Pak Foreign Ministry denies ‘reported statement’ on Davis’ diplomatic immunityBy ANI
Thursday, February 17, 2011
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has denied any reported statements regarding the diplomatic immunity issue of double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis, dismissing them as ‘rumours’.
It had been reported by Pakistani media that the Foreign Office had declared Davis “a diplomat” in a letter written to the Law Ministry.
According to that letter, Davis was designated in Pakistan at the US Consulate in Lahore as “a diplomat” and enjoys ‘diplomatic immunity’ according to the Vienna Convention.
However, refuting these reports, the Foreign Office spokesman said in his statement that whether the US consulate employee had diplomatic immunity or not was up to the court to decide, and denied any reported statements regarding the issue.
The Foreign Office said that all the reports regarding the issue were based on ‘assumptions’ and did not have anything to do with the facts, the Dawn reported.
It is noteworthy that the Foreign Office issued this statement in the backdrop of the news circulating in the media regarding the handover of Davis to the US authorities. (ANI)