Sunday, February 20, 2011

"US gunman has business visa"--resigned Pakistan spokeswoman

The American man who was accused to have shot dead two men in Lahore last month holds official visa and as diplomat should enjoy immunity, according to Fauzia Wahab on Monday, spokesperson of the Pakistan People's Party, in a report by AFP.
After supporting the ruling party's claim of diplomatic immunity for Raymond Davis on Monday, Wahab resigned from her post as the party's communicator on Saturday.
She told AFP, "I have resigned because I gave that statement in my personal capacity."
"I do not want to appear before Lahore High Court as an office-bearer of the Pakistan People's Party. To uphold the dignity and respect of my party I have resigned from my post."
The spokeswoman said that Davis--the self-confessed US gunman who killed the two while trying to defend himself--had an official business visa "so why argue and why are we risking our overall good reputation before the rest of the world? We have always abided by international laws and conventions."
Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who was recently replaced in a recent cabinet revamp said on Wednesday that the American killer did not have full immunity.
The country's detested president and prime minister believe that it is up to the judge to decide and sought the aid of Islamic scholars on the issue.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday hinted that the families may reprieve Davis and told the religious sector that the administration was in between domestic discontent and global fury.
Details of this story here.

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