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US aid to Pakistan linked to Raymond Davis' release

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Earlier the Foreign Office officials were quoted by The News as saying that according to their record Davis was in Pakistan on a diplomatic passport with an "official visa'. This they argued did not automatically mean full immunity under the Vienna Convention. 

Suicide by victim's widow 

The Raymond Davis drama took a new twist when Shumaila Faheem, the 4-month pregnant widow of one of the two men who was gunned down, committed suicide on February 6 by taking poison pills. 

Reports quoting police and doctors said Shumaila Faheem, in her dying statement said that she feared the American who killed her husband Mohammad Faheem would be released without trial.

She told reporters before her condition deteriorated that she took the extreme step because she "does not expect any justice from this government," which she suspects to be trying to bail out Raymond Davis.

She said she wants "blood for blood," and demanded that the American be hanged to death at the same cross-section where he killed Faheem, whom she married a few months ago.

The suicide of Shumaila has set off protests in Pakistan, where anti-US sentiment already runs high. There is intensive street pressure on the government not to hand over Davis to America and he should be tried for murder under Pakistan laws. Many analysts suggest the the ruling elite, which is watching with unease the unfolding unrest in Tunisia and now in Egypt, fears that the release of Davis may not cause massive demonstrations against the unpopular government.

In another development, mother of Ubaidur Rehman, who was killed by the car that came to rescue Davis, suggested in a TV interview last week that Davis may be exchanged for Pakistani neuroscientist, Dr. Afia Siddiqui, who is serving 86 year jail sentence in US for allegedly attempting to murder American nationals in Afghanistan.

Not surprisingly, Raymond Davis' issue is a hot topic of many TV channel programs. In a popular program Bolta Pakistan, an anchor said Wednesday that the American citizen was probably chased by Pakistani intelligence agency when he was leaving after taking pictures of Jamaat-e-Dawa, religious organization. "Pictures of many religious organization's offices as well as Pak-India Wagah border were found in his cell phone," the anchor said adding that Davis was carrying four cell phones, a mask to hide his identity and maps of three major towns, Faisalabad, Multan and Sargodha.

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