Lahore police have issued their findings in the increasingly controversial case of US consulate employee Raymond Davis’ killings of two Pakistanis on the streets of Lahore, something Davis maintained was self defense.
Police, however, say that their finds refute the claims of self defense, and that Davis’ shootings amounted to “cold-blooded murder.” They confirmed that neither of the Pakistanis had a fingerprint on their pistol’s trigger, and that Davis continued shooting at one of the men as he was trying to flee down the street.
Davis insisted he believed the two men were about to rob him, though recent (as yet unconfirmed) reports have suggested that the two men may have been employees of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency at the time, assigned to follow Davis.
Further controversy surrounds US claims of “diplomatic immunity” for the murders, which would not be the case if Davis is, as previously reported, a technical support staff for the consulate in Lahore. US officials have begun referring to him as an employee of the embassy in Islamabad, however, which could theoretically give him such immunity.
Either way, the controversy surrounding the killings is huge in Pakistan, in no small part because of the US air war against Pakistan’s tribal areas killing so many civilians. One of the slain Pakistanis’ widows has also taken her own life since then, believing that the Zardari government would eventually cave to US pressure and “deny her justice.” This has kept the story in the headlines in Pakistan and makes sweeping the story under the rug virtually impossible.