Punjab govt had no role in Raymond Davis case: Shehbaz Sharif


Lahore, July 2 (TNS) Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday that the provincial government had no role in the Raymond Davis saga.

He was speaking to the media during an official meeting in Lahore. Shehbaz also clarified that the Punjab government had nothing to do with paying the Diyat money for Davis.

He said questions related to Davis should be asked from those mentioned in the CIA contractor’s book.

He went on to say that democracy is heading towards the right direction.

The chief minister said that the victims of Ahmedpur Sharkiya oil tanker tragedy are being provided the best treatment. “Burn ccentersacross Punjab are working,” he said.

American spy Raymond Davis’s book, “The Contractor: How I landed in Pakistani prison and ignited a Diplomatic Crisis”, leaves unanswered a leading question as to who provided the “diyat” (blood money), US$2.34 million (over Rs240m), that was paid to the heirs of the three slain Pakistanis to win his freedom.

The book said: “Among the politicians, Rana Sanaullah, who held the same Punjab cabinet position that he is now presiding, earned kudos for his “role” in this episode.

Davis lamented it and wrote Sanaullah “tried to use the photographs allegedly found in my camera as evidence against me, portraying them as the handiwork of a spy.”