Twitter Alert: Reactions to Raymond Davis' release

Published: March 16, 2011
File photo of activists of Jamaat-e-Islami protesting against Raymond Davis in Lahore, February 20, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of activists of Jamaat-e-Islami protesting against Raymond Davis in Lahore, February 20, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani Twitterati tweeted their critiques as news of US national Raymond Davis’ release was confirmed by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Wednesday.

Davis was the accused in the double-murder shooting case in Lahore and was acquitted by the court as the families of the victims reportedly pardoned Davis after signing pardon papers in this regard.

Here’s the Twitter buzz:

Najam Sethi

As predicted, Davis has been freed on application of Kissas and Diyat law. CM Shahbaz played key secret role.

Nadeem F Paracha

This is what happens when a ‘successful’ media trial falls flat in the court of law.

Bina Shah

Wonder if there will be any street reaction to this, or if everyone’s just going to shut up and eat it.

Sami Shah

Never have so many liberals and conservatives been in such righteous agreement. Twitter and FB melting down.

The only acceptable follow up story would be that he converted to islam just before leaving.

Fatima Bhutto

Even for the Zardari govt, that was a remarkably quick acquittal#raymonddaviswinning

Saba Imtiaz

New reality show: Raymond ne Pakistan kyun chora?

Marvi Memon

What do all of u think on raymond issue?

Ayesha Tammy Haq

So what happens to #ShahMehmoodQuershi now


We heard that there will bloodshed on the streets and heavens will fall RT @vihargg: What could happen?


I guess GHQ maxed out that platinum ghairat card that Papa Jinnah gave us. Hope Ray Ray has a comfortable flight.


Raymond Davis freed (?), NWA op ‘on the cards’, Pasha to get an extension – coincidence? Hmm…

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Reader Comments (61)

  • moeed
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:00PM

    ashamed to call myself pakistani Recommend

  • JoJo
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:10PM

    It was known from the first day that he will be released. Our leaders, judiciary and media are all the same. All they know is how to fool the citizens.
    I wonder how many people became millionaires just because of this one man.
    Congrats Davis. Home Sweet Home
    And next time do watch a Bond movie before you murder someone in broad daylightRecommend

  • LazyBum
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:11PM

    Everybody Loves Raymond !Recommend

  • LazyBum
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:12PM

    Lets have a reality show: Raymond Ka Pakistan …. Americans practically own us, so its an apt title …Recommend

  • Gill
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:17PM

    Beechara Shah Mahmood was sacrificed by the establishment. It was all the game of our establishment which wanted to black mail US government to get some favourable terms, including clearance of US citizens from ISI before issuance of visas. Government of Punjab also played in the hands of the establishment. What a governance we are experiencing in this part of the world!!!Recommend

  • Prakash
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:18PM

    I know this and told before. He is going to be released at any cost. Every thing is drama. Pakistanis dont have guts to punish him eventhough he did cold blodded murder. So throw money and kill anybody in pakistan,Recommend

  • ad..
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:21PM

    wonder y it took so long to release him…Recommend

  • Malik
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:27PM

    Does that mean Affia is not coming back in return for Raymond?

    Azaad Adliyya Zindabad and Shariat Zindabad. Even Americans are convinced of it now.Recommend

  • wahab
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:27PM

    All happened according to constitution.. 20 crore.. MOney talksRecommend

  • I haq
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:35PM

    This was the right thing to do from the first day. Everybody is happy…families got Green Card their children will have good education….pakistan govt got excused…..Ray got 2nd life…..only MULLAH is unhappy and will use brainless people to get their vote….Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 7:36PM

    thats a bad new if true i hate aMERICA ISRAEL AND PAKISTANI GOVT UGLY POLITICANS Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 7:36PM

    bad newsRecommend

  • Mar 16, 2011 - 7:44PM

    The Raymond Davis affair had complicated relations between the US and Pakistan. Should one expect a improvement now that the issue is resolved?Recommend

  • Cheema
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:46PM

    Good. People have seen hypocrite faces of Punjab government who are spending millions on ads in their favor.Recommend

  • Siddique
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:48PM

    Sure Raymond is out thanks to our corrupt leaders whether they are from PPP or PML N We are expecting some more raymonds under the in-able leadership of the opportunist .Recommend

  • Ashish
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:49PM

    As suggested by Mr Najam Sethi in Geo TV talk show………I think he is the Master of Geo Politics and politcal affairs of pakistan.Recommend

  • Raymond Devis
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:52PM


    Darling We Also Own India. Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Today we rename our country as slavistan. Recommend

  • shaista
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:56PM

    What a hoo haa about a foregone conclusion!! Was anyone really expecting anything different??Recommend

  • Hisham
    Mar 16, 2011 - 7:56PM

    What an irony, he was spy that was an open secret but no one filed case for espionage against him.

    Pakistani Land (sold)
    Pakistani Govt. (sold)
    So called ghariat (sold)
    Pakistani Lives (sold)
    Pakistani blood (For sale, hurry up before its too late, first come first serve)

  • paindo
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:00PM

    establisment played havoc with religious parties and public feelings.Recommend

  • Moazzam Salim
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:04PM

    Freedom of judiciary? Armed Forces defenders of Pakistan?? Democratic Government custodian of the rights of the people???? pretty words without meaning when they are uttered in Pakistan.

    The only inference that I can draw from this episode is that our Government, Armed Forces and the Judiciary are all in cahoots with the Americans and anti-Pakistan forces as they have let a known spy go scot free. This makes you wonder as to who is the producer and director of the soap opera Pakistan Kay Taliban??Recommend

  • Chilli
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:12PM

    A nation being controlled by dollars not leaders. Sad end to a legitimate stand. Dollar can buy justice, leaders and army.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:13PM

    What was the need for all this drama ? Davis had diplomatic immunity and the government should have acted in a discreet and responsible manner. Instead it resorted to juvenuile behaviour, like it always does, and went on a unsustainable path, which the government of Pakistan cannot afford. So it has now brought more shame on itself. Everything in Pakistan is on sale. So are now the ‘victims family’ flown out along with Davis, to work as maids in USA or Davis house ? Remember how the parents of Kasav too have been removed from public life and hidden by the agencies ? Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:14PM

    Pakistan Ka Matlab Kya Hai? He is released as per Sharia Law. What is wrong in this?Recommend

  • wahid
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:18PM

    Our leaders now reday to ………….now we all are Taliban.Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:37PM

    What a load of nonsense that most of these comments are. Most Pakistanis would have done the same. Money is worshipped in this country. Everyone is on the take and the mullahs are no better than the rest.

    The dead are gone, dead and buried .It’s a win win for all those that survived.

    The only sad thing is that we will never know what actually happened that day that lead to Raymond Davis to shoot those two men and who were they really. So many sleeping dogs in this country, why not one more?

    The other loser are the baying crowds that have missed a horrow show and an opportunity to beat their chests. So predictably there will be a lot of Hai Hai for a few minutes. Recommend

  • ani
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:39PM

    What happened to all the self righteous bluster about Pakistani law and izzat? Poof!Recommend

  • Bangash
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:49PM

    Ghairat sold for dollars and green cards.Recommend

  • A
    Mar 16, 2011 - 8:56PM

    This whole drama was/is organized by Pakistan Army and ISI. They are palying the main role behind and knew the whole story. The nation must asked them to bring the truth to their blind/fool nation.

  • how
    Mar 16, 2011 - 9:00PM

    US Ambassador thanks greedy families for Pardoning “cold blooded murder”….!!!!!Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 16, 2011 - 9:39PM

    Dear U.S. Ambassador, could you, please, get Raymond Bhaiya to stay a little longer here —— we need some more cleaning and money, too. Since he did wonderful on both counts!Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 16, 2011 - 9:42PM

    Its funny that ghairat brigade is trying to ignore the fact that Raymond has been released under Sharia LawRecommend

  • aq inqalabi
    Mar 16, 2011 - 9:48PM

    v r dead as a nation ………. y should i blame families …………. when whole nation is pimp ………. declare us USA colony ………. just enough of this fantasy tht i m pakistaniRecommend

  • Kamran Khan
    Mar 16, 2011 - 9:50PM

    Alas !!! i am crying from the deep of my heart for pakistan. Thez halat compled me to leave my country and after this decision i think i have taken a right decision.Just frustrated and annoyed alot today :-(Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Mar 16, 2011 - 9:57PM

    Raymond, we will miss you.Recommend

  • Raza
    Mar 16, 2011 - 10:05PM

    What is so wrong? Even the UK can’t stand up to the USA. If they stopped IMF Funding,
    1$ = 186 Rupees.

    We won’t even be able to copy Somalia. We don’t have the pirates to hijack supertankers…Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 16, 2011 - 10:15PM

    Root cause of this faisco: two parallel judicial systems running in the country. Its a joke.Recommend

  • Raza
    Mar 16, 2011 - 10:24PM

    Strange reaction of some. If descendent have used their right, why I should be shame or become BP patient?

    I feel bad about it, but it was never my right. The key players in this game are COURT and Punjab Government. Fed Gov might be releaved of pressure. Armed forces might also be feeling OK. Please do not politicise the issue and think rationally.Recommend

  • parvez
    Mar 16, 2011 - 10:35PM

    This was a God given opportunity to get back a little of our lost self esteem and we blew it. The same result could have been achieved with a bit of dignity but no, we had to make it appear dirty. Our ability to handle a situation really badly is now legend.Recommend

  • Bob
    Mar 16, 2011 - 11:23PM

    ”Money makes the MARE go”!Recommend

  • Aasia Sohail Mian
    Mar 16, 2011 - 11:25PM

    We are really a weak and poor nation and have compromised our dignity and sovereignty due to our corrupt leaders and institutions since our independence. Our Military and Civil governments have sold us to the Americans (government) against cash and monitory benefits and we are so helpless, that we are unable to do any thing. The rulers of Pakistan have become billionaires and our public is striving for just bread and butter. We are helpless but we are still hopeful that some day we will rise and can talk to those who are our worst enemies. Both federal and provincial governments are responsible for the release of Raymond Davis murderer of innocent Pakistanis. God bless my country and people.Recommend

  • Ashwin
    Mar 16, 2011 - 11:41PM

    @AllmyIndians: No Need to Gloat.Remember Bhopal Gas Tragedy and Robert blake’s Statement.Grow up Guys US of A owns us all. Might is always Right whether it is US of A or former USSR, they are all Imperial powers to some degree. Read this—————->

    Moral of the Story for India Pakistan and for all other stupid Chauvinistic nations
    As long as we depend on others to fuel our Ego we will always be used like a Doormat.Recommend

  • paklover
    Mar 16, 2011 - 11:57PM

    shutter down strike has been called all over pakistan
    to condemn raymond davis release and get dr Afia
    released the strike will only end when dr. Afia is released requesting all pakistanis to accept the strike whole heatedlyRecommend

  • Muhammad Tariq Ghouri
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:49AM

    Raymund Davis finally released…so what’s happened…. Thousands of Pakistani moved to USA and prison in Guantanamo .. Emal Kansi & Dr.Afia Siddiqi are examples..
    Who is responsible Political Parties? Army? Judiciary?
    Where is our sovereignty? What are we in the eye of world as Nation? Recommend

  • Nayab
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:33AM

    If their families really wanted to take the Money and pardon him, why didn’t they do it earlier? What was the point of this whole drama?.. Makes me suspicious.Recommend

  • F Robinson
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:34AM

    Pakistan should be congratulated for this mature move by releasing a US diplomat. It should have been done long time ago. Let us look to future.Recommend

  • Maestro96
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:49AM

    Sanity prevails. It is a painful decision but the better one, considering the price that Pakistan have may have had to pay.Recommend

  • the sane one...
    Mar 17, 2011 - 3:48AM

    i think u people need to calm down…
    we Pakistanis are unnecessarily emotional…
    we turn a blind eye to the killings that takes place on the street of karachi every day… we dont pay any heed to the drones attack… we dont care in the world who commits suicide as long we are fine… but then we also need a topic to give our view on…something we love to do…

    i cant really understand where does all this ghairat comes from if a US national does it… you cant see beyond the obvious… its just a political gimmick for everyone involved…
    its a popularity contest for the political parties…
    a moral ground victory for the media channels…
    and a religious fervor uproar for religious factions….

    go back home, slip in ur pajamas, watch the new dvd’s …pray that the US feed you all the dollars so that ur govt can function and does not get bankrupt… otherwise the food will be expensive, the fuel would be unobtainable, there would be no electricity and you would stream roll, and then nobody would give a damn to who raymond was and what he did…
    its easy to comment from ur comfort zone… think of getting out of it, and then say something, then it would be valid…Recommend

  • pakistan zindabad
    Mar 17, 2011 - 3:54AM

    @kamran khan: Buddy, the only reason u left pakistan is so that u can make a quick buck. stop kidding ureself.Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 7:58AM

    I hope these ridiculous “blood money” laws also follow the blasphemy laws into history. Recommend

  • Zehra
    Mar 17, 2011 - 8:20AM

    He has been released under Islamic law. Why all the fuss.
    Mullahs should be happy USA followed Islamic laws.Recommend

  • asim
    Mar 17, 2011 - 9:05AM

    This whole thing was just Army……… one elseRecommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:03PM

    No time to sit and criticize. Time to take to the street.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:42PM


    Hey, they are coming around after all —— soon Mullahs have won! —– Islamic Laws all over the world, vow!Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 17, 2011 - 3:54PM

    Ashwin: I agree might is right, But there was no ghariat brigade in India, Emotions were not built up by Politicians, No confusion on Diplomatic immunity, Quietly he was let off. Even RD could have been allowed to go quiety and the mess could have been cleaned up. Why did Qureshi leave. What was ISI complaining about Non cooperative CIA. Isnt all this about money.
    Rehman malik was issuing contradictory reports on Diplomatic immunity. The judge handling the case went on leave after this episode. The original lawyer was in detention while the legal heirs were forced to accept the blood money. (Blood money????? sickening)

    All pakistani friends : Does Green in your flag represent Greenbacks/Green cards.?????? and White represent surrender to Greenback/GreencardRecommend

  • Somdet
    Mar 17, 2011 - 6:29PM

    To all those who are talking about Aafia release – why dont pakistan also not give blood money to USA? there is not need to jump – just throw $20 million and get her back- its so simple.Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2011 - 12:38AM

    i wana work with tribune do u give a chanceRecommend

  • Prakash
    Mar 18, 2011 - 8:30AM

    @Raymond Devis:
    Then come and tryRecommend

  • Johny
    Mar 20, 2011 - 4:12PM

    So here we have very clear Messages

    America : Go charlie go! Kill them all WE´LL GET U BACK. no matter what they do
    Pakistan : Charlie please come on , WE` ARE ON SALE . no matter what we claim

    at last we are the people who elect thease ”politicians” to govern our country and we pay Taxes to let us kill on the street. i havent heard in the last time any news about common volk issues every news says about who called whome on telephone and who said something wrong about someone. hey Ppl just look at the faces of our politicians. what do u expect from them ? Recommend

  • ashok
    Mar 22, 2011 - 6:26PM

    @Raymond Devis: your father also cannot own india.Recommend

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