Capital suggestion - Dr Farrukh Saleem - Sunday, March 20, 2011

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Two on-stage actors: Pakistani court and heirs of Pakistanis killed.

Four behind-the-scenes actors: ISI, Punjab Government, Federal Government and Government of

the United States.

Here’s the timeline:

January 27: Raymond Davis kills two armed Pakistanis.

February 1: The Lahore High Court (LHC) puts Davis on the Exit Control List (ECL).

February 7: Shumaila commits suicide.

February 8: Congressman McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Congressman

Reyes, ex-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, threaten PM Gilani that unless Davis is released

immediately the US will consider cutting off aid.

February 12: Philip Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, announces the postponement

of trilateral meetings scheduled for February 23 and 24.

February 15: President Obama orders Pakistan to release the US diplomat at once.

February 15: John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visits Pakistan to show off

his dollars.

February 17: Pakistani court delays decision on Davis’ immunity till March 14 (it appears that Obama’s

call fell on deaf ears and Kerry’s dollars didn’t do the trick).

February 21: The US Administration, for the first time, admits that Davis is a CIA operative (the first sign

that Pakistani bowlers had the US under severe pressures).

February 23: Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General David Petraeus, commander

of International Security Assistance Force, Admiral Eric Olson, commander of US Special Operations

Command and Marine Corps General James Mattis, commander of US Central Command, meet with General

Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s COAS, and Major General Javed Iqbal, director general of military operations

at a beach resort in Muscat.

February 28: At least 45 individuals who had been in touch with Davis are arrested. At least 30 CIA covert

operators in Pakistan suspend their activities. At least 12 CIA covert operators leave Pakistan (it appears that

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Major General Javed Iqbal had demanded from America’s top generals to

put an end to CIA’s Human Intelligence web, or ‘HUMINT’, in Pakistan. Within five days of February 23, Pakistani

generals got what they demanded).

March 16: Pakistani court frames charges.

March 16: Heirs of Pakistanis killed pardon Davis after receiving diyat.

March 16: Pakistani court releases Davis.

The Finale: One; Pakistani courts under Pakistani law gave the final verdict. Two; heirs of Pakistanis killed

had the final say. Three; the ISI negotiated and won what they thought was in Pakistan’s best interest. Four;

Philip Crowley’s threats and John Kerry’s dollars did not work. Five; between January 27 and February 23,

the Punjab Government, the Federal Government and the ISI managed to resist all sorts of American threats,

bluffs and blackmailing. Six; at the end of the day America was made to back off, Pakistan prevailed. Seven;

Pakistan now begins bowling (read: the endgame in Afghanistan) with an upper hand.

First Innings: Pakistan 765 runs – one of the best ever (remember Younis Khan’s 313; Pakistan v Sri Lanka


The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad. Email:

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