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No compromise with national interest in Davis case: Gilani

world Updated: Feb 21, 2011 17:08 IST

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday reacted to reports that a US official arrested for shooting two Pakistani men was a CIA operative by saying that his government would handle the matter without compromising national interests.

"You should not be worried. There is a responsible government and it is working in the country's interest," Gilani said while responding to questions about Davis during an interaction with the media on the sidelines of an official function at Bahawalpur in Punjab province.

"We have to put our country first. (We) will do whatever is in Pakistan's best interest," he said in response to a flurry of questions regarding Davis, who was arrested in Lahore last month after he shot and killed two armed men.

Gilani rejected the opposition's claims that fake documents had been prepared to provide diplomatic immunity to Davis.

"We don't need to prepare fake documents," he said.

Davis' detention has triggered a diplomatic row between Pakistan and the US and taken bilateral relations to a new low.

Media reports, quoting Pakistani intelligence officials, on Monday said Davis was working undercover for the CIA.