abroad with lots of money and success including being a star among celebrities, why will he come back to a place like pakistan leaving all his comforst back….

    support imran… he is the only good one among us right now… but if u want to support MQM or PPP, then im sure i can never be able to make u understand…Recommend

  • saad
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:23PM

    imran is really need of Pakistan and people of Pakistan. the liberal fascists must keep in mind that Pakistan is not the colony of Pakistan. patriot Pakistanis cannot bear all the pathetic fuss being created by these incompetent and self-centred rulers of Pakistan. the days of the people have been counted. long live pakistan and long live imran khan. say no to the westernized liberal fascists and traitors of pakistan.
    best wishes with imran khan and ma’m DR. Mazari Recommend

  • saad
    Feb 16, 2011 - 4:40PM

    so you have problem with Islam???? its nonsensical .. your name is Talha and your thoughts are ….what should i say.. . its shameless. what if it is tehreek-e-Islam?? islam commands to ensure insaaf.. we love Islam, Pakistan and Imran @Talha: Recommend

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat
    Feb 16, 2011 - 5:39PM

    another topic for point scoring.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Feb 16, 2011 - 10:28PM

    @Talha:

    Talha, PTI can be called “Pakistan Tehreek_e Irrelevance”. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Feb 16, 2011 - 10:39PM

    @Tanzeel:

    Good question my friend Tanzeel! It’ll be wonderful to witness the reactions of all these “hypocrites” when there’s a judicial verdict in favor of this man Davis —- courts do not and are not supposed to take guidance from fundos like Imran, courts if they really are free must and will decide as per the law which binds us to comply with our being signatory to international conventions. Recommend

  • tamoor
    Feb 16, 2011 - 11:20PM

    we all support u imran khan .Recommend

  • Dr Waqar
    Feb 17, 2011 - 1:58AM

    Imran Khan is a …GREAT NEED OF THE HOUR…in Pakistan’s political stability.Recommend

  • Hamid Siddiqui
    Feb 17, 2011 - 5:45AM

    To all who are opposing IMRAN KHAN, you should have a courage to stand up and raise your voice when some one has said or done something wrong.
    But at the same time you should have a courtesy to accept the right, and at this time, on this topic, Imran Khan is absolutely right, to demand that the terrorist who has killed two innocent people shouldn’t be handed over to USA, instead the should be punished in Pakistan.
    He is right in saying that the aid given by USA is a virus, and further to it if we try to look into the facts behind these Aids, these are bribes given by USA to some corrupt politicians to cover USA’S wrong doings.Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 17, 2011 - 2:54PM

    @saad

    Who said I have a problem with Islam?

    Even then what ‘Insaf’ has this Tehreek demanded.

    Better keep your nonsense PR off public website.

    I know how much ‘Islam’ this PTI practices behind closed doors. Recommend

  • Rahim
    Feb 17, 2011 - 7:28PM

    Pakistan can only prosper if we have leaders like Imran Khan, who is sincere and who cares about Pakistan and the people of Pakistan. It is true if you receive aid from some one you need to bow and agree with their demands, so it is a kind of virus.

    Our people are killed pretty much every day but nothing is being done about that, one Amarican, and that’s only ONE, is in the custody and look what’s happening, it’s a real shame, those who have lost their life and most of them innocent, their souls will never rest if we do not stand for them.

    I admire western counties they will come to rescue their citizens no matter what have they done, I wish we could do the same for our citizens !!!Recommend

  • Dr Waqar
    Feb 17, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Dear Friends…it’s about time that we chose ..Mard e Musalman….

    As Our Dear Mohsin E Pakistan Sir A. Iqbal rightly said…,

    Har Lehza e Momin Nayee aan nayee Shaan
    Guftar mein Kirdar Mein Allah kee Burhan

    Yeh raza kisi ko nahi maloom kay Momin
    Qari nazar ata hai haqeqat mein ahi Quran

    Jis Jigar e Lala mein Thandak woh shabnam
    Daryavon kay Dil jis say Dehal jaein woh Toofan….Imran Khan

    Dear Friends….Let’s give him a chance…He’s always been there for us…just one time.Recommend

  • Dr Waqar
    Feb 18, 2011 - 1:00AM

    IMRAN KHAN….as a LEADER of PAKISTAN…..

    WILL BE VERY RESPONSIVE TO THE PUBLIC’S OPINION…. his character and attitude tells us….

    By the way..where is the strength of PUBLIC OPINION in Pakistan, today…??

    What kind of REPUBLIC..is Pakistan….where there is NO PUBLIC in the picture at all…?Recommend

  • Hamid Siddiqui
    Feb 18, 2011 - 9:20AM

    So far Imran Khan has proved to be the only politicion, with some pricipals and character.
    He had been the true ambassador of Pakistan, he never brought any ambarrasment to Pakistani’s or Pakistan by any of his actions or statements.
    I hope we get wise and bring people like Pervez Musharaf and Imran Khan, they might have done some mistakes in the past but they are patriot Pakistanies, and will accept any aid on the cost of integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan.
    Its time to think as a nation, not as a sect, a party or for individual benefits.
    Lets change, lets build, lets be better by being a nation. Recommend

  • Hamid Siddiqui
    Feb 18, 2011 - 9:35AM

    So far Imran Khan has proved to be the only politician, with some principals and character.
    He had been the true ambassador of Pakistan; he never brought any embarrassment to Pakistani’s or Pakistan by any of his actions or statements.
    I hope we get wise and bring people like Pervez Musharaf and Imran Khan, they might have done some mistakes in the past but they are patriot Pakistanis, and will accept any aid on the cost of integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan.
    Its time to think as a nation, not as a sect, a party or for individual benefits.
    Lets change, lets build, lets be better by being a nation.Recommend

  • Islamian
    Feb 18, 2011 - 10:12PM

    @Rehan @Talha. So any harm in it being Tehreek e Islam?? So now you don’t even like the word ISLAM?

    I like this one. We are so obsessed by the western media war that we don’t even realise it in such a crucial time when we are not supposed to point out individuals but to listen what an individual or party or tehreek/imran/insaf/islam/taliban or whatever is saying. For me its not important who is saying, its important what s/he is saying. If its for me, for the nation, for the country.. then the rest are secondary issues… Hillary refused to meet Qureshi, no one in US would have criticised her for doing so making the point that she is a democrat?? or she is the wife of a ethically-corrupt former president…no.. the whole nation is sending a single message.

    Can we send a single and strong message??Recommend

  • Hanif Awan
    Feb 19, 2011 - 1:53PM

    Wah IMRAN KHAN ,The so called last hope of PAKISTAN. well said.but one question,sir. Are you court or judge to decide it? will you please, wait for the courts of PAKISTAN,n let them decide? Recommend

  • Dr Waqar
    Feb 19, 2011 - 8:40PM

    Hanif Awan….are you following the news…?
    It is not Imran Khan who killed two Pakistanis in Lahore.
    The court has to decide the fate of the killer, not Imran Khan….!!Recommend

  • summaya
    Mar 11, 2011 - 4:21PM

    Full votes for Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Anjum
    Mar 17, 2011 - 9:48AM

    @Mulla Toofhan:
    Why do you ask this? Just because he is not a mulla with a ritualistic beard and high pyjama?Recommend

  • Jay
    Mar 17, 2011 - 9:52AM

    @billo:
    I dont think you understand what Imran has said ! He is only highlighting Pakistan’s lapdog role to the US and is revolting against it. Would you like to be called the US’s lapdog? or are you favouring that even if the judiciary releases Raymond it is right ? Recommend

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