Davis on hunger strike: Sources

American gunman won't eat until his demands are met, US embassy denies report.

Express February 22, 2011

LAHORE: Reports on Tuesday suggested that Raymond Davis, held in jail for the alleged murder of two Pakistanis in Lahore, has gone on a hunger strike at the Kot Lakhpat jail.

However, a US embassy spokesperson deemed the reports ridiculous saying that the American national was not on hunger strike.

According to Express 24/7 correspondent Shiraz Hasnat, sources confirmed that Davis is demanding reduced surveillance and his favourite food on his particular timings. They added that Davis is brought food by staff from the American consulate in Lahore whenever someone comes to meet him.

Hasnat said that after his conversation with his family a day before yesterday, Davis is “a little bit depressed and that’s why as a protest today he is on hunger strike.”

The Punjab government earlier refused a request by the US consulate in Lahore to remove the surveillance cameras on Davis’ cell and decrease his surveillance. A meeting between the Punjab government and jail authorities is underway to discuss the situation, the correspondent reported.

The consulate has also requested to transfer Davis from the Kot Lakhpat Jail to Rawalpindi’s Adiyala jail. The correspondent said that Raymond Davis had access to a DVD player and a television, as well as access to a phone sometimes. He said other than not cooperating with investigators, Davis has also objected to hearing the Azan (call for prayer) from near his cell.


Anoop | 10 years ago | Reply @SA, Buddy, if Pakistan fails and nukes fall into Terrorists or refugees rush into India, it will be my problem. You might not care what your country become, as it is already stuck in a downward spiral, but I do care about mine. @Sara, You are brainwashed by your Urdu Media. Pakistani Army is involved in the Drone strikes. The proof for this is this: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5762371.ece There is absolutely no prrof of US involvement is other acts, and you are speaking without any concrete evidence. Nice way to treat the country which has poured billions into Pakistan since Pakistan's birth, which has allowed Pakistan to punch above its weight. If there was concrete evidence then its the Pakistani Army's and Governments fault that they are not acting on it, not USA's. USA is doing what it thinks is in its interests. Your energy will be spent better if you focus your attention against the idocies of Pakistani Army than hate a country which is sitting pretty thousands of miles away.
SA | 10 years ago | Reply @Anoop: Now that isn't really YOUR problem, is it?
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