New York: The case of American official
Raymond Davis, arrested for double murder in Lahore last
month, could spark an Egypt-style revolution in Pakistan,
cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has said.
Contradicting reports have emerged regarding Davis,
some claiming that he had "close links" with Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistan while others said the US official "was part of a
covert, CIA-led team of operatives conducting surveillance on
militant groups deep inside the country."
"This is not an ordinary situation," Khan told the
Time. "If he (Davis) is returned to the US under diplomatic
immunity, it might trigger the revolution off."
37-year-old Davis, arrested in Lahore on January 27
for killing two men he claimed were trying to rob him, is
currently in jail in Pakistan.
The US had demanded the release of Davis contending
that he is an "administrative and technical official" attached
to its Lahore consulate and that he enjoys diplomatic
However, Khan suggested that Pakistan was ripe for an
uprising. "I think Pakistan is completely ready for it," he
said, adding, "In fact, it`s even more ready than Egypt was."
Following the overthrow of leaders in Tunisia and
Egypt, large-scale protests have erupted in several countries
in the region including Bahrain, Yemen and Libya.
Observers have wondered how far the call for change
will spread in the Muslim world.
The media report pointed out that, unlike Egypt,
Pakistan has had three years of civilian democracy, a lively
media, and other political freedoms that allow its citizens to
dissent. But Khan asserted that youth in Pakistan suffer many
of the same problems as their counterparts in Egypt.
"Never in our history have we had such levels of
corruption and such bad governance," Khan claimed, slamming
the economic and political situation in the country as well.
"You can see the whole thing already bubbling under
surface," he added.