Raymond Davis affair

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I Had Ray Davis’s Job, in Laos 30 Years Ago

Same Cover, Same Lies

By ROBERT ANDERSON

The story of Raymond Allen Davis is one familiar to me and I wish our government would quit doing these things – they cost us credibility.

Davis is the American being held as a spy working under diplomatic cover out of our embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. You can understand why foreign countries no longer trust us and people are rising up across the Middle East against the Great Satan.

In the Vietnam War the country of Laos held a geo-strategic position, as does Pakistan does to Afghanistan today.  As in Pakistan, in Laos our country conducted covert military operations against a sovereign people, using the CIA.

I was a demolitions technician with the Air Force who was reassigned to work with the CIA’s Air America operation in Laos. We turned in our military IDs cards and uniforms and were issued a State Department ID card and dressed in blue jeans.  We were told if captured we were to ask for diplomatic immunity, if alive.  We carried out military missions on a daily basis all across the countries of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

We also knew that if killed or captured that we would probably not be searched for and our families back home in the U.S. would be told we had been killed in an auto accident of some kind back in Thailand and our bodies not recovered.

Our team knew when the UN inspectors and international media were scheduled to arrive – we controlled the airfields. We would disappear to our safe houses so we could not be asked questions.  It was all a very well planned operation, 60 years ago, involving the military and diplomats out of the US Embassy.   It had been going on a long time when I was there during the 1968 Tet Offensive. This continued for a long time, until we were routed and had to abandon the whole war as a failure.

In Laos the program I was attached to carried out a systematic assassination of people who were identified as not loyal to U.S. goals.  It was called the Phoenix program and eliminated an estimated 60,000 people across Indochina.  We did an amazing amount of damage to the civilian infrastructure of the country, and still lost the war.  I saw one team of mercenaries I was training show us a bag of ears of dead civilians they had killed.   This was how they verified their kills for us.  The Green Berets that day were telling them to just take photos of the dead, leave the ears.

Mel Gibson made a movie about all this, called Air America.  It included in the background the illegal drug operation the CIA ran to pay for their operations. Congress had not authorized funds for what we were doing.  I saw the drug operation first hand too.  This was all detailed in The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia by Alfred McCoy.  I did not connect all this until the Iran-Contra hearings when Oliver North was testifying about it.  Oliver North was a leader of the Laos operation I was assigned to work with.

Our country has a long history of these type programs going back to World War Two.   We copied this from of warfare from the Nazis in WWII it seems. We justified it as necessary for the Cold War.  One of the first operations was T.P. Ajax run by Kermit Roosevelt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953to take over their oil fields.

In that coup the CIA and the State Department under the Dulles Brothers first perfected these covert, illegal and immoral actions. Historians have suggested that Operation T.P. Ajax  was the single event that set in motion the political force of Islamic fundamentalism we are still dealing with today.

Chalmers Johnson also a former CIA employee wrote a series of books too on these blowbacks that happen when the truth is held from the American public.

If we had taken a different approach to our problems in those days an approach that did not rely on lying to our own and the people of other countries and killing them indiscriminately our country would not be in the disaster it is abroad today..

I was young and foolish in those days of the Vietnam War, coveting my Top Secret security clearance, a big thing for an uneducated hillbilly from Appalachia.  We saw ourselves much like James Bond characters, but now I am much wiser. These kinds of actions have immense and long reaching consequences and should be shut down.

But I see from the Ray Davis fiasco in Pakistan that our government is still up to its old way of denying to the people of the world what everyone knows is true.

When will this official hypocrisy end, when will our political
class speak out about this and quit going along with the lies and tricks?  How many more of our people and others will die in these foolish programs?

Davis is in a bad situation now because most of the people of the world, as we see across the Middle East, are now aware of the lies and not going to turn their head anymore.

I say “most” everyone knows, because our own public, the ones suppose to be in control of the military and CIA,  is constantly lied to.  It is so sad to see President Obama repeating the big lie.

Robert Anderson lives in Albuquerque, N.M. He can be reached at citizen@comcast.net

http://www.counterpunch.org/anderson02282011.html

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Raymond Davis Behind Terrorist Plot To Justify A US Occupied Pakistan

Validated Independent News

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what was the message Raymond Davis sent after capturing an image with his phone of the dead man he just shot in the back? In Lahore, Pakistan after his arrest police found photos of madrassas and military installations in his camera. Davis’s contacts list included twenty-seven militants from terrorist organizations and relationships with the TTP (Tehrik-e-Taliban) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (the terrorist organization that killed Prime Minister Bhutto and Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl).

Lahore Investigators called the shooting a “blessing in disguise” because it confirmed what they already knew- that Davis was hatching a terrorist plot to justify a US occupied Pakistan. A US occupied Pakistan would be a strategic advantage against Pakistan’s nuclear proliferation and Anti-American sentiment. Manipulating American public opinion through fear mongering requires a terrorist event. Davis was engineering this by working with a group of Taliban ready to do his bidding.

US officials have refused to identify exactly who Davis’s employer is and have maintained through it all – citing the Vienna Convention of 1961 – that Davis was a diplomat and a crime victim. Their story juxtaposed against the facts demonstrates otherwise. The real victim was a Pakistani Intelligence Agent shot in the back by Davis with a Glock nine millimeter. Davis’s tools of “diplomacy,” included M-16 shells, cell phone trackers, infrared telescopes, masks, make up, and business cards for a phony security company, Hyperion LLC. It sounds more like espionage than diplomacy. Past Ministers of Propaganda such as Josef Goebbels know that if a lie is repeated enough people will believe it.

There was nothing diplomatic about Davis’s presence in Pakistan. To add insult to injury the 2.3 million in blood money paid to the families of the slain men will be coming out of Pakistani taxpayers pockets, as the Pakistani government will be footing the bill. The US will continue to fund the Zadari puppet government it supports to the tune of three billion per year.

Title: US Caught in the Big Lie: This Can’t be Happening! Was Correct in Exposing Raymond Davis as a Spy
Author: Dave Lindorff
Source: This Can’t Be Happening 2/20/2011
URL: HYPERLINK “http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/473″ http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/473

Title: Pakistani and Indian Newspapers say US CIA Contractor Raymond Davis is a terrorist
Author: Dave Lindorff
Source: This Can’t Be Happening 2/24/2011
URL: HYPERLINK “http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/478″ http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/478

Title: Davis Arrest Throws US Undercover Campaign in Pakistan into Disarray
Author: Dave Lindorff
Source: This Can’t Be Happening 3/01/2011
URL: HYPERLINK “http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/487″ http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/487
Researcher: Kristen Seraphin, M.A., Media Freedom Foundation
Faculty Evaluator: Peter Phillips, Sonoma State University

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Raymond Allen Davis diplomatic incident

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Raymond Allen Davis
Born October 2, 1974 (1974-10-02) (age 36)
Wise, Virginia
Residence Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Nationality United States
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Powell Valley High School
Occupation disputed
Employer US Consulate in Lahore
Home town Wise, Virginia
Criminal charge homicide
Criminal status on trial
Spouse Rebecca Davis

Raymond Allen Davis diplomatic incident occurred on January 27, 2011 when Raymond Davis, a U.S. citizen and a consultant for the U.S. Consulate in Lahore killed two armed men in the Pakistani city of Lahore allegedly in self-defense.[1][2][3] He is now facing two separate criminal charges, one for double murder and the second for illegal possession of a firearm. The incident led to a diplomatic furor and deterioration in the ties between Pakistan and USA which hit a new low. The US government stated that Davis is protected by diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Conventions and demanded that he be released from custody immediately.[4] Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that according to official records and experts in the Foreign Office, Davis is “not a diplomat and cannot be given blanket diplomatic immunity.” [5] The incident also led to widespread protests in Pakistan demanding action against Davis.[6]

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[edit] Incident

Davis stated that after withdrawing cash from a bank cash machine, he was driving alone in his white Honda Civic and had stopped at a traffic light near Qurtaba Chowk in the Mozang Chungi area of Lahore when two men pulled alongside him on a motorbike.[1][7] After one of the young men allegedly brandished a pistol at him, Davis opened fire and killed both of them with his own 9mm Glock pistol.[1]

Davis claimed to the police his actions were in self-defense. Davis’ weapon was not licensed.[8] The two men on the motorcycle were parked at the light in front of Davis’ car.[9] Davis shot them through his windshield. After the shooting, Davis is alleged to have exited his car to take pictures and videos of his victims with his cell phone.[10] Faizan Haider was still alive at the time. He later died in hospital. Another version of events is that Davis shot five rounds through his windshield, got out of his vehicle and shot four more rounds into the two men as they lay on the pavement.[11][7]

Davis then radioed for backup whereupon a vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado with four occupants, arrived at the scene.[1] The Prado jumped the median on Jail Road, traveling against the oncoming traffic, ran over and killed a motorcyclist, later identified as Ebadur Rehman, and fled the scene in order to reach Davis.[1]

Davis himself left the scene but was apprehended by two traffic wardens at Old Anarkali Food Street in Anarkali Bazaar, where he was handed over to police.[1][9][12][13] [10] People gathered at the scene blocked the roads and burnt tires in protest of the incident. Later, the demonstrations moved to the police station where Davis’ car had been impounded.[14] According to some news sources, items recovered from Davis’ car included a portable telescope, a wallet, US and Pakistani currency, a digital camera, computer memory cards, a passport, a cellphone, first aid kit items, a box cutter and a flashlight.[15]

[edit] Victims

Police confirmed that the two men that were shot by Davis, identified as Faizan Haider,22 and Faheem Shamshad,26 were carrying unlicensed sidearms but that no shots were fired from these weapons. A senior police officer confirmed that Haider had a criminal record and was previously involved in dacoity.[1][16] The two victims were found to be carrying two cellphones they had allegedly stolen earlier in the day, three other cellphones, a Rolex-style watch, and four different types of currency. Pakistani media have also reported, that Davis also carried multiple ATM and military ID cards and what was described as a facial disguise or makeup. The Pakistani official said Davis also carried identification cards from the U.S. consulates in Lahore and Peshawar but not from the embassy in Islamabad.[15] The police officer in charge of the investigation, Zulfiqar Hameed, said that both had criminal records and eyewitness testimony suggested that they were trying to rob Davis.[17]

After the incident multiple Pakistani officials told ABC News that both the victims were working for Inter-Services Intelligence and were following Davis because he was spying. This was denied by US officials.[18] The The Express Tribune also reported that the two dead motorcyclists were intelligence operatives quoting a Pakistani security official who requested not to be identified since he was not authorized to speak to the media.[19] Pakistani officials alleged that Davis had traveled to Waziristan and met with some people without the approval of ISI and therefore was being followed in an attempt to intimidate him.[20] Davis alleged that the victims were trying to rob him but the police delayed registering cases against the Haider and Shamshad.[21] On February 6th Shumaila Kanwal wife of Shamshad, one of the men shot dead by Davis, committed suicide after taking poisonous pills, fearing that Davis would be released without trial, police and doctors said [22][16]

[edit] Diplomatic status

Davis claims to have diplomatic immunity. The Punjab authorities (the state in which Davis was arrested) claim that Davis was not on a diplomatic visa but on an official business visa.[23] The Government of the United States of America claims that Raymond Davis is a diplomat and should not have been arrested or be prosecuted under Pakistani law for he is covered by diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The United States of America and Pakistani governments do not agree on what the legal status of Raymond Davis is in Pakistan.[24] Davis, who was first claimed by the US embassy as a Lahore consulate staffer[25] and was later declared as assigned to the Islamabad embassy,[26] was, at the time of his arrest and according to his interrogators, also carrying an ID showing that he worked for the US consulate general in Peshawar. In the video of his interrogation, Davis is heard and seen showing several ID badges around his neck, and states that one is from Islamabad, and one is from Lahore. He then adds, “I work as a consultant there”.[27]

According to US officials even though senior Pakistani officials believe in private that Davis is protected under Vienna convention the government appears to be unwilling or unable to enforce the protocol.[28]

In two articles [29][30] appearing in a Pakistani newspaper called The Express Tribune, the precise status of Davis’s and the American Government’s claim of immunity has been examined by Najmuddin Shaikha former Pakistani diplomat. He wrote that the question of diplomatic immunity depends on whether Davis was on the staff of the ‘consulate’ or the ’embassy’ as the privileges and immunities of each are very different. Shaik has raised the question of whether Davis was in Mozang Chowrangi in the ‘course of his duties’ and who should decide that.[31]

Pakistani investigators have determined that Davis did not shoot the two men acting in self-defence and the police are recommending he face a charge of double murder.[32]

Davis in the mobile phone video of his interrogation did not claim that he had a diplomatic rank, but rather that he was “doing consulting work for the consular general, who is based at the US consulate in Lahore.”[33] According to USA Today “U.S. officials in Islamabad will say only that he was an American Embassy employee who was considered part of the ‘administrative and technical staff’.”[34]

[edit] Davis’ background

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On February 9, an article on the website of WCYB in Bristol, Virginia stated that he graduated from Powell Valley High School in Big Stone Gap, Virginia in 1993.[35] The alumni page of the high school includes a Raymond Davis who graduated in that year.[36] Davis reportedly has previous US Special Forces experience, having spent 10 years in the military, beginning with basic training at Fort Benning, GA, in 1993, a six month period of service with the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Macedonia, then time with the Third Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, and leaving the military in 2003.[4] With his wife, Rebecca, Davis[4] runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC based in Orlando, Florida, a company that specializes in providing “loss and risk management professionals”.[37] Counterpunch reports that it has found that the claimed Orlando address of Hyperion Protective Services has never been leased out to a company of that name and that no such company is licensed in Florida.[38] A Las Vegas address given in a siasat.pk post[39][unreliable source?] for Hyperion Protective Services turns up in other sources, but it is a UPS store.[40] The box at the UPS store was used as an address for “Dale Evars” in a 2007 chain letter experiment.[41][unreliable source?] According to at least one article, Hyperion is based in Nevada.[4]

[edit] Aftermath

The Government of Pakistan is under extreme pressure from the United States to release Raymond Davis.[42] [43] [44] [45]News reports indicate that the Pakistani Embassy in Washington was cut off from all communications with the United States Department of State over this issue. Diplomatic notes were sent by the US Government to Pakistan’s Foreign Office urging it to grant diplomatic Immunity to Mr Davis. A delegation of the United States House Committee on Armed Services conveyed a veiled threat that Pakistan-US defense cooperation could be under cloud if the standoff persisted on the issue of immunity for Raymond Davis.[27][46][47] In another incident, an ABC News report alleged the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani of receiving threats from the US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon of being removed if action was not taken on the Raymond Davis case. Haqqani however categorically denied the allegation. According to the same report, Donilon also warned of US consulates closing down in Pakistan and an upcoming visit by President Zardari to Washington being rejected.[48] On February 12 Philip J. Crowley the US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs announced that trilateral meetings between US, Afghan and Pakistani officials to be held on February 23 and 24 were postponed due to political changes in Pakistan.[49]

According to news, blood money is being considered an option to get Davis a pardon.[50]

On February 1, 2011, a petition brought by Pakistani lawyer Saeed Zafar[51] was ruled upon by Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry where an order was issued to put Davis’ name on Pakistan’s Exit Control List in order to restrain him from being handed over to US authorities.[52]

On February, 2, 2011, about a week after the shooting, an article appeared in the Denver Post [53] saying that Raymond Davis lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and had previously lived in Las Vegas, Lexington, Kentucky, Vail, Arizona, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This contradicts Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State, who in two Department of State briefings to the press, indicated that Raymond Allen Davis was not his real name.[54][55]

“Let me say three things: first, I can confirm that an employee at the US consulate in Lahore was involved in an incident today. It is under investigation. We have not released the identity of our employee at this point, and reports of a particular identity that are circulating through the media are incorrect. The name is wrong. The name that’s out there is wrong. Including that one, yes. Not correct.”
– Jan. 27, 2011 U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing by Assistant Secretary Philip J. Crowley at the State Department.[56]

On February 8, Barrister Iqbal Jafree filed a petition to the Lahore High Court claiming Raymond Davis is not the real name of the accused, and that the accused should be tried for forgery. The petition also asserts that a forged passport cannot be the basis for immunity from prosecution.[57]

On February 14, it was reported that a Pakistani federal minister close to President Asif Ali Zardari told a journalist “We are not in a position to oblige the US because this matter is now sub judice and the Lahore High Court has included the name of Raymond Davis in the Exit Control List. If we do anything in violation of the court orders, then the court will summon us for contempt and we are sure that the people of Pakistan will come out on the roads against us and our fate will be worse than Hosni Mubarak.”[58]

It is alleged that following his arrest, the police recovered photographs of sensitive areas and defense installations from Davis’ camera, among which included snapshots of the Bala Hisar Fort, the headquarters of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Peshawar and of Pakistan Army’s bunkers on the Eastern border with India. The Government of Punjab considers Davis a security risk after the recovery of the photos.[59] Prosecutors have also suggested that Davis be charged with espionage.[59]

The News reports that top Pakistani Foreign Office officials allege that Pakistan’s President, Asif Ali Zardari asked the Foreign Office in categorical terms that Raymond Davis should be given diplomatic immunity and for this purpose, the Foreign Office should immediately issue a backdated letter notifying Raymond as ‘member of staff member of the US embassy, in Islamabad.[60] On February 12, Pakistan’ Government made Cabinet changes during which the Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, was sacked, over his refusal to comply. He claims that he lost his job because of his stand on Raymond Davis.[61] Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in categorical terms that as per the official record and advice given to him by experts in the Foreign Office, Raymond Davis is not a diplomat and cannot be given blanket diplomatic immunity.

“On the basis of the official record and the advice given to me by the technocrats and experts of the Foreign Office, I could not certify him (Raymond Davis) as a diplomat”.

The sacked Foreign Office Minister also told The News:

“The kind of by blanket immunity Washington is pressing for Davis, is not endorsed by the official record of the Foreign Ministry,”

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[edit] See also

[edit] References

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‘Raymond Davis’ Is Linked To Terrorism In Pakistan

Submitted by Masroor on February 8, 2011 – 8:49 am8 Comments
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  • ‘Victims shot in the back repeatedly’
  • Many Pakistanis long for a return to military government
  • Interior Ministry has become hub for foreign agents, foreign contractors, India, and Israel
  • Interior Ministry at odds with the Pakistani military
  • ‘Davis’ used a submachine gun to kill his two victims
  • A 4-man armed security team was dispatched to rescue ‘Davis’
  • US secret contractors were on a ‘mission’ in old part of Lahore

The Americans, mis-identified by the US Embassy as “diplomats” are believed involved in covert or “black ops” operations inside Pakistan, reportedly against the government of Pakistan, America’s primary ally in the region
GORDON DUFF And RAJA MUJTABA | Monday | 7 February 2011 | Veterans Today

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Protests throughout the city of Lahore, university students, various political parties, demanded stiff punishment for a group of Americans, one identified initially as “Raymond Allen Davis,” now “identity unknown,” held on a variety of charges including 2 counts of murder along with four American security contractors currently being sought after fleeing the scene of a vehicular homicide in a related incident.

“Davis” is accused of two counts of murder and terrorism related charges.  The other four, named to police but withheld from the media, are being sought for questioning in relation to a vehicular homicide while moving in traffic to assist “Davis.”  The four, though described by Davis and the American press to be “diplomats” are believed to be security contractors who entered Pakistan illegally under assumed identities.

The four not yet in custody, believed to be Americans, fled the scene after killing Ibadur Rehman, a local merchant, during a bizarre incident. The Americans, mis-identified by the US Embassy as “diplomats” are believed involved in covert or “black ops” operations inside Pakistan, reportedly against the government of Pakistan, America’s primary ally in the region.

The victim of the vehicle homicide, Rehman, a bicyclist traveling on Jail Road in Lahore, was struck and killed by a four wheel drive vehicle that was part of what “Davis” describes as a “mission” in his statement to police.

According to the statement, the two vehicles, the Honda rental with “cloned” plates driven by “Davis”  and the “chase vehicle,”  a 4 wheel drive vehicle not registered to the American consulate, containing a 4-man armed security team, were heading toward the Mozang Chungi district.

Mozang Chungi is a densely populated area of small shops and street vendors typically only used by local residents.  Security sources in Pakistan state:

“No American tourist or diplomat would ever go there, certainly not two car loads of heavily armed private contractors equipped for a mission of some kind.  The only possible reason to be there would be terrorism.  The area has been attacked before by terrorists, taking advantage of the crowds and confusion.  We suspect we may have stumbled on the source of previous terror attacks and, in fact, broken up what may have become another ‘Mumbai.’

“This is a classic terrorist cover, false identity, phony license plates, car filled with weapons, radios and surveillance gear.”

INTERNAL POLITICAL ISSUES

Pakistan is, itself, governed by contradictions and what most believe to be an ineffective and corrupt civil government led by President Zardari, tied to money laundering in Switzerland, and an Interior Ministry seen as at odds with the powerful military.  Pakistan is a nation of huge economic disparity with extreme wealth held by a few and extreme poverty for the majority, especially tribal minorities that make up a significant portion of Pakistan’s population.

Many Pakistanis long for a return to military government, citing failures by the current President, husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007.

Accusations tying Pakistan’s Interior Ministry to “foreign elements,” US, India and Israel, intelligence agencies and private contractors, accusations alleging complicity in terrorism and money laundering tied to the massive drug trade in neighboring Afghanistan are commonplace.

REAL EVENTS UNCLEAR

“Davis,” in his statement to police, stated he fired in self defense. Weapons were said to be found alongside the bodies of the slain although counter-claims of weapons being “planted” fill the airwaves.

Autopsy results, as reported, indicate that both were shot in the back with special fragmenting anti-personnel ammunition, one receiving four hits to the back and the other three.

Witnesses report that two young Pakistanis were fired on by the American from inside his vehicle with a fully automatic submachinegun, firing through the glass.
Damage to the vehicle, a white Honda Civic, show shots to have been fired through both the passenger window and rear windscreen.

Media in Pakistan has given extensive coverage to the families of the slain, interviewing them and neighbors who indicate the slain had no criminal or “extremist” history and were respected in the community.  In statements to the media, family members have demanded a “public hanging” for those involved, no “blood money” will be accepted.  Islamic or “Sharia” law allows for cash settlements or “blood money” to be paid to family members of homicide victims in lieu of capital punishment or imprisonment.

DIPLOMATIC STATUS DENIED BY PAKISTAN

The man, held by Pakistan in the killing of two young men during a traffic altercation, is not “Raymond Allen Davis.”  In fact, nobody seems to know who he is, including the US embassy in Islamabad.

Davis, and his four companions who have yet to be apprehended, according to police sources, entered Pakistan illegally, using assumed identities.

However, stories in the press in Pakistan and general belief by the “man in the street” say that the man being held is believed to be an American security contractor active in coordinating terror attacks inside Pakistan, working with Indian intelligence, the “RAW.”

The area of the city “Davis” and his four companions were driving to has been the repeated scene of terror attacks in this city of 7 million nestled on the Indian border, hundreds of miles from Taliban strongholds.  Sources in Pakistan state that it simply isn’t credible that an American would be in the densely populated and poorest region of Lahore, especially an American with a false identity and rental car with license plates “cloned” from another vehicle 300 miles away.

“DAVIS” UNDER “SEMI-HOUSE ARREST” WITHDRAWN

Authorities in Lahore, Pakistan were allowing “Davis” to spend his nights at the American consulate and his days at a local police station.  But now due to mounting pressures this arrangement has been cancelled. The United States government continues to demand the release of “Davis” though it has also refused to identify him or his associates or state their actual mission in Pakistan.

“Davis” is believed to be a native of Las Vegas, 36 years old with a military background in Special Forces.  An internet search shows him to operate under a “one man” Florida based security company but there is, of yet, no known relationship between this entity and any State Department overseas mission.

A check of passport records show that “Davis” has traveled between Pakistan and Afghanistan 9 times during the past 18 months.

Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, and Senior Editor at Veterans Today. Raja Mujtaba is a retired Major in the Pakistan Army and editor of Opinion Maker and O.M.

Center for Policy Studies.

http://www.pakistankakhudahafiz.com/2011/02/08/%E2%80%98raymond-davis%E2%80%99-is-linked-to-terrorism-in-pakistan/

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Proof that ‘Raymond Davis’ was on ‘Business Visa’ and does not have diplomatic immunity

Posted on 13 February 2011

Republican Palace, American Embassy Annex, US ...Blackwater operatives in action

Th entire the spectrum of the Pakistani media is discussing the case of “Raymond Davis”.  Even usually Pro-American TV stations like Dawn News are discussing the issue from the Pakistani point of view and has showed documentation which is invalidates the  the US perspective. There have been colossal demonstrations all over Pakistan. Various political parties in including the PMLN have promised that if “Ramond Davis” is released, the government of PM Gilani will fall.

Here are the key points made in the various videos and talk-shows which show the actual pictures of his “Business Visa”. According to the Vienna Convention he cannot claim diplomatic immunity if on a false passport with a false identity. If “consultant” has failed to declare his whereabouts, he has not followed the law of the land, and then he is violating all procedures of immunity. The 2nd vehicle killed a third Pakistani. Information on that vehicle or the driver has not been handed over to Pakistan.

  • The US State Department divulges that “Raymond Davis” is an alias.
  • Diplomats are not allowed to have aliases and divulge their true identity. Using false names to get a visa from Pakistan is a violation of the Immigration Laws of Pakistan.
  • Diplomats are not allowed to carry weapons. He was carrying unlicensed arms. No one has “diplomatic immunity” when he is or she is not involved in diplomatic activities.
  • When Blackwater was banned, several agencies like “Hyperion Protective Consulting” were floated. Mr. “Davis” is listed as a co-owner of this mercenary service.
  • Mr. “Ramond Davis” was not on the list of US diplomats kept in the Pakistan Foreign Office.
  • The US state department called Mr. Davis an “employee”, while Mr. Davis admitted to be a “Consultant”.
  • US had forced about 500 Visas without a proper investigation. “Mr. Davis” was one of the visas. This was a colossal issue during the passage of the Kerry Lugar Bill.
  • Pakistan has never accepted the Diplomatic Immunity of Mr. “Raymond Davis”.
  • Even diplomats are not immune from crimes like murder.
  • The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa had informed Mr. “Davis”  to leave Peshawar.
  • Mr. “Davis” was a well trained marksman and shot the two people in the back. The bullets are illegal.
  • The number plate of the car following him were false.

The videos show the actual passport of Mr. “Raymond Davis” and display the fact that he had a “Business Visa”.

Shireen Mazari on “Raymond Davis”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MtBmyMgKOo&NR=1

Dr. Alvi on “Raymond Davis”

Funeral of murder victim Fiazan Haider:

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Case Of Jailed Diplomat In Pakistan Fuels Anger

A small but vocal crowd gathered as a Magistrate Court in Lahore decreed that Pakistani authorities may continue to hold the U.S. diplomat identified as Raymond Davis, alleged to have shot dead two Pakistani men. Protesters shouted "Hang Davis!" while the U.S. Embassy cried foul.  It called his detention "illegal" and said the  hearing itself violated his right to due process.

Enlarge Sajid MemoodA small but vocal crowd gathered as a Magistrate Court in Lahore decreed that Pakistani authorities may continue to hold the U.S. diplomat identified as Raymond Davis, alleged to have shot dead two Pakistani men. Protesters shouted “Hang Davis!” while the U.S. Embassy cried foul. It called his detention “illegal” and said the hearing itself violated his right to due process.
A small but vocal crowd gathered as a Magistrate Court in Lahore decreed that Pakistani authorities may continue to hold the U.S. diplomat identified as Raymond Davis, alleged to have shot dead two Pakistani men. Protesters shouted "Hang Davis!" while the U.S. Embassy cried foul.  It called his detention "illegal" and said the  hearing itself violated his right to due process.
Sajid MemoodA small but vocal crowd gathered as a Magistrate Court in Lahore decreed that Pakistani authorities may continue to hold the U.S. diplomat identified as Raymond Davis, alleged to have shot dead two Pakistani men. Protesters shouted “Hang Davis!” while the U.S. Embassy cried foul. It called his detention “illegal” and said the hearing itself violated his right to due process.
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February 3, 2011

In Pakistan, a judge in the city of Lahore ordered an American at the center of a delicate diplomatic dispute to be held in police custody another eight days. The jailed American allegedly shot two Pakistani men after he said they threatened his life.

The United States insists he is a diplomat entitled to immunity, but the case has deepened distrust of the Americans and made granting immunity a tall order.

The American, identified as Raymond Davis, was brought to the Magistrate Court in Caant, a posh area of Lahore, in an armored vehicle. Amid tight security, the court opened an hour early, an extraordinary measure to ensure his safety and avoid the glare of the media.

A Show Of Anti-Americanism

The case of Davis has gripped Pakistan’s headlines and spilled into the streets in a show of anti-Americanism.

“Oppressor, give us an answer!” the demonstrators cried. “Account for the blood you shed.”

It’s probably unwise to have every Tom, Dick and Harry with a diplomatic passport. There probably are too many people walking around with diplomatic immunity.

– Donald McHenry, former U.N. ambassador

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the spot where Davis allegedly shot dead two Pakistanis, who he said were armed robbers. The small gathering, which included many students, took up an ominous chant aimed at Davis, whose drama one newspaper called “an avatar of the Ugly American.”

“Hang Davis! Hang him!” the demonstrators shouted.

Davis has been depicted in banners across town as a bloodthirsty “terrorist.”

There is talk of “revenge” for the fatal shooting of the two men and the death of a third man who was struck by an SUV reportedly coming to Davis’ rescue.

Yasmin Raashid is the secretary general of the Punjab chapter of the party of former cricketer Imran Khan. Raashid says many Pakistanis do not believe Davis is a diplomat as the Americans say, but more likely a security operative along the lines of the much-loathed Blackwater, now called Xe.

“There is a lot of resentment that Blackwater, or whatever security people they are around here in Pakistan … are trying to undermine our sovereignty,” says Raashid. She says it appears that someone like Davis “takes the law into his own hand and shoots to kill.”

Yasim Raashid says many Pakistanis do not believe Davis is a diplomat as the Americans say, but more likely a security operative along the lines of the much-loathed Blackwater, now called Xe.

Enlarge Sajid MemoodYasim Raashid says many Pakistanis do not believe Davis is a diplomat as the Americans say, but more likely a security operative along the lines of the much-loathed Blackwater, now called Xe.
Yasim Raashid says many Pakistanis do not believe Davis is a diplomat as the Americans say, but more likely a security operative along the lines of the much-loathed Blackwater, now called Xe.
Sajid MemoodYasim Raashid says many Pakistanis do not believe Davis is a diplomat as the Americans say, but more likely a security operative along the lines of the much-loathed Blackwater, now called Xe.

Rashed Rahman, editor of the Daily Times, says the hostility erupting over the case of the jailed American is an extension of the furor over the blasphemy debate. Rahman’s paper was owned by Salman Taseer, the late Punjab governor who was killed by his bodyguard because he sought to reform the country’s strict blasphemy laws. Rahman says in defense of Islam, the country’s radical right has whipped up an anti-Western fervor.

“And they’ve got momentum. They are trying to dominate the national agenda. An issue like this is just going to add more ammunition to that anti-American sentiment; and Mr. Davis has provided a most wonderful opportunity to raise the bar even higher and I think the mood on the street is something that needs to be watched,” Rahman says. “I’m not saying it’s Egypt or Tunisia, but I’m just saying the street, at least the religious right, could explode.”

The U.S. Embassy Thursday night reiterated that Davis is a member of its administrative and technical staff and is entitled to diplomatic immunity.

Former U.N. Ambassador Donald McHenry, currently at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, notes that the aid pouring into Pakistan requires an expanded embassy staff, which he says creates problems of its own.

“It’s probably unwise to have every Tom, Dick and Harry with a diplomatic passport. There probably are too many people walking around with diplomatic immunity,” McHenry says.

Unanswered Questions Raise Suspicion

Many unanswered questions about this case are fueling suspicion. Questions like: What exactly is the job of the jailed American? Why is a U.S. diplomat armed to begin with? And who came to the American’s rescue?

The U.S. Embassy declines to comment on these matters.

What the embassy said Thursday night is that the continued detention of the “American diplomat is a gross violation of international law.” And that he “was remanded in court without notice to the U.S. government, without his lawyer present, and without translation.” In short, he was denied due process.

The diplomatic standoff shows no sign of being resolved soon.

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/03/133473780/case-of-jailed-diplomat-in-pakistan-fuels-anger

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Shooting that has Lahore taking aim at America

US embassy official’s killing of two locals has whipped up diplomatic tensions – and put Pakistan in no mood for leniency

By Andrew Buncombe, Asia Correspondent

Police escort Raymond Davis to a court in Lahore yesterday, where he was ordered to be held in custody before going on trial for murder Getty ImagesPolice escort Raymond Davis to a court in Lahore yesterday, where he was ordered to be held in custody before going on trial for murder

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The US has demanded the immediate release of an American diplomat arrested over the shooting deaths of two Pakistani men, saying he has immunity from prosecution and was illegally detained.

Raymond Davis, a so-called technical adviser to the US consulate in Lahore, shot dead two men he said were trying to rob him while he was waiting at a traffic signal.

Amid a fresh wave of anti-American rhetoric, Davis was brought before a court yesterday and ordered to be kept in custody for six days. Officials insisted the American would not receive special treatment. “He has killed two men. A case is registered against him on murder charges,” Rana Bakhtiar, deputy prosecutor general for Punjab province, told reporters after the hearing.

Mr Davis told police he fired at the two men in self-defence when they pulled up close to him on a motorbike while his car was waiting near a busy junction; at least one of them took out a weapon and pointed it at him, he said. Witnesses said Mr Davis then sped off and a second US vehicle, which came to the scene to help him, crossed onto the wrong side of the road and hit several people, fatally injuring one of them.

The families of the two motorcyclists claimed they were not robbers and had only been carrying pistols for their own protection. Police statements regarding the two men’s intentions have varied. The Associated Press said Mr Davis had told investigators that shortly before the incident he had withdrawn cash from an ATM and the two men may have seen him doing so.

“Action will be taken against the US national according to Pakistani laws. The Punjab government will ensure that the foreigner will be prosecuted according to the law of the land and no pressure will be accepted in this regard,” said Rana Sanaullah, Punjab’s law minister.

He said although the two men who were killed were carrying weapons, investigators had yet to determine whether Mr Davis’s life was at risk. He claimed inquiries would be completed within two weeks. A separate charge has been registered against the as-yet unidentified driver of the second American vehicle which killed a pedestrian. The funerals of the three people who died were due to be held last night.

Whatever the outcome of the inquiry, it is already clear that Thursday’s incident has sparked fresh controversy in a country where most people do not view the US in a positive light and where many will consider the shootings nothing less than an act of murder.

A number of media organisations and news channels seized on the incident, suggesting that Mr Davis was in the wrong and questioning whether he would be charged. One right-wing English language newspaper, The Nation, carried a headline that roared: “American Rambo goes berserk in Lahore”.

“The media is trying to create an atmosphere. It is media populism where they are just saying what the audience wants to hear rather than what is socially responsible or professionally correct,” said Rasul Bakhsh Rais, an analyst based in Lahore. “They are more interested in provoking public passions.”

Pakistani politicians have been quick to condemn the incident and ensure they are not seen as giving special treatment to the American. The Prime Minister, Yousaf Gilani, said the government was awaiting the outcome of the investigation, while the interior minister, Rehman Malik, said under pressure in parliament from opposition politicians that no foreigners were permitted to carry weapons in Pakistan.

The US Embassy in Islamabad issued a brief statement saying it was working with the Pakistani authorities to determine what happened.

In Washington, meanwhile, the US state department spokesman Philip Crowley said: “We want to make sure that a tragedy like this does not affect the strategic partnership that we’re building with Pakistan. And we’ll work as hard as we can to explain that to the Pakistani people.”

Independent staff contributed updates to this report.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/shooting-that-has-lahore-taking-aim-at-america-2197785.html

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Who Is Raymond Davis? & Why Did He Kill Two People?

Published on 16 days ago

WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, Raymond Davis, an American employed at the U.S. consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, appeared in a Pakistani court on murder charges. As of now, the story of how Davis came to be in court is hotly disputed, but according to Pakistani police reports, Davis was driving through Lahore on Thursday when two men rode up on a motorcycle and attempted to rob him. Davis shot and killed both men. At some point, Davis called the U.S. consulate for help, and when a Land Cruiser from the consulate arrived on the scene to assist him, it hit and killed a third man.

Right now, there are more questions than answers in this case, so here’s a look at what we know and don’t know:

  • Who Is Raymond Davis? Raymond Davis is Secret agent of CIA and He is in Pakistan For Secret operation . But accourding to different Media ,Davis is employed at the American consulate in Lahore, though it’s not clear what he does there. The New York Times reports that in police statements, he’s variously described as a “security official” or “technical adviser.” The BBC reports that Davis “did not have diplomatic immunity and was not one of the foreign security personnel allowed to carry firearms, according to the Pakistani authorities.”
  • Why Did He Kill Two People? According to the BBC, Davis had “withdrawn money from a cash machine” shortly before the men on the motorcycle confronted him. “According to the official police report released Friday, the police found weapons on the dead men,” the Times reports. The Times also notes that “roadside robberies by armed men on motorcycles seeking mobile phones and other valuables from drivers, particularly those alone, are relatively common” in Lahore.
  • Who Were the Men Who Were Killed? One of the two men on the motorcycle has not been named in the press. The other was Faizan Haider, a man in his early 20s. Haider’s older brother told reporters that Faizan “was innocent, he was not a criminal. We need justice.” The identity of the man killed by the Land Cruiser has not been made public.
  • What Will Happen to Davis Now? He’ll stand trial in Pakistan, and officials are adamant about not showing him any preferential treatment just because he happens to be employed by the U.S. consulate. “Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters in Lahore that authorities would not bow to any pressure from the U.S. in handling the case,” reports the Los Angeles Times. The brother of one of the men on the motorcycle told reporters that he and his family would try to have Davis hanged.
  • What Will the Larger Fallout Be? Almost every news outlet reporting on this case has mentioned that it’s “likely to inflame anti-American sentiments in the nuclear-armed state,” as the Los Angeles Times puts it. Many Pakistanis are, at best, warily tolerant of the presence of Americans in their cities, and the issue of U.S. diplomats and state officials carrying weapons has been a pungent one in Pakistan for a number of years. Following the deaths of the three men on Thursday, some 300 protesters staged demonstrations in Lahore and Karachi, blocking the roads and burning tires and the U.S. flag.
  • Could Spies Have Been Involved Somehow? That’s what Jeff Stein at The Washington Post wonders. Stein talks to Fred Burton, a former deputy chief with the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, who says that the incident in Lahore “looks like an informant meet gone bad more than a car-jacking attempt.” Burton says that Davis displayed “a high degree of firearms discipline and training” and “outstanding situational awareness to recognize the attack unfolding and shoot the other men … Either the consulate employee’s route was compromised by terrorist or criminal surveillance, or it’s feasible he was set up in some sort of double-agent operation, if this wasn’t a criminal motive.”

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By Our Correspondent
Sunday, January 30, 2011

LAHORE

Jamaat e Islami ameer Syed Munawar Hasan has warned the rulers against protecting the US citizen involved in shooting down three youth, saying they would take out a protest demonstration on The Mall if four other culprits hiding in the US Consulate and the vehicle involved in the death of a youth, Ibadur Rahman, were not taken in custody within four days.

He was talking to the media on Saturday after visiting the houses of three youths killed by the US national. A number of other JI leaders were also present.

Munawar said that, even after three days the incident, the US embassy was not disclosing the killer’s rank which indicated that he was not a Consulate employee and was only an agent of the CIA or the Black Water. He condemned the US Embassy for demanding the release of Raymond Davis and terming the arrest unlawful. He said this was an insult to the 180 million Pakistanis. He accused Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik of defending the Black Water agents, instead of protecting his own countrymen. He said the JI, Punjab, had set up a committee comprising senior lawyers to provide legal assistance to the bereaved families.

The JI ameer also urged the judiciary to take notice of the incident and the government efforts to protect the killers. He said the JI would stage a big peaceful demonstration on The Mall with the members of the bereaved families, asked the Punjab Chief Minister not to join the federal government efforts to get the killer released.

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Posted at 3:10 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Lahore shootout: Spy rendezvous gone bad?

By Jeff Stein

A senior former U.S. diplomatic security agent suggested Thursday that the American involved in a fatal shootout in Lahore, Pakistan, was the victim of a spy meeting gone awry, not the target of a robbery or car-jacking attempt.

“It looks like an informant meet gone bad more than a car-jacking attempt,” said Fred Burton, a former deputy chief of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service’s counter-terrorism division.

Early reports were sketchy. Many said the American, identified in the Pakistani press variously as Raymond David, or just “Davis,” had shot two armed men on a motorcycle “in self defense” as they approached his car in a robbery attempt. As the American sped away, another Pakistani on a motorcycle was killed, according to the reports.

[SATURDAY UDATE: Embassy officials have identified the man as Raymond A. Davis. A senior U.S. official quoted by The Post said Davis was a “permanent diplomat” who was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad as a security officer, a role the official described as “a guy who is in the protection of people.”]

A Lahore police official earlier told The Post that “another U.S. vehicle was traveling with the sedan and that the American then fled the scene in that car. As it sped away, it hit a motorcyclist, killing him.”

Pakistan’s GEO TV broadcast a photo of a broad-faced, 40-something man in a plaid shirt sitting in the back of a police car, who it identified as the American involved in the shootout.

According to Burton, who worked on several major terrorism cases in the 1980s and 1990s, the incident showed that David “had outstanding situational awareness to recognize the attack unfolding and shoot the other men.”

“It shows a high degree of firearms discipline and training,” Burton added. “Either the consulate employee’s route was compromised by terrorist or criminal surveillance, or it’s feasible he was set up in some sort of double-agent operation, if this wasn’t a criminal motive.”

David was quickly apprehended and surrendered a Beretta pistol and three cell phones, according to local reports quoting police. He remains in custody.

No immediate explanation was given for David’s presence in Lahore’s Qartaba Chowk area, a mixed commercial and residential where two major roads meet.

“Even if U.S. officials are cleared of wrongdoing,” The Post correspondents reported, “the incident could be explosive in a nation where anti-American sentiment is strong. Some Pakistani news channels covering the episode raised the possibility that the Americans involved were employees of Blackwater, an American security contractor, now known as Xe Services, that is widely viewed in Pakistan as a sort of mercenary agency.”

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Pakistan is ‘mercenary free’ zone: All XE soldiers of furtune should leave

Posted on 08 February 2011. Tags: 2008 Mumbai attacks, Asif Ali Zardari, Cameron Munter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Islamabad, Lahore, Pakistan, United States

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What started out as a tiff is turning into a schism between Washington and Islamabad. The US ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter called on President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad on Monday to follow up on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s phone call to him last week to resolve the matter. The issue has dragged on despite reports in the pro-American section of the Pakistani media which claims that Pakistan has agreed to release the American mercenary. The US is pulling all the stops in its support for the mercenary who was caught in the murder of two Pakistani motorcycle riders–both of whom were shot in the back. A third was brutally run over by an American who has allegedly been whisked out of Pakistan. Islamabad on Monday put three more Americans, accused of mowing down a by-stander in a hit-and-run felony, on an exit control list. The US mission has declined to hand over the three other Americans accused in the hit-and-run case.

There are reports that Mr. Raymond Davis, Davis, a private security contractor was in Pakistan in a Business Visa–the issuance of his visa was part of the wholesale dispatch of Business visas, which was demanded by the US because it was ostensibly hindering the implementation of the Kerry Lugar Bill. The Pakistani media has displayed the non-diplomatic passport of Mr. Davis–who is not using his real name.

The fact that Mr. Raymond Davis was armed and had maps and pictures of several Pakistani cities makes him a prime suspect as a spy and a mercenary. The US Embassy has disseminated several conflicting stories about Mr “Raymond Davis”. Af first it said, that Mr. “Raymond Davis” was a diplomat. Then it was announced that he was a contractor working in the Islamabad Embassy. Another statement said that he was working for the Consulate in Lahore. Yet another statement claimed that Mr. “Davis” was working for the consulate in Peshawar. The US has been unable to release the so called diplomatic passport of “Mr. Davis”–or prove his diplomatic immunity.

The manner in which the driver of the SUV was whisked away from Pakistan make many wonder about the facts in this case.

The US has now allegedly suspended all high-level contacts with Pakistan. The so called “Strategic Dialogue” is on hold, Mr. Zardari’s trip to Washington is in the doldrums and all contact between Pakistan and the US is in cold storage. The relations have dramatically deteriorated over the Raymond Davis affair.

With the suicide of the victims’ wife, the situation in Pakistan appears to have slipped out of government’s control inflaming public opinion, which is already anti-American. The dead wife of the victim demanded “blood for blood.” before she breathed her last. Several Prominent Pakistani politicians have demanded that Davis and other Americans be tried for her death too.

There could be some deeper issues in this matter. The Express Tribune (the local version of the New York Times) the entire issue was also a “reaction to the attempts by certain elements in Washington to implicate…the ISI in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks…”

There is now a demand in some quarters in Washington to turn off the aid spigot to Pakistan and there is pressure on the PPP government to hold to account the United States–and halt the supply chain to Afghanistan which runs through Pakistan. Each country can hold the other hostage.

All this now makes it even more difficult for Pakistan’s PPP government to release Mr. Davis.

Bob Woodward has reported that there is a 3000 strong “CIA Army” working in Pakistan. Mr. Davis seems to be representative of the Blackwater type of mercenaries that are running amok in Pakistan. Irregardless of what happens to Mr. Davis, the fact remains that the US has been put on notice–that its mercenaries are no longer wanted in Pakistan and they are not welcome. Pakistani youth are tracking and tracing their whereabouts.

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Raymond Davis Case Is Sub Judice, Not Sub Media

Raymond Davis surrounded by media cameras

There is nothing positive about a tragedy such as occurred last week when an American Consulate employee shot two men and a third died in a vehicular accident involving another American Consulate employee. Unfortunately, some in the media have taken the opportunity of this tragedy to promote confusion, conspiracy theories, and political agendas instead of presenting the facts. In some instances, there are even suggestions that the media is covering up some facts that are deemed inconvenient to a specific political agenda.

Kamran Shafi succinctly describes the various and contradictory ways the Raymond Davis case has been presented in the media:

He is alleged to be, variously, a spy, a Blackwater operative, a security guard and a US diplomat. There are as many stories about the man in our press as there are reporters in the newspapers, not one of them leading the reader to any conclusion.

In just one day we are regaled by differing accounts in different newspapers: one saying David had overstayed his visa by two years, another telling us his visa was valid until 2012; one saying he was not a diplomat, yet another telling us that he was an ‘official’, and so on and so forth. I have been following this case since the day of the shooting, have read every word written about it, and have to say that I am most confused. Nothing makes sense at all — a lot of which has to do with the conspiracy theorists and the and their spin quacks putting a spin on any aspect they can get their hands on.

In what is already a case filled with questions, media coverage is actually adding to the confusion rather than cutting through it. What is worst, Kamran notes that one eye witness account from the scene has disappeared from reporting.

What I myself saw on the very day of the shooting, about two hours after the event, was the interview of a young man off the street, conducted by a loud and vociferous channel. When asked what he had seen the man said: “pistol” (“The two motorcyclists drew their pistols to rob the foreigner [using the near-pejorative term , or Whitey] who shot them dead”). This was repeated twice in a period of 30 or so minutes and then taken off air. This is what I saw and heard myself. It is pertinent to note that that young man has not been seen, nor heard from, again. Neither has any newspaper quoted what he said on record.

Could it be that media is self-censoring this eye witness account because it is inconvenient to a specific political agenda?

Thankfully, one journalist is standing out in the crowd – Najam Sethi. As Cafe Pyala notes, Sethi “began his new programme Aapas Ki Baat with the warning that he wanted to put emotionalism aside and analyse the incident only in terms of the facts“. This was indeed a breath of fresh air.

Najam Sethi on Aapas Ki BaatNot only did Sethi cite the actual clauses of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic immunity (which Pakistan has ratified) that have been furiously talked about but never actually specifically referenced, but also put into context the whole issue in light of contemporary history and geopolitical realities. Now, others may question his interpretations of the Vienna Convention or the heretofore unknown ‘facts’ he presented as definite realities (we have no way of determining their veracity but he did stake his reputation on their authenticity), but I hope such challenges, if they do come, will be based on proof rather than vague emotionalism.

Cafe Pyala provides as comparison the way the issue was handled by Kamran Khan and his guest Shireen Mazari who trots out the old conspiracy theory that Ambassador Husain Haqqani is issuing visas to ‘suspicious foreigners’ in effort to somehow connect him to the Raymond Davis case. But as Dawn reports today, Raymond Davis’s visa was not issued by the Washington Embassy.

Diplomatic sources in Islamabad said that Raymond Davis had first received a three-month diplomatic visa on a diplomatic passport on request of the US State Department in September 2009. That is the only visa issued to him by the Pakistan embassy in Washington.

On that occasion, the State Department had said Davis would be visiting Pakistan for a short term as a technical adviser. Subsequently, Davis received extensions to his visa in Islamabad or elsewhere.

His presence in Pakistan after the expiry of his first visa in December 2009 was neither known to nor authorised by the Pakistan embassy in Washington or the Foreign Office.

Why Shireen Mazari brings up Husain Haqqani in a discussion of the Raymond Davis case is a question that should be asked. It is already established that the Embassy in Washington did not issue the visas, so why is it entering the debate? Kamran Khan and Shireen MazariIt appears that this is another example of media personalities using tragic events to promote a particular political agenda rather than simply providing and commenting on the facts.

Stories like the Raymond Davis case are delicate diplomatic matters between states, and it is imperative that the people have the facts straight so that they understand why government officials take whatever actions they deem necessary. It is also important that the facts are presented objectively so that the officials responsible for making decisions at such a highly diplomatic level are not confused or misled in their own right.

The Raymond Davis case is more than simply a diplomatic mess, though – it is a question of specific facts and laws. In other words, it is a legal case. There has been much complaining in the media about US officials trying to influence the government one way or the other. These journalists should take their own advice. Presently the matter is sub judice and not sub media.

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Raymond Davis: A secret Agent?

February 2nd, 2011 by Rabia Sheikh
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The shoot out incident which took place in busy streets of Lahore on Thursday 27 January has taken a lot of twists and turns. Raymond Alan Davis a US national killed two Pakistani citizens at crowded Mazang chowk in Lahore.

Raymond Davis claims that the two men were robbers and he killed them in self defence. Davis claims that he is a US consulate employee and has a diplomatic visa. However none of the claims have been proven true.

The two men Faizan, 20 and Faheem, 22 who died on the spot were not robbers as no criminal record has been found about them. After the autopsy reports it was confirmed that the two men were shot from the back. Witnesses on the spot also confirm that there was no exchange of fire and Davis also took pictures at the scene after killing the two men. The weapon recovered from Davis has no legal permit and the bullets used are also banned in many countries.

First of all a diplomat cannot roam around unescorted with illegal weapons and a forged car number plate. Secondly government has not found Raymond Davis on its registered list of the diplomats and officials.

US is demanding release of Raymond Davis and insisting that he is a employee of the US embassy and thus under the Vienna convention (on diplomatic relations) request immunity for him. Raymond Davis in under police custody and government has refused to hand him over to the US until the investigation is complete.

Many speculations are coming out about Raymond Davis’s identity. According to reports Davis is a permanent employee at a company Hyperion Protective Consultants based in Orlando, Florida. Many analysts in Pakistan speculate that Davis is a CIA operative; others say he is working for blackwater as a secret agent.

The Lahore high court has ordered government not to release Raymond Davis and place his name in the exit control list for preventing him to leave the country.

LHC stands by the decision that Raymond Davis is accused of double murder charge and will not be moved from Pakistan until the prosecution is complete.

Lahore chief justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry stated that: I am restraining him. Whether has has or does not have immunity will be decided by the court.

Whether Davis was a diplomat or not he should be prosecuted under the law as everyone is equal in the eyes of law and should not be given any kind of leniency.

Analysts also suggest that this incident will further stimulate the anti US sentiment in Pakistan.

Speculations and concerns are coming out over increased number of visa given to US nationals and presence of secret operatives of black water in Pakistan.

Many people have been protesting in many cities across Pakistan against the killing of two Pakistani men by a US national and demand that he should not be handed over to the US officials and should be prosecuted under the law of the state and punished for the murder.
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US Terror Campaign in Pakistan? What was Raymond Davis Shooting for in Lahore?

By Dave Lindorff

February 09, 2011 “This Can’t Be Happening” — The mystery surrounding Raymond A. Davis, the American former Special Forces operative jailed in Lahore, Pakistan for the murder of two young motorcyclists, and his funky “security” company, Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC, in the US continues to grow.

When Davis was arrested in the immediate aftermath of the double slaying in a busy business section of Lahore, after he had fatally shot two men in the back, claiming that he feared they might be threatening to rob him, police found business cards on him for a security company called Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC, which listed as its address 5100 North Lane, Orlando, Florida.

A website for the company gave the same address, and listed the manager as a Gerald Richardson.

An investigation into the company done for Counterpunch Magazine that was published on Tuesday, disclosed that the address was actually for a vacant storefront in a run-down and almost completely empty strip mall in Orlando called North Lane Plaza. The 5100 shop was completely empty and barren, save for an empty Coke glass on a vacant counter.

Now Tom Johnson, executive of a property company called IB Green, owner of the strip mall property, says that the 5100 address was rented by a man named Gerald Richardson, who used it to sell clothing. “We made him move out in December 2009 for nonpayment of rent,” he says. Johnson recalls that at one point when Richardson was leasing the space for his clothing store, he told him, “Oh, I have another company called Hyperion which might get mail there.”

Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC, as reported in the Counterpunch article, is not registered with the Florida Secretary of State’s office, although it still lists the vacant 5100 North Lane, Orlando address as its headquarters on the company website, which also provides an email address for Richardson, who is described as the company’s “manager and chief researcher.” (Efforts to reach Richardson via his email and by leaving a message on the one functioning number listed on the website have gone unanswered.)

But there are other mysteries here, too, regarding Davis (whose name does not appear on the Hyperion-Protective website), and regarding Hyperion.

Just a security guy? Guns, shells, clips, multiple cell phones and batteries all found in Davis’s possession by police

As reported today in the New York Times in an article by Jane Perlez, there is also a company in Las Vegas Nevada called Hyperion Protective Services. That firm’s 2006 registration information lists as its owners Raymond A Davis and his wife Rebecca J. Davis of 9811 W. Charleston St., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89117. It lists the company’s address as 9345 Boulder Opal Ave., Las Vegas. A registration in Nevada of that name says that Gerald Richardson “founded the firm” in 1999.

This company, which Perlez says claims it at least hoped to win government contracts, advertises its services (basically providing due diligence for companies making property purchases, and running background checks on employees), on a website called LasVegasComplete.com. On that site, it lists its website, which is the same original site for Hyperion-Protective Consultants, LLC, the apparently virtual company that was run out of Gerald Richardson’s clothing shop at 5100 North Lane, Orlando until he couldn’t pay the rent and got evicted, and that doesn’t have a listed number, or a person to answer the phone.

Meanwhile, the phone number listed for the Nevada incarnation of Hyperion-Protective is a cell phone with a Tucson, Arizona area code, which is registered to Raymond A. Davis. A call to that phone reached a recording of a male voice, with no mention of Hyperion-Protective, and no name offered, asking for call-back information. The call was not returned.

Perlez in her article, datelined Lahore, Pakistan, at least for the first time mentions the forensic evidence that both of Davis’s victims were shot in the back, and quotes police as saying that Davis had told them he shot the men not because they had menaced him with guns, as has earlier been asserted in the US media, based on statements from the State Department, but because “he believed that the men were armed.”

If that was the accepted standard for shooting someone in Texas or Arizona, half the residents of the state would be shooting the other half. It’s also a pretty lame justification for shooting two people in the back!

Perlez also confirms another point–the suspicious array of items that police found in Davis’s rented Honda Civic when they arrested him–though she diminishes their significance by offering the snide comment that the local Pakistani press has been “dwelling” on the items, as well as on his various, and mutually exclusive array of business cards, which included one listing him as working out of the Peshawar Consulate, on the edge of the Pashtun Tribal area, one listing him as a Defense Department contractor, and one listing him as an employee of the seemingly non-existent Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC in Orlando.

The items that the Pakistani press are “dwelling” on though, as listed by Perlez, include a Glock handgun, a flashlight that attaches to a headband, and a pocket telescope. Unmentioned by Perlez, but also found by police in Davis’s car, were a large number of cellphones, including at least one satellite phone, a collection of batteries, bucketloads of bullets, both for the Glock and a Beretta allegedly used by Davis to kill the two motorcyclists in his pinpoint shots through his front windshield, and a load of M-16 shells. Police report that the bullets were high-powered killer projectiles not allowed in many countries. There were military-grade knives, wires, and a surprising array of high-capacity magazines for the handguns, too (like the one used to such devastating effect in the recent Tucson massacre that killed several people and left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with a serious brain injury).

There was also something else police found that is profoundly puzzling and disturbing: a camera loaded with pictures of dozens of madrassas (religious schools) and other buildings around Lahore.

This was not the run-of-the-mill armament for an embassy security guard (one of the various titles (covers?) that the State Department has claimed for Davis at the Lahore Consulate).

The US, which seems to really want this guy out of Pakistani hands, is reportedly threatening to cut off financial assistance to Pakistan and to cancel a planned visit by President Obama if Davis is not released–pretty heavy pressure for a low-ranking consular contractor–especially one who has admitted he shot two locals to death while apparently not working in any official capacity.

Perlez also uncritically parrots the US government’s line that Davis is “protected by diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Conventions and that he must be released from custody.”

The problem, as I reported in my earlier Counterpunch article, is that Vienna Convention that Perez and the US government are relying on to demand his release states very clearly that any immunity for diplomats or consular staff does not apply to “serious crimes,” and it would be hard to imagine a more serious crime than a double murder, which is what Davis is currently being charged with.

What seems clear at this point is that Davis, 36, is not what the US government is now claiming he is: a “technical advisor” to the consulate.

His record –10 years in US Special Forces, supposedly ending in 2003–and his shell “security” company in the US, with its faked addresses, suggest strongly that he is working for the US, either in some intelligence branch, or more likely as an employee of some mercenary-for-hire company like Xe (Blackwater).

What he was actually doing on his ill-fated drive into the commercial heart of Lahore is up for grabs.

There have been several reports in the Pakistani press, unmentioned by Perlez, that the two men he killed were not, as initially reported by the US, petty thieves, but were actually agents working for Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI. Today, ABC’s Nick Schifrin, who has been the best reporter on this story in the US corporate media, reports that while the State Department “adamantly denies” the claim (big surprise, that!), four Pakistani officials, off the record, have told ABC that the two men Davis killed were ISI agents assigned to tail Davis because he was a spy who had “crossed a red line.”

What “red line?” Again there is speculation in Pakistan’s media that Davis may have been involved in some kind of covert US program to actually finance or orchestrate some of the bombings that have been rocking, and destabilizing Pakistan. (Certainly that could explanation for all of those cell phones recovered from Davis’s car, which could serve nicely as bomb detonators–a popular method adopted by terrorists everywhere. That theory might also explain his stop at an ATM to withdraw a bundle of cash.)

The suicide by rat poison of the 18-year-old bride of one of the two slain men would seem to point to the victim’s being more than just a petty street thief, too. The young woman, from her hospital bed, before dying, said that she was killing herself because she despaired of seeing justice done for the murder of her husband.

Copyright © 2011 This Can’t Be Happening.

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Why are the Drones Asleep since the Raymond Davis incident in Pakistan?

Karāchi : Pakistan | Feb 13, 2011
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Since Raymond Davis was taken into custody for killing two Pakistanis there have been no drone attacks. Previously in the first few weeks of Jan. there were 11 attacks.

Ever since Raymond Davis an American working in Pakistan killed two men whom he claims were about to rob him there have been no drone attacks on the Pakistan tribal areas. That was back on January 27th.

Actually the last drone attack recorded was on January 23rd. The attacks obviously had a lull of four days before the Davis incident.

There were 11 drone attacks recorded in January killing a reported 49 people. Since there were none since the 23rd of January, that was over 3 attacks a week but there have been none now in over two weeks.

When asked about why there have been no attacks a U.S. embassy spokesperson said the embassy does not speak on security issues. Of course there is not even any official admission that these are U.S. attacks so the no comment comment is not surprising.

Perhaps the U.S. is using the drone pause as an incentive to send back Davis to the U.S. Perhaps Pakistan is angry at the U.S. pressure to repatriate Davis and is refusing to give tacit approval to the attacks. Perhaps it is just a coincidence.

Obama has made the drone attacks a key part of his program to weaken Islamic extremists groups in Pakistan that cause problems for the mission in Afghanistan. It simply seems strange that there should be such a long gap between attacks.

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Drones in slumber after Davis incident

Updated at 0830 PST Sunday, February 13, 2011

By Usman Manzoor
ISLAMABAD: Whether it is a deliberate US policy or a mere pleasant coincidence but not a single drone attack has hit the country since January 27, when the American killer Raymond Davis was arrested in Lahore after he killed two young men.

The last attack was carried out on January 23 and so far over 2,000 people have been killed in such attacks since 2004.

The American Embassy spokesperson, Courtney Beale when contacted said that the embassy does not speak on security issues therefore she did not have any comment on the drone attacks’ stoppage after the Davis issue.

The Conflict Monitoring Centre, an independent research centre which monitors the drone attacks, confirmed that there have been no drone attacks since Raymond Davis was arrested. According to the CMC report there were 11 drone attacks reported during January 2011, killing 49 people.

At least 10 people were also wounded in these attacks. All the drone attacks were carried out in North Waziristan Agency of the Fata. No significant militant casualty was reported during the month.

January had otherwise been a busy month for the drones as five attacks were carried out.

The New Years day was the deadliest as the dawn of 2011 brought death for 19 people while ten people sustained injuries. The attack targeted a house while the second struck the rescue workers on the spot. Two other drone attacks separately hit two vehicles in the area.

January 23 was the second deadliest day of the month when 13 people were killed in three different drone attacks. In the first and second strike, a drone hit a vehicle and a motorcycle, respectively. In another strike, an alleged militant compound and a vehicle were targeted.

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How the Raymond Davis affair is connected to the so-called new “Great Game” in Eurasia and how Pakistan should handle the situation.

Author’s note: The reason why I have put some words in quotation marks is because it is referred to as such though some including I see it as a matter of survival for governments and countries. This post may be updated to fill in missing details or make corrections.I want to start this geopolitical post by covering the incident in Lahore and my personal theories on what exactly happened based on all the sources that I have come across.
Though I could be wrong, I believe the entire incident was triggered by a misunderstanding.I first thought of Raymond Davis in pictures of his court appearance to be a poor chap caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, but further evidence reported by various news sources make me believe the opposite, that he was on a spy mission. Consider the following points:

-Unconfirmed but various sources claim he could converse in Urdu the national language of Pakistan. Now certain sources claim he lived in Pakhtunkhwa and spoke fluent Pashto as well.

-He carried an unregistered weapon more particularly a 9mm Glock pistol. As uncertain as I am, my understanding is that these type of weapons are not popular in Pakistan. Even though local manufacturers can easily replicate them, local choices are mostly AK-47s and T-T pistols. Even amongst military divisions, this widely American-used gun is unpopular in Pakistan.

-The autopsies reveal that both men were shot in the back, ruling out the possibility that they were advancing towards him.

-Various sources claim Davis to have military training background and a history of working for the FBI.

-The equipment recovered from his car included GPS navigation, wireless phone tracking devices, binoculars as well as maps of sensitive bases/installations in Multan, Lahore and others.

-Sources also claim him to have been in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If one is to put these points together, Davis-or whatever his actual name may be-fits the perfect description of an undercover agent.

As many claim, I do believe that Faizan Haider and his brother Fahim were innocent since no criminal records were found on them and the weapon found on them was registered. Faizan and Fahim did indeed go to court with Faizan armed to protect himself from being a targeted witness in a family dispute that killed his brother about a month earlier.

Anyone familiar with Pakistan would know how complicated and dangerous family and tribal feuds can be. Those also familiar with the country would know how life threatening being a witness in a court can be as there have been cases of assignations on court witnesses even right after stepping out of the courtroom.
Various sources claimed that Faizan for this reason had registered his gun for the purpose of self-protection.

I believe when Fahim and Faizan exited the courtroom, Faizen loaded his handgun to protect himself from any possible attack. As they left the court he kept his gun loaded in handy in case an attack was waiting to happen.
As they continued their way on the motorbike to the hospital to attend to a relative, their path unfortunately coincided with Raymond Davis, giving him the impression that they were following him.

At the signal light Faizan felt it would be safe enough to unload his handgun now that he was far away from the court and that having a loaded gun may not be safe. And what better time to unload it than at a red light?

When Faizan reached out to unload his gun, it caused Davis, who was behind them, to panic giving him the impression that his suspicion on them following him were correct and that he was about to face a surprise attack.

Upon this Davis opened fired out of the impression that he was defending himself from this surprise attack- and that’s when his cover was blown.
From there Davis called for help and the SUV as we all know that came to aid him killed a third person as a result of reckless driving in a bid to save him. Since the vehicle turned back, Davis attempted to flee the scene which according to sources is standard operating procedure for American embassy and consulate employees in case of problems.

This is my perception of what happened in Lahore. But then there are many important questions to follow regarding Raymond Davis and the nature of the incidents in Lahore.

Most importantly where did Davis get the gun he shot the two men with? It was not registered according to local authorities and nor is it a popular weapon in Pakistan to my knowledge. So how exactly did he bring it into the country? Surely not through the airport where he’d be caught by security officials.

Thinking of this question brought to my mind a specific incident in these reports of armed foreigners; particularly westerners carrying weapons which are also not popular choices in Pakistan as per their models.

One of those reports describes an incident in which Americans carrying M-4 machine guns and 9 MM Glock pistols- very similar to the type used by Davis. Again these weapons are not manufactured nor used commonly in Pakistan perhaps due to copyright issues under international law or them being expensive weapons not affordable to most customers in a poor third world country.

That incident is just like the one we saw in Lahore of Americans mysteriously bringing weapons through the borders of Pakistan going undetected.
But the most notable incident amongst those reports is of Americans caught by police carrying M-4 rifles which also makes a brief mention of an Afghan national accompanying them without a visa.

To me this makes the answer quite clear. That the Americans are secretly transporting their weapons across the border from their bases in Afghanistan into Pakistan with the help of Afghans.
Smuggling is a well known activity which takes place across the Afghan-Pakistani border by Afghans. Illegal items from drugs to others are constantly smuggled out of Afghanistan going undetected. This practice has been going on for many decades perhaps even before the Afghan wars began.

Now American weapons for Americans in Pakistan are also being smuggled with the help of Afghans since Pakistan does not issue rights or licenses to foreigners to carry weapons except in extremely rare and special cases.

Why Afghans would help Americans is something Pakistanis have failed to and still fail to understand. Afghanistan has always had an enmity towards Pakistan right from the time of it’s independence in 1947. Till present day nothing has changed. It’s this enmity that is the root of turmoil in Central Eurasia (I say Eurasia because it involves all of Europe and most of Asia) though I also think Western governments have been trying to take advantage of the situation in order to gain access to Central Asia’s rich energy resources.

Pakistanis have failed to understand Afghan hostility towards their country and even fail to even acknowledge it’s existence because they are blinded by the curtain of Pan-Islamism and the false belief that Muslims can never hate Muslims.

To understand this enmity and the whole geopolitical turmoil our region today faces, we have to take a look backwards in time.
Afghanistan is a country where tribalism and ethnic ultra-nationalism have always thrived. Most of the violence in the country is much owed to this ethnic and tribal nationalism. Since it’s founding in 1747 AD, Afghanistan was ruled by ethnic Pakhtuns who have had a bad history with the other ethnic groups in the country.

Afghanistan’s history of ethnic and tribal nationalism seeks violence as a means of solving disputes.
Throughout much of it’s history, Afghanistan’s majority Pakhtuns have managed to keep the non-Pakhtun populations intact mostly through the use of brutal force.

And though there is tension amongst the non-Pakhtun ethnic groups of the country they have stood united against what they see as a common enemy. At the same time, the ruling Pakhtun elites sought to “reunite” with their fellow ethnic Pakhtuns across the border.

Since Afghanistan has mostly always been under Pakhtun rule, these nationalist Pakhtun leaders tried to use the same force on the Pakistani government as a means of seizing Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan from Pakistan with their claim of the Durand Line Treaty being invalid as it divides Pakhtuns and Baloch through artificial borders.

These claims are nothing but false and are discussed in detail in this and this article.

Various Afghan regimes weather the royal family or the pro-Soviet communist regimes have sought to take these regions away from Pakistan through force.
However, being militarily inferior, they failed. This only further incited their hatred for Pakistan and their inability to take what they saw as “their lands.”

Under the communist regimes, Afghanistan enjoyed military and political ties to the Soviet Union which stood by Afghanistan’s claims over Pakistani territory.
At many times Soviet built planes were used by the Afghan air force to breach into Pakistan’s airspace and military confrontations were frequent.

To rid Soviet support to Afghanistan, the Pakistani government sought to topple the communist regime in Kabul via radical Islamist proxies who were already leading uprisings against the communist regime.
The USA saw this as a positive move as it too sought the downfall of pro-Soviet regimes around the world. With the anti-communist uprisings in Afghanistan slowly falling out of control, the communist Afghan regime sought the Soviet Union’s military intervention to secure their control over the country.

Reluctantly, the Soviets planned a temporary occupation of Afghanistan with two main objectives:

1) Dispose of Hafizullah Amin the then prime minister who had been enforcing communist practices in the country through the use of brutal force which only gave popularity to anti-government uprisings.
After Amin was disposed of, they planned on installing a new dictator who would be more flexible and keep the country communist through social reforms instead of unpopular, forceful methods.

2) Getting rid of American/Arab/Pakistani backed Islamist rebels who threatened the rule of their communist allies in the country.

In December 1979, the Soviet Union sent it’s forces into Afghanistan- and that’s where the whole mess leading to today’s political climax began.
The first objective was easily met and Amin was killed, but the second objective was costly and could not be achieved due to the strong support the Afghan Mujahideen received from the West, from Pakistan and the rest of the Muslim world.

Following the Soviet departure in 1989 and even after it’s downfall, the situation in Afghanistan intensified. The United States seeing it’s objectives in Afghanistan had been met pulled out of the politics of the region.

But the instability gave advantages to the other ethnic groups of the country who sought to free themselves of Pakhtun domination. In doing so they forged an alliance best known as the Northern Alliance.
The Northern Alliance composed of ethnic Uzbeks, Tajiks and some Hazaras, received backing from Turkey, Iran, the Russian Federation and India. Fearing that the Northern Alliance was relying on it’s arch-rivals for support and slowly turning Afghanistan as their (India, Russian Federation, Iran) proxy state, the Pakistani government sought to support the Pakhtun Taliban who it felt would neutralize the proxies of it’s enemies.

The Taliban controlled much of Afghanistan until 2001. Under the Taliban much of the drug production was diminished. Also during this time many militant groups most notably Al-Queda set up bases in Afghanistan. Al-Queda had a history of hitting American installations throughout the world but the Taliban refused to handover their leaders.

Then the 911 attacks occurred. America claims it to be the work of Al-Queda, though I personally feel it was the work of secret elements in the American government and the invasion of Afghanistan was a means of creating a new route to Central Asia’s rich oil reserves and getting rid of Al-Queda once and for all.

After the fall of the Soviet Union many oil rich republics in Central Asia sought to export their energy and enhance their economies.
The West also was keen on this and wanted to buy their energy resources, however Central Asia is a landlocked region and all paths leading out of it were blocked by countries hostile to the West. The Russian Federation in the northwest, the Islamic Iranian regime in the south and Taliban controlled Afghanistan also in the south.
If I’m not mistaken, Pakistan was keen on becoming a transit zone for Central Asian goods and resources to the world since it would be profitable to it’s economy.

The West thought of it as a long process and should start soon which is why I feel they are in Afghanistan today.
But their presence has only made things worse for themselves and others. The worst part is they have empowered tribalist, ultra-nationalistic Pakhtuns who don’t want to share their power with other ethnic groups.

And if things cannot get anymore worse, NATO has tried to forge a government between arch-rival Tajiks and Pakhtuns who do not want to work together and are fighting each other for dominance. Across Afghanistan ethnic violence between Pakhtuns and non-Pakhtuns is still occurring, only adding more to the instability of the country and the region.

The current NATO occupation has only put most things back on square one and that is semi-literate, tribalist Pakhtuns are back in power and only have the same objective: Take Balochistan and Pakhtunkhwa away from Pakistan.

This is not to suggest that Tajiks are anymore favorable to Pakistan than much of the Pakhtun population. The Tajiks despise Pakistan and the Pakhtuns whom they see as Pakistan’s puppets. Additionally the Tajiks maintain good cultural, linguistic and political ties with the Shia regime in Iran which too is hostile towards Sunni majority Pakistan. The Pakhtuns despise the Tajiks as they see them as “foreigners” in Afghanistan and they despise Pakistan for holding on to what they see as “their lands.”

Weather the royal family or the communists up till the present Afghan regimes, each one has had the prime objective of controlling Pakhtunkhwa (then known as NWFP) and Balochistan.

So how does this all connect to Raymond Davis and the incident in Lahore? Going back through my post, I mentioned Afghans helping Americans smuggle their weapons into Pakistan and help them in their possible covert spy missions because they are hostile towards Pakistan and see it as an enemy illegally occupying “their lands.”

Americans are sending their citizens for both security and covert operations. Various reports claim American “diplomats” in sensitive areas of Pakistan. The West fears that the rising instability in the region makes Pakistan’s nuclear weapons a threat to international security.
In this post, I covered the false media hysteria behind Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into the hands of extremists. I also stressed in this post that Pakistan should not sign any disarmament treaties that would make it a hostage to foreign aggression.

The prime objective must be to gain maximum knowledge on the country’s nuclear arsenal and the Afghans would be more than happy to help. Creating problems for Pakistan has been the main objective for every Afghan government.

What Pakistan can do to deal with the situation:
-In regards to armed foreigners in the country, Pakistan needs to step up it’s case to NATO that it will not tolerate foreigners carrying illegal weapons on it’s soil.
Right after the Lahore incident, the government should have summoned the ambassador in Islamabad and lodged a public protest as it did in 2008 when NATO troops illegally crossed into Pakistan.

Additionally, Pakistan needs to impose a ban on foreigners moving in between cities on the ground. The movement of foreign nationals through sparsely populated provincial areas will make their activities and movements difficult to monitor.
All domestic movement in between cities by foreign nationals should be by local airlines.

By imposing such a restriction, the Pakistani government and military should issue strict warnings of legal consequences for those who fail to comply.

The Vienna conventions do not permit foreigners, diplomats or others, to violate the laws of the host country therefore it’s important to stress that foreigners be barred from breaking traffic laws and carrying illegal weapons.

Should diplomats and other embassy employees fail to comply with Pakistan’s weapons restrictions, the rangers should be made to create blockades around diplomatic enclaves and ensure anyone exiting is not armed or carrying any suspicious items.

Any foreigner exiting the enclave should be made to identify themselves and the purpose of their movements.
Such restrictions should not be difficult for the Western governments to comply with.

Also the Pakistani people need to pledge their support to the government on this stance if they believe in preventing such incidents from happening again. Simply hounding and blaming the government doesn’t work and showing some support at this stage for prosecuting Davis would be useful.

-Regarding Afghanistan and it’s constant meddling in Pakistan, the Pakistani government needs to ensure the Durand Line treaty is not violated or any false claims be made on it. The Pakistani government needs to clarify this issue and must do so at the next UN submit in order to silence these false claims coming out of Kabul.

Once it’s clarified, any further falsified claims on Pakistani territory should be brought forward to NATO and the UN as a complaint and those in the Afghan government making these claims should be held accountable for trying to break international law and violate internationally recognized borders.

To ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan, NATO needs to put in a maulti-ethnic government in Afghanistan which I explained in this post and Pakistan needs to support such a move to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a proxy war theater.

Furthermore; Pakistan needs to take a tougher stance against Afghanistan for trying to create problems weather through helping Western agencies or fueling the rebellion in Balochistan.

This has been going on ever since 1947 and temporarily stopped during the Afghan civil war.
As a start Pakistan needs to send back all Afghan refugees and seal the border to prevent a further wave of refugees from coming. Even those Afghans residing in other parts of Pakistan need to be sent back. Pakistan should also seal Afghanistan’s access to the outside world should it’s citizens continue creating problems as they are by helping foreign agencies and further inciting the insurgency in Balochistan.

Any military incursion by tribalists or the Afghan military should be dealt with a harsh response.

I explained in this post, the presence of armed foreigners; especially private security agencies outside of embassy grounds is somewhat exaggerated. Of course it doesn’t mean that I rule it out completely as Raymond Davis is proof of illegal activities by foreigners in Pakistan. There are also many reports of armed diplomats interrogating locals at gunpoint in the links; hence it’s important to enforce our policy of banning firearms to foreigners.

In the end Raymond Davis, innocent or not should be given a fair trial. Everyone even murders must be given a chance to be judged.

Most importantly is that the government should ask the people weather they are willing to release Davis in exchange for aid or are willing to sacrifice aid in return for justice. Because currently the people as usual are blaming the government of submitting to American pressure instead of accepting reality that the Americans are cutting off aid due to Davis’s detention; hence the people have to choose between one or the other.

The Pakistani government has no control over America’s decision to cut aid so the choice must be with the people to keep and punish Davis, release him in exchange for continuing aid, or to come up with an alternate solution weather cutting support to NATO in Afghanistan or some other.

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Zencali said…

Thank you for your highly informative article which anyone could say is a good thesis on problems in the areas you mention. I am sure about 98 percent of Americans would have no clue what you are talking about. Probably in the same way Pakistanis would not understand the problems betwen hillbillies from Kentucky and right wing city folk who want their land for coal mines.I am an analyst who studies these issues for personal interest reasons. I feel there is little most of us can do to change the situation over there as we also know our own government’s activities are out of our control. I am just one of the people who has actually known “players” on the scale that try to make these kinds of long term manipulative deals to work towards huge sums of money and power to be made in projects. Projects such as you mention: pipelines; electricity installations; military basis: the list goes on and on.Popular movies make your area sound like the “wild west” was in America when gold was discovered and Euro Whites decimated the Native American populations. I also study that. I see great similarities as to how this continent was obtained by clever Euro speculators/governing types. Yes business and government go hand and hand in America. I just witnessed a real dose of that in a small town in Oregon. Business people from California moved into a sleepy backwater town and just took over the government very easily and then proceeded on their “development plans”.

I am glad there is at least one person; namely “you” who have a grip on what is going on. And yet we still don’t know what really happened with this Raymond Davis affair. Sounds like another 5-minutes of fame movie or something. Wonder what the truth is? If you find out do not hesitate to inform me: juliasmmns@yahoo.com

February 8, 2011 6:38 PM

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‘They want Davis, we want Aafia’

By: Muhammad Babar And Mubashir Hassan | Published: February 14, 2011

GUJRANWALA/LAHORE– Stopping a little short of directly linking the release of Raymond Davis with Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Babar Awan said on Sunday that the United States has “a repatriation call (for Davis) and we have a call (for Aafia)”. Awan’s statement, the first of its kind by a state functionary, came during his talk with journalists as he visited Gujranwala to offer condolences for PPP City President Lala Muhammad Idrees’s demise. He made another similar statement on his arrival in Lahore later in the day.
A US court has sentenced Dr Aafia to prolonged imprisonment on charges of abetting militants in Afghanistan, a charge Dr Aafia and his family vehemently deny. There had been calls from political and religious parties of Pakistan to free Dr Aafia in view of her deteriorating health, but the US never paid heed to such calls, saying it was a matter of their internal security.
The law minister said General Pervez Musharraf’s arrest warrant had been issued by court and now the former president would have to face the proceedings. He said the PPP was the only party enjoying public support, while “the rest are plutocrats”.
He said that Altaf Hussain and Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman were supporting the coalition government despite their isolation from the federal cabinet. The PPP government, he said, was pursuing the politics of reconciliation.
He said the PPP government had distributed Rs 400 billion among the provinces. The Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Baluchistan Programme for the restoration of political and democratic process in the province was also this government’s achievement, he added.
Addressing lawyers at the Punjab Bar Council in Lahore and talking to the media at the shrine of Hazrat Mian Mir, Babar Awan said the government would present its official stance on the issue of Raymond Davis in court as the matter was sub-judice. Babar Awan, however, added that the US is demanding the release of Raymond Davis while the Pakistani government has been demanding the release of Dr Aafia for a long time now.
He reiterated the government would ensure implementation of court orders on former president Pervez Musharraf. He said nobody could pressurise the government on such issues. He said the judiciary is independent and issuance of an arrest warrant for the former dictator in BB’s murder case was a clear manifestation of it. Awan said politicking over Musharraf’s arrest warrant was not justified as the government was just following court orders.

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Did Ray Davis Shoot Two Pakistani Agents?

Pakistani Officials Claim American Killed Men Working for ISI

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By NICK SCHIFRIN

Feb. 9, 2011

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The public narrative from the United States is simple: one of its diplomats in one of the most dangerous countries in the world was threatened by two men with guns, and the diplomat shot and killed them in self-defense. He sits in jail, “illegally detained,” because he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

Pakistani police escort Raymond Davis to a court in Lahore, Jan. 28, 2011.

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But the version of events told by multiple Pakistani officials — and adamantly denied by the U.S. State Department — is utterly different.

The four Pakistani officials who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity say that the two men who Raymond Davis killed in Lahore last month were working for Pakistan’s premiere intelligence service, and they were following Davis because he was spying.

If true, their story dramatically changes the nature of an incident that is already severely straining the two countries’ already tumultuous relationship. Davis’s detention is fraying the U.S. alliance with Pakistan, one of the most delicate and important in the world. U.S. and Pakistani officials both admit the fate of Raymond Davis could threaten an alliance that is critical to the war in Afghanistan and the fight against al Qaeda.

According to the Pakistani officials, the two men had been sent to track Raymond Davis by the Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, which believed that Davis had crossed “a red line” and needed to be followed.

In late January, those officials say, Davis was asked to leave an area of Lahore restricted by the military. His cell phone was tracked, said one government official, and some of his calls were made to the Waziristan tribal areas, where the Pakistani Taliban and a dozen other militant groups have a safe haven. Pakistani intelligence officials saw him as a threat who was “encroaching on their turf,” the official said.

U.S. officials dispute the story. Davis came to Pakistan on a diplomatic passport and is a “member of the technical and administrative staff” of the embassy in Islamabad. He therefore enjoys diplomatic immunity, which means he may not be tried for a crime in Pakistan. In public and in private, U.S. officials say they do not believe reports that the two men Davis shot and killed were working for the ISI. They say the men had robbed another person before they approached Davis’ car.

“We don’t find [the reports] credible,” P.J. Crowley, the State Department’s spokesman, said at his daily press briefing on Monday.

The U.S. says his detention is “illegal” and has put extreme pressure on Pakistan to release him.

According to two officials close to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, the White House has threatened to shut the U.S.’s three consulates in Pakistan and postpone the official bilateral, strategic dialogue, as well as Zardari’s upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.

A senior U.S. official declined comment on the consulates, but acknowledged that any meeting between the Pakistani and U.S. governments would be dominated by the Davis case right now — making most bilateral meetings useless.

Last weekend Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled a mee

Did Ray Davis Shoot Two Pakistani Agents?

Pakistani Officials Claim American Killed Men Working for ISI

By NICK SCHIFRIN

Feb. 9, 2011 —

The public narrative from the United States is simple: one of its diplomats in one of the most dangerous countries in the world was threatened by two men with guns, and the diplomat shot and killed them in self-defense. He sits in jail, “illegally detained,” because he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

But the version of events told by multiple Pakistani officials — and adamantly denied by the U.S. State Department — is utterly different.

The four Pakistani officials who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity say that the two men who Raymond Davis killed in Lahore last month were working for Pakistan’s premiere intelligence service, and they were following Davis because he was spying.

If true, their story dramatically changes the nature of an incident that is already severely straining the two countries’ already tumultuous relationship. Davis’s detention is fraying the U.S. alliance with Pakistan, one of the most delicate and important in the world. U.S. and Pakistani officials both admit the fate of Raymond Davis could threaten an alliance that is critical to the war in Afghanistan and the fight against al Qaeda.

According to the Pakistani officials, the two men had been sent to track Raymond Davis by the Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, which believed that Davis had crossed “a red line” and needed to be followed.

In late January, those officials say, Davis was asked to leave an area of Lahore restricted by the military. His cell phone was tracked, said one government official, and some of his calls were made to the Waziristan tribal areas, where the Pakistani Taliban and a dozen other militant groups have a safe haven. Pakistani intelligence officials saw him as a threat who was “encroaching on their turf,” the official said.

U.S. officials dispute the story. Davis came to Pakistan on a diplomatic passport and is a “member of the technical and administrative staff” of the embassy in Islamabad. He therefore enjoys diplomatic immunity, which means he may not be tried for a crime in Pakistan. In public and in private, U.S. officials say they do not believe reports that the two men Davis shot and killed were working for the ISI. They say the men had robbed another person before they approached Davis’ car.

“We don’t find [the reports] credible,” P.J. Crowley, the State Department’s spokesman, said at his daily press briefing on Monday.

The U.S. says his detention is “illegal” and has put extreme pressure on Pakistan to release him.

According to two officials close to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, the White House has threatened to shut the U.S.’s three consulates in Pakistan and postpone the official bilateral, strategic dialogue, as well as Zardari’s upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.

A senior U.S. official declined comment on the consulates, but acknowledged that any meeting between the Pakistani and U.S. governments would be dominated by the Davis case right now — making most bilateral meetings useless.

Last weekend Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, according to two U.S. officials.

Men Followed Davis For Two Hours, Says Official

Davis was traveling through a lower middle class part of Lahore on Thursday, Jan. 27, when the incident took place. The men he shot had been following him for at least two hours, one of the Pakistani officials claimed, and recorded some of his movements on their cell phone cameras. Davis has a U.S. Special Forces background and runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, a company that provides “loss and risk management professionals.”

The U.S. embassy in Islamabad refused to respond to questions about why Davis was armed, who he had been calling, or whether he was found in a sensitive part of the Lahore cantonment.

That the ISI sent the equivalent of two hired guns to trail Davis is a sign that the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistani intelligence agencies is at a low point, according to all four officials quoted in this article. In October, the ISI helped reveal the name of the CIA station chief — inadvertently, according to a separate, senior Pakistani official — forcing the station chief to leave the country.

The two men’s alleged connection to the intelligence services was first reported by a Pakistani newspaper, the Express Tribune.

The U.S. has also threatened Pakistan’s military with cutting off some of its aid if Davis is not released. Last week, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Buck McKeon, R.-California, traveled to Pakistan and met with Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, the Pakistan Army chief of staff, as well as Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.

McKeon and the congressional delegation pointed out that U.S. anger could extend to the floor of the House if Davis is not released  and that could threaten the Pakistani military’s more than $2 billion in aid per year.

McKeon said that he “could foresee a member of Congress coming to the floor and offering an amendment to strike military funding for Pakistan,” an aide to the House Armed Services Committee told ABC News.

U.S.: Pakistan Fears Unrest If Ray Davis Released

The U.S. officials who deny that the men Davis shot were intelligence officials believe Davis is being held despite his diplomatic immunity because of fears that releasing him might cause domestic unrest. He is being held in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, where Zardari’s chief political opposition controls the provincial assembly. Some of the government’s political opponents — as well as some parts of the Pakistani media — benefit from stories that suggest U.S. contractors or spies operate throughout the country.

The Pakistani officials agreed with that, acknowledging that Davis’ release could at least temporarily weaken the federal government and spark protests in Lahore and perhaps across the country.

Adding to the pressure on Pakistan not to release Davis, the wife of one of the men he killed committed suicide Sunday by taking a tablet usually used to keep grain in a silo from going bad in the winter. When she first arrived at the hospital she was still able to speak, and her doctors allowed television reporters to interview her. She released a diatribe of hate to describe why she swallowed the tablet.

“I do not expect any justice from this government,” Shumaila Kanwal said. “That is why I want to kill myself.

“I want blood for blood,” she said. “The way my husband was shot, his killer should be shot in the same fashion.”

Last Thursday, Davis appeared in court without a translator and without prior notification to the U.S., the Islamabad embassy said in a statement. U.S. officials say those events convinced them Davis could not receive a fair trial in Pakistan. The judge extended his detention for another eight days. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Feb. 9.

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Timeline: The Raymond Davis Case

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US consulate employee Raymond Davis is escorted by police and officials out of court after facing a judge in Lahore, in this January 28, 2011 file photo. The American who is suspected of killing two Pakistani men last week will be held for eight more days to allow for more investigation, a prosecutor said on Thursday, despite US insistence the man has diplomatic immunity. The case has become the latest test of ties between the two countries with anti-US groups demanding the Pakistani government resists US calls to free him. – Reuters Photo

Here is a brief outline on the recent major events that have taken place during the mysterious case of Raymond Davis:

Jan 26: Raymond Davis, an American official, allegedly shot two robbers in self-defence in a market area in Lahore. Davis called for help and the second vehicle got into a fatal accident with a pedestrian and fled the scene. Onlookers gathered around Davis and took his footage and the bullet-ridden vehicle. Police came to the scene and took Davis into custody for a statement.

Jan 27: Raymond Davis is held by police authorities for the shootings. Different sources claim that Davis is not a diplomat and cannot carry any type of weapons. The US embassy confirms his employment as a technical adviser. However, police authorities did say that Davis was held-up at gunpoint and reacted in self-defence.

Jan 29: US officials claim that Raymond Davis has diplomatic status in Pakistan, referring to Vienna Convention. But sources said that Davis did not have diplomatic status per se. Davis is remanded still under custody with Pakistani police authorities.

Jan 30: Prime Minister Yousef Gilani does not comment on the Davis arrest until officials confirm his identity and status in Pakistan as a foreigner. Many media personnel allege that the vague circumstances surrounding Davis could possibly mean that Davis might be a CIA agent.

Jan 31: ABC News in the US and the Huffington Post report that Davis was part of a security firm in Florida, which had a vague background leading to more reports of a possible CIA connection. The government has not decided to hand in Raymond David to US officials. Local lawyers call for a trial.

Feb 1: President Zardari announces that Pakistan will decide the fate of Raymond Davis while the US demands the diplomat Raymond Davis returned. Lahore High Court blocks any moves made by international parties to remove Raymond Davis from Pakistan’s custody. Interior Minister Rehman Malik reiterates that Pakistan will make the decision on Davis. Prime Minister Gilani says that US pressure is not part of the decision making process for the Davis case.

Feb 2: Interior Minister Rehman Malik states that Raymond Davis holds a diplomatic passport. The LHC extends Davis’s remand in Pakistani custody.

Feb 3: US embassy states that Davis has diplomatic immunity.

Feb 4: Pakistani government sources claim that Raymond Davis’s diplomatic immunity seems “dubious.”

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US denies threatening Haqqani with expulsion from Washington over Davis affair

Pakistan News.Net
Saturday 12th February, 2011 (ANI)

The United States has denied reports that President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor Tom Donilon delivered a presidential threat to Pakistan that it must release double-murder accused US diplomat Raymond Davis by Friday or face the consequences.

According to a ABC News report, two Pakistani officials involved in negotiations about Davis said that Donilon summoned Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, to the White House on Monday evening, and told him that the US will kick Haqqani out of the country, close US consulates in Pakistan and cancel Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s upcoming visit to Washington if the detained US embassy employee is not released from custody by Friday.

In a press release titled “Correction for the record”, the US Embassy in Islamabad said that ABC News carried a story regarding a conversation in Washington between senior US and Pakistani officials.

“Although we are unable to discuss the substance of a private diplomatic meeting, U.S. Embassy Islamabad can state categorically that the description of the conversation in this report is simply inaccurate,” the US Embassy added.

Haqqani also denied the report, saying: “While the US side has let its position be known to us, at no stage has any threat been made to me by any US official at any level and our dialogue continues.”

“The US and Pakistan remain partners and we look forward to resolving the Raymond Davis case in accordance with international and Pakistani law and in the spirit of our countries’ friendship,” Haqqani was quoted, as telling a news agency.

According to the ABC report, US officials believe that Davis’ life is in danger the longer he spends time in a Lahore jail cell, the target of anti-American resentment from Pakistani citizens, some of whom have called for the US national to be executed.

“Our first fear is that the sentiment of the street in Pakistan is, ‘Let’s take him and hang him,'” said a current senior US official, according to whom administration officials fear that the Pakistan government lacks control over the Lahore municipal police, who have Davis in custody. (ANI)

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Lahore shooting: Three more Americans barred from fleeing Pakistan

Published: February 7, 2011

Policemen stand next to a car, which police said a U.S consulate employee was travelling in when he was engaged in a shoot-out, after it was brought to a police station in Lahore. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The government has barred three more Americans from travelling outside Pakistan on allegations that they were in the vehicle that crushed a man to death in Lahore immediately after Raymond Davis, a detained US citizen, was involved in a shootout that killed two other men.

The Punjab government has asked the federal government’s assistance in securing the custody of the three American men who are accused of trampling a motorcyclist to death while they drove to try and rescue Raymond Davis, who is accused of killing two men in Lahore.

“The interior ministry has placed the name of the three Americans, including the driver of the US consulate in Lahore, on the exit control list,” said one federal interior ministry official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Putting a name on the exit control list (ECL) legally empowers the government to prevent that person from leaving the country. Raymond Davis is currently in the custody of the Punjab police in Lahore and awaiting trial for murder.

“We have sought access to get custody of these accused because they are wanted by the Punjab police in connection to the Raymond Davis case,” said Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab Senator Pervez Rashid. He added that the preliminary investigation report has been sent to the federal government.

The federal interior ministry, through the Foreign Office, has also written to the US consulate asking for the three accused Americans to be handed over to the Punjab police, said the interior ministry official. He declined to name the three individuals, however, saying that it might compromise the investigation.

Meanwhile, the US embassy in Pakistan said that they were not aware of these developments.

“We have not received any such information on the issue as yet,” said Courtney Beale, acting spokesperson of the US embassy in Islamabad.

Both the United States and Pakistan governments are handling the situation with some caution, given the popular reaction against Raymond Davis. While the US government claims that Davis has diplomatic immunity, the court in Lahore has yet to adjudicate on the matter.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 7th, 2011.

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Shafqat Mahmood
Friday, February 11, 2011

The American Embassy in Islamabad and the Pakistan Foreign Office have declared that relations between the two countries are strong. This is a sure sign that they are not. Diplomacy and doublespeak often go together.

The ‘Raymond Davis’ affair – the name in inverted commas because who knows what his real identity is – has blindsided both governments. It is literally a bolt from the blue and most unwelcome for all concerned. There were enough issues to sort out already. This imbroglio has made it more difficult.

Both parties have good reasons to take a stand although no one is particularly happy about it. Events are just forcing them in a direction they cannot avoid. The Americans have to stand by their undercover operative to avoid a negative impact on others assigned similar missions. The Pakistanis have to worry about a political fallout that could be severely damaging.

Whether ‘Raymond Davis’ has diplomatic immunity would now be determined by the Lahore High Court but there is little doubt that he was on an undercover assignment. This by itself is not unusual; most countries have similar operatives. His exposure and involvement in the killings has exposed a schism that has been brewing for some time between the two countries.

The Americans are deeply suspicious about the cooperation that the Pakistani intelligence agencies have been extending in the campaign against Al Qaeda and other extremist organisations. They often accuse them of duplicity through leaked stories in the American media that suggest shadowy links between for example, the ISI and radical groups.

The Pakistanis deny this vehemently and ask for proof that the Americans have been unable to provide. They are also deeply offended by the cases initiated against the DG ISI in American courts. This development and the unending stream of allegations against the ISI are seen as a pressure tactic employed to put the organisation on the defensive.

This uneasy relationship between the intelligence agencies of the two countries prompted the Americans to seek an increase in their undercover personnel in Pakistan. It was resisted and for a long time visa applications put up by the American government were not approved.

This led to a standoff with the Americans claiming that they cannot provide aid unless they have people in place to monitor it. The message was clear; allow our people to come in or money will not flow. The Pakistani government finally caved in and since then there has been a surge in American footprint on the ground.

The ‘Raymond Davis’ episode was waiting to happen. With a sizeable number of American undercover operatives moving freely in the country, problems were bound to occur. It started at security checkpoints where they would refuse to identify themselves or get their vehicles searched. There were a number of standoffs.

People like Raymond Davis, operating alone, were particularly vulnerable to a serious incident. One, an unaccompanied white person would attract attention, not only of curious passersby, but also of petty criminals wanting an easy score. This could have been the reason Mr Davis was accosted in Lahore.

Secondly, someone on an undercover assignment and all by himself has greater propensity to feel paranoid. Trained to react instinctively to real or perceived danger, he or she is more likely to reach for a gun under pressure, as compared to an ordinary tourist. The surprise is not that the Davis incident happened; more that other such incidents have not occurred.

How far will this go and how would it affect Pak-US relations? After the Lahore High Court has taken cognizance of the matter, there is no way that the provincial or the federal government can just release Mr Davis. American pressure for his instant release demonstrates a degree of contempt for Pakistani institutions. Maybe, the political wing in the embassy, which should have better reading of the situation, can advise everyone that the government cannot dictate to the judiciary.

It seems to me that the federal government is veering toward granting him diplomatic immunity. But, the problem is that if the court considers the reasoning unsatisfactory, there is not much that the government will be able to do.

If such an eventuality does occur, it would be, for PPP government, the worst of both worlds; getting negative political fallout without actually securing Davis’ release. It needs to have a solid immunity case before it even considers going to court. Since national security is involved, it would be wise to seek a preliminary hearing in camera to test the waters

The Punjab government is sitting pretty because it has basically gone by the book. Since the federal government dithered about the immunity question, there was little choice for it but to register a case and keep Mr Davis in custody. It has provided consular access but has continued with the investigation. On a political plane, the PML N and Mr Shahbaz Sharif have nothing to lose. The Americans may not think too much of them, but a strong and principled stand plays well on the Pakistani street.

Will this episode affect Pak-US relations? It is obvious that the American government is very keen on Mr Davis’ speedy release. With every passing day, more details of his activities are emerging that do not reflect well on the US in the public eye. But, a quick release seems unlikely. Whatever determination is made by the foreign office will have to be adjudicated in court. This could take time.

There is also the unresolved matter of the unfortunate bystander crushed by the consulate vehicle. This may also fall within the ambit of diplomatic immunity but so far no information has been provided by the American government. It remains a sticking point until it is resolved.

Assuming that there is no quick solution, where would Pak-US relations stand? The simple fact is that both countries need each other pretty desperately. Pared down to the bare minimum, US needs the transit facilities to its troops in Afghanistan that cannot be easily replicated. It also needs Pakistan’s cooperation to make progress in the war in Afghanistan. Lastly, it worries about militancy in Pakistan and would like to remain engaged.

The Pakistani government is desperately short of money and needs every bit it can get from the US, from its European allies, from the IMF and other multilateral institutions. The key to all this assistance lies in the hands of the United States. Someone correctly remarked that sovereignty is not only of territory but of being able to pay one’s bills. The Pakistani government is in the sad state of not being able to do so.

Thus, in case of a serious standoff both countries will have a lot to lose. But then, the US is a superpower and has more options. Pakistan’s desperate economic straits make it more vulnerable. Even so, in the event of such a standoff, neither side will emerge a winner. It would be best for the US to understand the imperatives of the Davis case and wait patiently for a resolution.

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Raymond Davis is an American Terrorist

by Guest Post on January 29, 2011

America should be feel ashamed that they are sending Terrorist to Pakistan, Raymond David is an American terrorist who shot at 2 persons at Qartaba Chowk, Lahore and one of American consulate driver hit another bike rider while driving rashly on one way road. The motorcyclist Ubaidur Rehman was killed on the spot while other two injured — Faizan Haider and an unidentified person — succumbed to their injuries in the Services Hospital.

My Questions are:

According to Pakistani Law No diplomat is allowed to travel while carrying gun or any other explosive material in Pakistan, where as  Raymond Davis was travelling while having 9MM Gun with him in Lahore. WHY?

When he was arrested he said that he has US diplomat visa but this time he came on personal visit visa. But today American Consulate said that he was on Diplomat visa. HOW?

Another truth is that he was trying to escape but Police apprehended Davis from Purani Anarkali and confiscated a pistol with bullets and three mobile phones from his possession. Police have taken Raymond’s car into custody and started investigation of the incident. WHY HE WAS TRYING TO ESCAPE?

Now the last point where is the driver who killed innocent motorcyclist Ubaidur Rehman? Still US consulate didnot handover the driver as well as person to Pakistani Government.

Now the update is United States on Saturday called for the immediate release of a US citizen Raymond Davis, allegedly involved in killing of two local citizens in Lahore, it said was unlawfully detained by authorities, US embassy in Islamabad said.

Tell me putting Dr. Aafia (who is innocent)  into prison is unlawful or Raymond Davis an American Terrorist who is responsible for the death of 3 innocent people is unlawful?

This is not first time Raymond Davis was already arrested when he was trying to enter in Cantt Area of Lahore few months before.

I must say America shame on you; you know remember human right when any US citizen is in trouble. US Citizens are criminals, they killed people like Raymond Davis do. But on the other hand Dr. Aafia did not killed any one but still she is in prison.

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US official Raymond Davis on Lahore murder charges

Pakistani police escort US national Raymond Davis (centre) to a court in Lahore on 28 January 2011 Raymond Davis says the men had been trying to hijack his vehicle at gunpoint

A US consular employee has appeared in court charged with the murder of two motorcyclists who were shot dead in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Raymond Davis told the court he had fired his gun in self-defence.

Another person was run over and killed by a vehicle carrying Mr Davis’s colleagues as they came to his aid, police and witnesses have said.

The US embassy has not named the man involved in the shooting or given his role in the Lahore consulate.

It said in a statement that a staff member had been involved in an “incident yesterday that regrettably resulted in the loss of life”.

“The US embassy is working with Pakistani authorities to determine the facts,” the statement added.

The BBC’s Syed Shoaib Hasan, in Pakistan, says a last-minute change of plan for security reasons meant that Mr Davis appeared in court in a neighbourhood within Lahore’s military garrison.

He had earlier been due to appear in a court in central Lahore.

‘Robbers’Mr Davis told the court he still feared for his life and asked it to provide necessary security. He was remanded in custody for six days.

Lahore’s police chief, Aslam Tareen, told the BBC Mr Davis was employed on “security duties” in the consulate.

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image of Syed Shoaib Hasan Syed Shoaib Hasan BBC News, Karachi


Mr Davis has been charged with murder under section 302 of Pakistan’s law. This means that if the charges against him are proved, he faces life imprisonment and a possible death sentence.

However, if Mr Davis is a bonafide US government employee with diplomatic status, under the Vienna convention of 1961, he cannot be prosecuted. The US would need to waive his diplomatic status, for which there is thought to be no precedent.

However, there will be great pressure on the US authorities who have promised to co-operate with Pakistan in the investigation.

He did not have diplomatic immunity and was not one of the foreign security personnel allowed to carry firearms, according to the Pakistani authorities.

Mr Tareen said a Glock pistol had been recovered from Mr Davis and that pistols had also been found on the two men shot dead.

Mr Davis is said to have told police that the motorcycle rider and his pillion passenger had been trying to hijack his vehicle at gunpoint.

Police said he told officers that he had withdrawn money from a cash machine shortly before the incident.

Pakistani investigators have said the two men were probably robbers, although relatives dispute this.

The funerals of the three people killed in the incident were expected to take place on Friday.

More than 100 protesters blocked the road in the aftermath of Thursday’s incident, setting tyres ablaze.

‘Rambo goes berserk’Demonstrators later gathered outside the police station where the foreigner’s car – a white Honda Civic with a Lahore registration plate – was impounded.

Details of the shooting are still unclear, but a salesman, Mohammad Ramzan, told Dawn newspaper that he had seen a foreigner rushing from a car holding a gun.

Onlookers surrounding the motorbike after the shooting Onlookers surrounded the motorbike after the shooting

“Within seconds he trained his gun at two motorcyclists standing at the Qurtaba Chowk traffic signal and opened fire,” Mr Ramzan said.

Police said that the foreigner had used a radio to call colleagues for help immediately after the shooting – and that a second consular car turned up to rescue him.

It is believed the third person killed was run over by the vehicle as it sped to his aid.

The foreigner had tried to flee the scene, but two traffic wardens chased and detained him nearby before handing him over to police, chief traffic officer Ahmad Mobeen told Dawn.

One of the shot motorcyclists has been identified in the Pakistani media as Faizan Haider, who was thought to be in his early 20s.

His older brother reportedly said the dead man had only ever carried a pistol for personal protection, and that the firearm was licensed.

“My brother was innocent, he was not a criminal. We need justice,” he was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

A headline in The Nation, a right-wing newspaper that often publishes anti-American commentary, said, “‘American Rambo’ goes berserk in Lahore”. It described Mr David as an undercover US spy.

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Our correspondent says the incident could inflame anti-American sentiment in the country.

Many Pakistanis resent the US because of regular air strikes carried out by its drone aircraft in north-west Pakistan, and because of America’s role in neighbouring Afghanistan.

State department spokesman Philip Crowley told journalists in Washington: “We want to make sure that a tragedy like this does not affect the strategic partnership that we’re building with Pakistan.”

“And we’ll work as hard as we can to explain that to the Pakistani people.”

But Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the US would not be allowed to sway Pakistani authorities’ handling of the incident.

“We have also asked the US consulate to hand over the other vehicle and driver who crushed to death a motorcyclist passing by,” he told the BBC Urdu service.

“We intend to deal with the culprits under Pakistani law, and no external or internal pressure will be tolerated.” He added that the pistol recovered from Mr Davis was illegal, carrying separate charges.

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Was Raymond Davis Spying on Pakistan’s Babur Missile?

By: Jim White Thursday February 10, 2011 6:16 am
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As the diplomatic tussle between the United States and Pakistan over US demands for the release of Raymond Davis continues, it is interesting to note that their are varying reports of what Davis had in his possession (photos here) at the time he was arrested after shooting dead two Pakistanis on the streets of Lahore on January 27. Varying reports mention a GPS tracker, a GPS navigation system or a phone tracker, along with a telescope and digital cameras said to have photos of “sensitive” locations. In a very interesting development, we learn from multiple sources that on Thursday Pakistan successfully test-fired its Hatf VII cruise missile, which it also calls “Babur”. When the Express Tribune first reported that Davis’ victims were from the intelligence community (which ISI has since denied and threatened the paper with legal action), the Washington Post followed up by mentioning that Davis was trailed and confronted because he had “crossed a red line“. Was gathering information on the impending test firing of the Babur missile that red line?

Pakistan has a history of developing missiles intended to be used with their nuclear weapons. This report (caution, it is old and dates from 1999 and quotes material from the Rumsfeld Commision) is interesting for where it states that M-11 missiles from China were seen:

The Rumsfeld Commission confirmed that complete M-11 missiles were sent to Pakistan from China. Pakistan has reportedly received more than 30 M-11s, which have been observed in boxes at Pakistan’s Sargodha Air Force Base west of Lahore. Intelligence officials believe Chinese M11s have probably been in Pakistan since November 1992, when China was “reconsidering” its stance on missile exports after the sale of U.S. F-16 aircraft to Taiwan. Since then, Pakistan has been constructing maintenance facilities, launchers and storage sheds for the missiles, all with Chinese help. China and Pakistan deny these reports.

Pakistan calls the M-11 the Hatf-III. The missile has a range of more than 300 km and a payload of 500 kg. It is a two-stage, solid-propelled missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The missile was reportedly test-fired in July 1997.

Of importance is the fact that the missiles were said to be at an air base west of Lahore. Now for the description of the sensitive photos Davis took:

“During the course of investigation, police retrieved photographs of some sensitive areas and defence installations from Davis’ camera,” a source told The Express Tribune requesting anonymity. “Photos of the strategic Balahisar Fort, the headquarters of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Peshawar and of Pakistan Army’s bunkers on the Eastern border with India were found in the camera,” the source added.

So, just a few weeks after Davis may have provoked Pakistan intelligence into a confrontation with him, perhaps over sensitive photos he may have been observed taking in the Lahore area, Pakistan test-fires a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead:

Pakistan Thursday successfully tested a nuclear-capable cruise missile with a range of up to 600 km, a military official said.

The Hatf-VII missile, also called Babur after the 16th-century Muslim ruler who founded the Mughal Empire, was fired from an undisclosed location, said Major General Athar Abbas, a military spokesman.

This story goes on to mention that the nuclear-capable Hatf V, with a range of 1300 km was tested in December. And the story points out that most of Pakistan’s missiles “are deployed toward India”, which means that the Lahore area, on the Indian border, is a likely site.

It will be very interesting to see if the US comments on the test-firing.

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Strangely, the more we get to know about the case of Raymond Davis, the less we seem to know. Even more strangely, the fact that the entire incident happened in broad daylight and in front of dozens of witnesses seems is itself confusing the facts rather than adding clarity. Moreover, it seems that no one seems to want to get much clarity either; although different parties may want different parts of the story to ‘disappear.’ The incident was rather eerie and disturbing to begin with; and it continues to become more so.

Here is what one does know. Raymond Davis, a staff member of the US Consulate in Lahore shot two Pakistani men dead on Thursday in a crowded part of Lahore (Mozang Chowk), according to him in self-defense. A US Consulate vehicle that rushed in to ‘rescue’ Mr. David then ran over a third person, who also died. A murder case was then registered against Raymond Davis, who was handed into police custody. A case has also been registered against the driver of the US Consulate vehicle that ran over a third person, but the driver has not yet been apprehended. After a fair deal of scrambling by both US and Pakistani officials on what to do or say, the positions of both have now started becoming clear and they have taken the stance that is usually taken in such cases: the US is asking that Raymond Davis, as a diplomatic functionary, should be handed back to them; Pakistan seems to be responding that the matter is sub judice and should take its course.

Beyond that, there are more questions than answers. For most part, these questions fall into three categories: (1) Questions about who is Raymond Davis? (2) Questions about exactly what happened at Mozang, Lahore? (3) Questions about what should happen now ?

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S Iftikhar Murshed
Monday, February 14, 2011

There has been stern criticism as well as exaggerated approbation on my article of February 7 in this newspaper on the Raymond Davis incident. The criticism was more instructive than the appreciation in as much as it demonstrated that unbridled emotion, no matter how sincere and spontaneous, impedes rational discourse. The reality is that the situation has rapidly deteriorated into a full blown diplomatic crisis which is becoming more serious by the day.

This is evident from reports in the American print media, aired as breaking news by almost all Pakistani television channels, that if Davis is not released by February 11, Washington would close its consulates in Pakistan, ask Ambassador Haqqani to leave the US, and cancel President Zardari’s visit to Washington. Though this was denied by the US Embassy in Islamabad, it highlights the escalating tension between the two countries.

Under dispute is whether or not Raymond Davis is entitled to diplomatic immunity after shooting dead two allegedly armed men, Muhammad Faheem and Faizan Haider, in Lahore, on the presumption that they were about to do him harm. A third fatality was that of a man crushed by a US Consulate vehicle speeding helter-skelter down the wrong end of a one-way road in a desperate attempt to reach Davis.

The Shakespearian soliloquy “when sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions,” proved depressingly true with yet another related death. In desperation, Faheem’s grief-stricken 18-year-old widow, Shumaila Kanwal, committed suicide on February 6. As she breathed her last, she lamented that she did not “expect any justice from this government” and pleaded: “I want blood for blood. The way my husband was shot, the killer should be shot in the same fashion”. This heart rending tragedy has further inflamed public anger and is fraught with serious consequences.

It is possible that Shumaila might not have taken her own life had the federal government, and more specifically, the foreign office, come forth with the facts. She did not “expect any justice from this government” because she was unaware of the whole truth which was drowned by her overpowering grief and the din of the popular outcry against the killings. No person in authority dared to state publicly that: (i) Raymond Davis had no apparent motive to kill her husband and his companion other than the claim that he perceived a threat to his life from them and had acted in self-defence; (ii) the right of self-defence is conceded by the Pakistan Penal Code; (iii) the argument advanced by some commentators that the response to a perceived life threat should be proportionate is nebulous, vague, and cannot be quantified, and; (iv) if Davis is a member of the technical staff of the US Embassy as claimed by the Americans, he has diplomatic immunity under article 37 (2) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Silence on the part of the government fuelled sensational media reports as a result of which emotions soared sky high. The tragedy has been exploited with abandon by politicians, retired bureaucrats and military officials, commentators and intellectuals alike mostly for no higher motive than self-projection. The refrain that has been reiterated time and again in television talk shows is that Pakistan is a sovereign country, it must therefore stand up to US pressure and enforce its laws. This is as it should be, but the ground realities are somewhat different. The state has surrendered territorial sovereignty to terrorist groups in parts of the tribal areas, ideological and perhaps even political sovereignty to the religious right, and economic sovereignty to external donors.

Excessive caution and prevarication have generated a diplomatic crisis which could have been avoided had the government come out openly on whether or not Davis has diplomatic immunity. Its Hamlet-like indecision has placed it in a situation where it has to navigate through treacherous waters and the options available are not only limited but also difficult. If Davis is released under American pressure, the government may not be able to withstand the tidal wave of protests particularly after the Shumaila Kanwal suicide. The beneficiaries would be the extremist elements who would unleash a reign of nationwide terror. There would be more violence, more suicide bombings, more target killings and the ongoing military operations against terrorist outfits would receive a severe setback.

Should the government stand firm and proceed with Davis’ trial, the consequences would be equally disastrous. The bitter truth is that Pakistan, which spends a trillion rupees more than it earns and has one of the lowest tax to GDP ratios in the world, is dependent for its survival on external assistance by far the biggest portion of which comes either directly from the United States or through American-controlled international financial institutions. According to Christine Fair of the Georgetown University, it is a pity that Pakistan, which has sufficient resources of its own, “must grovel at the table of the International Monetary Fund and other multilateral and bilateral donors.” If Washington were to terminate, or even curtail, economic and military aid, not only would the government collapse but the country would hurtle towards chaos and anarchy. In such an eventuality, the only winners would again be the terrorist groups.

There is however a possible face-saving way out of this situation. The Gordian Knot can still be cut but it entails initial compromise by Pakistan which can always be followed by decisive action to assert its sovereignty. The compromise lies in conceding diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis as per article 37 (2) of the Vienna Convention. Islamabad would have fulfilled its obligations under international law because of the official notification by the US government that Davis is a member of the technical staff at its embassy in Islamabad.

The firm course of action would involve promptly declaring Raymond Davis persona non grata. Under article 9 of the Convention: “The receiving State may at any time and without having to explain its decision notify the sending State that the head of mission or any member of the diplomatic staff is persona non grata or that any other member of the staff of the mission is not acceptable.” If the sending state does not comply with this demand, the receiving state is not obliged to recognise the person as a member of the mission and may therefore initiate legal proceedings against him.

For such an outcome, Washington would also have to make concessions. Since it has claimed that Davis is a member of the technical staff at the US Embassy in Islamabad, it should apologise for the deaths its officials have caused. Second, it should give a public assurance that Davis and the persons in the speeding vehicle, if they are American nationals, will face trial in the US. If they are locally recruited, then they should be handed over to the Pakistani government so they can be brought to justice.

These measures have to be taken quickly. The longer the delay, the more intense the popular outrage is likely to become. Procrastination is not only the thief of time, but it also eliminates opportunities which usually exist only for a brief moment.

The writer publishes Criterion quarterly. Email: iftimurshed@ gmail.com

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Raymond Davis jailed on 14-day judicial remand

A heavy police deployment guarded the court premises as Raymond Davis was presented in court. –Photo by AP

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday sent US official, Raymond Davis to jail on a 14-day judicial remand, after police wrapped up a double murder investigation into the shootings of two men, the prosecution said.

“He has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. The next hearing will be on February 25,” Punjab government prosecutor Abdul Samad told reporters.

“He is being sent to central jail Kot Lakhpat,” said police official Suhail Sukhera in reference to the high-security prison in the eastern city of Lahore, where the US official confessed to shooting two men in self-defence last month.

Punjab Prosecutor Abdus Samad says the judge also has ordered that the Pakistani government clarify whether or not the man enjoys diplomatic immunity, as the US says he does, AFP reports.

The US says the American, identified by Pakistanis as Raymond Davis, shot two Pakistanis dead in late January in self-defense because they were trying to rob him.

Washington insists his detention is illegal under international agreements covering diplomatic immunity.

The case has inflamed the fractious relationship between Islamabad and Washington, which are allies in the war against extremist insurgents in Afghanistan.

On January 27, Raymond Davis, a staffer at the US consulate-general in Lahore, shot dead two Pakistani men who he said were trying to rob him in broad daylight on the streets of the city.

A third Pakistani was run over and killed by a US consular vehicle coming to aid Davis, who was instead taken into Pakistani police custody.

But in what has become a political time-bomb, the government in Islamabad is under enormous domestic pressure to see Davis go on trial and local lawyers argue that diplomatic immunity can be waived for grave crimes.

The deaths sparked protests in Pakistan, where the alliance with Washington is hugely unpopular and anti-American sentiment runs high, fuelled by US missile attacks on extremists in the northwest.

The wife of Mohammed Faheem, one of the two men shot dead by Davis, committed suicide on Sunday by taking poison. Doctors said that before she died, Shumaila Faheem told them she feared Davis would be released without trial.

“We want blood for blood,” she had told Pakistani television.

Davis has previously been held on an eight-day police remand. The previous remand period expired today

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Raymond Davis incident: What sort of diplomat carries a loaded gun?

The shooting of two Pakistani men in Lahore by a mysterious American citizen risks undermining US Afghan strategy, writes Rob Crilly.

What sort of 'diplomat' carries a loaded gun?; Pakistani police escort Raymond Davis to a court in Lahore; EPA

Pakistani police escort Raymond Davis to a court in Lahore Photo: EPA
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By Rob Crilly 11:32AM GMT 01 Feb 2011

It’s difficult to know which country is in more of a tizz, Pakistan or the US, following the arrest of an American “diplomat” for shooting dead two Pakistanis in Lahore last week. It is desperately embarrassing for both and could not come at a worse time – just as the US needs all the help in get from Islamabad if it wants to start bringing home its troops from Afghanistan later this year. But now the diplomatic spat caused by Raymond Davis threatens to further undermine an already awkward alliance.

As usual in Pakistan, much of the detail is murky, shrouded in layers of intrigue and conspiracy theory. But here’s what we know…

Davis was arrested last Thursday. He was driving a Honda Civic alone through Lahore when two men pulled alongside him on a motorbike at traffic lights. According to the US embassy in Islamabad, he saw that one of them had a gun. Apparently fearing that he was about to be robbed, he opened fire, killing both. When US officials arrived to rescue him from a growing mob, they ran over a bystander, resulting in a third death. (I think we can assume that the driver of the second vehicle is no longer in Pakistan.)

Davis remains in custody, while Pakistan is refusing requests to release him on the ground of diplomatic immunity.

This is desperately bad news for the leadership of both countries. This week President Asif Ali Zardari said it was a matter for the courts. However, he knows his regime is propped up by American financial aid and his military risks being overrun by the militant threat with US backing. Snubbing Washington in this way is a disaster. But Zardari is a weak man and an even weaker leader. He dare not alienate the religious right and the rabid talkshow hosts who would seize on the release of Davis as an example of how Pakistan is run by Western puppet masters.

And for America, the case risks revealing many awkward truths. Who exactly is Raymond Davis, described by the US as a member of “technical and administrative staff”? What sort of “diplomat” carries a weapon? What was he doing driving alone through Lahore? Was he actually working for a private military contractor, Hyperion? Was he meeting an informer? Such is the panic, that last week the State Department spokesman denied his name was even “Raymond Davis”. Then this week, a spokeswoman for the embassy in Islamabad said Crowley had not denied the name was “Raymond Davis”.

The result is a diplomatic mess that goes beyond mere embarrassment. It could even threaten this year’s Afghan strategy. If it is to consolidate early gains from the military surge, the Pentagon needs Pakistan to move against militant havens on its side of the border. It needs Pakistan to provide an anvil to American troops’ hammer in Afghanistan. But being seen to do the bidding of Washington is always awkward for Pakistan’s political leaders, which have to operate against a backdrop of widespread hostility towards the West and the constant threat of Taliban terrorist attacks.

Releasing Davis on the grounds of diplomatic immunity risks unleashing Pakistan’s darkest forces, further undermining one of the world’s most important alliances. But in Pakistan the truth will remain hidden, leaving the conspiracy theorists to fill in the blanks.

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Discussion of ‘Raymond Davis’: Pictures and talk-show clips

Republican Palace, American Embassy Annex, US ...Blackwater operatives in action

Th entire the spectrum of the Pakistani media is discussing the case of “Raymond Davis”.  Even usually Pro-American TV stations like Dawn News are discussing the issue from the Pakistani point of view and has showed documentation which is invalidates the  the US perspective. There have been colossal demonstrations all over Pakistan. Various political parties in including the PMLN have promised that if “Ramond Davis” is released, the government of PM Gilani will fall.

Here are the key points made in the various videos and talk-shows which show the actual pictures of his “Business Visa”. According to the Vienna Convention he cannot claim diplomatic immunity if on a false passport with a false identity. If “consultant” has failed to declare his whereabouts, he has not followed the law of the land, and then he is violating all procedures of immunity. The 2nd vehicle killed a third Pakistani. Information on that vehicle or the driver has not been handed over to Pakistan.

  • The US State Department divulges that “Raymond Davis” is an alias.
  • Diplomats are not allowed to have aliases and divulge their true identity. Using false names to get a visa from Pakistan is a violation of the Immigration Laws of Pakistan.
  • Diplomats are not allowed to carry weapons. He was carrying unlicensed arms. No one has “diplomatic immunity” when he is or she is not involved in diplomatic activities.
  • When Blackwater was banned, several agencies like “Hyperion Protective Consulting” were floated. Mr. “Davis” is listed as a co-owner of this mercenary service.
  • Mr. “Ramond Davis” was not on the list of US diplomats kept in the Pakistan Foreign Office.
  • The US state department called Mr. Davis an “employee”, while Mr. Davis admitted to be a “Consultant”.
  • US had forced about 500 Visas without a proper investigation. “Mr. Davis” was one of the visas. This was a colossal issue during the passage of the Kerry Lugar Bill.
  • Pakistan has never accepted the Diplomatic Immunity of Mr. “Raymond Davis”.
  • Even diplomats are not immune from crimes like murder.
  • The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa had informed Mr. “Davis”  to leave Peshawar.
  • Mr. “Davis” was a well trained marksman and shot the two people in the back. The bullets are illegal.
  • The number plate of the car following him were false.

The videos show the actual passport of Mr. “Raymond Davis” and display the fact that he had a “Business Visa”.

Shireen Mazari on “Raymond Davis”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MtBmyMgKOo&NR=1

Dr. Alvi on “Raymond Davis”

Funeral of murder victim Fiazan Haider:

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Who is Raymond Davis?

Strangely, the more we get to know about the case of Raymond Davis, the less we seem to know. Even more strangely, the fact that the entire incident happened in broad daylight and in front of dozens of witnesses seems is itself confusing the facts rather than adding clarity. Moreover, it seems that no one seems to want to get much clarity either; although different parties may want different parts of the story to ‘disappear.’ The incident was rather eerie and disturbing to begin with; and it continues to become more so.Here is what one does know. Raymond Davis, a staff member of the US Consulate in Lahore shot two Pakistani men dead on Thursday in a crowded part of Lahore (Mozang Chowk), according to him in self-defense. A US Consulate vehicle that rushed in to ‘rescue’ Mr. David then ran over a third person, who also died. A murder case was then registered against Raymond Davis, who was handed into police custody. A case has also been registered against the driver of the US Consulate vehicle that ran over a third person, but the driver has not yet been apprehended. After a fair deal of scrambling by both US and Pakistani officials on what to do or say, the positions of both have now started becoming clear and they have taken the stance that is usually taken in such cases: the US is asking that Raymond Davis, as a diplomatic functionary, should be handed back to them; Pakistan seems to be responding that the matter is sub judice and should take its course.Beyond that, there are more questions than answers. For most part, these questions fall into three categories: (1) Questions about who is Raymond Davis? (2) Questions about exactly what happened at Mozang, Lahore? (3) Questions about what should happen now ?

On the first question, earliest reports suggested that Raymond Davis was a “technical adviser” and a “consular” official. More recently, US Embassy officials have described him as a “functionary” of the Embassy assigned to the US Consulate in Lahore and carrying a US Diplomatic passport. Reportedly he was hired at the US Consulate in Lahore as a security contractor from a Florida-based firm Hyperion Protective Consultants. All of this has material relevance to whether he would enjoy diplomatic immunity or not, but even more because of the apprehensions of many Pakistanis that he could be linked to the CIA or to the infamous firm Blackwater (later renamed XE Services).

And that leads squarely to the second question: what exactly was happening at Mozang? Very much in line with the immediate knee-jerk reaction of many Pakistanis, an early commentary by Jeff Stein in The Washington Post seemed to suggest rather fancifully that the shootout could have been a “Spy rendezvous gone bad?” That would be a conspiracy theory, but not an entirely implausible one. Mozang is not a part of town that you would expect too many foreigners, let alone a US official, visiting; and certainly not in what was reportedly a rented private vehicle. And while Pakistan today is clearly an unsafe place, the question of just why an Embassy official was carrying a firearm be wished away. On the other hand, however, Mr. Davis claims that he shot in self defense as the two men on the motorcycle were trying to rob him at gun point. Anyone who knows Pakistan knows all too well that this, too, is entirely possible. TV footage and reports coming immediately after the incident showed one of the young men lying dead with a revolver and wearing an ammunition belt. And certainly, the question of why at least one of the two young men on the motorcycle was carrying a loaded firearm cannot be wished away just because he had “dushmani.” Indeed, serious questions need to be asked about just who the two young men on the motorcycle were, just as they need to be asked about who Raymond Davis is. There just seem to be too many unnecessary weapons in too much proximity in this story. All of the many explanations that are floating around are very disturbing, but also very plausible. Which is exactly why this story is even more dangerous if left unresolved.

Finally, the third question – which is now getting the most attention – about what should happen now. Much is being made – maybe too much – about the Vienna Convention and its implications for diplomatic immunity. Familiar diplomatic games about the minutia of vocabulary are being played and will in most likelihood result in all too familiar results. That is exactly what one would expect in any such situation anywhere. But this is not ‘any‘ situation’; and this is not ‘anywhere‘. This is about US-Pakistan relations: there is just about nothing that the US can say or do which Pakistanis are likely to believe, and there is just about nothing that Pakistan can say or do which Americans are likely to trust. Which is why getting stuck in the intricacies of the Vienna Convention of 1963 is the exact wrong place to get stuck. This is a time for public diplomacy: certainly from the US and maybe even from Pakistan. It is not in America’s interest to be seen to be standing in the way of justice and due process. And it is not in Pakistan’s interest to be seen to conducting a flawed process of justice. There are too many people on the extreme in both countries who will not and cannot to change their opinion and apprehensions about the other. But there are even more people in both countries who could all too easily be swayed to the extremes on distrust if this delicate case is not handled with clarity and transparency by both countries. Doing so will probably bring with it more than just a little diplomatic embarrassment. Not doing so can only bring worse in the tinderbox that is US-Pakistan relations.

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Raymond Davis: Facts and Fiction by Najam Sethi

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The case of Raymond Davis has outraged the imagination and sentiment of Pakistanis mainly because of a distortion of key facts by powerful sections of the Pakistani media. It has also become a vicious ping pong game between the PPP and PMLN governments, with both trying to score nationalist points regardless of the consequences for political stability and national security. Ominously, though, it has soured a troubled relationship between Pakistan and the US who claim to be “strategic partners” in the region. Let’s sift fact from fiction.

Fiction: Mr Davis “murdered” two Pakistanis. He shot them in the back, suggesting he was not threatened by them. They were not robbers. Their handguns were licensed.

Fact: Two men on a motorbike, armed with unlicensed pistols, held up Mr Davis’ car. He expertly shot them through the windscreen, stepped out and took pictures of the gunmen with weapons as evidence of self-defense. Later, an autopsy report showed that four out of seven bullets had hit the gunmen in the front, confirming the threat to him. The criminals had earlier robbed two passersby of their cell phones and money.

Fiction: Mr Davis is not a diplomat because he doesn’t have a diplomatic visa or status registered with the Foreign Office. Hence he cannot claim diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Conventions.

Fact: Mr Davis has a Diplomatic Passport. His visa application by the US State Department to the Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC of 11 September 2009 lists him as a Diplomat who is on “Official Business”. The US government has claimed diplomatic immunity for him. This is the norm. For example, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Spain in 1975, Haroon ur Rashid Abbasi, was granted immunity following discovery of heroin from his suitcase. Col Mohammad Hamid Pakistan’s military attaché in London in 2000, was caught having sex with a prostitute in his car in a public place. He invoked diplomatic immunity and avoided arrest. Mohammad Arshad Cheema, Pakistan’s First Secretary in Nepal, also invoked diplomatic immunity after 16kg of high inte4nsity RDX explosives were recovered from his house and he was suspected of being involved in the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814. And so on.

Fiction: Mr Davis was not in any imminent danger of grievous injury, let alone kidnapping or death, from the two young men. So he committed a murder and cannot plead self-defense.

Fact: A murder necessitates a motive. What motive could Mr Davis have in killing two unknown people in broad daylight if they didn’t threaten him in any way? More to the point, Westerners, especially Americans, risk all manner of threats while in Pakistan because of extreme anti-Americanism in the country for various reasons. At least 10 Americans have been killed by terrorists in Pakistan in the last thirty years, and US consulates in Karachi and Peshawar and the embassy in Islamabad have been attacked twice each. The US Principal Officer in Peshawar was attacked in 2008 and the Marriot Hotel was bombed. In addition, Iranian diplomats, Chinese engineers and UN workers have been killed or kidnapped by terrorists since 1990; the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked in 2009, and 17 French Naval technicians were killed in Karachi in 2003. And so on. Under the circumstances, Mr Davis had every right to fear he might be kidnapped or killed by the two gunmen. The law relating to self defense is also clear, notwithstanding calibrations and qualifications in case law. If there is even a perceived threat of grievous bodily harm, let alone death, a person may be justified in countering it in any manner in self-defense.

So where do we go from here?

The Punjab government has played a particularly dubious, nay devious, role from the outset. It pressurized the local police to arrest Mr Davis instead of verifying his diplomatic immunity and letting him go. It exploited anti-Americanism to embarrass the PPP government in Islamabad by putting the onus of responsibility for claiming diplomatic immunity on it. It nominated a public prosecutor who deliberately falsified information to enrage popular passions. The federal government, meanwhile, has been craven, inefficient and defensive to the point of opportunism. The end result is that US-Pak relations have soured significantly at a time when neither side can afford to be distracted from the main issues at hand.

In the end, however, the matter will have to be settled according to the facts of the situation in light of international and domestic law rather than passion and outrage. If the Federal Government should officially tell the court that Mr Davis has diplomatic immunity or the public prosecutor argue self-defense in his behalf, he should be a free man.

The sooner this is done, the better. A state’s national interest is not served by passion or prejudice in the face of strategic interests. This must not be sacrificed at the altar of party politics. Equally, the US must stop pressurizing Pakistan to accept trigger happy cowboys on intelligence operations as unaccountable diplomats. If this “Ugly American” syndrome persists, and if CIA or Blackwater killers and Special Ops men run amuck in Pakistan, as they did in Iraq, there will be more rage and violence on the street, and both Pakistan and the US will be net losers.

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Raymond Davis Case: Justice Beyond Rhetoric

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An edited version of this piece first appeared on the Dawn Blog

While flipping through the channels the other night , I stopped at an image of a woman lying on a hospital bed, tubes stuck to her nose as she tried hard to stay conscious and speak into the camera. At first I had thought she was yet another rape victim, owing to the increased incidence of rape these days. But it did not take long to figure out that she was in fact, the widow of Faheem Ahmed, one of the two men shot dead in Lahore by Raymond Davis. Worth remembering the adage in this instance: adding fuel to the fire.

Davis, an employee (contractor) of the US government, is still under detention. The US claims that Davis’s detention is illegal according to the Vienna Convention and that he should be freed immediately. Such claims have caused much uproar in Pakistan.

In the past week following the killings, countless scenarios have been speculated from copies of Davis’s passport to cries of comparison between Aafia and Davis – much has been discussed and analysed, but of course without reaching a substantial conclusion.

While public support and mobilisation can strengthen a struggle, politicising an issue can lead to complexities rather than a concrete solution. This seems to be a common problem with us. The incident in Lahore is still being investigated while US pressure builds up. The Lahore High Court (LHC) passed clear statements that Davis will not be handed over to the US, and that a full investigation as per Pakistani laws will be carried out. Well done, I say. No one should have the right to surpass the courts’ decision. No one should be allowed to take law into their hands.

But despite reassurance from the LHC, Shumaila Kanwal committed suicide and was pronounced dead at a hospital in Faisalabad. In her last interview, Kanwal spoke of her doubts in the judicial system and the fear that her husband’s killer may never be punished. She succumbed to her doubts and ended up taking her own life. As I write this, threads have already been started on public forums, comparing her to the Tunisian fruit seller whose self-immolation sparked a revolution.

While her death should and will trigger a response from the public, it should be a response that is devoid of political agendas and hate-mongering. It should be a call for the rule of law to be upheld and justice to be served. After all, it is the hate-mongering, the conspiracy theories, the knee-jerk anti Americanism that made Kanwal believe that justice would never be served in her case.

Kanwal was not looking for justice from the US instead she was expecting her own government and the judicial system to rise to the occasion, to which they did. Regardless, her hopes were shattered by constant reminders that ‘the country has been sold to America’ and that the ‘Government is planning a safe passage for their ally’. References that Davis might be a part of a mercenary force, Blackwater or XE Services only fed her doubt.

On the part of the US, it would be exemplary if they let the Pakistani courts decide whether Davis is guilty or not. In case his guilt is proven in the courts, it would be most apt for the US to lift diplomatic immunity on ethical and moral grounds. Not only will this go well with the US-Pak relations but will be an opportunity for the US to show that they respect the law of the land.

However, these references will be repeated again, now much louder than before. Rallies will be arranged, flags and effigies will be burnt for the umpteenth time. It is evident, for those convinced that the country is being run by foreign powers, that this case is a prime example.

Incidents such as these make a very clear statement; there is a lot of bottled-up anger, concerns and insecurity amongst the masses – concerns which are cashed by religious and political parties to garner support. But what about justice? What about the real issue amid all the political rhetoric and anti-American sentiments?

If we allow ourselves to look past the fury, we may be able to make demands that will resolve issues rather than create complexities. By not allowing this case to be politicized for personal agendas, we can push for  a campaign that focuses more on getting justice- minus rhetorics. Rather than fuming at American policies let’s focus on demanding our Government to uphold the rule of law.

Somewhere in Lahore another widow is slowly losing hope for justice. Her name is Aamna Taseer.  Her case too, has fallen prey to political maneuvering. Shifting focus from the crime to political hogwash and growing extremism.

The sole reason for the comparison is to reflect how politicising certain incidents not only changes our perspective but also diverts attention from the core issue – the crime itself. In recent days, I have been asked whether I would speak up against the killings in Lahore just as vocally as I did against Salman Taseer’s assassination.

My answer is a resounding yes. May it be Qadri or Davis, justice should be served. The state and its institution should refuse to bend laws in the face of international or political pressure. This is the ultimate test.

Our job then is to ensure that the state and the judiciary refuse to kowtow to any (international or religious) pressure and pass a judgment upholding the rule of law. For I believe that no one should be allowed to take law into their hands, and I know that you do too.

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The author is Feature Editor (South Asia) at BEE magazine. BEE is a quarterly journal published in Britain, focusing on Asian Women. Blogger at The Guardian, Global Voices, Dawn.com & Asian Correspondent.

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February 2, 2011

Who is Raymond Davis?

Strangely, the more we get to know about the case of Raymond Davis, the less we seem to know. Even more strangely, the fact that the entire incident happened in broad daylight and in front of dozens of witnesses seems to confuse the facts further. The reason for this maybe because no one seems to want to get much clarity; although different parties may want different parts of the story to ‘disappear’, everyone seems keen that the story goes away. However, we may all live to regret it, if it actually does.Here is what one does know about Raymond Davis. He is a staff member of the US consulate in Lahore, shot dead two Pakistani men last Thursday in a crowded part of Lahore (Mozang Chowk); according to him in self-defence. A vehicle of the US consulate rushed to Mr Davis’ ‘rescue’ ran over a third person, who also died. A murder case was registered against Raymond Davis, who was handed into police custody. A case has also been registered against the driver of the US consulate vehicle that ran over a third person, but the driver has yet to be apprehended.After a fair deal of scrambling by both US and Pakistani officials on what to do or say, their positions have now started becoming clear and they have taken the stance that is usually taken in such cases: the US is asking that Raymond Davis, as a diplomatic functionary, should be handed back to them; Pakistan seems to be responding that the matter is sub judice and that the law should take its course.Beyond that, there are more questions than answers. For most part, these questions fall into three categories: (1) Who is Raymond Davis? (2) What exactly happened at Mozang, Lahore? (3) What should happen now?

The answer to the first question is: the earliest reports suggested that Raymond Davis was a “technical adviser” and a “consular” official. More recently, US Embassy officials have described him as a “functionary” of the Embassy assigned to the US consulate in Lahore and carrying a US Diplomatic passport. Reportedly he was hired at the US consulate in Lahore as a security contractor from a Florida-based firm Hyperion Protective Consultants.

All of this has material relevance to whether he is entitled to diplomatic immunity or not, but even more because of the apprehensions of many Pakistanis that he could be linked to the CIA or to the infamous firm Blackwater (later renamed XE Services).

And that leads squarely to the second question: what exactly was happening at Mozang? In line with the immediate knee-jerk reaction of many Pakistanis, an early commentary by Jeff Stein in The Washington Post seemed to suggest rather fancifully that the shootout could have been a “Spy rendezvous gone bad”? That could be a conspiracy theory, but not an entirely implausible one. Mozang is not a part of town that you would expect too many foreigners, let alone a US official, visiting; and certainly not in what was reportedly a rented private vehicle. And while Pakistan today is clearly an unsafe place, the question of just why an embassy official was carrying a firearm be wished away.

On the other hand, however, Mr Davis claims that he shot in self-defence as the two men on the motorcycle were trying to rob him at gun point. Anyone who knows Pakistan knows all too well that this, too, is entirely possible. TV footage and reports coming immediately after the incident showed one of the young men lying dead with a revolver and wearing an ammunition belt. And certainly, the question of why at least one of the two young men on the motorcycle was carrying a loaded firearm cannot be wished away just because of enmity

Indeed, serious questions need to be asked about just who the two young men on the motorcycle were, just as they need to be asked about who Raymond Davis is. There just seems to be too many unnecessary weapons in too much proximity in this story. All of the many explanations that are floating around are very disturbing, but also very plausible. This is exactly why this story is even more dangerous if left unresolved.

Finally, the third question – which is now getting the most attention – about what should happen now. Much is being made – maybe too much – about the Vienna Convention and its implications for diplomatic immunity. Familiar diplomatic games about the minutia of vocabulary are being played and will in most likelihood result in all too familiar results. That is exactly what one would expect in any such situation anywhere.

But this is not ‘any’ situation’; and this is not ‘anywhere’. This is about US-Pakistan relations: A relationship that is so jaundiced that there is just about nothing that the US can say or do which Pakistanis are likely to believe, and there is just about nothing that Pakistan can say or do which Americans are likely to trust. Which is why getting stuck in the intricacies of the Vienna Convention of 1963 is the exact wrong place to get stuck. This is a time for public diplomacy: certainly from the US and maybe even from Pakistan. It is not in America’s interest to be seen to be standing in the way of justice and due process. And it is not in Pakistan’s interest to be seen to conducting a flawed process of justice.

There are too many people on the extreme in both countries who will not and cannot change their opinion and apprehensions about the other. But there are even more people in both countries who could all too easily be swayed to the extremes on distrust if this delicate case is not handled with clarity and transparency by both sides. Doing so will probably bring with it more than just a little diplomatic embarrassment. Not doing so can only bring worse in the tinderbox that is US-Pakistan relations.

The writer is a professor of International Relations at Boston University and founder of the blog ‘All Things Pakistan’.

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Pakistan is ‘mercenary free’ zone: All XE soldiers of furtune should leave

Posted on 08 February 2011. Tags: 2008 Mumbai attacks, Asif Ali Zardari, Cameron Munter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Islamabad, Lahore, Pakistan, United States

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What started out as a tiff is turning into a schism between Washington and Islamabad. The US ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter called on President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad on Monday to follow up on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s phone call to him last week to resolve the matter. The issue has dragged on despite reports in the pro-American section of the Pakistani media which claims that Pakistan has agreed to release the American mercenary. The US is pulling all the stops in its support for the mercenary who was caught in the murder of two Pakistani motorcycle riders–both of whom were shot in the back. A third was brutally run over by an American who has allegedly been whisked out of Pakistan. Islamabad on Monday put three more Americans, accused of mowing down a by-stander in a hit-and-run felony, on an exit control list. The US mission has declined to hand over the three other Americans accused in the hit-and-run case.

There are reports that Mr. Raymond Davis, Davis, a private security contractor was in Pakistan in a Business Visa–the issuance of his visa was part of the wholesale dispatch of Business visas, which was demanded by the US because it was ostensibly hindering the implementation of the Kerry Lugar Bill. The Pakistani media has displayed the non-diplomatic passport of Mr. Davis–who is not using his real name.

The fact that Mr. Raymond Davis was armed and had maps and pictures of several Pakistani cities makes him a prime suspect as a spy and a mercenary. The US Embassy has disseminated several conflicting stories about Mr “Raymond Davis”. Af first it said, that Mr. “Raymond Davis” was a diplomat. Then it was announced that he was a contractor working in the Islamabad Embassy. Another statement said that he was working for the Consulate in Lahore. Yet another statement claimed that Mr. “Davis” was working for the consulate in Peshawar. The US has been unable to release the so called diplomatic passport of “Mr. Davis”–or prove his diplomatic immunity.

The manner in which the driver of the SUV was whisked away from Pakistan make many wonder about the facts in this case.

The US has now allegedly suspended all high-level contacts with Pakistan. The so called “Strategic Dialogue” is on hold, Mr. Zardari’s trip to Washington is in the doldrums and all contact between Pakistan and the US is in cold storage. The relations have dramatically deteriorated over the Raymond Davis affair.

With the suicide of the victims’ wife, the situation in Pakistan appears to have slipped out of government’s control inflaming public opinion, which is already anti-American. The dead wife of the victim demanded “blood for blood.” before she breathed her last. Several Prominent Pakistani politicians have demanded that Davis and other Americans be tried for her death too.

There could be some deeper issues in this matter. The Express Tribune (the local version of the New York Times) the entire issue was also a “reaction to the attempts by certain elements in Washington to implicate…the ISI in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks…”

There is now a demand in some quarters in Washington to turn off the aid spigot to Pakistan and there is pressure on the PPP government to hold to account the United States–and halt the supply chain to Afghanistan which runs through Pakistan. Each country can hold the other hostage.

All this now makes it even more difficult for Pakistan’s PPP government to release Mr. Davis.

Bob Woodward has reported that there is a 3000 strong “CIA Army” working in Pakistan. Mr. Davis seems to be representative of the Blackwater type of mercenaries that are running amok in Pakistan. Irregardless of what happens to Mr. Davis, the fact remains that the US has been put on notice–that its mercenaries are no longer wanted in Pakistan and they are not welcome. Pakistani youth are tracking and tracing their whereabouts.

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PAKISTAN: Blackwater/Xe Hits in Quetta

Posted on 14. Sep, 2010 by Raja Mujtaba in Pakistan

September 13, 2010 — Blackwater/Xe cells conducting false flag terrorist attacks in Pakistan

By Wayne Madsen

Bomb Blast In Quetta

WMR has learned from a deep background source that Xe Services, the company formerly known as Blackwater, has been conducting false flag terrorist attacks in Pakistan that are later blamed on the entity called “Pakistani Taliban.”

Only recently did the US State Department designate the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, a terrorist group. The group is said by the State Department to be an off-shoot of the Afghan Taliban, which had links to “Al Qaeda” before the 9/11 attacks on the United States. TTP’s leader is Hakimullah Mehsud, said to be 30-years old and operating from Pakistan’s remote tribal region with an accomplice named Wali Ur Rehman. In essence, this new team of Mehsud and Rehman appears to be the designated replacement for Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri as the new leaders of the so-called “Global Jihad” against the West.

However, it is Xe cells operating in Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad and other cities and towns that have, according to our source who witnessed the U.S.-led false flag terrorist operations in Pakistan. Bombings of civilians is the favored false flag event for the Xe team and are being carried out under the orders of the CIA.

However, the source is now under threat from the FBI and CIA for revealing the nature of the false flag operations in Pakistan. If the source does not agree to cooperate with the CIA and FBI, with an offer of a salary, the threat of false criminal charges being brought for aiding and abetting terrorism looms over the source.

Some of the funerals of the score of people killed

The Blackwater/Xe involvement in terrorist attacks in Pakistan have been confirmed by the former head of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), General Hamid Gul, according to another source familiar with the current Xe covert operations. In addition,  Pakistani ex-Army Chief of Staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg, reportedly claimed that while serving as president, General Pervez Musharraf approved Blackwater carrying out terrorist operations in Pakistan. Blackwater has been accused of smuggling weapons and munitions into Pakistan.

Earlier this year WMR reported that ”intelligence sources in Asia and Europe are reporting that the CIA contractor firm XE Services, formerly Blackwater, has been carrying out ‘false flag’ terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, the Sinkiang region of China, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq, in some cases with the assistance of Israeli Mossad and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) personnel . . . A number of terrorist bombings in Pakistan have been blamed by Pakistani Islamic

Blackwater, RAW and Mossad doings!

leaders on Blackwater, Mossad, and RAW. Blackwater has been accused of hiring young Pakistanis in Peshawar to carry out false flag bombings that are later blamed on the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. One such bombing took place during the Ashura procession in Karachi last month. The terrorist attacks allegedly are carried out by a secret Blackwater-XE/CIA/Joint Special Operations Command forward operating base in Karachi. The XE Services component was formerly known as Blackwater Select, yet another subsidiary in a byzantine network of shell and linked companies run by Blackwater/Xe on behalf of the CIA and the Pentagon. On December 3, 2009, the Pakistani newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt reported: ‘Vast land near the Tarbela dam has also been given to the Americans where they have established bases for their army and air forces. There, the Indian RAW [Research and Analysis Wing] and Israeli Mossad are working in collaboration with the CIA to carry out extremist activities in Pakistan.’”

The bombing of a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan last December was blamed on the TTP but may have actually involved the covert Xe/CIA program to stage false flag attacks and something went drastically wrong with the operation that resulted in the deaths of seven CIA personnel, including the Khost station chief. The TTP was also linked to the failed Times Square “bombing” last May.

Responsibility for the recent bomb attack of a pro-Palestine Shi’a rally in Quetta that killed 54 people was claimed by the Pakistan Taliban, but it was actually carried out by one of the Xe covert cells in the country, acting in concert with the CIA, Israeli Mossad, and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). The ultimate goal is to destabilize Pakistan to the point where it has no choice but to allow the Western powers to secure its nuclear weapons and remove them from the country in a manner similar to the procurement by the West of South Africa’s nuclear weapons prior to the stepping down of the white minority government in the early 1990s.

WMR has been informed that any American, whether or not he or she holds a security clearance, is subject to U.S. national security prohibitions from discussing the U.S.- sponsored terrorist attacks in Pakistan. In one case, a threat was made against an individual who personally witnessed the Xe/CIA terrorist operations but is now threatened, along with family members.

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. He has written for several renowned papers and blogs.

Madsen is a regular contributor on Russia Today. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. Madsen has taken on Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity on their television shows.  He has been invited to testifty as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government.

As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation.

Madsen is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the National Press Club. He is a regular contributor to Opinion Maker.

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Raymond Davis Crisis Escalates: US-Pak Diplomatic Freeze, Three Americans Can’t Leave

6:22 am in Foreign Policy, Pakistan by Jim White

The crisis sparked by US “consular employee” Raymond Davis shooting and killing two Pakistani citizens in Lahore on January 27 heightened on Monday, when it was revealed that his victims were part of Pakistan’s “security establishment”, that a second Congressional delegation had intervened with the Prime Minister on Davis’ behalf and that the widow of one of the victims had committed suicide. Developments in the case continue at breakneck pace, with the story once again breaking into the Washington Post for Tuesday, where we learn that the US “has suspended all high-level dialogue with Pakistan” over the incident. Dawn fills in more detail on that suspension, noting that Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari had been scheduled to visit Washington next month, but that trip now appears endangered. Further, we learn that Pakistan has added three more consular employees to the exit control list, preventing their departure from Pakistan. The unidentified employees are believed to have been in the car that rushed to Davis’ defense after the shooting, hitting and killing a third Pakistani who was on a motorcycle.

Here is how the Post describes the heightened tensions:

The Obama administration has suspended all high-level dialogue with Pakistan, a key U.S. partner in the Afghanistan war, over the case of an American diplomat the Pakistanis have detained on possible murder charges, U.S. and Pakistani officials said.

The case of Raymond Allen Davis, who has admitted he fatally shot two Pakistanis he said threatened him from a motorcycle while he was driving in Lahore on Jan. 27, has severely strained relations between the two governments and threatens to scuttle a planned summit among U.S., Afghan and Pakistani leaders scheduled for the end of this month in Washington.

The article goes on to describe some of the sources of tension:

In Pakistan, the issue has become embroiled in widespread anti-Americanism and suspicions, fanned by the Pakistani media and used for political advantage, that U.S. spies and intelligence contractors are secretly operating in the country. It has also posed a challenge to Pakistan’s weak civilian government as it struggles to wrest control of national security policy from the powerful military and fends off opposition political parties.

Further description of the various tensions within in Pakistan comes from the Times of India (it hardly needs noting that India is seen as benefiting from internal discord in Pakistan, but the newspaper had a hilarious editing failure, with the headline for this article staring off with “Tinkered, Tailored, Soldered, Spied”):

For instance, it turns out that even as Islamabad is publicly resisting American pressure, a section of the Pakistani establishment has revealed that the two men who were shot were in fact agents of the ISI, its spy agency. Adding to the confusion, the wife of one of the alleged robbers/spies died under mysterious circumstances in a Pakistani hospital after consuming poison, but not before she met journalists and issued a revenge call, demanding “blood for blood.”

Meanwhile, unnamed Pakistani officials also told the Express Tribune newspaper in Lahore that the Pakistani government’s “tough stance” on the whole issue was also a “reaction to the attempts by certain elements in Washington to implicate…the ISI in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks,” including the decision by an American court to summon top ISI officials in connections with the attacks.

This description goes beyond what was in the Express Tribune, which merely said the victims were part of the “security establishment” by stating outright that the victims were ISI. The article continues:

All this now makes it even more difficult for Pakistan’s civilian government to release Davis even if it now transpires, as was reported by the Express Tribune, that the two motorcycle borne men who were killed were ISI agents. An unnamed security official told the newspaper, which is brought out in collaboration with the International Herald Tribune, that the duo belonged to the security establishment and “found the activities of the American official detrimental to our national security.”

The Washington Post article also follows up on Pakistani accusations against Davis:

Further complicating the situation, a Pakistani intelligence official said that the two men Davis killed were not, as he has said, armed robbers intent on stealing money, his telephone and perhaps his car, but intelligence agents assigned to tail him. This official said the two intended to frighten Davis because he crossed a “red line” that the official did not further define.

It would be very interesting to know just how one crosses the “red line” to prompt an armed confrontation with security agents who most likely are ISI. The attempts to tie ISI to the Mumbai attack appears to me to be a more general accusation against US interests, so it doesn’t seem on first glance to fit as a triggering event caused by Davis himself, although it should be noted that Lahore is on the border where Pakistan and India meet, directly across the country from Afghanistan, so it is possible that Davis was investigating the attack.

More perspective on the widening diplomatic rift comes from Dawn:

The United States has put all bilateral contacts with Pakistan on hold until Islamabad releases an employee of the its consulate in Lahore, arrested for shooting down two men, diplomatic sources told Dawn.

The sources said that the dispute could affect three major events planned this year: President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to Washington, the next round of US-Pakistan strategic dialogue and trilateral talks involving Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States.

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They also want [sic] that the US Congress is currently considering budget proposals for the next fiscal year and the diplomatic row could affect $1.5 billion of annual assistance for Pakistan as well.

Escalation of the crisis is also seen on another front, with three more Americans being placed on the exit control list, banning them from leaving Pakistan:

Three more Americans, besides US official Raymond Davis who fatally shot two Pakistanis in Lahore, have been prohibited from going abroad, said an official.

The government barred the three more US nationals from going out of the country on allegations that they were in the vehicle that crushed a man to death in Lahore after Davis was involved in the shooting, the Express Tribune reported Monday.

Davis was arrested after he shot dead two people riding on a motorbike at a busy intersection in Lahore Jan 27. He called up the US consulate after the shooting and a team rushed to help him. The team’s vehicle collided with a motorcyclist, killing him.

The article does not identify the consular employees.

Stay tuned for further developments.

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Raymond Davis Update: Victims Were Spies, Second House Junket and Widow Suicide

6:51 am in Foreign Policy, Government, Military by Jim White

When we last looked in on the ongoing saga of Raymond Davis in Pakistan, we saw that Congressman Darrell Issa was there, meeting with the President and the Prime Minister, arguing for release of Davis after he shot dead two Pakistanis on the streets of Lahore, with a third Pakistani killed by a US consular vehicle rushing to the scene in the aftermath of the shootings. Now, despite earlier US claims that Davis’ victims were thieves trying to hold him up at gunpoint, a report has surfaced in the Pakistani press that Davis’ victims were actually intelligence operatives for Pakistan’s government and that they had found Davis’ actions to be “detrimental to our national security.” In further developments, a second Congressional delegation met with Prime Minister Gilani, threatening US military funding to Pakistan if Davis is not released quickly and the widow of one of the victims has committed suicide because she believed that Davis would be released without being tried in Pakistan.

The revelation that Davis’ victims were intelligence operatives (h/t Emptywheel via email) comes from Pakistan’s Express Tribune, which is published in cooperation with the International Herald Tribune:

“Yes, they belonged to the security establishment….they found the activities of the American official detrimental to our national security,” disclosed a security official.

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The official confirmed that the president, the prime minister and the chief of army staff (COAS) had discussed the issue in a meeting last week. The three thought it was advisable to resist the US pressure on the Raymond Davis issue and believed the detained American national should not be released at this stage, he said.

The article goes on to provide further context for Pakistan’s frustration with the US:

He said the government’s tough stance on the controversy was also its reaction to the attempts by certain elements in Washington to implicate the country’s top spy agency, the ISI, in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The article does go on to suggest, however, that Davis could be released later, especially if the US provides assurance similar incidents would be avoided in the future and that Davis would face prosecution in the US.

Following on the heels of last Tuesday’s Congressional delegation led by Darrell Issa lobbying for Davis’ release, we learn that only three days later, a new delegation met with Prime Minister Gilani on Friday. From the US Embassy in Pakistan:

In a meeting today [February 4] with Prime Minister Gilani, a bipartisan U.S. Congressional delegation protested the continued illegal detention of the American diplomat in Lahore. U.S. Representatives Buck McKeon (Republican, California), John Kline (Republican, Minnesota), and Silvestre Reyes (Democrat, Texas) called on the Government of Pakistan to abide by its obligation under international and Pakistani law to recognize his diplomatic immunity, and immediately release him.

Dawn provides details from a source claiming to have been at the meeting:

The House Armed Services Committee delegation took the toughest line in its meeting with Prime Minister Gilani on Friday, where it was reportedly communicated to Pakistani leadership that it might be difficult for the committee to approve military aid and arms supply as long as its official remained in detention.

This same article has very interesting details coming from further investigation into Davis. After stating that at the time of his arrest, Davis was carrying an ID card stating that he worked for the US Consulate in Pershawar, the article suggests that Davis had documentation for working simultaneously at three different locations. It continues:

Some of the other information shared with by the investigators confirmed the previously known information that he had a military background and was posted with US Regional Affairs Office, which is linked by many analysts to CIA.

A US Department of Veteran Affairs card and Department of Defence contractor card were also in possession of Davis, which only adds to the confusion over his identity. The contract documents in Davis` possession revealed that he was on an annual contract with a fee of $200,000.

Having multiple sets of identification documents would seem to provide further evidence for Davis being an intelligence operative, although having them together in one place comes off as very amateurish tradecraft, in my opinion. With hints of both CIA and Blackwater-like postings, it seems unlikely we will ever know for sure what Davis’ official function was at the time of the shooting. Especially with the Defense Department contractor status, I wonder if that would place him in the category of people whom Buck McKeon is arguing should remain in Pakistan in the video above, where he argues against a Dennis Kuchinich resolution for withdrawing DoD personnel from Pakistan.

Further, the article goes on to note that Davis was missing from an official list of embassy employees given to Pakistan’s Foregin Office just two days before the shooting and that his name was included on a revised list submitted just one day after the incident. It is this revised list, submitted after the shooting, on which the US government appears to be basing its claim for diplomatic immunity for Davis. Presumably, the US will argue that Davis was left off the earlier list due to the sensitive nature of his posting, but I haven’t seen that argument made overtly yet.

In additional news on the Davis case, the widow of one of Davis’ victims has committed suicide:

The widow of a Pakistani man who was killed by a US official has killed herself by taking poison.

In her dying statement, Shumaila said she feared the American would be released without trial, police and doctors said.

She issued a deathbed statement on how she felt Davis’ case should be handled:

AP reported that Shumaila also spoke to reporters after arriving at the hospital, saying: “I want blood for blood.”

“The way my husband was shot, his killer should be shot in the same fashion,” she said.

This case is receiving much more attention in Pakistan than it is getting in the US, with Shumaila Faheem’s suicide highlighting just how important it is. Many Pakistanis are suggesting that if Davis is to be released, it should be in a trade for Aafia Siddiqui. Also, with the entry of US charges of ISI complicity in the Mumbai bombings into these discussions, the stakes of the overall situation seem to be rising on a daily basis. The intensity of US actions in trying to obtain Davis’ release would argue for him being very highly placed in the US intelligence community, but his amateurish collection of conflicting identification documents in his possession at the time of the shooting would argue for him being at a much lower and less professional level. As in most real world spy stories, the multiple, conflicting sets of information here and the practice of governments lying when it comes to intelligence activities means that we are unlikely to ever have a complete and truthful description of what has happened coming from either government involved in this case.

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Why Is Darrell Issa in Pakistan Asking President, PM for Release of Raymond Davis?

6:12 am in Uncategorized by Jim White

Update (Wednesday): The Guardian now has a story on this situation.

We learn from Dawn.com Tuesday that Raymond Davis, a US “consular employee” who killed two men on Thursday in Lahore, has been placed on the exit control list, barring his exit from Pakistan. Remarkably, Representative Darrell Issa led a small Congressional delegation that met on Tuesday with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, seeking release of Davis, according to Pakistan’s Online International News Network. Those meetings came a day after State Department spokesman Philip Crowley declared that as a consular employee, Davis has full diplomatic immunity.

The story in Dawn.com opens with Davis’ exit from Pakistan being blocked:

A judge on Tuesday blocked any move to hand over to US authorities an American government employee under investigation for double murder, and put his name on the exit control list.

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“I am restraining him (from being handed over to US authorities). Whether he has or does not have (diplomatic) immunity will be decided by the court,” ruled Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry.

“An order is issued to put his name on the ECL (exit control list). The case is adjourned for 15 days.”

The story ends with this intriguing revelation:

When asked by visiting US congressmen on Monday to free Davis, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari said: “It would be prudent to wait for the legal course to be completed”.

After a bit of digging, I found this story on the visiting delegation:

A US congressional delegation Monday separately called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani at PM House. The delegation included Representatives Darell El Issa, Todd R. Platts, Jason Chaffetz, Stephen F. Lynch, Brian M. Higgins and Raul L. Labrador. Mr. Stephen Engelken, Charge d’ Affairs, Mr. Thomas A. Alexander, senior Counsel (Majority) Committee on Oversight, Mr. Adam Pl. Fromm, Counsel (Majority) Director of Member Services and Mr. Scott Lindsay, Counsel (Majority) Committee on Oversight, were also present.

Pak side included Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Finance Minister, Mr. M. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Ch. Abdul Ghafoor, Chairman National Commission for Government Reforms , Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, MOS for EAD/Finance, Senator Syeda Sughra Imam, Ms. Farahnaz Ispahani and Spokesperson to the President Mr. Farhatullah Babar besides Foreign Secretary Mr. Salman Bashir and other senior officials. Briefing media Spokesperson to the President Mr. Farhatullah Babar said that matters relating to Pak-US bilateral relations, mutual cooperation, fight against militancy, ROZs and security situation in the region among other related issues were discussed during the meeting.

But why would a Congressional delegation working on trade and terrorism control involve itself in the Davis case? More from the same link:

Babar said the Congressmen also raised the matter of Mr. Raymond Davis, involved in the killing of Pakistani nationals in Lahore, with the President. The President said that he appreciated their concern but the matter was already before the courts. It would be prudent to wait for the legal course to be completed, he said.

Requests for Davis’ release had already been publicly issued by the State Department. From AFP:

“He is a member of the embassy’s technical administrative staff and therefore entitled to full criminal immunity. He cannot be lawfully arrested or detained in accordance with the Vienna Convention,” said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley on Monday.

Crowley said Washington agreed with the US employee’s version of events: “In our view, he acted in self-defense, when confronted by two armed men on motorcycles.”

The video above brings the US version of events into question. Note that both of Davis’ victims were shot multiple times, which seems at odds with mere self-defense. Note also on the crawler near the end of the video where it is stated that some are charging Davis with being a spy. That is most likely the true heart of the matter. ABC News has done some digging on Davis and has come up with this bit of background:

Davis runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, a company that provides “loss and risk management professionals.”

A key question as this story continues to unfold will be whether Davis (or Hyperion) was directly employed by the consulate or if he was working as a contractor for another entity such as Erik Prince’s Xe. At any rate, if requests for his release were deemed worthy of direct requests from a Congressional delegation to Pakistan’s President and Prime Minister in separate meetings, it is probably safe to assume that Davis’ “technical” responsibilities in the consulate were not insignificant.

Also note that Crowley claimed that Davis’s victims were small-time thieves who had robbed another victim shortly before they encountered Davis:

The diplomat, Raymond Davis, “had every reason to believe that the armed men meant him bodily harm. And minutes earlier, the two men, who had criminal records, had robbed money and valuables at gunpoint from a Pakistani citizen in the same area,” said Crowley.

There is no mention of the earlier robbery in the Pakistani news video above.

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How Much More US Abuse Will Pakistan Tolerate?

7:52 am in Pakistan by Jim White

It’s hard to imagine how the United States could heap more abuse on Pakistan. We are approaching the one year anniversary since Jeremy Scahill disclosed the extensive JSOC-Blackwater secret war effort within Pakistan and yet there is no indication that either Barack Obama or David Petraeus sees a need to shut down the rogue operators there. Despite the occasional attempt to portray the US military as providing crucial relief efforts in the massive floods in Pakistan (such as in the accompanying photo), the reality is that US military relief to Pakistan has been derided as but a tiny fraction of the military relief provided in other recent world catastrophes. Last week’s sentencing of Aafia Siddiqui to eighty-six years in jail provoked massive protests across Pakistan. And now we are learning that NATO (which really means US) helicopters have killed over 50 people in air raids on the Pakistan side of the border with Afghanistan over the weekend.

For a refresher, here is Jeremy Scahill last November on the secret war in Pakistan:

At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found. The Blackwater operatives also assist in gathering intelligence and help direct a secret US military drone bombing campaign that runs parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes, according to a well-placed source within the US military intelligence apparatus.

Despite this tying of Blackwater, with its horrible reputation for abuses, especially in Iraq, to drone operations in Pakistan, no response from Barack Obama or David Petraeus has been seen.  News stories routinely cite the animosity created by the drone attacks, as seen, for example, in the BBC story on the helicopter raids:

The raids, however, will do nothing to improve anti-American sentiment which is being fuelled by escalating numbers of drone attacks on targets in Pakistan, our correspondent adds.

Despite a chance to show that the US cares about the Pakistani people by rushing to their aid during the massive floods, the meager effort that ISAF is trying to portray in a good light by sending out photos like the one above is far short of how the US military responded other recent disasters:

But the $76 million is dwarfed by the massive humanitarian assistance — hundreds of millions — the U.S. military brought directly to victims of the 2005 earthquake and the 2004 tsunami — delivered via aircraft carriers, hospital ships and thousands of American troops. U.S. military helicopters flew some 6,000 relief operations to Pakistani earthquake victims alone. For both the 2005 earthquake and the tsunami, the U.S. military worked closely with local governments, but did not leave it primarily up to them to deliver the aid.

Just as US action was too little when it came to flood relief, action in sentencing Aafia Siddiqui was excessive, as pointed out by ondelette:

Judge Richard Berman rewrote verdicts, applied enhancements and came up with 86 years, and after insisting that the defendant was sane, remanded her to Carswell Federal Prison for the Criminally Insane. For her part, Aafia Siddiqui told her supporters not to be angry but to forgive.

The New York Law Journal has a good article on how you can get 86 years out of an attempted murder verdict. They said Judge Berman applied all the enhancements possible. For instance, he made it a hate crime. And he apparently added years because he said she lied on the stand. Presumably that’s because she said she didn’t shoot the gun? The prosecution never proved she did, but never mind. The one that really got me was when he “ruled”, on the insistence of Christopher LaVigne, that the shooting was “premeditated”. That one overruled the jury, as Carolyn Weaver of Voice of America rightly pointed out, they had thrown out the verdict of premeditation last Spring.

This excessive sentence was not met well in Pakistan:

Pakistani activists poured into the streets on Friday shouting “Death to America” and burning effigies of President Barack Obama after a US court jailed a woman scientist for 86 years.

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The protestors shouted “Death to America,” “Allahu akbar” (God is greater), “Free Aafia Siddiqui” and “Down with the US system of justice”.

Hundreds of anti-riot police deployed on the main Shahra-e-Faisal road to stop protesters from marching towards the US mission.

But it is not just activists who are upset at the sentencing. Dawn reports that the Pakistani government also is responding:

The government decided on Friday to use legal, political and diplomatic means for repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui who was sentenced to 86 years imprisonment by a US court on Thursday.

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The prime minister said in a statement that the government would use all options to get Dr Siddiqui repatriated and would ask US authorities to consider her a prisoner of war.

The decision was taken in the wake of countrywide demonstrations organised by a number of political and religious parties calling for release of Dr Siddiqui and condemning the US government and its judicial system.

The article also notes that the government of Pakistan has approved $2 million for use in the case.

So, in the same week that has seen Obama burned in effigy and protesters stopped by riot police as they headed for the US mission, NATO forces cross the border into Pakistan by helicopter to kill over 50 people. I shudder to think what the response will be if the targeting of these attacks proves to be as faulty as some previous attacks.  If it turns out that a large number of women and children are among the dead in these air strikes, this could be the final straw for Pakistan.  In that regard, it is worth noting what appears to be a warning to the US in the Dawn article about the protests, where it is stated in just the second paragraph that Pakistan is a “nuclear-armed Muslim nation of 167 million”.  That is a warning that Obama and Petraeus should consider very carefully as they monitor investigations into the helicopter raids and other developments within Pakistan.

Update: According to the Washington Post, Pakistan is already protesting the air strikes:

The Pakistani government on Monday strongly condemned a pair of NATO airstrikes on Pakistani soil that NATO officials said killed about 55 suspected insurgents over the weekend.

“These incidents are a clear violation and breach of the U.N. mandate” that governs the conduct of the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

ISAFMedia photo on Flickr of Pakistanis unloading relief supplies from US helicopter on September 20.

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Scahill’s Reporting Thoroughly Debunks Hiatt’s Latest Drone Defense

7:24 am in Uncategorized by Jim White

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Drone via WikiMedia Commons

In an editorial in Tuesday’s Washington Post, Fred Hiatt joins in on Harold Koh’s attempted whitewashing of drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s too bad he’s helping to spread lies.

The editorial is titled “Defending drones: The laws of war and the right to self-defense” and opens in this way:

WITHIN DAYS of taking office, President Obama authorized the deployment of unmanned drones to strike terrorism suspects in remote areas of Pakistan. Although first employed during the Bush years, drone attacks have been used increasingly during the Obama administration. They have, in short, become a centerpiece of national security policy.

Hiatt then goes on to cite the March 25 speech by Harold Koh in which the legal underpinnings of the program were defended. I want to concentrate on the closing of the editorial:

Such actions must be undertaken with caution. Mr. Koh asserted that the administration has taken “great care” to ensure that drone strikes are carefully and lawfully executed. “The imminence of the threat, the sovereignty of the other states involved, and the willingness and ability of those states to suppress the threat” are taken into account before striking, he said.

The president personally signs off on targets, and relevant lawmakers are periodically briefed on the program. That accountability is one more reason the drone strikes cannot be described as lawless.

Leaving aside the detailed legal arguments that Koh puts forth (although there are those at the UN who disagree on the legality of the program), we can only assume that Hiatt does not read Jeremy Scahill, because Scahill’s recent work thoroughly debunks Hiatt’s claims that the president signs off on the targets and that lawmakers are periodically briefed on the program.

Last November, Scahill provided dramatic revelations of the extent of US actions in Pakistan and the involvement of Blackwater with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in carrying out drone strikes in Pakistan:

At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found. The Blackwater operatives also assist in gathering intelligence and help direct a secret US military drone bombing campaign that runs parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes, according to a well-placed source within the US military intelligence apparatus.

Scahill goes on to inform us that this structure of JSOC carrying out the strikes, with assistance from Blackwater, is set up specifically to avoid Congressional oversight:

The military intelligence source says that the drone strike that reportedly killed Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, his wife and his bodyguards in Waziristan in August was a CIA strike, but that many others attributed in media reports to the CIA are actually JSOC strikes. “Some of these strikes are attributed to OGA [Other Government Agency, intelligence parlance for the CIA], but in reality it’s JSOC and their parallel program of UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] because they also have access to UAVs. So when you see some of these hits, especially the ones with high civilian casualties, those are almost always JSOC strikes.” The Pentagon has stated bluntly, “There are no US military strike operations being conducted in Pakistan.”

The military intelligence source also confirmed that Blackwater continues to work for the CIA on its drone bombing program in Pakistan, as previously reported in the New York Times, but added that Blackwater is working on JSOC’s drone bombings as well. “It’s Blackwater running the program for both CIA and JSOC,” said the source. When civilians are killed, “people go, ‘Oh, it’s the CIA doing crazy shit again unchecked.’ Well, at least 50 percent of the time, that’s JSOC [hitting] somebody they’ve identified through HUMINT [human intelligence] or they’ve culled the intelligence themselves or it’s been shared with them and they take that person out and that’s how it works.”

The military intelligence source says that the CIA operations are subject to Congressional oversight, unlike the parallel JSOC bombings. “Targeted killings are not the most popular thing in town right now and the CIA knows that,” he says. “Contractors and especially JSOC personnel working under a classified mandate are not [overseen by Congress], so they just don’t care. If there’s one person they’re going after and there’s thirty-four people in the building, thirty-five people are going to die. That’s the mentality.” He added, “They’re not accountable to anybody and they know that. It’s an open secret, but what are you going to do, shut down JSOC?”

More recently, Scahill has expanded on the lack of oversight and how JSOC forces are exploiting it:

While the former CENTCOM employee said the US military’s training mission in Pakistan (he is against using contractors for such missions) is in the “US interest,” he cautioned that there is growing concern within the military about what is perceived as the disproportionate and growing influence of JSOC’s lethal “direct action” mentality on the broader Special Forces operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As The Nation reported in November, JSOC operates a parallel drone bombing campaign in Pakistan, carrying out targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action. JSOC, a military intelligence source told The Nation, also operates several secret bases inside Pakistan. These actions are deeply classified and not subjected to any form of comprehensive oversight by Congress.

With General Stanley McChrystal, who commanded JSOC from 2003-2008, running the war, forces–and commanders–accustomed to operating in an unaccountable atmosphere now have unprecedented influence on overall US military operations, opening the door for an expansion of secretive, black operations done with little to no oversight. “The main thing to take away here is a recognition and acceptance of the paradigm shift that has occurred,” says the former CENTCOM employee. “Everything is one echelon removed from before: where CIA was the darkest of the dark, now it is JSOC. Therefore, military forces have more leeway to do anything in support of future military objectives. The CIA used to have the ultimate freedom–now that freedom is in JSOC’s hands, and the other elements of the military have been ordered to adapt.”

The bottom line is that Jeremy Scahill’s reporting on what is really happening in Pakistan makes Hiatt’s claim in the editorial that drone strikes are carried out with presidential authorization of targets and Congressional oversight of the program a complete lie. Hiatt has to be aware of Scahill’s reporting. Why does he continue to spread what he knows to be lies?

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If the Blackwater Nisour Square Killers Can’t Be Convicted, Hold Them Indefinitely at Gitmo

10:45 am in Uncategorized by Jim White

Last May, our Constitutional Law Professor President had this to say:

“We are going to exhaust every avenue that we have to prosecute those at Guantanamo who pose a danger to our country,” Obama said. “But even when this process is complete, there may be a number of people who cannot be prosecuted for past crimes, but who nonetheless pose a threat to the security of the United States.”

If he truly believes that, then I would like to nominate a group of terrorists for indefinite detention at Guantanamo: the Blackwater guards who carried out the Nisour Square killings in Iraq. Last week, it was announced that all charges against them were dropped because of improper handling of the case.

Today, the UN working group on the use of mercenaries is speaking out:

“We respect the independence of the United States judiciary and the requirements for due process, but are very concerned that the recent decision to dismiss the case against Blackwater guards may lead to a situation where no one would be accountable for grave human rights violations,” said Shaista Shameem, who chairs the U.N. group of independent experts.

It’s too bad that the UN working group is laboring under the quaint notion of due process. Our forward-looking President is more pragmatic than that, and has shown that he is willing to lock up the “worst of the worst” when he knows that they pose a threat to the security of the United States.

What could pose more of a threat to the security of the United States than allowing to go free “five guards [who] were charged a year ago with 14 counts of manslaughter, 20 counts of attempted manslaughter and one weapons violation count”? Come on Mr. President. Show us that you are willing to use your bad policies for good results. Put these five away. And lose the key.

And before you ask, I really don’t know if this is snark.

Update: Jeremy Scahill is now reporting that Blackwater has settled with the families of the dead Iraqis for $100,000 per person killed. Blackwater sure has a cheap view of life, doesn’t it?

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Jeremy Scahill Discusses Erik Prince’s Attempted Damage Control With Rachel Maddow

11:14 am in Uncategorized by Jim White

Appearing on The Rachel Maddow Show last night, Jeremy Scahill brought together his reporting on Erik Prince and Blackwater with the Vanity Fair piece on Prince and a Scott Shane article in the New York Times on expansion of drone attacks in Pakistan.

Note that this cascade of revelations and accusations began with Scahill’s long and very well-documented article on Blackwater’s role in covert activities in Pakistan. Scahill’s main point is that this activity is taking place through the Joint Special Operations Command and is operating outside the military chain of command and outside Congressional supervision. This was followed quickly by Prince’s response (written by a former CIA attorney), in which Prince claims to have been operating since 2004 as an “asset” of the CIA. Prince’s spin does not mention any significant interaction with the JSOC in the Vanity Fair article. Then, we have yesterday’s article from Scott Shane in the New York Times, where Shane explains that the CIA is expanding its use of predator drones in Pakistan. Shane also takes great pains to explain how careful the CIA is in preventing civilian deaths.

Shane completely ignores what Scahill has discovered. Scahill reports that the JSOC/Blackwater drone attacks are carried out in a completely careless manner with regard to civilian deaths. I have no reason to doubt Shane’s description of the care the CIA takes in its prevention of civilian deaths, but because Shane does not mention the JSOC activity, I’m wondering if the following passage in his article relates only to an analysis of CIA drone attacks and not JSOC attacks:

About 80 missile attacks from drones in less than two years have killed “more than 400” enemy fighters, the official said, offering a number lower than most estimates but in the same range. His account of collateral damage, however, was strikingly lower than many unofficial counts: “We believe the number of civilian casualties is just over 20, and those were people who were either at the side of major terrorists or were at facilities used by terrorists.”

Here is the Scahill appearance:

As Scahill states, it appears that Erik Prince is trying to protect himself against Congressional inquiries into the multiple crimes for which Blackwater has been accused, employing a former CIA attorney as an “author” in a piece clearly meant to put him in a more favorable light (see this piece by Marcy Wheeler for further perspective on the JSOC vs. CIA aspect of the Vanity Fair article). It also seems quite fishy to me that Scott Shane pops up at the very same time to help in the attempt to put attention on the CIA when attention should also be directed at Special Operations that appear have put Dick Cheney, Stanley McChrystal and Erik Prince together to carry out a private war they want nobody to know about.

This will be a very interesting situation to watch for the next few weeks. I’m especially interested in what the next few public statements from Dick (or Liz) Cheney will be. I’m betting they will be directing attention toward the CIA and away from the JSOC just as Shane’s article does.

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Breaking: Jeremy Scahill Blows Lid off Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan

6:15 pm in Uncategorized by Jim White

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Stanley McChrystal: Pimp Connection Between Cheney and Blackwater

Jeremy Scahill blows the lid off “Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan” in an article just published in The Nation. This story brings together an amazing array of bad actors: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Stanley McChrystal and Blackwater. It should come as no surprise, then, that the outcome of this team working together is a jaw-dropping tale of war crimes that continue to be carried out.

The entire story should be read, but since I have written a number of diaries on Stanley McChrystal and why he should be facing a war crimes tribunal rather than commanding US forces in Afghanistan, I will excerpt two paragraphs where he plays a central role:

While JSOC has long played a central role in US counterterrorism and covert operations, military and civilian officials who worked at the Defense and State Departments during the Bush administration described in interviews with The Nation an extremely cozy relationship that developed between the executive branch (primarily through Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld) and JSOC. During the Bush era, Special Forces turned into a virtual stand-alone operation that acted outside the military chain of command and in direct coordination with the White House. Throughout the Bush years, it was largely General McChrystal who ran JSOC. “What I was seeing was the development of what I would later see in Iraq and Afghanistan, where Special Operations forces would operate in both theaters without the conventional commander even knowing what they were doing,” said Colonel Wilkerson. “That’s dangerous, that’s very dangerous. You have all kinds of mess when you don’t tell the theater commander what you’re doing.”

Wilkerson said that almost immediately after assuming his role at the State Department under Colin Powell, he saw JSOC being politicized and developing a close relationship with the executive branch. He saw this begin, he said, after his first Delta Force briefing at Fort Bragg. “I think Cheney and Rumsfeld went directly into JSOC. I think they went into JSOC at times, perhaps most frequently, without the SOCOM [Special Operations] commander at the time even knowing it. The receptivity in JSOC was quite good,” says Wilkerson. “I think Cheney was actually giving McChrystal instructions, and McChrystal was asking him for instructions.” He said the relationship between JSOC and Cheney and Rumsfeld “built up initially because Rumsfeld didn’t get the responsiveness. He didn’t get the can-do kind of attitude out of the SOCOM commander, and so as Rumsfeld was wont to do, he cut him out and went straight to the horse’s mouth. At that point you had JSOC operating as an extension of the [administration] doing things the executive branch–read: Cheney and Rumsfeld–wanted it to do. This would be more or less carte blanche. You need to do it, do it. It was very alarming for me as a conventional soldier.”

Tomorrow, I will be calling the office of the Senate Armed Services Committee to request that Senator Carl Levin, as chair, convene hearings immediately to look into the evidence Scahill has presented.

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American Consulate official kills 3 Pakistanis in Lahore

Lahore Shootings: As The Case Unfolds, The Mystery Deepens

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: As the US diplomatic machinery moved to calm a brewing storm over Thursday’s shooting incident in Lahore involving an official attached to its consulate, peculiar details are trickling in regarding the exact identity of the man.

US Ambassador Cameron Munter is learnt to have met Foreign Secretary Salman Basheer, requesting the federal government’s intervention in the case of US official Raymond Allen Davis, who gunned down two young motorcyclists near Lahore’s Qurtaba Chowk in apparent self-defence. The case is currently being handled by the Punjab government, and Davis has been remanded into police custody for six days, according to police officials, by a magistrate.

Munter, according to well-placed sources, is said to have brought up the Geneva Convention, under which diplomats are allowed diplomatic immunity. The provincial government has so far refused to bring the international protocol into play. Other diplomats are also learnt to have tried to contact the Punjab government.

The Foreign Office is learnt to have contacted the Punjab government requesting case details. There has also been a meeting between Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Interior Minister Rehman Malik regarding the matter. Gen. Kayani is said to have advised Malik to handle the matter with ‘extreme care’ given its sensitive nature. He also advised that, aside from the apparent diplomatic links, Davis’ military links should also be kept in mind as the case moves forward.

Also discussed was the law and order situation that could arise if Davis is granted immunity.

Who is Davis?

Meanwhile, intelligence data shows that Davis has visited Pakistan nine times since 2009.

According to records available with The Express Tribune, Allen Davis, aged 37, visited Pakistan for the first time on October 18, 2009, landing in Islamabad. His last entry into Pakistan was on January 20, 2011, when he landed in Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Davis travelled using a regular passport, on which he had regular visit visas. There was no diplomatic passport.
Insiders say that Davis was performing duties as a technical advisor serving in the Intelligence and Security Wings of the US Embassy in Islamabad and the consulate in Lahore. He also made frequent visits to Karachi and Peshawar. The police are said to have recovered an identity card from Davis for the US’ Peshawar consulate.

Pakistani intelligence agencies have so far not reached any conclusion and had not submitted a report regarding the incident till the filing of this report. However, initial data suggests that police or other security/intelligence agencies had no record or intimation of Davis’ movement or participation in official events since he first arrived in Pakistan in 2009.
According to policy guidelines and security advisory issued by the Foreign and Interior Ministries, US officials are, for their own security, not meant to move around without informing security officials due to the terror threat in the country. The vehicle Davis was driving was locally-registered, and did not have diplomatic number plates.

Initial reports revolved around a possible looting attempt by the men on the motorcycles, to which Davis is said to have retaliated. Conversely, some reports rejected the robbery bid. However, it is unclear what would have provoked Davis to open fire.

A new angle to the incident, submitted in a statement by Davis himself, has it that the vehicle he was driving had had a minor collision with a Rickshaw a little before the incident. Therefore, if not a robbery, the two men could have chased the vehicle to argue with the driver.

Tristram Perry, the information officer of the US Consulate in Lahore, did not answer queries regarding Davis’ immunity, saying that he has been requested by Islamabad to not comment on the incident. “We are working with Pakistani authorities to determine the facts and work toward a resolution,” he said

FIRs against the deceased

Meanwhile, though it was initially reported that the two deceased motorcyclists had no criminal record, the police registered FIRs against them posthumously on Friday, police sources told The Express Tribune.

The complainants, Doctor Farzand and Sheharyar Malik, in a written application, state that the two had robbed them of their mobiles and cash just before the incident and were fleeing.

As evidence, the two have referred to phone logs of calls made to Rescue 1-5 about the incident right after it happened. The police say that two mobile phones were recovered from the deceased which matched the description of those the applicants had complained to 1-5 had been stolen.

However, the police had also shown the recovery of foreign currency from the deceased, which they say had also been looted. On the other hand, there is yet to be a complaint regarding the theft of foreign currency on the day of the incident.

In the FIR registered against Davis, the police have also included charges of carrying an illegal weapon – a Glock pistol and two magazines. The police also recovered a digital camera, a phone tracker with a charger.
Conversely, the police so far have no information about the other vehicle that came to rescue Davis and crushed a motorcyclist – Ibadullah – in the process. After killing the man, the vehicle fled from the scene. Davis did not disclose who was heading to his rescue, but did tell the police that, after the incident, he telephoned his Regional Security Officer who might have sent some officials for his rescue.

A police officer, on condition of anonymity, said that they had, through the Lahore Capital City Police Officer, sent a formal request to Pakistan’s foreign office to contact the US Consulate to identify those in the vehicle for their arrest.
The security of the US consulate has meanwhile been increased in light of increasing protests against the incident, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Lahore shootings: As the case unfolds, the mystery deepens – The Express Tribune

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The mystery of ‘Raymond Davis’

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The title of Diplomatic Immunity
US mercenary with fake name and fake identity

The plot thickens. US Embassy claims have been identified as false. It is now being revealed that both Pakistani men who were supposedly attacking Mr. ‘Raymond Davis’ were actually shot from behind, which makes the US Embassy’s the self-defense story untenable.

Pakistani authorities have ruled out the diplomatic status of the alias “Raymond Davis’’. Islamabad confirms that Mr Davis was on a visit visa, and is not allowed diplomatic immunity. The American Embassy has thus been broadcasting totally false information. Instead of cooperating with the authorities, the US administration is pressurizing the Pakistani government to release Mr Davis. So far the government has not buckled under US pressure. The PPPP did not want this crisis. It is now stuck between the hardline nationalists and the US State Department.

There are news reports that the Federal government has buckled to US pressure a Federal minister has supposedly informed Mr. Shahbaz Sharif that “Immunity from the federal government will reach Lahore in the next few days.” This has created tensions between the PPPP and the PMLN. The Punjab government spokesman Senator Pervaiz Rashid told reporters that the Punjab government has received different messages from the Center and the US Embassy– to hand over Raymond Davis to the US on the basis of the claimed diplomatic immunity.

Mr. Rashid claimed that the Punjab government’s stance was clear–the issue was in a court and only the court could decide whether the American citizen enjoyed immunity. Mr. Rashid said the that Punjab government had also told the US diplomats that they will have to hand over the other US citizen and his car, which killed a motorcyclist in Lahore.

In a hastily called press conference–Khurshid Kasuri briefed the press about the Mutahada Muslim League (MML) decisions:

  • The alliance leaders had strongly condemned the incident at Mozang in which an employee of the US Consulate in Lahore, Raymond Davis killed two civilians on the pretext of defending himself.
  • Mr. Kuseri in an emotional and fiery speech told the media that the alliance leaders demanded that facts in this highly sensitive matter should be investigated thoroughly and brought to light at the earliest.
  • To a query regarding Davis case, Kasuri said that judiciary was independent and would provide justice in every case.

Sheikh Rashid the president of his own wing of the Muslim Leage call the Awami Muslim League (AML) interrupted Mr. Khurshi Kasuri on the issue of diplomatic immunity to Davis and said that government before looking into US demand for diplomatic immunity to Davis should ask the Americans about the real identity of Davis and his mission in Pakistan.

The AML chief said the questions regarding purpose of Davis’ 10 visits to Pakistan:

  • His real name or identity.
  • Whether he was a regular staffer of the US diplomatic corps or working undercover.
  • What was he doing at a busy area of Lahore, Mozang while carrying a weapon.

Mr. Rashid said that these questions needed to be answered at the earliest in order to ascertain the real status of Raymond Davis.

Facts confirm what most Pakistanis had already suspected. Mr. ‘Davis” is a mercenary and he has acted and behaved as a Blackwater operative. There are dozens, if not hundreds of “Davis” type of mercenaries running roughshod in Pakistan. Many Pakistanis believe that it is these operatives that is creating law the law and order situation in Pakistan. By asking Pakistan to let Mr Davis leave the country without a trial or a proper court hearing, the US is not doing themselves and favors. The nationalists are squeezing the government in a vice. The PPP government has a tough task at hand and will be unable to release the US operative.

The White House validates that ‘Raymond Davis’ is not his real name. US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, “We have not released the identity of our employee at this point.”

Some reports indicate that Mr Davis runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, a company that provides “loss and risk management professionals”. The site of the organization (http://hyperion-protective.com/services.html) was put up by a Computer Science drop-out confirming the belief that it is a front for other organizations.

In the “About US” section–Hyperion describes itself in euphmisms “The conception of our company came about from the simplest of reasons,” Demand”. Potential customers requested of our founder Gerald L. Richardson in 1999 to find ways to guide them through the often foggy areas of loss and risk management. Armed with this request he set out to find other like minded professionals to fill this need. The requests more specifically stated can we reduce our dependence on outside entities. Which are costly in the long run, and has many limitations in its effectiveness. The answer was “Yes”, and a plan was drafted to bring this method to all safety and cost conscious companies. The protection and service of our client is our business. Lets talk about us, meaning the individuals that make our company successful! New and affordable ways to fill the oldest of needs, “PROTECTION OF ASSETS””.

It is very clear that in whatever capacity Mr Davis was working for the US Consulate in Lahore–it was not about buying alarm systems. That could be done in Anarkali. Mr. ‘Davis” was a sharp-shooter and was armed (a violation of his visa and fake ‘diplomatic status’). Pakistanis have seen many aspects of ‘the ugly American’.

It because of the hubris and arrogance that Anti-American sentiment is at fever pitch. It is exactly this sort of nefarious activity that has led to the situation in Tunisia and Egypt.

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U.S.-Pakistan Row Intensifies

Washington Scraps Talks, Citing ‘Political Changes’ Amid American’s Detention

By ZAHID HUSSAIN

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—The U.S. canceled talks in Washington involving Pakistan due to an escalating diplomatic row over the detention last month of an American employed by the U.S. government who shot dead two armed men.

AFP/Getty ImagesParamilitary soldiers take positions on Sunday outside Kot Lakhpat prison in Lahore, where U.S. government employee Raymond Davis is held.

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A U.S. State Department statement Sunday said the high-level meeting involving Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. was  called off “in light of the political changes in Pakistan.” Pakistan’s government Friday announced cabinet changes that removed Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the country’s former foreign minister, from his post.

But a senior Pakistan foreign ministry official said Washington’s cancellation of the meeting was intended to pressure Pakistan to release the U.S. government employee.

Pakistan police say preliminary investigations have shown the man, who they have named as Raymond Davis, is likely to be charged soon with murder.

Pakistani authorities say Mr. Davis is an employee of a U.S.-based security company who was working under contract for the U.S. government in Pakistan.

The U.S. government has given few details about the man, who it hasn’t named. The embassy in Islamabad said the man, who it claims fired in self-defense, is covered by diplomatic immunity and should be immediately released.

Pakistani officials have publicly questioned whether Mr. Davis acted in self-defense and have said he may have known the attackers, but they have given no clear picture of what they think occurred.

The U.S. last week suspended several bilateral engagements with Pakistan after a high court barred Pakistan’s government from releasing Mr. Davis, Pakistani officials said.

Abdul Basit, a Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman, said the cancellation of the Washington meeting won’t affect the long-term strategic partnership between the two nations.

Pakistani officials said the Obama administration also has threatened to call off an upcoming state visit to Washington by President Asif Ali Zardari if the standoff over Mr. Davis doesn’t end.

The visit was expected to take place in March, though no date was fixed.

No official at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad was available for comment.

Mr. Davis shot and killed two gunmen who tried to intercept his car in a congested market place in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Jan. 27. A second car, which came to extricate Mr. Davis from the situation, ran over and killed a bystander. Police arrested Mr. Davis and have held him in detention since then. The driver of the second car, who wasn’t named, escaped arrest.

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End tribal areas operation: Jirga

Published: February 14, 2011

LAHORE – JI Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan has said that thousands of “Raymond Davises” were roaming in the country, but instead of catching them, the Army was killing own countrymen.
Addressing a tribal jirga at Mansoora on Sunday, the JI chief said that failure of the law-enforcement agencies to arrest Davis’ four accomplices and seize their vehicle “clearly shows their utter helplessness and incompetence.”
The Jirga, attended by elders from different areas, demanded immediate end to the military operation in the tribal areas, pulling out from the US war on terror, withdrawal of troops and holding dialogue with local people for ensuring durable peace. It condemned the drone attacks resulting in large scale killings in violation of the country’s sovereignty and demanded an end to these. The declaration also called upon the government to take necessary steps for the return of the displaced persons to their homes with honour and provision of the essentials to them in a respectable manner. It called for setting up a judicial commission to assess the damage done by the operation in the tribal areas and for fixing the responsibility, besides a reasonable financial package for the tribal areas to compensate for their losses. The Jirga called for hanging Raymond Davis besides interrogation from him in regard to the network of Blackwater and other US organizations operating in the country.
Opposing release of Raymond Davis, the Jirga also demanded that serious efforts be made for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. The Jirga called for an end to the FCR terming it a colonial era legacy and demanded enforcement of the Shariah in the light of the constitution and the law reforms. It demanded abolishing Political Agent’s authority and subjecting him to the judiciary. It also demanded construction of basic infrastructure in the tribal areas besides provision of basic needs to facilitate their return.
In his address, Syed Munawar Hasan said that the ISPR was misleading the nation by creating an impression that all the residents of the Khyber PK were terrorists and traitors. He said that the tribal people had always served as backbone of the army. Had the tribal people not been patriotic, they would have begun a separatist movement instead of bearing all the oppression silently, he argued.

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Hearts & minds campaign?

OFFICIAL quarters in Islamabad claim with a straight face that the Raymond Allen Davis case is not an insurmountable challenge in Pakistan’s relations with the US. They say that the bilateral equation is strong enough to withstand the jolts of this controversy.

The time to evaluate the impact of this issue on the vital strategic relationship between the two countries will come later. But at least in one significant respect, Pakistan-US ties are already badly damaged. And this relates to the nature and direction of public discourse in Pakistan about the United States.

The Davis issue has disfigured the environment in which the strategic partnership with the US was being nurtured. Raymond Davis endorses the typical Pakistani image of the US as a trigger-happy bully. In popular perception, Davis is the personification of a policy conduct Washington has displayed all around since 9/11 at a much larger scale — from the sands of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan and in the Fata region.

In this context, the general eye in Pakistan perceives Washington’s demand for immunity for Davis’s actions as akin to audacious American actions against Muslim countries, where international law is stretched and distorted to defend invasions and destruction of Muslim homelands
in the name of countering terrorism.

The uncontrollable outrage that creeps into every discussion about the possibility of setting Davis free is not just because the information trickling about his activities in Pakistan is completely scandalous bordering on the seditious.

It is in part a reaction to the murder and mayhem in Mazang. In part it is now also because of the tragic suicide of the widow of one of the victims of Davis’s precision shooting. The plight of the deceased widow has sown the seeds of grief and anger in the hearts of even housewives.

The demand for punishment for Davis is no longer a subject of conversation of macho nationalists or media sensationalists. The homes of ordinary folk too are alight with fiery commentary at the mere mention of the name of the former US military man, who has had special warfare training at Fort Bragg.

This nationwide welling up of anti-US emotion pushes further down the already declining US ratings in Pakistan. This is major damage to the ‘hearts and minds’ outreach programme that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been spearheading to fashion a better image for her country in Pakistan.

The policy worked at three levels: promotion of goods and services that the US brings to Pakistan; dilution of criticism of Washington’s policies by a robust media policy of rebuttals, denials and counter-charges; and isolation of those organisations and individuals whose sense of reality did not conform to Washington’s interest in Pakistan.

Admittedly, this policy worked rather well. The voice of America in Pakistan got considerably amplified, thanks primarily, though not only, to well-planned vigorous pro-US media activity carried out by known native advocates of Washington’s interests.

To change negative publicity into a positive profile, Washington carried out vast and constant diplomatic engagement with the politicians and the military top brass alike. Statistics show that in the last year and a half, Pakistan has been the US officials’ most ‘visited’ country in the world.

These visits on the one hand underscored Pakistan’s strategic importance and on the other served the valuable purpose of showing US in the bright light of a ‘trustworthy’ country that is fair and square in its dealings with Pakistan. By the time Ms Clinton had conducted her second round in Pakistan last year, the situation had started to improve. Upon her return home, she reported “visible changes in public mood”. Later, building on this happy new ground, US diplomats artfully scripted Washington’s aid measures for Pakistan’s flood victims and got some palpable PR points from the relief efforts.

How many hearts and minds exactly turned in Washington’s favour, we don’t know. Perhaps not many. But something did change. Thorny controversies that once defined public discourse on the US disappeared into thin air. Towards the end of 2010 and on the eve of 2011 not a whisper was heard about the presence of Blackwater in Pakistan, expansion of US embassy premises, unauthorised and suspicious movement of US diplomats and embassy personnel. Even the matter of granting visas to US officials became a non-issue. The Kerry Lugar Bill’s preconditions for getting aid were totally forgotten.

But then came Mr Davis with his Glock handgun taking Pakistani lives and shooting through the heart the hearts and minds campaign. Since then Washington’s public profile has been completely defiled.

The strategic communication regime Washington’s spin doctors had put in place to create an enabling environment for successful diplomacy — called propaganda in old times — is completely dysfunctional. The trust deficit in the realm of public diplomacy is as wide as never before.

This is long-term damage recovering from which would take much longer than settling the issue of diplomatic immunity.

We do not know what Davis’s real mission was, but he certainly performed one task of strategic scale: ruining whatever little hope public diplomacy campaigners might have had of convincing the simple folk of Pakistan that the US was just a friendly giant they had no reason to run away from.

The writer is senior anchor at DawnNews.

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“Bombshell” news is still in the making ,,,,,,

Devastating implications to expose Blackwater (XE) “anti terrorist” activities in Pakistani tribal areas,, and beyond,,,

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Guantánamo Bay files: Pakistan’s ISI spy service listed as terrorist group

Anyone linked to Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate should be treated like al-Qaida or Taliban, interrogators told

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Raymond Davis, the American CIA contractor whose arrest in Lahore for killing two Pakistanis sparked a crisis between the two countries. The new revelations in the Guantánamo Bay files of American security agencies’ distrust for their supposed Pakistani allies will deepen the rift. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

US authorities describe the main Pakistani intelligence service as a terrorist organisation in secret files obtained by the Guardian.

Recommendations to interrogators at Guantánamo Bay rank the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) alongside al-Qaida, Hamas and Hezbollah in Lebanon as threats. Being linked to any of these groups is an indication of terrorist or insurgent activity, the documents say.

“Through associations with these … organisations, a detainee may have provided support to al-Qaida or the Taliban, or engaged in hostilities against US or coalition forces [in Afghanistan],” says the document, dated September 2007 and called the Joint Task Force Guantánamo Matrix of Threat Indicators for Enemy Combatants. It adds that links to these groups is evidence that an individual poses a future threat.

The revelation that the ISI is considered as much of a threat as al-Qaida and the Taliban will cause fury in Pakistan. It will further damage the already poor relationship between US intelligence services and their Pakistani counterparts, supposedly key allies in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other Islamist militants in south Asia.

Relations between America and Pakistan have been tense for years. A series of high-level attempts have been made in recent weeks to improve ties after the American CIA contractor Raymond Davis killed two Pakistanis in January.

In November the Guardian published evidence that US intelligence services had been receiving reports of ISI support for the Taliban in Afghanistan for many years. The reports were frequent and detailed, if unconfirmed and sometimes speculative.

The Threat Indicator Matrix is used to decide who among the hundreds of Guantánamo detainees can be released. The ISI is listed among 36 groups including Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led by al-Qaida deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri; the Sabotage Battalion of Chechen Martyrs; the Iranian intelligence services; and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Though the document dates from 2007 it is unlikely the ISI has been removed from the current Threat Indicator Matrix.

In classified memos outlining the background of 700 prisoners at Guantánamo there are scores of references, apparently based on intelligence reporting, to the ISI supporting, co-ordinating and protecting insurgents fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan, or even assisting al-Qaida. Pakistani authorities have consistently denied any links with insurgents in Afghanistan or al-Qaida.

The documents detail extensive collaboration between the ISI and US intelligence services. Many of those transferred to Guantánamo Bay, including senior al-Qaida figures such as Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, who planned the 9/11 attacks, and Abu Farraj al-Libbi, one of the group’s most capable operators, were arrested with Pakistani help or turned over to American authorities by Pakistani intelligence services.

The memos rely on a variety of sources to make their case. Though the broad argument for releasing or detaining an individual has sometimes been made public during military tribunals at Guantánamo, the material underpinning those arguments has remained secret until now. Sources for that material include the interrogation of the detainee whose release is being discussed, as well as the records of the questioning of hundreds of other prisoners.

Intelligence from elsewhere, including foreign spy agencies such as the Afghan National Directorate of Security, appears to have been extensively used. There is little independent corroboration for the reporting and some of the information is likely to have been obtained under duress. Systematic human rights abuses have been recorded at Guantánamo.

The details of the alleged ISI support for insurgents at the very least give an important insight into the thinking of American strategists and senior decision-makers who would have been made aware of the intelligence as it was gathered. Many documents refer to alleged ISI activities in 2002 or 2003, long before the policy shift in 2007 that saw the Bush administration become much more critical of the Pakistani security establishment and distance itself from Pervez Musharraf, who was president.

One example is found among reasons given by Guantánamo officials for the continued detention of Harun Shirzad al-Afghani, a veteran militant who arrived there in June 2007. His file states he is believed to have attended a meeting in August 2006 at which Pakistani military and intelligence officials joined senior figures in the Taliban, al-Qaida, the Lashkar-e-Taiba group responsible for the 2008 attack in Mumbai and the Hezb-e-Islami group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

The meeting was to discuss operations in Afghanistan against coalition forces, says the memo. It cites an unidentified letter in the possession of US intelligence services describing the meeting which, it says, ended with a decision by the various insurgent factions “to increase terrorist operations in the Kapisa, Kunar, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces [of Afghanistan], including suicide bombings, mines, and assassinations”.

Harun Shirzad al-Afghani was reported to have told his interrogators that in 2006 an unidentified Pakistani ISI officer paid 1m Pakistani rupees to a militant to transport ammunition to a depot within Afghanistan jointly run by al-Qaida, the Taliban and Hekmatyar’s faction.

According to Afghani, who was captured in the eastern Nangarhar province, the depot contained “about 800 rockets, AK-47 and machine gun ammunition, mortars, RPGs [rocket propelled grenades] and mines” and had been established “in preparation for a spring 2007 offensive”.

More than 230 western troops were killed in Afghanistan in the course of 2007; 99 between January and June.

A separate document about a 42-year-old Afghan detainee cites intelligence reports claiming that in early 2005 Pakistani officials were present at a meeting chaired by Mullah Mohammed Omar, the supreme chief of the Taliban, of an array of senior insurgents in Quetta, the Pakistani city where it has long been believed the Taliban leadership are based.

“The meeting included high-level Taliban leaders … [and] representatives from the Pakistani government and the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate,” the document says. It adds: “Mullah Omar told the attendees that they should not co-operate with the new infidel government (in Afghanistan) and should keep attacking coalition forces.”

Many references are more historic. A memo about another detainee, Abdul Kakal Hafiz, cites intelligence that in January 2003, insurgents in the Zabul province of Afghanistan received a month of training in explosives, bomb-making and assassination techniques from “three Pakistani military officers”. The training was apparently “conducted in preparation for a planned spring campaign to assassinate westerners”. A Red Cross water engineer, Ricardo Mungia, was shot and killed by insurgents on 27 March 2003 in Oruzgan province. The murder had a major effect on humanitarian and development programmes in south and eastern Afghanistan and was a huge setback for western-led efforts.

According to the files on an Afghan known simply as Hamidullah, captured by Afghan national army soldiers in July 2003, intelligence “reporting” from December 2002 “linked detainee to a Pakistani ISI initiative to create an office in [the Pakistani frontier city of] Peshawar combining elements of the Taliban, HIG [Hekmatyar’s group] and al-Qaida”.

The memo said that intelligence indicated “the goal of the initiative was to plan and execute various terrorist attacks in Afghanistan” including one on the HQ of foreign entities in Kabul in January 2003.

Another file on a high-profile Afghan religious and political leader detained months after the initial invasion of Afghanistan and released in 2008 refers to ISI operations in the eastern province of Kunar during 2002 that were, the memo says, designed to destabilise the new Afghan government under Hamid Karzai, who had been installed as interim president by the US-led coalition.

“In January 2002 ISI financed the activities of several factions … in Kunar … in order to destabilise the Afghan [government]. In March 2002 [the ISI] reportedly provided $12,000 … to finance military operations against the new government,” the document says.

The file reveals that the detainee, Mullah Haji Rohullah, was working with the British government, and possibly MI6, when detained. “This detainee … had dealings with the United Kingdom and with the Pakistani [ISI],” says the memo, dated 17 June 2005.

The documents show the varying interpretations by American officials of the apparent evidence of ISI involvement with insurgents in Afghanistan. There are repeated “analyst’s notes” in parentheses. Several in earlier documents stress that it is “rogue elements” of the ISI who actively support insurgents in Afghanistan.

One describes how “rogue elements of the ISI are known to have had sympathies for and provided support to anti-coalition militia. The most significant was sniper training and the use of remote control improvised explosive devices.” Another file from 2005 says that “rogue factions from the ISI have routinely pursued private interests and acted against the stated policy of the government of Pakistan“.

The analysis that such operations were not sanctioned policy for the ISI was current among US and British intelligence officials as late as 2007. By 2008 the view of western services had changed and such caveats are rare in later documents.

The files reveal much of the shadow war in Afghanistan fought out by secret services – a contemporary form of the 19th century Great Game. There are a series of references to Iranian intelligence; these again are unconfirmed. One intelligence report cited in the file on an Afghan called Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa, who arrived at Guantánamo in May 2002, refers to “a meeting initiated by Iran, possibly by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps” between Iranian officials and Taliban representatives near the Afghan-Iranian border in October 2001. The officials allegedly offered to broker a coalition between the Northern Alliance, which was allied with the west, and the Taliban in their fight against US intervention. According to the memo, the Iranian delegation “offered to open the borders to Arabs who wanted to cross into Afghanistan to fight against US and coalition forces”.

Around 18 months after the fall of the Taliban, another memo claims, Iranian intelligence gave a former Taliban commander and Hekmatyar US$2m to fund “anti-coalition militia” activities. Citing further intelligence reports, the file says: “In December 2005, representatives of Ismail Khan, former governor of Herat and minister of water and power in Afghanistan, met with two Pakistanis and three Iranians to discuss the planning of terrorist acts and to create better lines of communication between the [Hekmatyar group] and Taliban.”

This latter claim appears highly speculative as Khan is a long-term enemy of Hekmatyar and the Taliban – in 2009 he narrowly survived a suicide attack for which insurgents claimed responsibility.

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