LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday claimed that Interior Minister Rehman Maik told him that the federal government was going to give diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis, the US consular employee who shot dead two Pakistani men in Lahore.
Shahbaz said that in response, he told the minister that Davis will be taken to court.
The chief minister was talking to the media in Islamabad. He asserted that the federal government should have come out in the open on whether Davis had diplomatic immunity or not on the very first day. He stated that the Punjab government will not compromise on the sovereignty of the country.
Shahbaz questioned what diplomatic duties Davis was carrying out at a busy area of Lahore. He also said a diplomat cannot carry weapons on the streets and kill innocent unarmed civilians.
Decision about immunity
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Chief Chaudhry Shujahat Hussain said the federal governmnet should decide about diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis as soon as possible.
In a statement, the PML-Q chief said that the PPP government should show responsibility by taking its decision as per the law.
He also said Raymond Davis can compromise with the grieved families under the Qisas and Diyat Ordinance.
PPP core committee meeting
Members of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will hold a meeting in Islamabad today (Thursday) to take a decisive stance on the Raymond Davis issue.
The meeting termed as the PPP core-committee meeting and will be held in the Presidency. Federal Ministers, senior PPP leaders and former core committee members will attend the meeting.