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Impressive Diplomacy

Impressive Diplomacy

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Published by Taha Ceen Tayyab

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Published by: Taha Ceen Tayyab on May 27, 2011
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Impressive Diplomacy
US claims he is a diplomat, Right wing politicians are convinced he is an agent,Mainstream media seems confused on the issue, Pakistan Government wants the judiciary to decide, Foreign Office is divided on the issue, People of Lahore sees himas cold blooded murderer and Judiciary has decided he does not have diplomaticimmunity. Things don’t get any more controversial than this.In this environment it is difficult for anyone to keep his calm and remain neutral. This is nothing short of crisis on the national level. And the question for thegovernment is; how to resolve this issue without affecting our vital diplomaticrelationship with US and also without being accused of once again bendingourselves backwards to please America? Well I must say that the performance of our government in this particular case has been far more than impressive. Here is asummary of what happened:A man of US nationality (and a white skin I might add) frantically shoots two brownmen. He happens to be an employee of American Consulate General. Police Arrestshim. Charges are leveled against him by the police. Issue becomes hot story oneach and every news channel of the country. He claims to be a US diplomat. Hisclaim is backed up by US government on all levels which include the US Presidenthimself. Government gets under pressure by US diplomatic circles. Pressuremounts further by US Senator John Kerry’s arrival at Lahore to resolve the issue. Noclear outcome of the discussions is announced by either side. Senator Kerry tells hiscolleagues to calm down and wait for a resolution of the matter by Pakistaniauthorities. US Aid to Pakistan is not jeopardized.Well to say the least; outcome of all the American pressure and talks by SenatorKerry is surprisingly in the favor of Pakistan; Pakistan’s Independent Judiciary gets achance to decide and Government keeps its dignity by very amicably telling the USgovernment that Pakistan is a democratic nation with an ‘Independent JudicialSystem’ capable of making its own decisions and is well aware of its responsibilitiesas a member of International Community. This probably is the most we could haveexpected from our government. What actually forces me to give a second thoughtat the diplomatic competence (where in the past I had a low opinion off) of ourgovernment is the fact that we have remained calm and firm though out theprocess. We have been able negotiate our position on the issue with a US diplomatand haven’t tanned our reputation in the process as well.Now since Senator Kerry has confirmed that if Raymond Davis is released byPakistani Authorities on grounds of diplomatic immunity but charges against himare not abolished he will be tried in American Courts for the same charges. I expectour government to hand over Raymond to US in accordance with Geneva

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after all that's been through in past 3 Months these event look nothing to what followed

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