Taliban warn against releasing Davis


ISLAMABAD – Al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban warned the government on Tuesday that it would punish any move to release the US consulate employee accused of murdering two Pakistanis, in a case that has further strained ties with Washington. Davis, the US consular employee jailed in Lahore for shooting two Pakistanis last month, says he acted in self defence during an armed robbery.
“If (Pakistani) rulers hand him over to America then we will target these rulers. If Pakistani courts cannot punish Davis, they should hand him over to us,” said Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq. “We will give exemplary punishment to Davis.”