PPP to sack Wahab for echoing US stand on Davis’ diplomatic immunity status

February 18th, 2011 - 11:11 am ICT by ANI  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, Feb 18(ANI): The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has decided to sack party’s Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab from her designation over her statement on double-murder accused US diplomat Raymond Davis.

The decision was made in PPP’s Core Committee meeting, which was headed by President and Co-chairman of the party, Asif Ali Zardari, SAMAA TV reports.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, newly inducted federal ministers and other party members also attended the meeting convened on late Thursday night.

Sources said that the meeting expressed its unhappiness and anger with Wahab for her statement that Davis, the American national who killed two Pakistani men in Lahore last month, enjoyed immunity under the Vienna Convention.

Former Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira is likely to replace Wahab, the sources added.

Wahab had said on Monday that Davis had a diplomatic visa, and that he could neither be arrested nor kept in custody under the Vienna Convention.”He (Davis) is a technical member of the US embassy’s diplomatic staff and according to Pakistani laws, any diplomat and technical or administrative staff cannot be arrested or taken into custody,” she was quoted, as telling reporters at the Karachi Press Club.

Subsequently, the Pakistan Presidency had to clarify that Wahab had made these statements in her personal capacity and not on behalf of the party.

“This is neither the policy of the party nor the government,” Zardari’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar was quoted, as saying.

Both the government and the party had “made it very clear that Raymond Davis’ case is before court and the court will decide the issue,” Babar added. (ANI)

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