'Davis released in accordance with Shariah law'

Published: March 17, 2011
Firdous Ashiq Awan says Davis released after the payment of blood money (Diyat) in accordance with Shariah Law. PHOTO: FILE/APP

Firdous Ashiq Awan says Davis released after the payment of blood money (Diyat) in accordance with Shariah Law. PHOTO: FILE/APP

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Wednesday that Raymond Davis was released after the payment of blood money (Diyat) in accordance with Shariah Law.

Speaking on or show on PTV, she said that it was the federal government had already taken the stance that the matter would be decided by the court of law.

She said that according to the settlement, the families of the Lahore shooting victims pardoned Davis, after receiving the blood money.

The minister said that the Raymond Davis case was registered and carried out in the Punjab court and Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah verified the settlement as well.

“If he speaks against his own party’s policy or decision, It was his legal right”, she remarked.

She reiterated that Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani had assured earlier that the Davis issue would be decided by the court.

She emphasised that political parties are trying to exploit the issue for political gains which is not in the national interest.

Judge goes on leave

Additional District and Sessions Judge Yousuf Ojla went on leave on Thursday, a day after acquitting US national Raymond Davis in the double-murder case.

Lahore correspondent for Express 24/7 Mohammad Rizwan reported that in the wake of the protests against Davis’ release, the judge went on leave for security reasons.

Rizwan reported that lawyers are amongst the protesters who have come out on the streets. They claim their colleague Asad Mansoor Butt, who was representing the relatives of the deceased, was reportedly detained in the Koth Lakhpath jail trial court. This has sparked a wave of protest in the province and there are reports of Lahore lawyers boycotting courts.

All religious parties have announced protest rallies on Friday. The Lahore Bar president also said that courts will be boycotted and they will join the protest against the acquittal tomorrow.


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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:15AM

    Please don’t say a word. Nothing can justify murder. Religion or no religion. Something is really wrong with our nation, our rationale for religion, our morals and our judiciary. Only a revolution with lot of blood spilling will solve our problem.Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:17AM

    Read http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/o3/16/veterans-today-exclusive-raymond-davis-release-the-inside-story/
    How much money exchanged hands besides given as Diyat. How we make mockery of Islam!Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:19AM

    With consent or coerced??

    Why there is no statement from victims’ families? Why politicians are giving statements on their behalf.

    Further, raymond issue is not only a murder crime but also other serious issues as well.Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:25AM

    Victim’s family has already left the country with their 20 crore; why are we crying over this issue now.Recommend

  • Zafar
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:25AM

    Temme if i have it right! If there is a rape and then you pay off for it! Does that constitute Diyat under Shariah!

    If thats the case we have unlocked the business model for the oldest business in the world!

  • sudhir
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:27AM

    How much bllod mony for all pakis ??Recommend

  • Javed
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:27AM

    During murdered Banazir Bhutto tenure the Presiding Judge Rawalindi (his name I remember as Latif) came out from his chamber in the court room, did not even sit on the chair but immediately just standing in a minute read the verdict sentencing Shaikh Rashid Ahmed several years. In 3-4 days Judge Latif with his family flew to USA for permanent settlement. Since then he is enjoying there. The Lahore Magistrate I am sure by this time had all USA visas endorsed, accommodation and jobs in USA arranged and next we will hear he has reached to PPP’s masters land. PPP can sell if it has power even the whole Pakistan or give it on lease but some fools like Zahid Hamid, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Imran Khan bloody are in the way. Recommend

  • Jalili
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Ajma Kansi was arrested with Nawaz help. On reply to reporters if US paid head money District Attorney said “Pakistanis can sell even their mothers for money”. We can sell Pakistanis, why strange on selling their own persons.Recommend

  • Layla
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:30AM

    Everyone knows the truth behind it. i dont know why people are sitting so quiet. no one is taking any action against this Government. We all must be ready to face Allah ka Azab.Recommend

  • Strategic Engineer
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:33AM

    This is the beauty of Democracy, Musharraf the great general was selling people for as low as $ 5K, and civilian government have sold its two people worth $ 2.34 million.
    This amount is nearer to head money of Bin Laden and Co.
    Surely fruits of Democratic process is now reaching grass root.Recommend

  • Farhan Qureshi
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:36AM

    World Justice for today and tomorrow. The worlds worst criminals posing as leaders are front and center for all to see. With absolute impunity. It is a shame to be a part of the humankind that can sit back and forever take this kind of abuse and overall treatment. Slap in the face for all world law abiding citizens.


    @FMQureshi1979 (Twitter)Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 11:41AM

    This Govt. in only for Money thats why its happened (We all Pakistani muslims are crying) now we just hope with Allah, he will get rid us from these soon inshallahRecommend

  • Shiraz
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:45AM

    Ms Ashiqque:, It’s more or less a shame for Pakistan that a idiot like you becomes Information Minister of the state. Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 11:46AM

    If the Govt obeys the Court Orders so why other Orders are not being fullfiled (Double Policy) Recommend

  • logical
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:47AM

    Basically what it means that if you are rich and powerful, you can simply bully your victims and buy your way out of trouble regardless of the seriousness of the crime. What a complete and utter mockery of law and justice!Recommend

  • Layla
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:49AM

    we all know the truth behind it. i dont know why people of Pakistan are sitting idle. why we are still facing this govt? we must be ready for Allah ka azab on us. God bless Pakistan and Pakistanis. Recommend

  • zahak khanzada
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:54AM

    Then what whould you say on afia siddique. she didnot murdered any1.

  • Blunt!
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:56AM

    Davis released in accordance with the Shariah Law

    Well if that’s correct, then its time to change the Shariah Law!~Recommend

  • zahak khanzada
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:03PM

    how can u change the sharya law. we are not using sharyat in this country properly, when this country pakistan came into being on the basis of kalma tayyaba, so there should be khlifat not democracy, shryat should must be apply in all cases but people who are talking abou8 sharya they dont know about shrya properly.. and sharyat can not be changed…Recommend

  • pl/sql
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:03PM

    wow that’s blasphemy in your religion dude haha Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:04PM

    Well said Blunt. This law has to go.Recommend

  • sirsiedblvd
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:06PM

    Guys Law is Law. Scrutinize, debate and understand its relevance for conditions of application. Use this case to educate yourself and nation of jahil jihadis. Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 12:06PM

    Now believe on whom apa firdus or hilliry clintion? Recommend

  • Raza
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:08PM

    People stop crying. You are the nation who sends flowers to Qadri on 14th Feb. You are no one to take victim families right which is according to Islam. If you dont like, it does not matter because Islam does not care your likeness.

    Secondly Shabaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah, Zardari, CJ, COAS must be shamed for not lodging terrorism case against Raymond as police found prohibited items including pictures of sensitive areas.

    Politicians and ISPR and Regisrar SC must and remain shutup and people must shut their crying. Read excellent article http://tribune.com.pk/story/133740/bon-voyage-raymond-davis/Recommend

  • Ehsaan
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:10PM

    Politicans as always lieing to the people….Hillary says no money has been given to the victims families but here’s Firdous Ashiq saying families given “Diyat”. If money keeps the families happy over justice, which it seems like then I really dont care anymore. I would also hope no one in pakistan does either, another innocent pakistani life protesting is not worth it.Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 12:10PM

    Oh Now I Get it… so the Government of Pakistan has been selling our citizen to the US for ‘Blood Money’??? Very Nice Concept!!Recommend

  • Zafar
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:11PM

    Love being an Islamic! Shariah is the way to go for the world! The religion which grants permits to the rich such that they can Legally and Religiously Play with the poor. Awesome religion!Recommend

  • Ehsaan
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:13PM

    Another example to show nothing has has changed in Pakistan since its creation, You can still “BUY” policemen, judges, politicans, etc.Recommend

  • Muhammad Yahya
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:21PM

    What will you say about the application of Shariya lawa for a spay?
    And furthure you give 20 crore for two person as diayt we will pay 20 crore for one person salman taseer will you releas the qadri?
    O peoples of pakistan lets wake and give a lesson all those who are in power . are you waiting to fire reach your house.Recommend

  • praveen
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:25PM

    All paki are bigots. They all want to submits to allahs rule, but here all are protesting against sharia. Recommend

  • vivek
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:25PM

    just want to ask mr.president if he did accepted blood money in the form of president post for benazir’s death. i think so… which religion is saying money for life.. i think god is laughing at you pakis..Recommend

  • CB Guy
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:30PM

    Truck Ashiq Awan is a tramp, so is everyone else in the Government. Recommend

  • Zafar
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:31PM

    @Muhammad Yahya: Whats your Going rate these days! I just thought maybe you are a good hunt =)Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 12:33PM

    Huh.. so finally they are playing their dirty tricks, shame on that but i’m not gona say anything to this govt. because this is not their fault, its in their nature they can’t do anything about that but what happen to our nation no body takes a stand against them why? and let me tell you we are not sleeping, we are a dead nation..

    ab is qoum ka allah he hafiz hai…..Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:34PM

    Pakistanis make me sick, They are the epitome for using religion for their personal good. 99% of the time sharia law is not practised in this country because it is not favorable to people’s lifestyle but as soon as it become’s favorable they are ready to accept it just because it gave them whatever they want. Rulers are only as good as the society. Shameless people deserve this bottomless abyssRecommend

    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:43PM

    hahahahahahahaha……………sharia law please don’t use this word on this case………it is request 4 all pakistanisRecommend

  • Abdul Rauf Hashmi
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:44PM

    “Family members were told they were being taken to the police station to make statements. Instead, they were taken to a secret location and held in isolation and told that unless they signed a letter pardoning Davis, “you will never see daylight.”

  • Shiraz
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:46PM

    @Hamza Baloch

    Believe in yourself, come out if you really love your country.Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 12:50PM

    You want to Change the QURAN now? Mullahs have twisted the QURAN to justify all kinds of things.. but when it is CLEAR in the QURAN and you dont like it you want to change it?Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 12:51PM

    shame on pakistani to govt on released of remend devis Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 12:52PM

    shame on all pakistani people and on specially on govtRecommend

  • Umar
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:56PM

    What about all the other charges against David; like possession of illegul weapons, contraband items, photos of sensitive places, coming to pakistan on a buisness visa etc etc!
    Please, do not make fun of your own Govt. by explaining the reasons of Davids acquittal!Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:57PM

    Now we know the cost of a Pakistani…slightly more than a goat for eid!!Recommend

  • bvindh
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:06PM

    Praised be Allah!!
    Raymond Davis case has ensured that Shariah Law is implimented in Pakistan at least in one aspect, to the fullest extent. This incident is the harbinger of glorious reign of Islam in Pakistan.
    Hindu infidels, here we come!!Recommend

  • SD
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:14PM


    Is the Blasphemy law applicable to Muslims ? Recommend

  • Random
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:44PM

    @ Blunt. Lots of things need to be changed. Lets start with the Sharia….Recommend

  • Rohail
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:46PM

    LOL @ Pakistan.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:46PM

    @Layla: We are already dealing with “Allah Ka Azab” —— people like you are part of this “Azab”!Recommend

  • Jupiter
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:51PM

    Legitimizing a spy using Islam.Recommend

  • Anon
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:52PM

    Amazing…did you just legalize murder? What next, Qadri paying blood money to Taseer’s family? Oh wait, not required cause he does not want a pardon from Taseer’s family or may be he cannot afford one, which should not be problem, the lawyers can have a long march to collect the money to free Qadri.

    So this is what kids will be taught in pakistan – here kiddo, here is your piggy bank, collect the money and then go ahead and kill that bully in your school. What did you say? He is not a muslim, well dear then you can do it rightaway, you don’t need no money. Our blasphemy laws are good enough.Recommend

  • Talha
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:52PM

    This shariah is a man made law which was developed once the Muslims could not find the relevent answers in the Quran.

    This is not a devine law but a man made one and thus it needs to be finished.Recommend

  • Blunt!
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:59PM


    Well Yes! If any religion gives power to the Rich to play with and exploit the Poor, then hell YES!

    We need to make a change in Quran/The Shriah Law!

    I might be sounding outrageous, but I can’t help since I am only talking on terms of simple Humanity.Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 2:09PM

    Time for some “dama dam mast qalandar”Recommend

  • pl/sql
    Mar 17, 2011 - 2:14PM

    LUCKILY I am not a muslim Recommend

  • Ummi Khann
    Mar 17, 2011 - 2:22PM

    The cold blooded massacre of two people on streets of lahore was an act of terrorism against the state which is not subjected to diyat. According to international newspapers he was a CIA agent, he was a spy, he had links with militants who are involved in all sorts of terrorist activities across the country. He was taking pictures of sensitive public places. The whole network of terrorism was to be unleashed if he was investigated properly. But our Gov & secret agencies are working against the interests of this country.They didn’t perused against Remond on basis of such serious allegations. Recommend

  • rofl
    Mar 17, 2011 - 2:36PM

    Hello any American out there? Please shoot me and take me and my family to Amreeka.

    Proud to be Pakistani.Recommend

  • shahbaz
    Mar 17, 2011 - 2:47PM

    what if a poor was murderer? Sharia law won’t come to his rescue i am a muslim i dont like this lawRecommend

  • SK
    Mar 17, 2011 - 3:16PM

    Biggest haters of Muslims using Islam for getting protection and then woman of no character justifying that use- what a combo!!!Recommend

  • Muhammad Yahya
    Mar 17, 2011 - 3:22PM

    dear zafar please reread my comments
    i am talking to those who (Espacially firdous and all his group)are justifying it by diyat law
    if there is a diayt law there is also a law for a spay thats is death or prision to till death but they insisting only at a diayt then come to anotehr murder case of salman taseer thousands of pakistinies are willing to pay money for the releaze of qadri.Recommend

  • Waqar
    Mar 17, 2011 - 3:35PM

    Hindu infidels, here we come!
    What do you exactly mean?
    Can you spout your hatred somewhere else!Recommend

  • Mulla Toofha
    Mar 17, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Some Pakistani believing R. Davis could be punished by Pakistani Law was more of an emotional wish rather then the reality perhaps not aware of the American influence and dominance over Pakistan. ISI had to draw the red lines for the American operatives, which led to this show down, The rules were set, then the trade off between ISI and CIA began. ISI may be good at what they do but they have their limitations too. People of Pakistan have no. control over such matters they can only express their views. Not even the Mulla street power can change the equationRecommend

  • Fizza
    Mar 17, 2011 - 4:59PM

    Just a thought: If Taseers would accept, many and I say many people would be eager to pay blood money from Qadri’s side. THOSE people would include names from Punjab govt. too. Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 5:08PM

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

  • Tkhan
    Mar 17, 2011 - 6:58PM

    Taseer was killed for calling an Islamic law ‘black law’; what does the mullah now say about the critique of Islamic laws? Or the critique of the rulings under the Shariah Laws? The same people protesting today are also the ones who shove religion down our throat and are the very reason that shariah laws were enforced in the country. Now how can they protest against a judgment based on the same shariah laws? That will be hypocrisy, isn’t it?

    I am personally gutted that a person has been set free after killing two or three people in broad day light; what I am highlighting is the irony of Islamists getting the taste of their own medicine. Shariah laws cannot be good for Aasia bibi but bad for Raymond Davis, or should we use shariah laws selectively too?Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 7:49PM

    Its not justice, what you say about the cases of Dr. Afia, Mumtaz Qadri?????
    You dont see towards them, you are only the servant of America.Recommend

  • Critical Observor
    Mar 17, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Politically and religiously correct! Recommend

  • Babloo
    Mar 17, 2011 - 8:42PM

    Sharia on the land. Drones in the air. Thats all you need to know about todays Pakistan.Recommend

  • Bangash
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:59PM

    US really made a complete fool of mullah in particular and Pakistani in general, by using Shariah for its own ends.Recommend

  • jamshed
    Mar 18, 2011 - 3:55AM

    I am a Pakistani.we don”t have any right to live “ALIVE”.
    we must need to spend our lives like “TIPU SULTAN”.
    Only one day of life like a “LION” is better then hundreds years of life like “JACKAL”Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 18, 2011 - 11:19AM


    You are right! Only that the Sharia flies the Drones and makes Ghazis out of the CIA operatives
    and blasphmers of sane minority in Pakistan.Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Mar 18, 2011 - 11:27AM

    Give me a freakin’ break! You think they’d rather be in Pakistan or the US?? What about you if you are honest???Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Mar 18, 2011 - 11:35AM

    All I can say is it serves the Ghairat Brigade nation right! You continually punish the innocent with your draconian laws that allow rapists, murderers and thugs to silence their accusers with coerced payoffs for justice…what Islam refers to as “diyat” is pathetic and injustice and used against victims all the time. Now it’s back on your own heads!! Time to eat grass AND suffer shame at the same time!Recommend

  • hassan malik
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:25PM

    I am a muslim and I am from India.

    With so much loaded in favor of men, I wish India would too have Shariah to settle affairs.

    Imagine, what I can if I had the divine Shariah to assist me..

    Then, I can divorce whenever I want
    I can rape anyone without having 4 witnesses around me
    I can kill and pay my way out of it
    I can borrow money and refuse to pay interest for it
    I can kill my infidel neighbor and say he drew the picture of Prophet (PBUH)

    Tell me if I have missed anything!Recommend

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