'Pakistan Paid Compensation to Secure Release of CIA Contractor'
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said a lot of government officials were involved in the release of Davis but asked the house to resist from initiating a debate as it would only bring "embarrassment".
File photo of Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif /Reuters
Islamabad: Pakistan paid a hefty compensation to secure the release of a private US defence contractor who killed two Pakistani citizens in 2011, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday admitted.
Asif was responding to a question in the senate by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl's (JUI-F) senator Hafiz Hamdullah who demanded debate into the release of Raymond Davis who went scot-free after killing two Pakistanis in Lahore in 2011.
Davis, 42, was arrested in Lahore in 2011 on charges of killing two Pakistani citizens and thus kicked off a huge diplomatic crisis between the two countries.
Asif said a lot of government officials were involved in the release of Davis but asked the house to resist from initiating a debate as it would only bring "embarrassment".
"Even the families of the people killed by Davis were compensated by the government of Pakistan and not by the US," he said.
Asif said those who played a role in his release "might have done so for their own vested interests".
"These people who played a role in his release compromised national dignity in the process," he said.
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