Pakistanis demand second arrest in US shooting

A Pakistani man is demanding the arrest of a second U.S. embassy employee in Pakistan, his lawyer said on Friday.

Pakistanis demand second arrest in US shooting

A Pakistani man is demanding the arrest of a second U.S. embassy employee in Pakistan, his lawyer said on Friday.

The move comes as U.S. officials pressure Pakistan to release Raymond Davis, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier, who is locked in a jail after shooting and killing two Pakistanis in the city of Lahore last month.

Ijaz-ur-Rehman, whose brother Ibad was killed when a U.S.vehicle came to Davis' help in the aftermath of the Jan. 27 shooting, filed a petition in the Lahore High Court demanding the car's driver be arrested, lawyer Noman Atiq said.

Atiq said his client had asked for the vehicle, which the U.S. State Department said was driven by an embassy staff member, to be impounded.

"We want a proper investigation to be carried out in the murder of my brother," Rehman said. "What we want is for the culprits to be punished for their crime."

Hundreds of opposition and Islamist activists protested in front of the U.S. consulate in Lahore and across town, burning tyres and the U.S. flag and demanding Davis stay in Pakistan. Similar protests were held in Karachi, Peshawar and Multan.

The United States insists Davis is covered by diplomatic immunity while the Zardari government has so far said the matter must be decided in court.

The identity of the U.S. embassy employee who drove the car that struck and killed Ibad-ur-Rehman has not been made public.

Rana Sanaullah, law minister in Punjab province, where Lahore is located, said officials were pressing the federal government to arrange for the car to be handed over from the United States, but had not yet received a reply.

Agencies

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