Pak govt asked to respond to plea against Davis` `facilities`
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 16:04
Lahore: A Pakistani court has asked the federal government to respond by March 14 to a petition challenging alleged facilities like a cellphone and internet access provided to suspected CIA contractor Raymond Davis in a jail here following his arrest for gunning down two men in January.

Lawyer Javed Iqbal Jaffrey filed the application in connection with a case the Lahore High court is hearing to decide the diplomatic status of Davis, who has been lodged in the Kot Lakhpat Jail here.

He requested the court to order prison authorities to withdraw all facilities allegedly being provided to Davis.

Jaffrey claimed Davis had been provided a cell phone, internet access and extraordinary security in violation of the jail manual.

He asked the court to order the recording of Davis' trial in jail on charges of murdering two men.

He said Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malik, who represents the federal government in the High Court, should be directed to file on March 14, when the next hearing is scheduled, a report regarding developments and progress in Davis' case and not to waste the court's time by dilly-dallying.

Jaffrey said Malik should also be directed to inform the court about the actual identity of Davis, if it had been established, and any pressure on the government from any corner to tamper with the original documents of the American in a bid to accord him diplomatic immunity.

He also asked the court to summon former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to record his statement as Qureshi had contended that Davis' does not have diplomatic immunity.

After hearing Jaffrey's arguments yesterday, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Chaudhry asked Malik to file a reply to the lawyer's application by March 14.


First Published: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 16:04

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