Pakistani shooting case tied to ISI?

Feb. 7, 2011 at 2:49 PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Two men allegedly shot by U.S. diplomat Raymond Davis were linked to the Pakistani intelligence agency, a security source disclosed.

Davis, whom Washington described as a member of the "technical administrative staff" at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, was arrested last month on charges he shot two Pakistanis. He said the shootings were in self-defense.

Washington and Islamabad are at odds over the status of his diplomatic immunity. Islamabad is reluctant to release the American, however, because he allegedly shot two men tied to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper reports.

"Yes, they belonged to the security establishment," a security official was quoted as saying on condition of anonymity. "They found the activities of the American official detrimental to our national security."

The official added that Islamabad is "very angry" over decisions by Washington to try to implicate the ISI in the deadly 2008 raid in Mumbai.

U.S. Embassy officials said Davis shot two men on a motorcycle who attempted to rob him.

Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reports that Shumaila Kanwal, wife of one of two Pakistani men shot in January, died Sunday in a hospital after swallowing insecticide.

Prior to her death, the woman was quoted as telling reporters she had decided to end her life to protest the alleged favorable treatment being given the accused and that he would be released.

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