Posted by lex, on February 8, 2011
It turns out that Raymond Allen Davis, the US consular official from Lahore who shot dead two Pakistani men who he believed were threatening him, was intended to be a victim of ISI intimidation * :
A foreign ministry official said that the government itself is divided over the case. The ministry has determined that Davis is immune from prosecution based on his passport and diplomatic visa, and the fact that Pakistan “accepted” that when the Davis first arrived in the fall of 2009, the official said.
Other parts of the government, he said, see some advantage in using the situation to prove the government’s independence from Washington. But the Americans, he said, “have dropped hints they could go to any extent” to get Davis released.
Further complicating the situation, a Pakistani intelligence official said that the two men Davis killed were not, as he has said, armed robbers intent on stealing money, his telephone and perhaps his car, but intelligence agents assigned to tail him. This official said the two intended to frighten Davis because he crossed a “red line” that the official did not further define.
Both the military’s Inter-Services Intelligence service (ISI) and the Interior Ministry’s Intelligence Bureau regularly use motorcycle tails to track the movement of U.S. officials, another Pakistani official said.
Well, that went badly.
* Link Updated 05-07-18 – Ed.