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American’s imprisonment delayed US-Afghan-Pakistan meeting

By Reuters
Saturday, February 12, 2011 16:15 EDT
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WASHINGTON – A scheduled high-level meeting among U.S., Afghan and Pakistani officials this month has been postponed, the State Department said on Saturday amid a deepening diplomatic rift over a U.S. man locked in a Pakistani jail accused of murder.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the decision to scrap the February 23-24 meeting had been taken “in light of political changes in Pakistan and after discussions with Afghan and Pakistani officials in Washington.”

Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday dropped Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a cabinet shake-up.

“We remain committed to a robust engagement between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States as we share many issues of mutual concern and benefit from being at the same table,” Crowley said in a statement, adding that the United States hoped to reschedule the meeting “at the earliest opportunity.”

Tensions between Islamabad and Washington have been rising over the case of Raymond Davis, a U.S. consular employee who shot dead two Pakistani men last month in what he said was an attempted robbery.

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  • Anonymous

    Yeah.
    I remember the stories of the days of the ‘Cold War’…
    When the Russians/KGB had lotsa “diplomats” like this too….

  • Anonymous

    Even if Davis was a valid full fledged diplomat, with a valid diplomat passport which he wasn’t, Diplomat immunity does not extend to serous crimes ie murder. Ask the many diplomats tried and sentenced in a US Court for dui etc

    Dr.Aafia Siddiqui who along with her children went missing from their home in 2003 but a day after her family finally files a petition alleging US involvement in her disappearance the good Dr.is immediately transported back to the US. She then appears in a US Court somewhat disheveled and deranged. No surprise there for 5 years torture by US agents plus solitary confinement would tend to do that to even the strongest among us. Dr. Aafia has since been sentenced to 86 years imprisonment.

    Swap Davis for Aafia after giving him a taste of the same medicine. The Pakistanis should at least waterboard the b**tard, let him sing like a bird..

  • Anonymous

    An American is driving alone and carrying a big gun. The story starts off looking stupid. Two men pull alongside in heavy traffic. They are probably staring at him because he is unusual and probably has a better car than most. At some point, the American panics and drops them like he saw Clint Eastwood do on TV. Of course the gunman is detained. Likely he is better off with the police than if they had left him in the crowd. Nowhere do you pull a thing like that without being held for questioning, and he is found to be violating a Pakistani law that requires a diplomat state his duties before being granted immunity. So does anybody have the brains to just step up and say, he’s my houseman and he went out for groceries. Sorry we missed that on the form,” and get out of there? No, they refuse. Now we refuse to talk peace over this, until they give up a man who publicly gunned down two local citizens. If I were president of pakistan I would be afraid to give him up for fear of my own people. They are hot right now and might hang him in the street. How stupid can we be? Meet for peace talks, let things cool off, fill out the form properly, and talk later when the war is over.

  • ghostof911

    Unfortunately, there is nothing to learn from this version of the story which rehashes US State Department propaganda.

    For the real story, go to http://pakistaniat.com/2011/01/30/raymond-davis/

    Reportedly he (Raymond Davis) was hired at the US Consulate in Lahore as a security contractor from a Florida-based firm Hyperion Protective Consultants. All of this has material relevance to whether he would enjoy diplomatic immunity or not, but even more because of the apprehensions of many Pakistanis that he could be linked to the CIA or to the infamous firm Blackwater (later renamed XE Services).

  • ghostof911

    There might be slightly more to this story than your version.

    So, just a few weeks after Davis may have provoked Pakistan intelligence into a confrontation with him, perhaps over sensitive photos he may have been observed taking in the Lahore area, Pakistan test-fires a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead:

    http://my.firedoglake.com/jimwhite/2011/02/10/was-raymond-davis-spying-on-pakistans-babur-missile/

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I have made the story far simpler, but I think the entire act is nonetheless stupid. However I firmly believe that we should let it pass, leave him in jail, and get on with the peace talks. Whatever they were trying to do they botched it. Pakistan could not let him go now with the mood they have in the country, and we should know that.

  • ghostof911

    Jim White at Firedoglake has more on the story. Not one, but two congressional delegations from the US have tried to intervene in Davis’ release, leaving no doubt of his importance as an intelligence agent. Peace will be better served if Pakistan gets Davis to sing about the US war crimes that he knows about, so that other countries may pursue legal remedies to put US criminals on trial, to have them convicted, and to have them incarcerated for life so their reign of terror on humanity will end.

    http://my.firedoglake.com/jimwhite/2011/02/07/raymond-davis-update-victims-were-spies-second-house-junket-and-widow-suicide/

  • Anonymous

    Thank you it was a good piece at the link. Look at us fools rushing right out trying to get this man back, tipping our hand that they can do well by holding him. No doubt our boys expect that since they have made it lawful to torture, that it will be done. Pakistani’s are angry at us, in part because we did make torture a new norm. Because of our own intelligence bumbling, Pakistan, when it goes the way of Egypt, will be taken over by islamists we have been bombing, and they will have nuclear weapons. We need to just quit doing things there, because everything we do makes things worse.

  • ghostof911

    Guess how Pakistan got its nuclear weapons?

    senior officials in government were taking quite the opposite view: they were breaking US and international non-proliferation protocols to shelter Pakistan’s ambitions and even sell it banned WMD technology.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/oct/13/usa.pakistan

  • Anonymous

    The more we hear about the U.S , their actions and policies the more they seem to be the problem around the world.

    Greed , power and total control seems to be their aim…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    “How stupid can we be?”

    The US is criminally stupid. The American government is completely corrupt and needs to be replaced.

  • BuzzCoastin

    The man called Raymond Davis was filmed surreptitiously at the police station; he admits that he is a contractor working for the consulate in Lahore. see it here:
    ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81317589/

    He may have a diplomatic passport, but he doesn’t claim to a diplomat. He also has lost his passport, which is what the conversation online is about.

  • ghostof911

    If you haven’t seen Glen Greenwald’s most recent article, it’s well worth the read. In it, it says what you just said.

    You have to understand the mindset- they are playing for keeps. The vast majority of the wealth isn’t enough. They want it all. Anything that gets in their way must be destroyed.

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/02/11/campaigns/index.html

  • Taleisin

    This is a very dangerous game America is playing. I don’t think with all revolts happening across the middle east, now it a good time for such stupidity. But it what the world has come to expect from the States, so I shouldn’t be surprised.

  • Anonymous

    Just because evil men are on US payroll doesn’t make them good. Anybody who murders citizens in the street should be treated like other thugs. The US should be lining up to help prosecute not being diplomatically offended, but the US took a while to figure out Mubarak was bad and support people.

    Let’s hope his trial is swift and sentence long. His managers need to be reviewed for a clear lack of moral compass in supporting such a loser and dealt with accordingly.

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