Now that the drop scene to the whole drama of Raymond Davis has occurred one should have no difficulty in drawing all the right conclustions.
For example Mian Nawaz Sharif true to his record of the past two years succesfully arranged to make himself conspicuous by his absence from Pakistan at a time where new chapter in the history of grand treason was being written.
For example his brother Mian Shahbaz Sharif too found a convenient excuse to stay away from the scene of the crime.
For example it is unthinkable that the west`s media knew that a plase was in a convenient "wait" at an airfield at Lahore for a week, and those who are governing the city and province were in dark.
For example it had been unanimously agreed between all the stake-holders of the drama that the release of Raymond Davis would be made according to plan which would provide each one of them enough excuses to absolve themselves from the responsibility of grand betrayal.
Fore example the only stake-holders who would be left out in the dark would be the people of Pakistan.
And as for as America in concerned, it would be bailed out in a manner that its contention that Raymond Davis was after all enjoying diplomatic immunitywould stand and stick,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Long Live Our Leaders.
The whole ghairat brigade was up in arms over the release of Davis and took to the streets to protest on Wednesday and Thursday. Apart from the usual suspects, i.e. the religious parties, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) were at the forefront of these rallies. More protest rallies will be taken out today (Friday). The protesting parties are claiming that the federal government, the Punjab government and the military have sold Pakistan’s sovereignty to the Americans for some dollars. There are reports that the families of the victims were coerced into signing the pardon. If this is true, the courts must look into this angle. A petition to this effect has already been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC).
There is no denying that backdoor diplomacy was used to resolve this complicated matter by US and Pakistani officials. Both countries were keen to get out of this mess as it had complicated their relationship to an alarming extent. Senator Kerry’s trip was a reflection of these manoeuvres. Reportedly, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani and director general ISI Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha played a role in the settlement. While the details of monetary compensation to the victims’ families were made public, everyone is wondering about the pound of flesh extracted by the military and the ISI from the affair.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has, understandably, denied that any money was paid by the US government to secure Davis’s release but she has assured that “a Department of Justice investigation has begun into what happened in Lahore”. It is yet to be seen whether Davis will be actually tried in the US for the double murder, but the strained Pak-US relations appear to be now back on track. Those who wanted Davis brought to justice made it a question of national security, honour and prestige, but the problem is that all these people had also vowed to abide by the court’s verdict. Most of all, their patrons in the GHQ were deeply involved in the settlement issue. Thus it is easier for them to blame the government instead of those who actually brought about the settlement. Most people forget that Pakistan is a client state and the stakes for both the US and Pakistan were very high. They both badly needed to get out of this impasse. Pakistan cannot function without military and financial aid from the US. As long as we are financially dependent on other countries, crying hoarse over our lost sovereignty sounds like a plaint in the dark.