US demands release of Raymond Davis

The United States on Saturday demanded the immediate release of its official charged with the murder of Pakistani nationals.

The technical advisor of US consulate in Lahore, Raymond Davis had shot dead two Pakistani nationals at Mazag Chowk in provincial capital on Thursday. The police, later, arrested the accused and he was sent on 6-days physical remand by the local court.

The US embassy in Islamabad said the deceased youth attempted to rob the official and Davis acted in self-defence.

The embassy maintained that Raymond Davis possessed diplomatic passport and he was, therefore, immune from local laws under Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations (1961) to which Pakistan is a signatory.