Another foreign headache for Obama: Pakistan 

The Obama administration is facing another foreign crisis besides the more publicized conflict in Egypt.  Pakistan is refusing to release U.S. embassy official Raymond Davis, who is accused of murdering two men in Lahore last month. 

 

ABC News reported that National Security Advisor Tom Donilon threatened to expel Husain Haqqani,  Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, and close the U.S. embassy in that country if Davis was not released today.

 

However, Haqqani denied he had been threatened: "The characterization of my conversation with White House officials by ABC News borders on fabrication," he said in a statement. "It is not our policy to reveal details of diplomatic conversations. I can say, however, that National Security Adviser Tom Donilon did, indeed, convey the U.S. government's views about the case of Mr. Raymond Davis during a meeting on Monday evening, but no ultimatum or threat was given.”

 

Perhaps it was just a gentle suggestion, backed up by billions of dollars in foreign aid.

 

 The Pakistani government rejected Davis’ claim that he was acting in self defense because the two men were trying to rob him. A third Pakistani was killed by a vehicle sent by the U.S. consulate to retrieve the 36-year-old diplomat who, under international law, has immunity from prosecution.

 

The incident has turned into a full-blown foreign crisis for the Obama adminisration, further inflaming the White House’s already frayed relationship with its erstwhile ally. 

 

Tensions were ratcheted up even more when Shumaila Faheem, the widow of one of the two men shot by Davis, said “We want blood for blood” on Pakistani TV before allegedly committing suicide by ingesting poison after telling doctors she was afraid Davis would be released without going on trial.

 

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