Lahore HC quashes petition to make Ambassador Munter party to Raymond Davis case

March 8th, 2011 - 11:52 am ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Mar 8(ANI): The Lahore High Court has quashed a petition seeking to make US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, party to a pending petition on the immunity status of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis.

Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry held that the jurisdiction of the Pakistani courts did not extend to America, therefore such a writ could not be issued to US authorities, the Daily Times reports.

The judge observed that the question whether Davis enjoyed diplomatic immunity had to be answered by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry and the US might come into picture in the light of the stand taken by the ministry on the issue.

The applicant, Judicial Activism Panel (JAP) Chairman Muhammad Azhar Siddique, had also requested the court to restrain Pakistan or the US governments from possibly approaching the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The court turned down this request as well.
Meanwhile, Imran Haider, brother of Faizan Haider- whom Davis had shot dead in Lahore on January 27- filed an application before the LHC on Monday, pleading the court to make him a party to Davis’ immunity case.The applicant stated that since the court had fixed March 14 for hearing of the petition challenging diplomatic immunity to Davis, he, being the brother of the victim, was aggrieved and hence was an inevitable party to the case. (ANI)

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