Skip to comments.US to close Pakistan embassy and consulates amid protests
Posted on 03/17/2011 4:51:05 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
US embassy in Islamabad will close its doors and shut its consulates in Pakistan on Friday because of ongoing protests after the release of a CIA contractor accused of double murder.
Small demonstrations have broken out across the country after American Raymond Davis, who shot dead two men in Lahore in January, was set free on Wednesday $2 million in blood money was allegedly paid to the families of the dead.
The US embassy and consulates will be closed for routine business tomorrow, embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said on Thursday.
The decision was made for public safety at large because there may be demonstrations tomorrow.
The biggest protest was in Lahore, where some 800 students rallied at Punjab University campus chanting anti-US slogans such as Death to America.
Security was tightened at the US consulate in Lahore, with several roads near the building blocked with barbed wire and concrete slabs. The other US consulates are in Karachi and the northwestern city of Peshawar.
In Peshawar, police used tear gas and beat back about 100 students trying to block a main road outside the city university, arresting nine students, senior police official Mohammad Ijaz said.
Some demonstrators threw stones while others burned an effigy of Mr Davis.
About 300 people also rallied in the central city of Multan and token protests were held in the capital Islamabad.
The shooting, which Mr Davis said was in self-defence, sparked protests and ruptured fragile ties with the United States, which said that Mr Davis enjoyed full diplomatic immunity from prosecution and pressed for his release.
Islamabad had been under domestic pressure to stand up to its superpower ally and try Mr Davis for murder, but authorities let him go following a lengthy court hearing on Wednesday at the Lahore jail
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If every Pakistani died, the world would be a better place.
There’s a chance that this could get out of hand.
anti-US slogans such as Death to America
Yeah, we get that alot.
The latest CIA drone kill, about 40, will boost that count and fuel the protests.
Umm, I’m starting to think you should not limit that to Pakistanis.
From the article I read at the time of the shooting this sounded like simple self defense. IIRC the guys who got shot were on a motorcycle and the target was in a car and armed. I’m thinking another Pak was struck and killed when someone else from the consulate was coming to this agent’s aid.
So what good to be out of that Crap Hole,Even the Arabs look down on this human dirt.
Hopefully sensitive data was scrubbed from computers and papers shredded and pork chops hung from ceilings and left laying all around the compound.
because of ongoing protests after the release of a CIA contractor accused of double murder... was set free on Wednesday $2 million... was allegedly paid to the families of the dead... The biggest protest was in Lahore, where some 800 students rallied at Punjab University campus chanting anti-US slogans such as "Death to America"... Some demonstrators threw stones while others burned an effigy of Mr Davis... Islamabad had been under domestic pressure to stand up to its superpower ally and try Mr Davis for murder, but authorities let him go following a lengthy court hearing on Wednesday at the Lahore jail...It was of the kangaroo variety, but that's a commonplace in Muzzie hell-holes like Pakistan.
Yah. Not much outsourcing, except some shirts, going to Pakistan.
And we could promise India to finish that aircraft carrier the Rooskies can't. Or build them a new one. Or just sell them one of ours that's just sitting in the harbour.
'Course, Pakistan likes to sell its nuke tech.
lol. Don’t we though. Don’t wake me til they get to the little and Great Satan. They’ve got quite the litany to go through in that time period.
It’s no wonder they’re such primitives. They don’t do anything but pray and protest