Monday, February 21, 2011

Davis a CIA spy

London: A shadowy American consulate official in Pakistan, Raymond Davis, who gunned down two men in Lahore, sparking a diplomatic crisis between Islamabad and Washington, is a CIA agent, a media report has said. 
   The Guardian has dramatically revealed that Davis, 36, was on assignment at the time he shot dead two men who had pulled up near his car Jan 25.
   Davis was arrested, but the Obama administration is demanding his release on the ground that he is an “administrative and technical official” attached to its Lahore consulate and enjoys diplomatic immunity. The Guardian report said Davis is a former special forces soldier and employed with the CIA. “It’s beyond a shadow of a doubt,” a senior Pakistani intelligence official was quoted as saying.
   This may make matters more complicated as Davis has been insisting that he acted in self-defence when an attempt was being made to rob him.
   Pakistani prosecutors have said that Davis used excessive force as he fired 10 shots and got out of his car to shoot dead one of the two men who was fleeing.
   “It went way beyond what we define as self-defence. It was not commensurate with the threat,” a police official told the Guardian. Davis’s CIA status is known to the Pakistani government. Analysts have cautioned about Egyptian-style demonstrations if Davis is set free. The government, which is worried about a possible backlash, says it needs until March 14 to decide whether Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity. IANS

1st drone strike since arrest
An Iraqi al-Qaida operative was believed to be one of seven militants killed by a US missile strike in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border overnight on Monday. The man, identified as Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, handled the terrorist group's finances in Pakistan. AGENCIES

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