Brother of Raymond Davis’ victim denies striking ‘blood money’ deal under pressure

April 2nd, 2011 - 2:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, April 2(ANI): The elder brother of Faheem Shamshad, one of the two Pakistani men shot dead by CIA contractor Raymond Davis on January 27, has dismissed speculations that his family was forced to accept ‘blood money’ and forgive Davis, thus paving way for the release of the US national.

The heirs of the two victims- Faizan Haider and Faheem - went missing after they pardoned double murder-accused Davis in return for compensation worth 200 million rupees.

A lawyer, Malik Munsif Awan, had field a petition in the Lahore High Court over their mysterious disappearance, apprehending that the families of the two men had been abducted and kept in illegal detention.

Quoting media reports he had also submitted, that the families were in possession of 200 million rupees that they had received as blood money and therefore their lives could be in danger, and also expressed apprehensions that they were forced to accept the blood money for the release of Davis.

However, Faheem’s brother denied any such pressure having been exerted on him or his family, and also said that the United States was not directly involved in it.

Talking from an undisclosed location, Akram said that government officials had told them about the pros and cons of continuing with the Davis case.

“We were told Pakistan’s fate will be no different from that of Libya if the Davis case goes on,” the Dawn quoted Akram, as saying.

“We took the decision of accepting the money for the sake of Pakistan,” he added.

Akram, however, declined to answer a question about the role of the Punjab government in the case, saying that he knew nothing about it.

He said that his family had gone into hiding after the deal because of security concerns. “My family will come out of hiding in due time,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dunya News has reported that the family members of Faheem were found staying at their relatives’ home in the Punjab province.

According to the report, the ‘missing’ legal heirs of the deceased are staying with their relatives in the suburb village of Pir Mahal in Toba Tek Singh town. (ANI)

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