With Parliament if it wants to probe Raymond Davis affair: Khawaja Asif | Pakistan
August 25, 2017 Share

With Parliament if it wants to probe Raymond Davis affair: Khawaja Asif | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday that he will stand with parliament if it wants to investigate Raymond Davis case.

Speaking in a Senate session, he said that raising the Davis issue only for point-scoring will not be constructive for the country, an in-camera or public investigation on the case will be beneficial for the nation.

He said that the parliament should look into the matter of how nation’s honour was compromised, adding that it should also look that were the decisions on the Davis case taken by institutions or individuals.

“I don’t think any institution was involved in the case. People may have their personal interests attached to it,” he said, “to strengthen their positions some people may have played their role to fulfil their international commitments.”

Asif informed that Pakistani government paid money to free Raymond Davis.

“Only God knows where the money was taken to give it to free him,” he said.

Raymond Davis — the CIA operative who sparked a diplomatic row after gunning down two men on the streets of Lahore in January 2011 – has penned his side of the story for the first time in a memoir titled ‘The Contractor: How I Landed in a Pakistani Prison and Ignited a Diplomatic Crisis’.

According to Davis, John Kerry, Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, former ISI chief Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha and Husain Haqqani helped in his release from the Kot Lakhpat Jail.

Apart from the ISI chief, several other officials of the intelligence agency were present in the court at the time of his release.

Davis became the centre of controversy in Pakistan moments after local police registered a case against him on charges of killing two Pakistani men at Qurtaba Chowk in downtown Lahore. A third Pakistani man was struck and killed by a vehicle that was reportedly racing to Davis’ aid.

The violent confrontation escalated into a diplomatic crisis, making front-page headlines across the world and straining ties between Islamabad and Washington, as US policymakers pressed for diplomatic immunity for Davis and pushed for his immediate release

The CIA contractor spent 49 days in Pakistani custody, and was released on March 16, 2011 after the families of the two slain men reached an agreement and were paid $2.4 million in blood money. The Lahore High Court acquitted him on all charges and Davis was flown out of Pakistan.


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