Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pakistani Justice

This story is an interesting back story to the events of May 1st.

Here was a guy (Davis) who we (US) said was just a consular employee, driving through the streets of a peaceful pakistani city when out of the blue he started shooting at innocent by-standers who were not chasing him, while he was driving.  He randomly and wantonly killed innocent Pakistani males who were not holding weapons and were not riding motorcycles.  Their families demanded justice and demanded he be executed promptly after a trial (in other words - a show trial and then execution).

Davis' story (which I believe is a version of the truth) - he was driving through the city, when these men, who knew he was with CIA, having pre-organized their plan of attack, began the chase.  They were shooting at him, trying to stop his vehicle, and he not only kept driving, managed to avoid running over children and women, but shot them all, and then he stopped and waited for the fair and just Pakistani police to show up.  Not that Ron Pearl had any police show up, but that was probably Pearl setting up the poor innocent Pakistanis to be blamed for something they didn't do.  The police never did arrest very many people in connection with his murder - I believe it was 1-2 people although if I am not too far off, the US government may have assisted several others with meeting Allah, indirectly of course.

It is an amazing story and the fact these people are delusional - he attacked innocent people while driving through the streets only to stop and turn himself over to the police ... knowing the justice system in that country is as ineffectual as everything else - amazing.

I am very happy the event happened before May 1 or Davis would never have gotten out of that fair and just country, safely.


Remarks like to further inflame relations with US

Pakistan intelligence says US gunman is CIA

Monday, 21 February 2011

ISLAMABAD (Agencies)

A Pakistani intelligence official said Monday that an American in custody for killing two men was an undercover CIA contractor, in remarks likely to inflame a crisis with the United States.

Washington insists that Raymond Davis, who says he acted in self-defense, is a member of its Islamabad embassy's "administrative and technical staff" who has diplomatic immunity and should be released immediately.

But the unpopular government in Pakistan is under huge pressure from the political opposition not to cave in to US demands, with analysts even warning that the case could bring down the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

"It is beyond any shadow of a doubt that he was working for CIA," an official from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He's on contract. He's not a regular CIA guy, but he's working for CIA. That's confirmed

Pakistani official"He's on contract. He's not a regular CIA guy, but he's working for CIA. That's confirmed," the Pakistani official said.

Pakistan's powerful intelligence services and military have been angered by accusations that they support Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked networks fighting US troops in Afghanistan, and need to do more to eliminate Islamist militants.

Few in Pakistan believe Davis, who reportedly worked for a security contractor and had a background in U.S. Special Forces, is a regular diplomat.

Police said they recovered a Glock pistol, five magazines, 75 bullets, a GPS navigation system, telescope, cutter, 19 credit and ATM cards and infra-red headlights from his car, in the eastern city of Lahore on January 27.

A third Pakistani was struck down and killed by a U.S. diplomatic vehicle that came to Davis's assistance. U.S. officials denied Pakistan access to the vehicle and the occupants are widely believed to have left the country.

"Normally diplomats do not roam about with a loaded gun. They're also not trained like this. He fired at his target with precision," said Rana Sanaullah, law minister in Lahore's Punjab province.

Talks postponed This would be seen as a kind of deliberate attempt to make the situation more difficult and complex to handle, and this provides additional material to the Islamic groups to adopt a hardline stance

Analyst Hasan AskariWashington has postponed a round of talks with Afghanistan and Pakistan, but Islamabad has said the matter is before the courts, although one compromise would be for the families to pardon Davis, in keeping with Islamic law.

On Monday, a judge at Lahore's top court ordered the government to appear on March 14 to respond to private petitions related to his incarceration, the law on diplomatic privileges and how Davis was allowed into the country.

The court last week deferred any judgment on whether Davis has diplomatic immunity and gave the foreign ministry until March 14 to determine his status.

U.S. Senator John Kerry visited Pakistan last week to express regret and say Davis would face a criminal investigation at home, but hopes for a swift resolution now appear unlikely.

Local analysts suggested Pakistani intelligence had deliberately decided to complicate the case in order to put pressure on the government and the United States, with whom relations have been troubled over the war in Afghanistan.

"This would be seen as a kind of deliberate attempt to make the situation more difficult and complex to handle, and this provides additional material to the Islamic groups to adopt a hardline stance," said analyst Hasan Askari.

"These (intelligence) groups are not happy with the way America was building pressure on Pakistan on the war on terrorism.

"If it goes to the street and massive agitation, all political parties will find it a good opportunity to knock the PPP out of power," he said.

So sensitive is the case that Fauzia Wahab, spokeswoman for the ruling party, was forced to resign after saying that diplomats have immunity and that Davis had an "official" visa.

The PPP has also ditched former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a recent cabinet reshuffle.

Qureshi, who was still in his post at the time of the shootings, said last week that in his view Davis did not have full diplomatic immunity.

The Pakistani intelligence official said the Davis case had soured relations with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Fears about safetyU.S. officials have expressed fears about the safety of Davis as anti-American sentiment has flared after the shooting incident.

However Pakistan says t has taken steps to make sure to keep him safe from harm.

Surveillance cameras monitor the area where Davis, who Washington insists is shielded by diplomatic immunity and must be released immediately, has been locked in a cell isolated from other prisoners, prison sources said.

A team of 36 unarmed guards, who Pakistani officials say have been specially screened, are standing watch in shifts of eight.

Outside the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, where protesters have demanded Davis be publicly hanged, some 75 police officers, a team of provincial rangers and vehicles packed with elite forces are standing watch.

"We have taken maximum security measures to ensure his protection," said Rana Sanaullah, law minister for Punjab province, where Lahore is located.


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