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Pak Taliban threatens those who aided Davis` release

Last Updated: Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 17:26

Islamabad: The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistan has condemned the release of CIA contractor Raymond
Davis under a "blood money" deal with relatives of two men he
killed and threatened to target all those who aided the US in
securing his acquittal in court.

Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said the militant
group`s central leadership had taken exception to the release
of the "CIA agent" by a Pakistani court.

"We have evidence that Raymond Davis, as a CIA agent,
was involved in acts of terrorism in Pakistan," he claimed.
The meeting chaired by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief
Hakimullah Mahsud in the tribal areas decided to target "all
those individuals who were directly or indirectly involved in
facilitating the release of Davis," Ahsan told The News daily.

"With the help of our colleagues in Punjab, we have
initiated an investigation to identify the individuals who
played a role in winning freedom for Davis. Setting free the
killer of two innocent Pakistanis proved that Pakistan has
become a US colony and our rulers have no guts to stand up
against their American masters," Ahsan said.

He claimed that Davis` release even after "committing
double murder" would provide the Americans another opportunity
"to make fun of Pakistan".

Davis was acquitted and pardoned by a court in Lahore
last week after over two million dollars was paid as "blood
money" under Islamic laws to the relatives of the two men shot
and killed by the CIA contractor in January.
However, Ahsan claimed that the Islamic laws of
`diyat` and other Sharia laws were not applicable to "spies
and non-Muslims who are fighting Muslims or had occupied their

"We don`t understand why our rulers took advantage of
Sharia for pleasing the Americans when Pakistan is a secular
country where all decisions are made under Anglo-Saxon law,"
Ahsan claimed.

Ahsan said the Taliban were aware of the crucial role
played by Pakistan`s Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani in
floating the idea of `diyat` to enable Davis to be freed.

"Davis is a free man now but (Pakistani terror
suspect) Aafia Siddiqi has been sentenced to 86 years
imprisonment by a US court without any evidence of her
involvement in terrorist activities," he claimed.

Ahsan rejected reports that Davis was in contact with
Pakistani militants, including Taliban fighters.

"We wish such an important person fell into our hands
so that we could have dealt with him in the way he deserved,"
he said.


First Published: Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 17:26

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