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Davis did not have immunity: Qureshi

world Updated: Feb 16, 2011 23:46 IST
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As senator John Kerry arrived in Pakistan to secure the release of detained American technician Raymond Davis and US President Barack Obama chided Pakistan for not respecting international conventions, Pakistan’s former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Davis did not enjoy blanket immunity as claimed by the Americans.

“I can tell you with authority that Davis does not enjoy blanket immunity. This is the considered opinion of an inter-department committee that gave a briefing on January 31,” Qureshi told a press conference in Islamabad.

Qureshi went on to say that this was the time for the Pakistan government to “raise and not bow its head” by taking a stand on the matter, adding that the American pressure for the release of their citizen was unfair and would circumvent the due course of law.

He said that after seeing relevant documents, it was his “considered opinion” that Davis did not enjoy diplomatic immunity. Qureshi has earlier met Senator John Kerry and said that he told the American senator “the facts as they stand.”