The Case of Raymond Davis and a Crisis Between Two Uneasy allies; Washington and Islamabad.
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Banner Image: Pakistani activists of Tehreek-i-Insaaf (Justice for Movement), led by former cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, torch an effigy of an arrested US national Raymond Davis during a parotest outside the US consulate in Lahore on February 18, 2011. A Pakistan court put off ruling whether a US official accused of double murder has diplomatic immunity, threatening to prolong a crisis with Washington for another month. Raymond Davis, whom Washington insists has diplomatic immunity, says he acted in self-defence when he shot dead two men in a busy street in the eastern city of Lahore on January 27. AFP PHOTO/ ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Case of Raymond Davis and a Crisis Between Two Uneasy allies; Washington and Islamabad ()
Raymond Davis, a CIA agent, sits in a Pakistani jail while the US worries that extraordinary security might not be enough to keep him alive. The US claims Raymond Davis killed two men in self-defense during an attempted robbery. A Pakistani police report says one man was shot in the back. President Obama says he’s entitled to diplomatic immunity. But Pakistan’s President Zardari is under public pressure to hang him for murder. Pakistan claims Davis is being held under extraordinary security. But Pakistan is a country where a security guard recently shot and killed the provincial governor he was supposed to protect. The case raises a host of issues, including: competition between US and Pakistani intelligence agencies; Congressional frustration with foreign aid; and Pakistan’s buildup of its nuclear arsenal.
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