Court, not govt, directed Davis’ release: Pak PM

Gilani said it was wrong to hold one institution responsible for acquittal.

Updated: Mar 19, 2011, 14:08 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the country’s leadership, including the Opposition, had reached a consensus that the final decision on double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis would be taken by the court.

This consensus, Gilani said, was also in line with the public sentiments at large.

The Prime Minister said that it was therefore inappropriate to hold any single institution responsible for the final outcome of the case, the Nation reports.

A Lahore court had acquitted Davis in the double murder case on Wednesday, and ordered his immediate release after the legal heirs of the two victims accepted blood money and pardoned the killer.

The Pakistan Government has retreated into a shell following Davis’ release, as the revelation sparked countrywide angry protests and emotional outbursts on television talk shows, accusing the federal and Punjab governments and also military and intelligence services of bartering national interest and indulging in a secret sell-out.