Raymond Davis case: Punjab seeks questioning by intelligence agencies

Published: February 27, 2011
Punjab government insists Davis be interrogated by intelligence agencies instead of the police. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Punjab government insists Davis be interrogated by intelligence agencies instead of the police. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government is insisting that the detained CIA agent, Raymond Davis, should be interrogated by intelligence agencies instead of the police, sources said.

The provincial government has sent several letters to the federal government along with ‘undeniable proof’ of Davis’ involvement in anti-Pakistan activities, a highly-placed source told The Express Tribune.

“His interrogation by the intelligence agencies will help trace other CIA agents involved in ‘unlawful activities’ in Pakistan,” the source said quoting from the official letters of the Punjab government.

The camera seized from Davis had photographs of Pakistan Army’s bunkers on the border with India. And this made the Punjab police suspect that he could be spying on Pakistan for India.

They suspect that Davis could have been providing to the Indians information about the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is headquartered near Lahore.

New Delhi has accused the LeT for most of the terrorist attacks on its soil, including the 2008 commando-style storming of Mumbai’s landmarks. The LeT is said to be the militant wing of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) charity.

Before the shooting on January 27, Davis had visited a place in Lahore which is located hardly a kilometre away from the LeT headquarters.

Washington has been a strong supporter of New Delhi’s demand for the closure of the JuD offices in Lahore and elsewhere in the country.

“The US support for India’s viewpoint on the LeT has always irked Pakistan,” a former diplomat told The Express Tribune. “Why is Washington criticising Islamabad on the LeT as it is a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India,” he added.

US diplomats are perturbed over media reports that Davis has been questioned about things other than the killing of two Pakistanis.

His interrogators had also asked him several questions about the identity of those three US nationals who escaped from the scene after crushing to death another Pakistani in Lahore on Jan 27.

Davis has reportedly been questioned about the three Americans who had come to his rescue but fled from the crime scene crushing another Pakistani under their SUV on way to the American consulate in Lahore.

Despite the Lahore High Court orders the US consulate has not handed over the Pakistani driver and the SUV they were travelling in to the police.

Police suspect that the three Americans were Davis’ collaborators in his clandestine operations in Pakistan.

“For the law the driver of the car, and not the three Americans, was responsible for the death of the third Pakistani,” a police official told The Express Tribune.

Meanwhile, the Punjab home department is considering holding a jail-trial of Davis in the illegal weapon case due to security concerns.

The source said that the department is likely to issue a formal notification in this regard within three days.  Davis’ trial in the double murder case is already being held in the Kot Lakhpat Jail, where he is detained.

Hearing in the illegal weapon case is scheduled for March 3 and the trail will be held in jail, the sources said.  However, provincial Home Secretary Shahid Khan refused to comment on the issue.

Additional reporting by Rana Yasif in Lahore

Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • tariq
    Feb 27, 2011 - 11:56AM

    How weak our democratic govt who can not ask loudly about the other three killers who fled away from the scene.

    Isn’t it the best example of master and servant?Recommend

  • Feb 27, 2011 - 12:01PM

    Nothing could be more better!Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Feb 27, 2011 - 1:04PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.This is much the best now for the real and actual interrogation Because under police custody Raymond Davis is living as a VIP guest and is being treated as chief guest and is provided A-class jail facilities.Police officers are facing insulting attitude by American visitors in jail.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 27, 2011 - 3:01PM

    We need to make him sing.

    The sort of contacts he has with TTP and other outfits – we need to know exactly what he was scheming with them . Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Feb 27, 2011 - 5:05PM

    After the recent discussion between two Spy chiefs and Defense Chiefs we should not be taken
    aback if CIA and ISI jointly interrogate Raymond Davis? Recommend

  • Feb 27, 2011 - 7:10PM

    They suspect that Davis could have been providing to the Indians information about the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is headquartered near Lahore

    So the police is confessing that a banned organization is operating near Lahore? Why dont they do something about it, rather then highlighting the states failure to implement the Lahore? Second, why would India, count on an American to spy for them, given that he would stand out in the crowd? Everyone getting excited about pictures of Pakistans border and military installations around it, please got to Google Earth or Flickr and do a search, and you will find much much more incriminating pictures.

    Please highlight the word “suspect” – nothing has been proven – the establishment is pulling the strings to get everyone worked up, while the “anti-state” elements such as JD and LEJ are getting legitimacy for their operations. Recommend

  • Suresh
    Feb 27, 2011 - 8:49PM

    Pakistan should deal with LeT and JuD not because of what India and US want but for it’s own security.Recommend

  • Feb 28, 2011 - 12:11AM

    So the Punjab Government (Emirate of Raiwind) is saying that Ray Davis is a RAW agent? HA!Recommend

  • Anil lajpat RAI
    Feb 28, 2011 - 12:40AM

    Dear, Suresh and TightDhoti
    Why don’t you and me mind our Buissness,live the politic to them politician, u and i are among the best Ami’s/Friends, so let it be
    why are we geting inn the dirty fight of others?? wake up.Recommend

  • Shani
    Feb 28, 2011 - 2:43PM

    I do not understand one thing why the hell they are providing him VVIP facilities in jail. First day when he was cauaght he told police that he works as a consultant. There is a video proof of it. Now he doesnt answer any questions. They should do the interrogate him aggressively.
    After finding all the information he should be hanged. He has no immunity.Recommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:56PM

    I believe that would be wiser decision in solving this case speedily.Recommend

  • thomas
    Mar 7, 2011 - 8:24AM

    Try him for the gun charges..!!! Try him for the SPYING charges…!!!!! Try him for the murder charges…. Lets see, Afia got 86 years for shooting AT American personnel even though NO-ONE was HURT….. How long should Rambo Davis get for shooting TWO……. .Running after and Executing ONE with fatal shot when he was already disabled and wounded.. and leaving four citizens of Pakistan dead..?? Way more than 86 years. right..That is if the life of a citizen of Pakistan has EQUAL VALUE to a citizen of the U.S….??? Am I right..?? Two hundred years sounds about correct to me……Recommend

  • MOLVI_whisky
    Mar 7, 2011 - 11:23AM

    3 Germans were caught filming target of terror attacks in Lahore apart from the Jewish guy who faked conversion to Islam and married a Pakistani woman in Peshawar to intermingle, but continue to rent safe houses for XE terrorists and lately an MI6 with 8 British commandos caught in Libya on special mission. Wonder how many western contract terrorists working under diplomatic cover ??Recommend

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