Pakistan Should Prosecute
Raymond Davis and 'Welcome' Cut in U.S. Ties
it may sound frightening to go so far as to ignore this threat and estrange the
superpower, on whose crutches Islamabad's ruling circles have become accustomed,
buried within this U.S. warning lies a way out of the mess our association with
its phoney war on terror has landed us in."
Reports circulating in the
electronic media say that the U.S. has warned Pakistan that it will break off
diplomatic relations unless Raymond Davis, the American citizen accused of
killing two Pakistanis in broad daylight in Lahore, is set free. The warning,
which also included the cancellation of President Zardariís visit to the United
States, was first published by an American newspaper, then confirmed by an
American official, but later half-heartedly denied.
This confirms suspicions that
Davis is a high-profile intelligence operative, since it appears that Washington
wants, even at risk of relations with a key ally in the war on terror, to be
spared any questioning in order to avoid embarrassment. Besides, according to
news reports, Ambassador Hussain Haqqani has been called to the State
Department to register this threat with Pakistan.
While it may sound frightening
to go so far as to ignore this threat and estrange the superpower, on whose crutches
Islamabad's ruling circles have become accustomed, buried within this U.S. warning
lies a way out of the mess our association with its phoney war on terror has
landed us in. ††††††
Rather than appreciating the
sacrifices Pakistan has constantly been called on to make as a result of our
participation in this losing venture, the U.S. chooses to find fault with our
strategy of, as it perceives it, doing less than it expects of us, even when
such wishes include violating our core national interests. To say nothing of
the huge number of civilian lives lost, pressured into launching military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, we have lost well over 3,000 precious
Pakistan military and security personnel in frequent terrorist bombings.
Last Thursday's blast at
Kohat alone, one of the towns most targeted by the militants, claimed the lives
of 35 army recruits. Thanks to our leadershipís weaknesses, the U.S. has taken
us for granted. It has run roughshod over our legitimate pleas to intercede
with India to settle Kashmir and the ensuing water dispute. And then to spite
us, Washington has gone out of its way to shower favors on India, even turning
a blind eye to its destabilizing efforts in Balochistan.
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