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Davis holds diplomatic passport: Malik

February 02, 2011

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Raymond Davis
Raymond Davis, an American national who killed two people in Lahore. — Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday informed the Upper House of Parliament that the accused, Raymond Davis, involved in the killing of Pakistani nationals, would be treated in accordance with the law of the land.

“Law will take its course and no favour will be done with the accused,” said the minister while responding to various point of orders raised by the senators.

Malik informed the House that the person arrested by the Punjab police is holding a diplomatic passport.

He also said that central and provincial governments would not hinder the court proceedings regarding Raymond Davis.

"We will follow whatever the court said and would provide all information desired by the court regarding the case of the US citizen involved in the killing of two Pakistanis."

He added that on the instructions of the honourable court, the name of the Raymond Davis has been put in the Exit Control List (ECL).

The minister said that holding an open debate on such a sensitive issue would be inappropriate as it would influence the investigation being conducted by the Punjab police.

Malik said that the information will be shared with the House shortly as the investigation report from Punjab would reach within a few days.

He said it is unfortunate that some elements are spreading news about rifts in the federal government and provincial government on the issue of Davis.

“There is no rift between the two governments on the issue, we are on the same page and will follow whatever the law of the country said.”

Malik also dispelled the impression that federal government is interfering in the issue.