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Wait and watch how the Islamists exploit this....


LAHORE, Pakistan—President Barack Obama called for Pakistan to release a government employee who shot dead two men last month, as Sen. John Kerry arrived here for talks aimed at ending the diplomatic standoff.

The man, Raymond Davis, has been in custody in Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city, since the incident on Jan. 27.

Mr. Obama said Pakistan must release Mr. Davis under a pact that guarantees diplomats immunity from prosecution.

"If it starts being fair game on our ambassadors around the world, including in dangerous places…it means they can't do their job," Mr. Obama told a news conference.

Public anger over the shooting and demands for Mr. Davis's prosecution make it difficult for Pakistan—an ally of the U.S.—to order his release. A court in Lahore is expected to begin hearing a case Thursday on whether Mr. Davis has immunity.

Mr. Kerry, at a news conference in Lahore, said the U.S. Justice Department would conduct its own "thorough criminal investigation" if Pakistan were to release Mr. Davis.

The U.S. last week canceled a meeting scheduled for late February in Washington, involving Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan, in protest against Mr. Davis's detention.

Washington has scaled back other routine bilateral contacts, but appears set to fill a void left by the death in December of Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration's special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mrs. Clinton plans to name former diplomat Marc Grossman as his successor, officials said.

According to the U.S., Mr. Davis, 36 years old, a "technical and administrative" staff of the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, shot two armed men in self-defense after they attempted to stop his car. Pakistani police have yet to file formal charges, but say they are treating the case as murder.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703312904576146081971975572.html?KEYWORDS=pakistan
 
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