Our friend and ally is holding an American official, and trying to equate him with a jihad terrorist. “Pakistan: US govt refuses to swap jailed scientist for Davis,” from AKI, March 1 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Washington, 1 March – (AKI) – The United States has rejected Pakistan’s proposal to trade US official and murder suspect Raymond Davis for jailed Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, diplomatic sources told Dawn newspaper. Siddiqui is serving an 86-year term in a US prison for the attempted murder of FBI and US military officials in Afghanistan.
The sources said that Pakistan discussed the proposal at “the highest level” with the Obama administration but was told that this was “a non-starter”.
The US government informed Pakistan that they ruled out trading Siddiqui for Davis because “these were two different cases”.
The proposal called for Siddiqui to be transferred to Pakistan, where she would serve the remainder of her sentence in a prison or under house arrest.
Siddiqui’s case became famous in Pakistan last year when prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani called for her exoneration and release.
Davis”s arrest in the January 27 shooting in Lahore that led to the death of three Pakistani citizens, however, led to a diplomatic standoff, which is threatening to derail the US-Pakistan counter-terrorism partnership. Since his arrest, both sides have discussed various proposals to break the impasse but have not yet succeeded in doing so.
The proposals include quashing a case against Pakistan’s ISI intelligence services chief in a New York court and curtailing the CIA”s activities in Pakistan.
Another proposal calls for the US government to pay reparations to the victims” families, who under a Pakistani law can pardon Davis if asked.
The US administration is said to be discussing all three proposals with Pakistani officials….
Similarly, the Americans also seem willing to discuss Pakistan’s demand for sharing the CIA’s work in the country with them, “provided the Pakistanis also shared relevant information”, the source added.
The Americans complain that Pakistan often refuses to share sensitive data about certain militant groups with their American counterparts.
“But on Aafia Siddiqui, the Americans are showing no leniency,” the source said. “They have informed Pakistan that they are not even going to pursue it.”
Ms Siddiqui, an MIT-educated Pakistani neuroscientist, was convicted of trying to shoot FBI agents and military officers in an Afghan police station in 2008….