Friday, March 25, 2011

Who Raymond Davis was?

Interviewed with Mr. Declan Walsh (Well-known Journalist)

By Veengas

“People have right to know” this slogan for while seems beautiful, public who is giving their votes in state, must be known what is going in state. Sadly, power makers have made one law and act on other self-interest. When public starts voice for knowing, state excuses for giving information. And state says that some information ought to give public. If we share entire information, it would be harm for sovereignty. It’s comical, right to know, would be caused for harm according to power makers even though they claim that people have to right according to their wishes. Hence, limitation in information is murderer of information, so far; state always tries to hide information but it leaks out though. Nowadays we have age of information and age of no secrecy, world has had experienced of ruling class, so now no one can make fool public. Even they are trying to impose oldest tact. Right to know, was trying to hide under table. When Pakistan met accident of Mr. Raymond Davis on January – 27 – 2011, shot two men in Lahore – Punjab. After this incident Raymond Davis has become hot finger in Pakistan, who Raymond Davis was?

Pakistan and USA are wrestling on Raymond Davis’s immunity, has he immunity or not?

This case doesn’t show up any other side running around immunity. Suddenly, one report giving fire in case which was reported by Declan Walsh, correspond for Guardian’s paper in Pakistan/Afghanistan. He reported that Raymond Davis is CIA agent, after his reporting case totally turned his face.

What will be happened this case? Who will win and lose? No doubt, “Right to know” has won its right beside states tried to hide it but Declan Walsh revealed reality.

Declan Walsh: has been a foreign correspondent for ten years – five in Africa and the past five in Pakistan. He has written beautiful write ups on Pakistan/Afghanistan issues also written bodily.

He has written for the Sunday Business Post, where he won the paper’s first Irish national newspaper award for Social and Campaigning Journalism, and was then Africa correspondent for the Independent and the Irish Times. He has also contributed to the New York Times, the Economist and the Boston Globe.

Walsh has travelled to over 20 countries, covering war, famine and debt relief. Since 2004 he has been the Guardian’s Pakistan Correspondent.

We have interviewed him via an email on Raymond Davis Case for our readers.


Veengas: Do you think this Raymond Davis Case will leave impact on relation between Pak – USA relation?

Declan Walsh: I think it’s already had a very strong impact. It reflects the pathological nature of the relationship, and brings out the worst in the national character of bother countries. The Pakistanis are angered at being seen as the “little brother” who takes American money but is supposed to say nothing when armed Americans go around the country shooting people. The Americans feel angered that they have pumped so much money into Pakistan, and yet Pakistan is unwilling to help when one of their people gets in trouble.

Veengas: Does Raymond Davis possess any kind of immunity?

Declan Walsh: That’s a very legal-technical question that the best legal brains in Pakistan seem unable to answer right now! It is common practice for many countries to send intelligence agents on missions abroad under diplomatic cover. But the golden rule for espionage is “doesn’t get caught”. And if you do get caught, well then you deal with every situation on its merits and according to its particular circumstances.

Veengas: President of USA Mr. Obama confirmed that Raymond Davis has immunity and Pakistan authority declared, Davis doesn’t enjoy immunity, in your view are both parties taking case in right direction or their statements making trouble in case?

Declan Walsh: The Pakistan government hasn’t declared yet whether Davis has immunity or not – and that’s a major part of the problem between the two countries.

Veengas: Being a correspondent of Guardian newspaper, you have already mentioned, Raymond Davis is CIA agent, after such news, how do you see role of Pakistan Media? Though some resources reported he had remained in Blackwater.

Declan Walsh: Yes, he previously worked for either Blackwater or Xe Services, the new name for Blackwater. I believe he stopped working for them when the CIA employed him fulltime. The Pakistan media have taken a very strong interest in this case, but sometimes have been too willing to report storie about Davis that are obviously untrue – for example, that he tried to supply al Qaida with nuclear weapons.

Veengas: Raymond Davis bio-data is showing high rant that had been member of various spy agencies, but those two men were killed Faizan Haider 21, and Muhammad Faheem 19, reported both were agents of ISI but ISI refused it, declaring them as robber even though Mr. Gul Hameed said that both were neither agents nor robbers. What about your thoughts for them?

Declan Walsh: I really don’t know what the truth is about these two men. But I think it’s the key to understanding why Davis opened fire on them, and why he fired so many shots…

Veengas: After 9/11, Pakistan intelligence has been claiming, they have enough strategy against war on Terror after Raymond Davis Case, don’t you think Pakistan intelligence has been failed to protect its sovereignty because they could not have identify such people while accidentally Pakistan intelligence caught this case?

Declan Walsh: It’s not clear what role Pakistani intelligence played in this case. They claim he entered the country because the US embassy made it too easy to obtain a visa. But I suspect they knew who he was a long time ago, and were monitoring him to see what he was up to.

Veengas: As media has gotten video Raymond Davis while talking police officer, do Pakistan agencies lead sensitive issue like this way because such videos without permission can not be shown on TV, how do you feel about it?

Declan Walsh: It’s very unusual in any country for the authorities to leak an interrogation video. While it’s good for the media, I think it reflects badly on the police/intelligence agencies.

Veengas: What is your view about People’s Party Pakistan, itself contradicted statements came up in public from Former foreigner Minister Shah Mohammad Quershi who said Raymond Davis doesn’t enjoy immunity and Ms.Fauzia Wahab said, he does enjoy immunity?

Declan Walsh: This case has clearly caused divisions within the PPP, between those politicians who are perceived to be close to the intelligence agencies and those who are not. But they may just be perceptions – the key question is whether the Foreign Office had given Davis immunity or not. But in many senses, this whole affair is about more than just the facts now – it’s about politics too.

Veengas: Raymond Davis case has sparked anti-American sentiment and religious parties uplift it, even though Punjab Government cleared said that they would not be compromised on Pakistan sovereignty after these sign, will Raymond Davis get immunity?

Declan Walsh: I think some deal will be struck that will allow Davis to leave Pakistan. Maybe not tomorrow, but perhaps in two weeks, or two months. In the end, it will be a technical question as to whether he leaves under immunity or under some other deal.

Veengas: Do you think Raymond Davis case is becoming politically even by People’s Party Pakistan member Mr. Qureshi and religious parties plus Punjab Government?

Declan Walsh: It reflects the tortured relationship between Pakistan and the US, which started back in the 50s under General Ayub. So it’s political for everyone.

Veengas: Raymond Davis case is in Trail Lahore court in-camera session, do you think courts will freely decision or come under pressure?

Declan Walsh: Impossible for me to say.

Veengas: If Raymond Davis gets immunity, will PPP enjoy power in government?

Declan Walsh: How the PPP handles the case will be very important for the stability of the government. I think they will try very hard to ensure that whatever solution they come up with, it will have the agreement (private, if not public) of the army and the opposition parties, which are the two forces that have the power to destabilize the government.
Published in Monthly Bolan Voice Magazine in February 2011.

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