Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Raymond Davis again

It is now alleged that Raymond Davis worked for the Taliban.

American official Raymond Davis , arrested in the Pakistani city of Lahore for gunning down two armed men, had "close links" with the Taliban and was "instrumental" in recruiting youths for the militant group, a media report here said today. The claim about his links to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan was made to 'The Express Tribune' newspaper by unnamed police officials in Punjab province, a day after US media reported that Davis was working for the CIA as a security contractor. "The Lahore killings were a blessing in disguise for our security agencies who suspected that Davis was masterminding terrorist activities in Lahore and other parts of Punjab," a senior official of Punjab Police was quoted as saying by the daily. "His close ties with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan were revealed during the investigations... Davis was instrumental in recruiting young people from Punjab for the Taliban to fuel the bloody insurgency," the official was quoted as saying.

IMO: I certainly feel very sorry for the ordinary people of Lahore who now have to contend with Taliban bombings as well as the US drones, which are "friendly fire" (no joke, I've had it), and the Karachi and Islamabad misinformation, as well as the ISI. India loves you folks, really, a loving not true of many other people I could mention.

Seems that during the funeral more than 100 protesters blocked the road in the aftermath of Thursday's incident, setting tyres ablaze.

IMO: Righteous anger, perhaps, but should it be against the local authorities, the ISI, the Taliban, or who. That is always a problem with this sort of public protest. e.g., in the UK, Prince Charles and his presumably equally eccentric wife are possibly lucky to survive protests against problems barely connected with them.

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