Davis' release: Shahbaz offers to resign if accusations proven

Chief Minister Punjab says he will resign if accusations of his involvement in Davis' pardon were proven.

Express March 28, 2011

LAHORE:

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Monday offered to resign if accusations of his involvement in Raymond Davis' pardon were proven.


Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Shahbaz Sharif said that the Punjab government will continue its probe into the sudden release of Davis. He assured that the Punjab government is looking into the unanswered questions that have emerged following the CIA contractor's release.


However, Sharif said that the federal government and the victims' families should be asked questions concerning the blood money that was paid and the deal that was struck to ensure Davis' release.


The Chief Minister reiterated that his government maintains its stance over the issue. He said it was in no way involved in the bargaining process of Davis' release.


LHC seeks govt's reply about missing families


Taking notice of the Punjab Law Minister's claim about the whereabouts of the missing families of the Lahore shootout victims, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday sought  a reply from the federal and provincial governments.

Rana Sanaullah had claimed the missing families of Faizan and Fahim who were killed by the CIA contractor Raymond Davis might be hiding in Rawalpindi.

The Punjab government had submitted a reply on Monday, stating it had no information regarding the whereabouts of the families. The court, however, asked the federal and Punjab governments to submit detailed explanations regarding Sanaullah's statement.

The Lahore High Court has adjourned the hearing till April 1 after issuing notices to the parties.

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Aasia Sohail Mian | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend Not even a single act is done in the province of Punjab without the consultation of Chief Minister, then how it is possible that Shahbaz Sharif is ignorant about the deal made in release of Raymond Davis..The script of his release was written much earlier, before his release with the mutual understanding of federal and provincial governments. The press conference is bogus and bears no weight. Chief Minister has falsely attempted to clear his position, against the facts. Rana Sana Ullah Law Minister has shown the passport of Raymond Davis publicly, in media which shows that he was aware of all the deal made in the illegal transportation of the Raymond Davis. Furthermore, the jail department and police is under the Punjab Government, how it can be admitted that chief minister is unaware of the deal and facts.Shahbaz Sharif has committed another offense, and that is speaking lie with the nation. He should resign, because public is not going to believe what he said yesterday in his press briefing.
Sheikh Sarmad | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend Agreed with Aariz.....While everyone was concerned about the luggage of Dr Davis, media conveniently didn't mention five mobiles, two wallets ,and a hand gun...on innocent Faizan and Fahim...:-)
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