Saturday, February 12, 2011

Did US threaten Pakistan to release Davis or kick envoy out?

Pakistan was warned by the US that its ambassador in Washington will be sent out of the country if the American diplomat Raymond Davis--jailed for killing two men in Lahore--were not released by Friday, The Times of India quoted a media report.
ABC News reported that according to two unnamed Pakistani officials, Tom Donilon, national security advisor, told Pakistani envoy Hussain Haqqani on Monday that if Davis were not released by Friday, the White House will cancel President Asif Ali Zardari's state visit, close consulates in Pakistan, and "kick him out of the US."
The "outlines of the threats" were confirmed by an unnamed senior US official to ABC News, the report said.
Tommy Vietor, spokesman of the White House, declined to comment on the issue.
Denying the warning via the famous microblogging site, Ambassador Haqqani tweeted, "No US official, incl the NSA, has conveyed any personal threats 2 me or spoken of extreme measures as cited by ABC".
He further tweeted, "Considering that I was only Pakistani in that meeting, how can ABC report on it w'out talking to either US NSA or me?"
The report further said that the 36-year-old American diplomat in Pakistan was sent behind bars on Friday for two weeks by a Lahore court.
City police chief Aslam Tareen was reported to have said that Davis had been charged with murder because there was no evidence to prove that he shot dead the two men in self-defence on 27 January.
This issue has strained the relations between the two countries.
Details of this story here.

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