Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pakistanis outraged at Davis acquittal

Source: Press TV

Outrage on the streets of Islamabad! Within hours of the release of the American CIA agent Raymond Davis, angry protests erupted across Pakistan. Many were injured after protestors attempted to remove road barricades in a failed attempt to attack US Consulate General Office in the eastern city of Lahore.

The release of Raymond Davis has caused an outcry in Pakistan. The CIA agent who was charged with killing two men in the eastern city of Lahore in January.

There have been reports that the victims' families were kidnapped and coerced into pardoning the CIA contracor.

An official statement by the US embassy in Islamabad said that Raymond Davis was acquitted of murder after being pardoned by the victims' families in exchange for compensation; a claim backed by the government. But it is hard to find people on the street who will buy into that version of the story.

Many Pakistanis are of the opinion that the government and the opposition mainstream somehow knew what pattern the events around the case would follow.

The Taliban may now have found some reasons to politically cash-in on public resentment. Militants have vowed to target officials and political leaders involved in the alleged backroom deal to release the CIA agent who is believed to be a key CIA operative to carry out espionage operations in Pakistan.

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