Friday, March 18, 2011

Raymond Davis: All is well

Here I go!
Raymond Davis has been released, leaving the whole nation and media in a state of helplessness. Almost everyone in Pakistan, from a street vendor to a cleric, has given his expert opinion on the alleged legalities involved in the case.
Media people, whose knowledge about national issues is at par with the street vendor and  clerics, have also run long bulletins on the sudden release, condemning everything.
We are ignoring two most unique things ever happened in the history of Pakistani politics. The first is when Shah Mehmood Qureshi broke the silence and foiled the government's attempt to sanction diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis. The second is when Raymond Davis had to undergo a trial for the murder of two Pakistanis.
Apparently, there is nothing wrong with Raymond's release. Being a trial lawyer, the only option for the heirs of the deceased is to either prosecute the accused or accept Diyat (blood money) - a practice which has been going on in the subcontinent since the advent of Islam here.
There has been no illegality in the release. Had an ordinary person been in Raymond's shoes, and negotiated Qisas instead of prosecution with the heirs of the deceased, he would have been released. The only difference would have been the involvement off the procedural red tape, which would have taken a couple of adjournments.
The government's only involvement in the case is that it gave Raymond a VIP service. The government ensured the presence of all the heirs in the court. The heirs were identified by the revenue or police departments well in time and the release of Raymond from jail immediately.
The government had its reasons to expedite the matter. Had the media got its wind, someone might have killed Raymond or protest might have turned brutal.
The Raymond's saga is going to last until the news about the whereabouts of the heirs of the deceased breaks. As of this writing, there are no credible reports about the whereabouts of the deceased's families. They would have also been killed by fanatics, had they opted to live in Pakistan.
The families were made to realise that everyone supporting them was trying to take political mileage from the two murders. And the families realised it well and opted for what they should have.

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