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The Nation, Pakistan

Pakistan Should Prosecute Raymond Davis and 'Welcome' Cut in U.S. Ties

 

"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."

 

EDITORIAL

 

February 12, 2011

 

Pakistan - The Nation - Original Article (English)

Raymond Davis, reportedly a member of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad or U.S. Consulate in Lahore, is accussed of a double murder. Davis claims it was self-defense.

 

EXPRESS TV VIDEO: Pakistan news report on the arrest of Raymond Davis, Feb. 5, 00:01:59RealVideo

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. ††††††

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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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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US February 12, 5:39pm]

 







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