It has surfaced that Raymond Davis, the U.S. citizen arrested in Lahore for killing two Pakistanis, is actually a CIA contractor who provided security to agency stations in Pakistan. This will further complicate matters between the U.S. and Pakistan on the status of Mr. Davis.
The shrillness and rhetoric in Pakistan’s Urdu press, which has led a campaign for capital punishment for Mr. Davis since his capture, will only grow. As an example, Roznama Ausaf’s February 22 editorial challenges the U.S. to make good on threats from some quarters in D.C. to withhold military and non-military aid to Pakistan if Mr. Davis is not released. An excerpt of the editorial follows:
America will continue its “carrot and stick” policy with Pakistan. It will try to bribe its way out of its current predicament. But does it not realize that a country of 170 million people with one the finest armed forces in the world cannot be bought? The U.S. will probably increase the amount of money it is willing to pay to seek the release of Raymond Davis. Mr. Davis’ importance to the U.S is apparent given the lengths to which they are prepared to go to secure his release. No doubt, he was part of a larger U.S. conspiracy against Pakistan.
The U.S. may also threaten to withdraw military and non-military aid to Pakistan. However, if they do follow through on this threat, what do they think will happen to Pakistan’s military operations in FATA? Does the U.S. realize what impact a Pakistani withdrawal from FATA will have on its war in Afghanistan?
This isn’t the first time that Pakistan would have had to face sanctions from the U.S. Each time the U.S. has punished us with economic and military sanctions, Pakistan has responded — by becoming a nuclear power, by upgrading our missile technology, and by strengthening our armed forces. Let the U.S. be under no illusions that once that “safety valve” that Pakistan has kept secure in the tribal regions is open, the U.S. will not be able to deal with the repercussions, even after spending another trillion dollars.
It is therefore advisable that the U.S. come clean about all its activities in Pakistan, ask for forgiveness, and allow Raymond Davis to suffer the consequences of his actions. Times have changed. [روزنامہ اوصاف]