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Pakistan mulls over US shooter court's response

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 4, IRNA -- Pakistan's Foreign Secretary, Salman Bashir, said on Thursday that the his country's courts have not yet asked about the status of US intelligence agent, who faces double murder charges, and would submit its response if the court asked for it.

Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor, shot dead two Pakistanis in the eastern city of Lahore on January 27, causing a diplomatic row between the two allies.

The US insists that Davis is a diplomat and should be released. But a court in Lahore Thursday denied him diplomatic immunity and decided to proceed.

The Foreign Ministry will submit a statement on March 14 in the Lahore High Court about the status of Davis.

Bashir said that the Foreign Ministry is mindful of its constitutional, legal and institutional responsibilities in the case of Raymond Davis and is also alive to its responsibilities under Pakistani law.

“The issue has many dimensions and we believe in the rule of law,” he told a news conference in Islamabad.

On the issue of immunity, Bashir said the Foreign Ministry has not yet been asked to say anything on the issue by courts.

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