Davis case: JI announces Rs 3 lakh for kin of three men killed
Last Updated: Friday, March 11, 2011, 16:30
  
Lahore: Pakistan's fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party has announced it will provide financial aid of Rs 3 lakh to the families of the three men killed in an incident involving suspected CIA contractor Raymond Davis in a bid to forestall reported efforts by Saudi Arabia to arrange a "blood money" deal to settle the matter.

The 37-year-old American was arrested in Lahore in January after he shot dead two armed men he claimed were trying to rob him. A third Pakistani was killed when he was hit by a US consulate car rushing to help Davis.

The matter became complicated after it was reported that Davis was working for the CIA while the two men he killed were ISI operatives.

Recent reports have suggested that Saudi Arabia is acting as a mediator to resolve the stand-off between the US and Pakistan over Davis.

Religious and right wing parties like the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf led by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan have geared up their activities following reports of Saudi mediation.

Though the religious parties hold the Saudi royal family in high esteem, they appear unwilling to budge from their stance in Davis' case.

Emissaries of a Gulf state held meetings with officials and religious leaders in Lahore yesterday in an apparent bid to find a solution to the imbroglio over Davis.

There has also been speculation that the Saudis could arrange a "blood money" deal that would be acceptable under Islamic laws.

The widow of one of the victims has said that she would not accept blood money and demanded hanging of Davis at the spot where her husband was gunned down.

The Jamaat-e-Islami has announced that it will provide token compensation of Rs one lakh each for the families of the three victims and has also set up a relief fund to "save the aggrieved families" from giving in to the temptation of offers of blood money by the US.

Jamaat chief Munawar Hasan has appealed to people to provide financial help to the victims' families.

Hasan has called on the people to "remain on the roads" till justice is done.

The Jamaat is also contesting three cases against Davis in Pakistani courts.

PTI


First Published: Friday, March 11, 2011, 16:30


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