Friday, February 11, 2011

Threat report rejected

ISLAMABAD: The US embassy in Islamabad and Pakistani ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, denied any reports suggesting that the United States has threatened Pakistan to snap diplomatic relations if Raymond Davis was not released by Friday.

Ambassador Haqqani went on Twitter to say: "No US official, incl the NSA, has conveyed any personal threats 2 me or spoken of extreme measures."

ABC News claimed US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon had threatened to expel Pakistan's ambassador to Washington, shut US consulates and cancel a forthcoming visit by President Asif Zardari if Davis is not released.

The US embassy said it was working with the Pakistani government to resolve the issue and expressed regret for the loss of life.

Courtney Beale, spokeswoman for the US embassy in Islamabad, said: "The ABC report is not true. The description of the conversations in the report are simply inaccurate."

"Eye witness reports show the American diplomat acted in self-defence. There's no doubt he has diplomatic immunity," said spokeswoman.

While on the other hand, Lahore city police chief Aslam Tareen said, "It has been proved that Raymond Davis committed murder".


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