Lahore police on Friday rejected the self-defence claim made by American diplomat, Raymond Davis, who shot two men in broad daylight in Lahore last month, saying it was a clear case of murder.
Speaking to the media in Lahore, the Lahore police chief, Aslam Tareen, said that eyewitness accounts and forensic reports have shown that Davis did not shoot the men in self-defense.
"His plea has been rejected by police investigators," he said. "He gave no chance to them to survive. That is why we consider it was not self-defence. We have proof it was not self-defence. It was clear murder."
The Lahore police chief went on to say that it was "cold blooded murder."
The police statement comes at a time when relations between Pakistan and the US have been affected by the Davis affair. The Zardari government is caught between a US demand to extradite Davis and the pressure from local religious parties and other quarters to try him for murder. It is reported in the local media that the two men who were killed by Davis were in fact ISI operatives. The army has also taken the stance that Davis must not be let go.
Earlier, a lower court in Lahore had sent Davis to jail on a 14-day judicial remand, after investigation into the shootings of the two men had been complete. The American diplomat is being detained at the maximum security prison of Kot Lakhpat in Lahore.