Army, ISI, Punjab CM played the main role


Saudi Friends Convinced Victims’ Families

That Davis Would Be Released and

There Was Money To Be Made




Ahmad Noorani


The Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, through the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and some influential families of Lahore, played a key role in convincing’ the families of Faizan and Faheem that Raymond Davis would be released in any case and they would get nothing, so the best course was to accept money and forgive the American killer.

The ISPR director general, who is also the spokesman of the ISI and Pakistan Army, Major General Athar Abbas, on being asked told The News: “I am completely unaware whether General Kayani or ISI played any role in convincing the families in Raymond Davis case.” General Athar, however, did not deny the role of General Kayani and the ISI in remaining continuously in touch with the families of Faizan and Faheem for the last two months.

On the other hand, Shahbaz Sharif categorically denied that his departure for London on the D-day was part of the deal. He said that he never contacted the families of Faizan and Faheem to convince them to accept the money. Shahbaz also said that his government had arrested and detained Raymond. He tried to give the impression that his visit to London was in connection with the heart attack suffered by Mian Nawaz Sharf. The Punjab government sources, however, confirmed that Shahbaz’s tour to London was planned in indecent haste.

Though there were comments that the federal government also played a role in convincing the families but sources privy to the developments confided to The News that despite having the utmost desire to do so, the federal government was unable to play any role in the whole episode and the whole credit went to the Pakistan Army, ISI and Shahbaz Sharif.

A senior PML-N leader privy to the developments told The News that he was unaware why the Pakistan Army and the ISI were so much interested in releasing Raymond Davis but knew that Shahbaz Sharif was active and used his old friends in the city to convince the families after some important personalities from Saudi Arabia asked Shahbaz Sharif to get Raymond released at the earliest. On the other hand, a representative of the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad told The News on Tuesday that the Saudi government had nothing to do with the Raymond Davis case in Pakistan.

Credible sources told The News that in the second week of February, Shahbaz Sharif received instructions from some of his foreign friends and he engaged some influential personalities of Lahore to convince the families of the deceased Faizan and Faheem to accept the money. The same influential friends of Shahbaz Sharif, according to these sources, also persuaded the leadership of PML-Q and JUI-F not to create any problems in the resolution of the issue.

Sources said following the suggestions of his foreign friends, Shahbaz Sharif instructed Punjab’s Law Minister Rana Sanaullah not to officially inform the federal interior ministry about the names of four Americans who were revealed by Raymond Davis on the first day of investigation, so they could not be put on the Exit Control List and thus could leave Pakistan easily.

Rana Sanaullah did the same and later he had to admit that he had made a mistake. Rana Sanaullah, after mounting public pressure to arrest the killers of Ebad-ur-Rehman, sent an official letter to the interior ministry not to allow the four Americans involved in killing of Ebad-ur-Rehman to leave but refused to give the names of these American as per the directions of Shahbaz Sharif.

Following the willingness of the families to accept the money, sources say, Shahbaz Sharif deputed Rana Sanaullah to supervise the whole operation of release of Raymond Davis and left for London. Credible sources of the Punjab government confirmed to The News that during this whole period, officials of ISI were in constant touch with Shahbaz Sharif and the families of Faizan and Faheem. The officials of ISI also remained present in all the meetings held between Shahbaz Sharif’s representatives and the families.

It is worth mentioning that President Zardari and an important and powerful federal minister did their best to get Davis free but their efforts were thwarted by the Punjab government. This was appreciated by the media. However, informed sources told this scribe that the American officials knew who played what role and were thankful to Shahbaz Sharif for his services.

Senior PML-N leader Siddiqul Farooq, while talking to this scribe, said that according to his knowledge, there were reports that the Saudi government played a vital role in the resolution of the Raymond Davis issue. Siddique said the heirs of both Faizan and Faheem were taken to Saudi Arabia and were paid most part of the agreed compromised amount. He said that rest of the amount was paid today (Wednesday) in the courtroom. Siddique, however, didn’t clarify who was the real person who acted on the orders of Saudis in Lahore and pressurised the families to accept the compromised money. Some leaders also claim that chief justice of Lahore High Court was also on board and he acted on ‘suggestion’ of Shahbaz Sharif. However, The News couldn’t verify the same from independent sources but it is on record that chief justice LHC on Tuesday lifted the ban on inclusion of Raymond in the ECL

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8 replies to “Army, ISI, Punjab CM played the main role

  1. would it be possible to reconsider the above acts done by the abovementioned actors on their roles defined in the plot,must have been the same,if the followings were available for the writer to write the story.
    a- better economy of our country.
    b- farsighted, prudent leadership.
    c- watchfull, vigilant public.and
    d- independant judiciary.
    my humble view is that in the absence of the above ingerdents, the acts would be the same as performed by our actors.
    Chartered Accountant.

    1. Thanks for your visit Khan Sb. Am honoured.

      I fully agree with you. Until and unless the four requisites you mention are met, any actor / actors that may come on the stage would behave the same way. This happened during all the previous regimes, this happened during Mush era and this has happened right now. So what we need is a true democratic polity and not a mere change of faces, which so often happens in this land of the pure.

  2. Freedom
    and conformity, will
    soon resurrect the Land
    of the Pure…. , Iqbal said
    that he was a moth; the
    burning candle of Rumi
    consumed him, his
    earth was transmuted
    into golden hell, and her ashes
    were set aflame, today
    the candle of Iqbal is
    looking for moths, are
    you ready?

  3. s

    By Tariq Majeed
    The murders committed
    by Raymond Davis on
    27 January 2011 in
    Lahore were a pre-
    planned task. The killer
    was acting according to
    its script. The main aim,
    to be achieved through
    the ruthless killings, is
    highly sinister and is a
    part of the wider US
    design against Pakistan.
    It is a dire warning to
    the country ’s
    Operations of
    Undercover US Agents

  4. The Shariah law has been used to release Raymond Davis from Pakistani jail. Here in India there is also a demand for shriah law by the Pak influenced Muslims. I request the UPA govt. to accept their demand .It will be helpful to reduce criminal offences significantly in the country.

    1. The fact that Raymond Davis has been set free on basis of diyat money paid to the parents and other family members of the Pakistanis who were shot by this CIA contractor; proves that he didn’t have the diplomatic immunity which the US administration including president Obama himself were claiming for R. Davis. Another aspect of the case Raymond is that even the United States would take the shelter of Shariah if it suits her interests. The duplicity of the US in this regard is a clear cut proof that US has no respect for international law. If it suits her, she will go for shariah law as well.
      On the other hand Dr. Aafia Siddiqui who did not murder any body, will languish in US jails for 86 years. Long live the US justice!

  5. Dr Nayyar ,It is just to demonstrate you the weakness of radical Islam ,It is amazing that even educated lot of concerned community is not realizing the fact .THAT IS WHY I AM BEHAVING LIKE OBAMA .THOUGH HIS ACTIONS ARE AGAINST THE NORM .

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