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March 1, 2011

Hang Raymond Davis, demand protesters

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AFP
March 1, 2011

Islamabad
A large number of people gathered here at the D Chawk to protest against the killings and abductions of citizens by CIA agents, demanding the government to hang Raymond Davis for killing two Pakistanis.
The rally that started from China Chowk culminated in front of the Parliament House where speakers from Jamaat-e-Islami, Tehrik-e-Insaaf, Defence of Human Rights (DHR) and Pakistan Professional Forum made fiery speeches against the involvement of international intelligence agency in the abduction and killing of Pakistanis.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included former Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Gen Hameed Gul, Chairperson DHR Amina Masood Janjua, former diplomat Roedad Khan and former MNA from JI Mian Aslam. To show solidarity with the protestors, eminent human right activist Tahira Abdullah and world record holder in ‘O’ Levels Exams Ibrahim Shahid were also present on the occasion.
A big number of relatives of missing persons were also present at the forefront of the rally. They were holding pictures of their relatives. They were joined by the students and political party workers. Another rally of Islamabad citizens that was protesting increasing number of car theft in the city also joined the missing persons.
The protestors were holding placards and were chanting slogans against American and Pakistani governments. The placards were inscribed with the slogans such as “Pak blood is not for sale,” “Pakistan government is US stooge,” and “Pakistani government is US boot lickers.” They were also holding the pictures of Shumaila, wife of one of the persons killed by the firing of Rymond Davis, who committed suicide. They called her martyr or “shaheed.” One protestor was holding brown shirt similar to the one worn by Rymond Davis with demand of justice for Shumaila.
Gen Hameed Gul said that the government will never be able to sustain the diplomatic pressure of America as it is

indirectly run by the Americans. He urged people to come out on the streets to demand their rights. He said that Americans are after the nuclear capability of Pakistan and their target is actually Pakistan not Afghanistan.
It has been proved, he said, that Rymond Davis was a CIA operative and said that there is a long story behind his presence in Pakistan. He urged the people to find out the real story and said that people like Rymond are involved in creating anarchy in Pakistan. “We want real democracy that is Islamic System,” he added.
Addressing around 300 people holding Pakistani flags in their hands, Qazi Hussain Ahmed said that the government has always been a slave to the American policies. He vowed to organise a sit-in before the Parliament house against this. “I will be holding the flag of Pakistan instead of my party,” he said while urging all party workers and common citizens to join the sit-in.
Amina Masood Janjua said that there are around 10,000 people missing in the country and it has been proved that many are in the custody of international intelligence agencies. She said that Rymond Davis should be given to Pakistani intelligence agencies instead of Punjab government where he has been treated as guest and Pakistani agencies should use all methods of interrogation that has been used on innocent Pakistanis.
She criticised the representatives of Pakistani government for saying that Rymond Davis enjoys the diplomatic immunity. “Those who were not able to utter a single world of sympathy for Aafia are brave enough to openly show sympathy to a CIA agent,” she added.

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