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JuD demands 'death' for Davis

Pakistan-based terrorist outfit JuD has demanded that American official Raymond Davis, arrested for gunning down two men in Lahore, be executed and blamed the US for bomb blasts across the country that have resulted in "large-scale killings."

world Updated: Feb 22, 2011 17:05 IST

Pakistan-based terrorist outfit JuD has demanded that American official Raymond Davis, arrested for gunning down two men in Lahore, be executed and blamed the US for bomb blasts across the country that have resulted in "large-scale killings."

Hundreds of supporters of the Jamaat-ud Dawah (JuD) joined a gathering that marched from Chauburji to Qurtaba Chowk on Monday to demand "death" for Davis.

The protesters blamed the US for "large scale killings" in drone attacks and bomb blasts in public places.

JuD leaders warned that they would continue their campaign across the country till Davis is executed.

They also warned the government not to succumb to US pressure to release Davis, especially in the wake of media reports that he was working for the CIA in Pakistan.

Senior JuD leader Maulana Amir Hamza claimed Pakistan's rulers were acting as "Washington's agents" and providing US officials "ample chances" to strike a deal with the families of the two men killed by Davis so that the murder cases against him could be withdrawn.

Hamza questioned why government leaders who were allegedly distributing millions of rupees to families of victims of accidents had never tried to meet the "families of those killed by US spies."

Maulana Hasnain Siddiqi, who also addressed the gathering, claimed Pakistan's intelligence agencies had testified that Davis was running a "network of subversive activities, including suicide attacks and blasts," and the US must be held accountable for thousands of deaths in explosions and drone attacks.

Qari Yakoob Sheikh, another speaker, said following revelations of the activities of US "secret agents in the garb of diplomats," the US embassy should be closed down and all American officials and diplomats expelled.

The protesters, including students, lawyers, political activists and traders, shouted slogans against what they described as growing interference by the US in Pakistan.

JuD leaders also announced that a countrywide protest will be organised on February 25.

The JuD, a front of LeT which carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, has been at the forefront of recent protests to pressure the Pakistan government not to change the controversial blasphemy law and to punish Davis, who was arrested in Lahore last month after he shot and killed two men he claimed were trying to rob him.