‘Blood money’ may be paid by the US government to the families of the two victims of the Raymond Davis shooting, officials hinted in Islamabad on Friday. Under Pakistan’s Qisas and Diyat laws, monetary compensation can be offered to the family of the victims if this is acceptable to them.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani hinted that the families of the victims may be compensated as part of larger deal that is being worked out. “This may be acceptable to all sides,” said one official. The Prime Minister did not give details.
The move comes on the day that the Lahore High Court ordered the Punjab Police to arrest the driver of the US vehicle that ran over a man in Lahore while trying to aid Raymond Davis on January 27. The court ordered police to impound the vehicle that ran over Ibadur Rehman and to record his brother’s statement.
Earlier, Ijaz-ur-Rehman, whose brother Ibad was killed, filed a petition in the Lahore High Court demanding the car’s driver be arrested, lawyer Noman Atiq said.
The Raymond Davis affair has already turned into a major headache for the government of President Zardari.
While the US government is putting pressure on President Zardari to allow Davis to be repatriated, there is growing anger within Pakistan against any such possibility. Almost all political parties have stated they are against any such release.
The US on Friday said it was doing everything possible to ensure that its relationship with Pakistan is not derailed in view of the Raymond Davis incident but has added that the onus lies with Islamabad too.