Blame game erupts between PML-N, PML-Q over Raymond Davis’ acquittal

March 17th, 2011 - 5:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Mar 17(ANI): The acquittal of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis under the ‘diyat’ law has triggered a blame game between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q).

Davis, who was arrested in Lahore for killing two Pakistani youths on January 27, was released on Wednesday as the bereaved families pardoned him in return for blood-money worth 200 million rupees and US visas.

While the ruling party of Punjab, the PML-N, tried to deny the accusation that it had played any role in striking a deal between Davis and the heirs of the deceased, the PML-Q blamed the PML-N for selling off what it called national pride.

Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told the media that the acquittal of Davis took place under a recognised law of the country, the Daily Times reports.

He said the heirs of the deceased accepted diyat to the tune of 200 million rupees along with four US visas offered by the accused, who also paid a 30,000-rupee fine imposed on him by the court for keeping illegal arms.The law minister claimed that neither the Punjab government nor any PML-N leader played any role in striking a deal between the two parties in a case that attracted global attention and strained diplomatic and military relations between Pakistan and the United States.The PML-Q took serious notice of the Punjab government’s claim, and held the PML-N responsible for the release of Davis.PML-Q central spokesperson Kamil Ali Agha said that the US national had been released through a backdoor deal and the entire nation was kept in the dark on the issue.

He was of the view that the PML-N, which he said was responsible for the release, was now trying to mislead the people about its dubious role in the deal. (ANI)

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