‘Davis was after me’

Published: February 21, 2011
Pakistani doctor believes Davis wanted to assassinate him. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistani doctor believes Davis wanted to assassinate him. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: A Pakistani-American doctor believes Raymond Davis came to Pakistan to assassinate him because he had sued the former US president George W Bush for $165 trillion for twice detaining him illegally.

Dr Muhammad Adnan Bhutta, an orthopaedic surgeon currently working at the Lahore General Hospital, was holding a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Sunday.

He feared that his life was at risk and said he would file an application to the DIG (Operations) on Monday (today) in this regard.

He said that he was detained in the US once on November 11, 2001 for two months and then on January 15, 2002 for a month, because he was mistaken as a suspect in the World Trade Centre bombing on September 11, 2001.

He said that in the detention he was subjected to the worst possible torture. The charges, he said, were later dropped and he was released. He filed a law suit against the then US president, George W Bush, and the FBI for keeping him in illegal detention on false charges of terrorism. In the case, he said, he had demanded $165 trillion as compensation.

Even after his release, he said, he was followed on various occasions both in the US, which made him feel insecure and so he moved back to Pakistan in 2006. The US agencies also stopped him at the airport in the US for interrogation, he claimed.

He said that there were chances Davis had come to kill him or keep him away from further proceeding the case.

He said that on January 27, when he was headed to his car mechanic near Qurtaba Chowk, he felt he was being followed by a white Land Cruiser with tinted windows. He said just before he reached the mechanic’s shop, while he was in front of the Khalid Book Depo on Ferozepur Road, he saw the white civic of Raymond Davis escaping after the shooting.

Dr Bhutta said that it was not a coincidence that the killing happened right in front of the mechanic’s shop.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2011.

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  • Raj
    Feb 21, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Does Dr Muhammd Adnan Bhutta know the number of zeros in 165 trillion figure.Recommend

  • Raj
    Feb 21, 2011 - 10:19AM

    The annual gross domestic product for the world is only about $60 trillion, so good luck taking up the slack when the economy rebounds. I love Pakistanis, Dr Bhutta is my newly fond passion.Recommend

  • Tehmina
    Feb 21, 2011 - 11:15AM

    Publicity Stunt!!Recommend

  • bmull
    Feb 21, 2011 - 11:27AM

    I don’t doubt that he was illegally detained and even tortured by U.S. authorities but demanding $165 trillion in compensation–essentially all the money in the world–makes him seem somewhat unserious.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Feb 21, 2011 - 1:27PM

    Or 165 BazillionRecommend

  • Majid Nasim Ahmad
    Feb 21, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Where will the doctor keep all this money even if he gets it?Recommend

  • yaarku
    Feb 21, 2011 - 3:04PM

    what ever…his clinic will flourish with majority of maulvi party coming to have sacred prescriptions ;)Recommend

  • Feb 21, 2011 - 3:32PM

    In the first phase why was he (along with many others … God knows) allowed Visa and free movement every where in Islamic Republic of PAKISTAN? I’ll give you 1000 bucks for crossing over to any other country like these people sneak into Pakistan. And another 1000 bucks for illegally shooting a duck over there!Recommend

  • aiwain
    Feb 21, 2011 - 3:46PM

    Too brilliant to not leave a comment saying how brilliant this is.

    Bhutta for President! Recommend

  • Chaudhry
    Feb 21, 2011 - 5:11PM

    thats ridiculous………..Recommend

  • Eddy
    Feb 21, 2011 - 7:40PM

    Now we know the reason for the world financial crunch .. they were all trying to come up with the $165 trillion for Mr. Bhutta Recommend

  • nusrat
    Feb 21, 2011 - 7:50PM

    all of you making fun of dr.bhutta, wait till he gets the $165 trillion, then you, along with the entire zardari govt. will come to him hand in hand. but then, he will laugh at you all just like you ridicule him now.
    i respect you dr.bhutta, please don’t forget me when you get the trillions. one billion for me, peellleeaase.
    humbly yours,
    nusrat khanRecommend

  • Husyn
    Feb 21, 2011 - 8:16PM

    ‎’A man went to a huge carnival and lost a penny, when he returned, he was asked about the carnival by a friend to which he replied: ‘It wasn’t a carnival. It was just a flimsy excuse to get my penny stolen’.Recommend

  • Feb 21, 2011 - 8:34PM

    You must be joking. This amount, and not your claim, is simply ridiculous. It really is. I had to double check this amount before writing this comment. Our doctors are funny. Recommend

  • Blithe / Shaikh
    Feb 21, 2011 - 8:39PM

    You never kow.
    Raymond Davis may just have beeen out to murder him.

    It was a negotating tactic to ask for 165trillion. The doctor may just settle for 1bps of that. Recommend

  • Raj
    Feb 21, 2011 - 9:35PM

    If Dr. Bhutta succeeds in getting is $165,000,000,000,000.00 and then distributes equally amongst 180,000,000 Pakistanis including Salman Butt…guess what every Pakistani will be richer by $916,666.67 USD. All Pakistanis should unite behind Dr. Bhutta, this is a life time opportunity to get rich.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Feb 21, 2011 - 9:42PM

    @ all
    its not about the money and the doctor would know thatRecommend

  • Choudhry Arsalan
    Feb 21, 2011 - 10:56PM

    In Lahore or anywhere in Pakistan when it requires a few thousand rupees to fix a man by target killers why the US would preffer to send Raymond Davis.Either they are fond of shooting a sparrow with cannon or Dr Bhutta is at the same position in ISI as Raymond is in CIA. .Recommend

  • Dr.Khurram
    Feb 22, 2011 - 12:16AM

    lolzzzzz…this is awsome….having a hard time taking this guy seriously but hey im all for it..you go Dr. Bhutta ;)Recommend

  • khalid
    Feb 22, 2011 - 12:38AM

    lets play doctor doctorRecommend

  • pakistani
    Feb 22, 2011 - 12:51AM

    rather to get protection from US court of justice, he came to Pakistan where security issues are at high. at the day of assassination why he didn’t inform security agencies in Pakistan about his problem.. its new style of getting publicity..Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Feb 22, 2011 - 1:37AM

    Dr. is too precious. RAW, CIA and Mossad could kidnap him. Therefore please hide him somewhere with nukes. Recommend

  • Bajwa
    Feb 22, 2011 - 3:37AM

    Bhutta is a crazy man, is not he? Choee sab paisay botay mung baithay o janab ( you have asked for a little extra money).Recommend

  • Salman
    Feb 22, 2011 - 4:20AM

    well it seems that the torture is showing the effects!Recommend

  • Midnight Drummer
    Feb 22, 2011 - 5:21AM

    Interesting twist to the story and what two weeks later? Could it be a misdirection ploy to distract from the real motives of the murders, who knows …
    I really don’t think Dr Muhammad Adnan Bhutta is enough of a valuable asset for the US Government to send out it’s agents to track down and assassinate him unless he was privy to state secrets or he has sensitive information that the US Government does not want him to reveal.Recommend

  • Imran Ali
    Feb 22, 2011 - 2:51PM

    Well it not matter to rasie fingure towards Dr. Bhutta… Its not a matter to know number of Zeros in trillion…

    Its the matter which he has brought into the attention of nation.. and as nation, we should take serious note… British and US newspapers have already published that David is working for Black Water nad CIA as agent… why not! if Dr. Bhuttaa has filed a case.. I am sure, if not trillion.. not billion.. but atleast he would get millions… and then it would start new chapter in which every one who was detianed illegly would file case… and US government would then face hard consitions…

    Dear Pakis, Davis Jasosi kar raha tha pakistan main.. he was on special mission… Please behave like a united nation on this matter.

    Wasalam and Regards

    Imran AliRecommend

  • sanhita pendse
    Feb 22, 2011 - 3:27PM

    Mubarak ho Dr.Bhutta ,
    U are a trillionaire very soon.Recommend

  • MAD
    Feb 22, 2011 - 4:27PM

    I dont think a newspaper like this should publish such rubbish.Recommend

  • faqir hamim
    Feb 22, 2011 - 9:08PM

    i dont think that amount is what he expects to get, its like a legal thing, where you ask for a certain amount and the judge slashes it to a much smaller settlement. the 165 trillion is more of what he feels is the cost incurred by him when wrongfully detained.

    mind you the above opinion is sole based on watching a lot of boston legal, the practice, the firm….(you get the picture)Recommend

  • Radial
    Feb 23, 2011 - 5:09AM

    hey doc, if you’re going to file absurd law suits, why stop at 165 trillion? how about 165 Quintillion (10 to the power 18) or 165 Centillion (10 to the power 303)?Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:33AM

    Mr. Bhutta escaped america on sassi palejo’s “pre-historic” aeroplane.Recommend

  • Hanif Awan
    Feb 23, 2011 - 11:35AM

    Astonishing claim.Recommend

  • afzal
    Feb 23, 2011 - 12:08PM

    No wonder what he charges his patients!Recommend

  • Salman
    Feb 24, 2011 - 1:01AM

    Well, my sources in US Government has just informed me that they are willing to settle with Dr. Bhutta for the amount he is seeking if he promises not to return to the U.S.

    @ Afzal: Forget what Dr. Bhutta charges the patients, let’s be thankful that he is not a neuro-surgeon, but I will still be careful going to him if I need a treatment.Recommend

  • Raj
    Feb 24, 2011 - 5:26AM

    It is reliably learnt that Raymond Davis almost delivered $165,000,000,000,000.00 to wrong guys. Upon learning his mistake he killed them and his accomplices ran way with $165,000,000,000,000.00 in a van. Raymond Davis was later nabbed by police, he is still not saying anything about Dr. Bhutta.Recommend

  • Singh
    Feb 24, 2011 - 6:47AM

    All comments are very funny. LOL
    I have just one question to Dr. Butta, Which Law firm has taken his case. As per US Law, Any US President ( Current or Ex ) are immune to any Legal case, criminal or otherwise while performing his duty. Even DA or its staff has more safeguard in this regard. So they can perform their duty without any repercussion of lawsuit.Recommend

  • Ajaz Hussain
    Feb 24, 2011 - 9:59AM

    I think this may be maximum of $165 million. the US total annual GDP is about $13 trillion.Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Feb 24, 2011 - 1:03PM

    LOL after reading all the comments.
    Paks have terrific sense of humor.Recommend

  • W.Mateen
    Feb 24, 2011 - 3:06PM

    i luved the report and the thread of comments that followed…LOL. this is amazing!!…the story, the fear, the claim!! what a package!! but the questions remains….what was raymond doing in pakistan?? let alone in lahore??!!!!Recommend

  • Midnight Drummer
    Feb 24, 2011 - 4:19PM

    Lol, that made me laugh. Nice one Raj!Recommend

  • Bangash
    Feb 26, 2011 - 12:06AM

    The comments are funniest I have read for long time. Thanks to all for bringing me some comedic relief on a stressful workday.Recommend

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