Shah Mehmood Qureshi Says Raymond Davis doesn’t enjoy Blanket Immunity

Shah Mehmood Qureshi Says Raymond Davis doesn’t enjoy Blanket Immunity

Foreign minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi said at the Press Conference that he doesn’t use the blanket immunity in Pakistani police custody.

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Davis case: Charge-sheet submitted in court

Police have submitted a charge-sheet against Lahore double murder accused Raymond Davis as the US government announced that it will prove before a local court that Davis has diplomatic immunity.
Lytton Road police presented the 25-page charge-sheet in a district and sessions court on Tuesday, declaring that Davis had murdered two people near one of Lahore’s busiest areas Mozang and was not acting in self-defence. Investigation Officer of the case Inspector Munir Ahmed submitted the charge-sheet in the court of Judge Abdul Waheed Khan who will mark the case for trial. According to sources, the case is likely to be referred to Additional District and Sessions Judge Yousif Aujla.
Sources said that charge-sheet states that Davis’ self-defence plea was false as it was intentional murder. It reads that the guns recovered from the possession of the deceased were not loaded and they had also not pointed a gun at Davis. Fingerprints were found on the pistols’ triggers and on bodies of the deceased and tests show that the bullets remained in the magazines of their guns, not the chambers.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi Says Raymond Davis doesn’t enjoy Blanket Immunity

The charge-sheet also states that police had recovered a GPS tracker, mobile phones, wireless sets, a survival kit and photographs from Davis’ car. The accused, it says, is uncooperative with the police during investigation.
The charge-sheet also contains the statements of 47 witnesses, who have said that Davis did not shoot the men in self-defence. They also said that Davis had shot directly at the two boys and kept shooting even when one of them tried to flee. Police have requested the court to act against Davis under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). Davis is due to appear in court on February 25.
Meanwhile, the BBC reported that US State Department Spokesperson PJ Crowley told reporters on Monday: “On Thursday, we will present a petition to the court to certify that he [Davis] has diplomatic immunity and that he should be released.”
He said Pakistan had an “international obligation” to release Davis because he “has diplomatic immunity”. “We respect our international obligations, and we expect other countries, including Pakistan, to do the same,” he added.
Taliban warn against releasing Davis
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakis­tan (TTP) has warned the government that it would punish any move to release Davis.
“If (Pakistani) rulers hand him over to America then we will target these rulers. If Pakistani courts cannot punish Davis then they should hand him over to us,” said TTP Spokesperson Azam Tariq.
Davis release being negotiated?
There were plenty of rumours doing the rounds on television channels regarding important developments in the Raymond Davis case – including that he had been released.
Some channels said that the foreign ministry had sent a letter to the law ministry confirming the diplomatic status of Davis. However, the law ministry said that it had not received any such letter.
There were also reports about a high-level meeting being held late in the night on the issue.
However, none of these reports could be corroborated or confirmed by The Express Tribune at the time of going into print.
With additional input from AFP

‘Pakistan and America need each other’s help.’ The issue of killing two Pakistani citizens in Lahore in broad daylight by a US embassy employee has become a matter of national respect, he added.

Qureshi said that I was instructed to stay quit on the burning issue.

Addressing the press conference, former minister said the foreign office had briefed him on January 31st that the blanket immunity that the US was demanding for Raymond Davis could not be provided.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad after his meeting with US Senator John Kerry, Qureshi said his stand is principled and not personal. “I will support truth and justice,” he said emphasising that he understands the importance of US-Pak relations.
He said that following the January 27 incident and after consultations with experts he was not persuaded by US claims that Raymond Davis was immune from prosecution.
Qureshi said he stands by his words, adding that the integrity of Pakistan has been his top priority.
“I was given a briefing by the experts in the foreign ministry who said that in their opinion the blanket immunity being demanded by the US embassy for Raymond Davis does not apply in this case,” Qureshi said. The former foreign minister also says his meeting with Senator Kerry has been positive and that Pakistan does not want conflict with the US.
Qureshi says he always acted in the best interests of the country and that integrity of Pakistan has been his top priorities. He said his meeting with Senator Kerry has been positive and that Pakistan does not want conflict with the US.
“If summoned by the court, I will give my opinion with honesty,” Qureshi said.
Qureshi refuted allegations made against him in the past few days. Responding to allegations of being sympathetic to former president Pervez Musharraf, he said”I was a part of a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), I am part of PPP and my relation with the PPP will continue because I believe in the principles of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and the sacrifice of Benazir Bhutto.”
Earlier, media reports had quoted a Pakistani official as saying that Davis has diplomatic immunity and the case for this would be presented in court. Requesting anonymity, the official said, “We will present all relevant laws and rules about immunity before the court and will plead that prima facie it is a case of diplomatic immunity. But it is for the court to decide.”
FO denial
The Foreign Office (FO) on Wednesday brushed aside reports circulating in the media regarding its position on Raymond Davis’ immunity.
A spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry said reports about any pronouncement made by the Foreign Ministry relating to Davis’ immunity were untrue. He said these reports are baseless speculation and should not be taken seriously.
Earlier, there were reports that the foreign office had written a letter to the law ministry confirming that Davis had diplomatic immunity.
The row over the case of Raymond Davis shot dead two men in Lahore in what he said was a move in self-defence, has strained relations between the two allies. While the US insists Davis has diplomatic immunity and should be released under the Vienna Conventions, Pakistan has so far refused to come under US pressure saying that the matter is sub judice and the law should be allowed to take its course. Police investigations and the subsequent charge-sheet submitted to the court by the police however says Davis was not acting in self-defenc­e and that the shooting was intent­ional murder.

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