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February 8, 2011

Replies sought on pleas for Davis record


February 8, 2011

LAHORE High Court Chief justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Monday sought replies from the federal and provincial governments on two writ petitions seeking records of Raymond Davis and prosecuting the double murder accused on charges of forgery for obtaining a visa under a fake name.
The court handed over the copies of the petitions to a deputy attorney general and an assistant advocate general, who were present in the court, with directions to get the replies from the governments till February 17, next date of hearing.
The law officers assured the court of compliance of the order till next date when the court will be hearing several other petitions on the same subject pending in the court. Petitioner advocate Ilamud Din Ghazi had moved the LHC seeking directions to federal government to produce complete record of double murder accused American national Raymond Ravis in the court.
Ghazi submitted that Interior Minister Rehman Malik had stated in Senate session that he possessed complete record of Davis. The petitioner requested the court to summon detailed record of the accused’s passport, weapon, recovered documents and foreign currency to determine the purpose of his arrival in Pakistan. Another writ petition filed by Barrister Iqbal Jafree prayed to the court to pass directions to the government to prosecute Raymond Davis for committing forgery by applying for a visa under a fake name. Barrister Iqbal Jafree said Davis got visa under fake name which made the whole process of visa doubtful and the his visa stood cancelled ab intio (from the beginning). He said fraud vitiated solemnest as no immunity obtained fraudulently enjoyed validity in anywhere in world.
He said Raymond Davis used excessive force while gunning down two Pakistani at Qartaba Chowk on January 27 that shifted all burden on him. He said Raymond deserved no special treatment and should be punished for killing and committing fraud. The issuance of a passport with a faked-name to

Davis by the US government was telltale for us, he said.
Earlier, on Feb 1 the LHC chief justice on petitions filed by Asif Hussain, Muhammad Asghar, Ahmad Masood Gujjar and Iqbal Jafree had ordered the Interior Ministry to place name of Raymond Davis on the exit control List (ECL) and had sought a report till Feb 17 from the Foreign Ministry about diplomatic status of the US official.

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