Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hillary Clinton ‘forced’ Qureshi to grant immunity to Davis

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had pressurised him to verify the diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis arrested for gunning down two men in Lahore. 
   Hillary Clinton called me and wanted me to publicly confirm diplomatic immunity of Davis. However, I refused to do so because it was against the factual position in the case,” Qureshi was quoted as saying by Dunya News on Saturday night. “The kind of blanket immunity Washington is pressing for Davis is not endorsed by the official record of the foreign ministry,” he said.
   “US envoy in Pakistan, Cameron Munter also called in the first week of February and demanded confirmation of diplomatic immunity to Davis,” Qureshi said, adding that “the said request was also denied”. “Munter threatened that Hillary Clinton would not meet me at the Munich security conference on February 6, if the request was not granted,” Qureshi recalled.
   According to the channel, Qureshi told the US ambassador that “the issue in any case is now in court and the diplomatic immunity status will also be decided by the court”.
   The diplomatic immunity to Davis and his possible handing-over to the US have been challenged in Lahore High Court and the hearing of case is underway.
   Davis was arrested on January 27 for gunning down two Pakistanis. IANS

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