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February 26, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
American and Pakistani intelligence services have become deeply estranged in recent weeks after several high-profile disputes, though senior officials from both countries say they continue to cooperate against Al Qaeda militants. The disclosure this week that Raymond Davis, the 36-year-old American who shot dead two Pakistani men in Lahore last month, was a CIA contractor working under cover was the latest episode to exacerbate mistrust between the two countries' spy agencies. In December, the CIA station chief in Pakistan had to leave the country after his identity became public.
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February 21, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. citizen who shot to death two motorcyclists in the eastern city of Lahore last month works with the CIA, Pakistani and U.S. officials said Monday ? a revelation that could further aggravate anti-American sentiment in the nuclear-armed nation and complicate Washington's efforts to secure his release. Pakistani authorities said they learned of Raymond Davis' links to the CIA after his arrest on charges that he murdered two Pakistani men he said were trying to rob him at gunpoint, according to a senior Pakistani intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the case.
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February 12, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
The fatal shooting of two Pakistani men by a U.S. Consulate employee last month was "coldblooded murder" and not self-defense, police investigators said Friday, escalating a diplomatic crisis between the United States and an important ally in its fight against terrorism. With law enforcement authorities set on a course to try Raymond Davis on murder charges, the 36-year-old American's case may rest on his claim of diplomatic immunity, an assertion that so far the Pakistani federal government has avoided affirming.
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February 2, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A Pakistani judge Tuesday barred authorities from releasing an American Consulate official accused of double murder despite the U.S. government's insistence that diplomatic immunity shields him from prosecution. Five days after Raymond Davis shot to death two Pakistani men in the eastern city of Lahore in what he said was self-defense, authorities here showed no signs of bowing to demands from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad that the 36-year-old be freed because he is a diplomat and therefore cannot be tried on criminal charges.
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January 30, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad on Saturday demanded that Pakistani authorities release an American diplomat who faces murder charges in the recent deaths of two men in the eastern city of Lahore, arguing that he is protected by diplomatic immunity and was acting in self-defense against the armed men. The man, who Pakistani authorities said was a technical advisor working in the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, is at the center of an escalating row between...
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January 29, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Pakistani authorities in Lahore have arrested a U.S. Consulate employee who shot and killed two men he said he thought were going to rob him. Authorities said they will pursue murder charges against him in a case likely to inflame anti-U.S. sentiments in the nuclear-armed state. Police took the man to court Friday, where a judge ordered him held in custody for six days while an investigation continues. Police identified the man as Raymond Davis and said he works as a technical advisor in the consulate in Lahore, but U.S. Embassy officials in Islamabad would not confirm his identity and declined to discuss the case.
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January 27, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
An employee of the U.S. consulate in Lahore shot and killed two armed Pakistani men on a motorcycle Thursday in what the employee told police was an act of self-defense after the men approached his car and one of them brandished a pistol, authorities said. A bystander was also killed when he was struck by another consulate vehicle arriving at the scene, police said. The shooting, which occurred late in the afternoon at a heavily congested intersection, could spark a backlash against the United States, which is already seen by many here as a superpower that exploits Pakistan and tramples on its sovereignty.
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December 27, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Muslim cleric Muhammad Salim isn't worried that a court or Pakistan's president might spare a Christian woman from this village who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. After all, if Asia Bibi, a mother of two, escapes the hangman's noose, he's confident someone else will kill her. "Any Muslim, if given the chance, would kill such a person," Salim said calmly, seated cross-legged on a straw mat at a mosque here. "You would be rewarded in heaven for it. " Salim isn't the only one calling for vigilante justice.
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November 12, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A suicide truck bombing Thursday brought down a police building and surrounding structures in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, killing at least 20 people in an attack that underscored the militants' resilience despite military offensives in their strongholds. The target was the Crime Investigation Department headquarters, in a heavily secured neighborhood less than 100 yards from the provincial chief minister's residence and not far from the U.S. consulate. The powerful blast created a 10-foot-wide crater in the ground and destroyed the CID building, along with several nearby residential buildings.
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