National Security Advisor Tom Donilon has told Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani, if American Raymond Davis, a U.S. embassy employee, is not released from their custody apparently by today (Friday), Obama will send Haqqani packing, “close U.S. consulates in Pakistan, and cancel President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to the U.S. Source. Update 2-15-11: See latest details here.
Raymond Davis is accused of killing to Pakistanis who attempted to rob him. Apparently Pakistan does not recognize diplomatic immunity. Pakistan claims Davis does not have diplomatic documents. The U.S. said this:
“The US diplomat detained in Lahore is a member of the US Embassy”s technical and administrative staff, and therefore entitled to full criminal immunity and cannot be lawfully arrested or detained in accordance with the Vienna Convention”.
The Embassy noted that the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations provides diplomatic immunity to all diplomats around the world.
It said Article 37 of the Convention specifically extends “the same criminal immunity that diplomats have to members of the technical and administrative staff of an Embassy”.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told Gen Kayani she wants Mr Davis freed, and a number of American lawmakers have flaunted their country`s superpower status by making clear all aid to Pakistan, especially the military part of it, would be cut off.
Today, Friday, the day the U.S. said they would implement harsh actions for denial of diplomatic privileges, Pakistan thumbs their nose and says, well, we think we’ll just keep Davis awhile longer:
A Pakistani judge has ordered the American embassy worker accused of shooting two locals in Lahore to another two weeks in prison while the court prepares murder charges to be brought against him.
The detention of Raymond Davis, who alleges that he killed the men in self-defense during an attempted robbery, has aded an additional layer fo frost to US-Pakistan relations. This diplomatic standoff could prove particularly problematic for American officials trying to win Pakistani support for the war effort in Afghanistan.
Very interesting that Ambassador Haqqani denies the report, U.S. officials have denied the report but unconfirmed U.S. insiders have anonymously confirmed. A Pakistani newspaper also confirms. How awkward will it be if we have made these threats and do not carry forth with them on behalf of Raymond Davis?