Raymond Davis case: Victims’ families being pressured by religious groups

Published: February 22, 2011
A video grab from Express News’ exclusive footage shows Raymond Davis refusing to answer queries and attempting to walk out during questioning by police. PHOTO: EXPRESS

A video grab from Express News’ exclusive footage shows Raymond Davis refusing to answer queries and attempting to walk out during questioning by police. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: The families of the two people allegedly murdered by Raymond Davis are coming under pressure from politicians and religious groups not to strike any deals that would allow for Davis’ release.

Waseem Shamshad, elder brother of Fahim, one of the young men killed, told The Express Tribune that the families are coming under conflicting pressures. He claimed that on one hand the government is pressuring the victims’ families to withdraw the case against Davis, while several religious and political groups were pressuring them not to accept any deal that would allow Davis to walk free.

When he was alone, Shamshad freely named  the parties that were urging him to keep pursuing the murder charge against Davis.

“Jamaat-e-Islami, Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba, Tehrik-e-Insaf, Insaf Students Federation and Jamaatud Dawa,” he said, listing off the parties which had called him.

When he was joined by his lawyer, however, Shamshad retracted his earlier statement about the Jamaatud Dawa, saying that they were not pressuring the family at all. He also seemed to change his tone about his feelings towards the affair, making it sound like he wanted revenge for his brother’s death.

“We only want hanging of Davis at that very place where he killed our brothers,” he said.

Nevertheless, he also made it evident that the public anger against Davis’ alleged crimes would make it very difficult for the family to accept any compromise or deal, even if they wanted to.

Since his brother’s death, Shamshad’s house has been visited by many political leaders, including Imran Khan, head of the Tehrik-e-Insaaf, and Munawwar Hasan, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami. The Jamaatud Dawa held a rally that began at the family’s house and ended at Qurtaba Chowk, the place where Fahim was killed.

He said his mother, Haleema Bibi (55), was unable to believe that her son and daughter-in-law were dead.

“She often calls Fahim and Shumaila as if she sees them in front of her but finding them nowhere she starts weeping,” said Shamshad. “Being the youngest brother, Faizan was dearest to all of us – four brothers and two sisters.”

Shamshad claimed that US Senator John Kerry had wanted to visit the family, but that he had refused to meet the American legislator. He also denied allegations that the US government had attempted to bribe the family with money or the promise of visas to the United States.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2011.

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  • Umayr Masud
    Feb 22, 2011 - 8:39AM

    Why are you putting the families life in danger, if the guy did tell you something in confidence when alone and changed his tone, it is definitely something he fears. Recommend

  • Asim Siddiqui
    Feb 22, 2011 - 9:07AM

    You make it sound as if there are threats against his life due to the pressure.

    People are just hopeful that they would see the fight to the end and no one is going to cross the line.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    Feb 22, 2011 - 9:12AM

    It is not just a case of two murders which could be settled by Khoon Baha, but it is a case of someone who was destroying Pakistan. I do not know how much courage our authorities have against evil powers, but at least highlighting of all deeds of such people is commendable.Recommend

  • Amna
    Feb 22, 2011 - 10:05AM

    There is an awful lot of assuming and “it seemed” going on in this article for this to really be considered a news article…come on ET.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Feb 22, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Could you please tell us who was pressuring them not to pursue any case against terrorist Raymond? Please provide the nameRecommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Feb 22, 2011 - 10:16AM

    Even if the families withdraw the case, Davis should be charged on the charges of a “spy”. And the penalty of any spy is nothing but “death”. Recommend

  • Adeel
    Feb 22, 2011 - 10:24AM

    “Jamaat-e-Islami, Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba, Tehrik-e-Insaf, Insaf Students Federation and Jamaatud Dawa,”

    interesting to note the mentioning of PTI…same mindset between all only the lady supporters of PTI are in sleevelessRecommend

  • Jawed
    Feb 22, 2011 - 10:24AM

    That is what exactly was being expected from Government. See the leadership starved for Dollars……they are insisting family to waithdraw case…….Recommend

  • abdullah
    Feb 22, 2011 - 10:39AM

    he should not be forgiven ….Recommend

  • Feb 22, 2011 - 11:18AM

    The Friday Times has claimed that a deal has already been struck! Recommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Feb 22, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Why we call them religious groups? Are we without religion. If a non Muslim says I am not religious that is understandable and acceptable too but this self imposed dscimination is strange? Please note that its the decision of Almighty that we are Muslims by birth, now as a Muslim we excell, its every Muslims own as well as joint responsibility. If we had cared for humanity as Almighty wants and as Nabi SAW practiced it and Sahaba e Kiram R.A. copied it than no way Muslims can be termed in any negative terminology. Today including me, we all expect from non Muslims to do good so that we can return the same, is’nt it strange my Muslim fellows? Lets fikr (ponder) !! Jazak ALLAH! Recommend

  • S khan
    Feb 22, 2011 - 12:09PM

    Let the sense prevail, Can Raymond trail is thinkable not to talk about any punishment.

    Let the family take of decesed family take the decision.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Feb 22, 2011 - 12:11PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.
    *Why the victims families are being pressurized by the government,political parties and religious groups to withdraw murder cases just for an American?
    *Why political parties and religious groups don’t pressurize Zardari to forgive BB’s killers and Governor Taseer’s killer?
    *Why Zardari is not being pressurized to withdraw all cases related to BB’s assassination?
    *Why this human sympathy is trying to be shown only for an American?
    *What are the motives and furtive intentions of PPPP’s government by pressurizing the victims families?
    This is the biggest and greatest effrontery and meanness of our corrupt and beggars leaders that they want to withdraw this cruel and brutal murder case by the victims families and it proves that any American has license to kill any Pakistani even in Pakistan on the name of self-defense although fake self-defense.Shame,curse and woe many times be on the political parties,religious groups and government whose are pressurizing victims families for withdrawal.Recommend

  • sajjad
    Feb 22, 2011 - 12:16PM

    “Jamaat-e-Islami, Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba, Tehrik-e-Insaf, Insaf Students Federation and Jamaatud Dawa,”
    what happend to Imran Khan, he looks like a gentle man but behave like an animal as the jumatis and other religious parties….Musharraf was right about him as he called him a clean shaved Taliban..Recommend

  • Roshan
    Feb 22, 2011 - 12:41PM

    Jeans JehadisRecommend

  • Saleem
    Feb 22, 2011 - 12:53PM

    Why not a deal! Others in Pakistan kill scores of family members and struck a deal. day in and day out, men rape women even minors of 3 years and kill them and struck a deal, this loophole in our justice system is always there, because of I guess selective use and misinterpretation of the Sharia, so let it be another of those kinds. Those who were killed were innocent? they were carrying guns, I guess to defend the nation? Religious leaders, my foot, bigots and hypocrites. Don’t we have other macro issues to deal with? let’s build the national pride first and remain steadfast to it latter. Recommend

  • Feb 22, 2011 - 1:10PM

    And what about the pressure on the families from the Government to cut a deal? Recommend

  • Arsalana
    Feb 22, 2011 - 1:16PM

    Tu Kon – Main Kha Mukha

    This is what religious parties are doing.

    Let the heirs of victims decide freely.

    How can they pressurize someone who wants to settle or otherwise.Recommend

  • Feb 22, 2011 - 1:26PM

    In Islam we have 3 Options:

    a. Take a similar revenge (eye for eye – tooth for tooth).
    b. Pardon the culprit
    c. Accepting Khhon Bahaa

    Taking revenge is the easiest thing. But Islam teaches us forgive and forgoe.

    We are civilized nation and must thing either on option b or c above as the persons killed cannot be brought to life.

    We have to accept this happening as from Allah’s Reza as written for the deceased.

    In my opinion, the deceased familes must start thinking on the above two options (b and c) which will not only increas Islam and Pakistan at large in the eyes of International community but also in the eyes of Allah who knows what is best for us.Recommend

  • Nak
    Feb 22, 2011 - 1:30PM

    One American killed three of our citizens, dozens on channels reporting, hundred of politiation’ s statements, but can any one think hundred of our citizens daily killed in our country, no one can point out even take normal, but when American killed our citizen they started,,,,,,,I am not saying its right, its wrong, no one have right to do this,,,,,,but when a 6 year old girl raped and killed, why PM did not coment on that, why opposition did not protest, why our agencies fail to caught the guilty,,,,,why court did not take any notice,,,, because they did not make any political number on that girl,,,,,,,,,,,,Guys, think it.Recommend

  • PK Expat
    Feb 22, 2011 - 2:18PM

    An American kills two Pakistanis and a massive segment of Pakistan wants the accused to be hanged. A Pakistani kills another Pakistani (Mumtaz Qadri shooting Governor Taseer in cold blood) and the same segment wants to give the accused Valentines cards and make him a national hero. People wake up! Stand against the countless murders in your country as well. Murder can not have double standards! Don’t let the Raymond Davis case let your vision get clouded in emotionalism. His case is being handled by the people in charge. Let them do their job and determine the facts. It is a complicated case and allowing it to fuel your emotions will only give you a head ache. Pakistan has already done its bit by not succombing to external pressure without trying to investigate the details of the case. They have succeeded in placating your concerns that you are slaves to America. What you wanted has been achieved, he wasn’t sent back to America under pressure on Day 1. Everybody needs to wake up, espionage is a major international issue that is in operation in every single place, we are not singled out victims in Pakistan. In 99% of cases, espionage cases are dealt with by the governments involved and not used as circus acts on the media. What everyone wanted has already been achieved, he did NOT get away with it. Now, let the rule of law decide what will happen next. Recommend

  • Shahid Orakzai
    Feb 22, 2011 - 2:20PM

    Mr. Omar Wayne

    Can u please forward me the linkRecommend

  • Tilsim
    Feb 22, 2011 - 2:54PM

    God allows man to forgive in Quran; recommends it. Even for murder. In Pakistan, the so called religious parties say NO to forgiveness. Another demonstration of the effect that politics has on religion. Politics trumps faith.Recommend

  • sashayub
    Feb 22, 2011 - 2:57PM

    just one question, why is RD so important for the US that from Kerry to Clinton, everyone seems to have made him a high priority, in fact a priority higher than the tri-partite dialogue???Recommend

  • Chips
    Feb 22, 2011 - 3:00PM

    Those who are talking about the deal with the family are actually want the deal to be done as soon as possible. Another way of defaming the bereaved families.Recommend

  • Chak number. Vih' not Caterbury'
    Feb 22, 2011 - 3:14PM

    A very unbalanced reporting on part of Express Tribune. They should not exploit the position of the poor family. There was no need to amalgamate something what the family doesnt wanted to be tagged with. Its a shame you could have reported it in a better way!

    @ Nak: I think one should differentiate between the complexity of the matter. There is hell of a difference b/w an individual’s crime (molestation) and a crime committed by an alien vis-a-vis supported by his Govt. too. (state sponsored crime)Recommend

  • saqib
    Feb 22, 2011 - 3:25PM

    100% Agreed With AHmer Ali..
    this scenario is more like an Patrioatic bollywood movie. in the climax of which all the people of the city/country walk out against injustice, on patriotic music or a song, and then they provide justice to the suffering family by killing culprits.Recommend

  • khan
    Feb 22, 2011 - 4:27PM

    not good attempt by you people (Tribune) to mention the names of parties it means you are acting according to govt guide line and feel express tribune working for govt to report in this way .. today if you release one davis tomorrow 100 davise will start work in same way to kill any pakistani regarless he is poor or wealthy or political leader .. it is time of lesson to america that pakisan is independent country not there one state .. today give punish to davis tomorrow you will be safe fm american .. so please report in proper way .. thank u Recommend

  • Feb 22, 2011 - 4:40PM

    its an unbearable loss of the family, please let go the family to make decision of their own, don’t rise the issue of political benefits. you playing politics on somebody’s death.

    Change the history of Pakistan in running the politics on dead bodies. Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Feb 22, 2011 - 4:52PM

    There is an old saying “Too many cooks spoil the broth”. Now since the issue has been hijacked by PML-N and their sleeping partners so any untoward incident can take place for political mileage. Lives are really in danger not only of the grieved families but also of RD. It is time to bring forth some balanced brains to solve this issue before it is too late. Recommend

  • Feb 22, 2011 - 5:36PM

    While I am writing to this express tribune page, the deal is being struck between the Americans and the family members of the deceased, it is most like an absurd truth that we are just being too emotional regarding this case, where the family of the deceased has forgiven the accused on the basis of paying off a huge sum of money along with green card to the family, just like other cases in Pakistan go , this is not something new we face, For now we should wait for an incident most likely to happen so that our attention goes towards it, just like sitara plus drama soups we always want something new and spicy in the news to comment and talk about in our drawing rooms :)

    Tea Time Lets just only talk about issues in our country and not do anything ;)Recommend

  • Bangash
    Feb 22, 2011 - 9:37PM

    This proves that maulvis are trying to get mileage out of this issue and not interested in any form of justice, even those as prescribed by Islamic laws.Recommend

  • Feb 23, 2011 - 7:35AM

    The Express Tribune has put the victim’s family in danger. Highly irresponsible posting!Recommend

  • Farid
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:40AM

    They should take the money they are offered as blood money. He is going to be freed anyway.Recommend

    Feb 23, 2011 - 2:29PM

    Black water and Raymond networks has to be eradicated …otherwise…Pakistan existence on the World Map will be a big question mark????. This is the real dynamics behind the jews ambitions. Why you people are discussing some minor things…over here? Be united and discuss how to recover the missing car along with missing people who killed Ebad-ur-Rehman? You people can better discuss how to catch others Raymond, who are plaining for continuse drone attacks as well as explosions in Pakistan.
    Mullahas, holly worriors and feudals, etc all are the production of the big evills…i mean to say created by US plus jews….

    If you people really sincere and honest to end the wars, explosions, bombing and everday drone attacks ….then you will have to eradicate the Raymond’s networks…black waters and other networks of CIA/FBI.

    We should give examplary punishment to Raymond Davic as well as all those Pakistanies officials and non-officials, who allowed all these netwroks to enter Pakistan…

    Pakistan is crying and waiting for another true independence…which was dreamed by our Heros Iqbal and Jinnah….

  • Hyder Ali
    Feb 23, 2011 - 6:29PM

    Davis is a US diplomat covered by diplomatic immunity. Pak Army, who controls Pakistan foreign policy, is breaking the treaty and thus USA is free to attack Pakistan for this flagrant violation. Immunity from prosecution means just that. (Period). It does not matter whether he is a spy or he killed a million Pakistanis by atom bomb. USA has the right to demand his release. All other states have respected diplomatic immunity and expelled the diplomats when the state refused to waive the immunity. Pak Army has flagrantly violated that principle and laid Pakistan open to just punishment by US Army.Recommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Feb 23, 2011 - 9:29PM

    @ Hyder Ali
    My dear, uneasy lies the head that wears a Crown!! U.S Army has failed in Afghanistan they need men of faith not just name of a Muslim! Our Pak Army has shown some of its worth but much is in store. Our Jawan to General are solid steel with faith. Just wait this time Pakistan has something up their sleeve. Pakistan is a careful state and people in power are not free to act as they wish. Its easy to talk when your responsibility is none and remember people killed are some one’s relatives.Recommend

  • Balwinder Sandhu
    Feb 25, 2011 - 2:24PM

    @Aftab, good comment.

    My only comment here is that if this had happened in India, Raymond would be convicted.
    Respect yourself and others, and the whole world respects you back. My deepest condolences to the families of the murdered 3 and to the lady who committed suicide.Recommend

  • wahab
    Feb 27, 2011 - 3:48AM

    Why are they putting pressure? Why are they taking pressure? Just decide and thats itRecommend

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