Writ petition: The Raymond Davis question

Published: February 16, 2011
petition filed to summon former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Pakistan Peoples Party information secretary Fauzia Wahab.

petition filed to summon former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Pakistan Peoples Party information secretary Fauzia Wahab.

LAHORE: A writ petition was filed, on Tuesday, in the Lahore High Court to summon former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Pakistan Peoples Party information secretary Fauzia Wahab for making statements on double murder accused American Raymond Davis’s diplomatic immunity.

The petition asks that the court direct both Qureshi and Wahab to divulge material that would substantiate their statements. Petitoner, Advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique, submitted that while Qureshi had said that Davis did not enjoy diplomatic immunity, Wahab had said Davis had complete immunity. The petitioner said Davis should not be handed over to the American government till the court has decided the issue of diplomatic immunity. Davis, he said, should be tired for deliberate murder and sentenced under Pakistani law. He prayed to the court that the record be sent back to the Foreign Office and copies submitted to the court. He also prayed for judicial inquiry into the alleged tampering, manipulation and forgery of the record of immunity maintained by the ministry.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2011.

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  • Khalid Rahim
    Feb 17, 2011 - 12:38PM

    In fact the High Court should specially ask Madame Fauzia Wahab for her documents and must
    interpret her claim correctly and be ready for counter questioning by the court. In case of Shah Mahmud Qureshi he should have no problem in this matter.Recommend

  • Driver of Landcruiser
    Feb 17, 2011 - 6:28PM

    Pakistan must expel all US diplomats and close the US Embassy and all US Consulates. This is due to the failure to hand over the driver of the Toyota Landcruiser, who killed an innocent pedestrian.

    This is further proof of American hypocrisy.

    The passengers and driver of the Toyota Landcruiser must be handed over to the Punjab Police.

    No extradition or diplomatic immunity for Raymond Davis.

    Everyone already knows that Raymond Davis is a killer and not a diplomat.Recommend

  • No Prisoner Exchange
    Feb 17, 2011 - 6:52PM

    There should be no prisoner exchange of Raymond Davis for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.

    That would give credibility to the bogus trial of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.

    Whereas, it is obvious that Raymond Davis is a killer.

    Dr. Aafia Siddiqui should be freed, regardless, as matter of justice.

    Raymond Davis must stand trial in Pakistan and then do the time for the crime.

    Obama and the USA would be wise to encourage both situations.

    Wake Up America – this is the 21st Century and Pakistan is not your slave.Recommend

  • Madeeha
    Feb 18, 2011 - 8:29AM

    Case Of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui:
    A New Turn As Lawyers Release Explosive, Secretly Recorded Audio Tape:


    Aafia Siddiqui – Just The Facts:
    Also included is a new video clip of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and transcript of that audio tape.


    The report, Aafia Siddiqui: Just the Facts, reveals shocking new evidence that contradicts official statements from governments of both Pakistan and the United States that Dr. Siddiqui was not detained in their custody prior to her arrest in 2008. IJN has obtained a secret audio recording of a senior Pakistani police official who admits he was personally involved in the arrest of Dr. Siddiqui and her children five years ago This account is corroborated by substantial documentary evidence and witness testimony, which all points to the same conclusion—that Dr. Siddiqui and her three children were initially arrested in March 2003 with the knowledge and cooperation of local authorities in Karachi, Pakistan, and subsequently interrogated by Pakistani military intelligence (ISI) as well as U.S. intelligence agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).Recommend

  • nancy
    Feb 22, 2011 - 11:43PM

    pakistanis should mount an organized SANE PEACEFUL protest to demand a prisoner exchange. it cant just be left to submitting legal petitions to the courts. the courts and gov officials have too much to hide in her case, and even people who were not involved in her capture in 2003 will not be anxious to push the wrong political buttons and jeopardize their jobs. this is really something that civilians need to push for. if the protest is marred by the slightest violence it will completely undermine its international value as that will be used to discount the demonstration as being done by ‘terrorists’.
    she continues to be kept in isolation. the usa is probably doing EVERYTHING in its power to prevent the the truth from coming out. she is likely to be far too mentally damaged by now to be reliable in telling what actually happened, but she may still be able to provide some clues. she is not getting any more mentally competent sitting in solitary confinement. GET HER BACK. at least try to get out the truth and, if she deserves any kind of jail time for anything she did, at least let it be in a sane and non-torturing prison. i dont think there is anything that she could have done that justifies torturing her in solitary until she is a drooling mental vegetable. [i suspect she is innocent, and the usa knows it, and doesnt want any further disclosures on how they have tortured innocent people. this has happened before, but it really does not get into the usa main stream media and few people here are even aware of anything except the usa gov story.] .. .Recommend

  • nancy
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:22AM

    @No Prisoner Exchange: i dont see how a prisoner exchange would give any credibility to her usa trial, which i agree was completely unfair-but legal under usa laws. [a person charged as an ‘enemy combatant’ has NO LEGAL RIGHTS IN THE USA. the charge of terrorism itself is a virtual conviction. nor would the exchange of siddiqui for davis be any indication of his innocents or guilt. this is an exchange of 2 bodies. standing on some kind of ‘principle’ that it would give credibility to a bogus trial is just not true. this is a person at risk of being tortured for the rest of her life. to stand on some fake principle is just unprincipled.
    davis is no one. his counterparts probably exist in multiples in every embassy of probably every country in the world. freeing siddiqui is the most important principle. it is a demand that torture be disclosed and stopped. it is an effort to unite a mother with her children, an effort to seek the the truth. if anything, her release would point more to the fact that her trial was bogus and unfair in the first place.. . Recommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Mar 15, 2011 - 1:23AM

    @nancy: I must express how I used to feel about America and may be many other Pakistanis too but prior to pre 9/11 era. It was like a dream land with beautiful and honest people except your CIA and Government. But then after America changed its course to anti Islam and anti Muslim.
    One of my freind (who had a longer beard and still has) went to America just ahead of 9/11 and on the day or after it had an incident while returning from work in a ferry a big (white) American ran after him and threw a pipe-wrench at him and shouted “Terrorist” and all this without any proof and for no reason whatsoever. But we understand, in a mob you can’t have sensibility.
    But American media in particular and western media in general tried and left no stone unturned in prooving Islam and Muslims at fault. Even now pope is trying to comment on a subject concerning feelings of Muslims and America, France, Norway every now and then playing and infuriating Muslims for no reason whatsoever.

    Islam and Muslims have always been very accomodating but there is limit of everything.Recommend

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