CAIRO (Reuters) — The United States did not pay compensation to the families of two Pakistanis killed by a CIA contractor who was acquitted of their murder on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
The contractor, Raymond Davis, 36, was acquitted and released by a Pakistani court after a deal to pay “blood money” to the victims’ families, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters earlier on Wednesday.
Clinton told reporters in Cairo: “The United States did not pay any compensation.” Asked who did, she replied: “You will have to ask the families.”
She also refused to say if the Pakistani government had paid, saying: “You will have to ask the Pakistani government.”…
“We have communicated our strong support for the relationship between Pakistan and the United States which we consider to be of strategic importance and are looking forward to continuing to strengthen it based on mutual respect and common interest, ” Clinton said.
Powerful religious parties in Pakistan condemned the release and analysts said there was a risk of a backlash against the government.
Don’t those greasy Islamophobes know that a “backlash” can only happen against Muslims?