The United States government asked the Punjab government to move CIA contractor Raymond Davis from his jail cell at Kol Lakhpat prison to the Governor House in Lahore, asserting that he would be safer there while he awaited resolution of his status as either (a) someone with diplomatic immunity, or (b) someone who will soon face a double murder trial in Lahore, Pakistan. The request was denied by the Punjab government, which said that Davis’s incarceration arrangements would remain as is. “After examining the different aspects of the US demand the Punjab government refused it and termed it unworkable,” an “official” told The Express Tribune.
The Express Tribune continues:
The official said that any extra allowance to Davis by the Punjab government could cause resentment in the public. “The issue will also be exploited by the religious groups and political parties who are constantly opposing diplomatic immunity for Davis. Do you think that the religious and extremist groups who are demanding death sentence for the killer will accept this proposition?” the source said, explaining the government’s reasons for turning down the demand. “No, not at all. They will never accept the proposal at any cost and under any circumstances,” he remarked. (emphasis ours)
He said that the US diplomats who made the demand to the Punjab government were of the view that the federal government and the Governor Punjab would agree to it if it was accepted by the provincial government.
Before formally refusing the proposal, the Punjab government discussed it with the legal and security departments and also examined the proposal’s possible political implications and the public reaction if it was met.
The provincial police, intelligence and security departments opposed the demand saying Davis may slip out of the Governor House, the source claimed.
Mr. Davis’s “trial” begins a week from today.
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