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Pakistani PM says court to decide fate of US shooter

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Feb 17,IRNA -- Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Wednesday told top US senator that issue of an American employee, who faces double murder charges, will be decided by Pak courts.

Raymond Davis, employee in the US consulate in Lahore , shot dead two Pakistani last month, and he is now facing trial.

Americans say that Davis is a diplomat and must be freed on the basis of his diplomatic immunity. Pakistan says the court will decide about the diplomatic status.

Gilani noted in meeting with Senator John Kerry, Chairman, US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, that the Superior Court in Pakistan had taken cognizance of the Davis case and had clearly ordered that the question of immunity to Raymond Davis, if it arises, will be determined by the court.

He urged the US to take into account the ground reality that the principal stakeholders in Davis case were the family members of those killed and the people of Pakistan, a statement from the PM office said.

He said the issue must not be allowed to ‘make bilateral relations hostage’ and have impact on the partnership in the on-going struggle against terrorism and for restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Gilani emphasized the need for positive messaging from both sides to help build trust and confidence between the two countries.

Senator John Kerry agreed with the Prime Minister that positive messaging would help to develop understanding between the two countries and discourage those elements who desire to exploit the situation to the disadvantage of strategic relationship build to fight extremism and terrorism, the statement said.

He further added that both countries had to carry forward the established relationship in the larger interest of international peace and stability. He expressed deep regrets on the loss of lives in the unfortunate incident in Lahore but emphasized on early resolution of this issue in the interest of continued strategic partnership between Pakistan and the US.

He also agreed with the Prime Minister on the need for utilization of diplomatic channels to help resolve the matter in accordance with the law.



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