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3-16-2011_79409_l.jpgISLAMABAD: An Additional Sessions judge Wednesday set free CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who killed two Pakistanis on a busy road in Lahore, after payment of blood money (Diyat) in accordance with Sharia law of Pakistan, sources said.Talking to Geo News, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the court released Raymond Davis after the family members of the murdered men appeared in the court and pardoned the US National after an agreement was reached between the two sides. “He has been released from jail and now it is up to him to leave the country whenever he wants,” the Minister added.The families of the murdered men, Fahim and Faizan, accepted the blood money of 2.34 million dollars (equal to Rs200 million) while, according to sources, four US visas were also part of the deal.The killings by Raymond Davis in Lahore in January strained relations between Pakistan and US, who repeatedly insisted Davis was an embassy employee and enjoyed diplomatic immunity, particularly after it emerged he was working for the CIA. Only IG Police, US Consul General in Lahore Carmela Conroy and lawyers were present during the hearing in Central Jail, sources said.The counsel of the bereaved families, Manzoor Butt alleged that the families of Faizan and Fahim were forcibly brought from their homes to the court. Lawyers for the families said they had been held on gun-point for four hours at the jail court where Davis was being tried on Wednesday, but had not been allowed to witness proceedings. They were also warned against uttering a word before the media, sources said.Blood money, or ‘Diyat’ is a provision under Islamic sharia law in which compensation can be paid to relatives of those killed to secure a pardon, and is commonly used to resolve such cases in Pakistan.The Davis case had sparked protests in Pakistan, with religious groups angrily denouncing the American who claimed he acted in self-defence to fend off an armed robbery when he shot dead the two men.US authorities insisted Davis was protected by full diplomatic immunity, but the Pakistan government refused to back that claim and a decision on his status was on Monday deferred by the Lahore high court for criminal judges to decide.Revelations that Davis was a CIA contractor heaped pressure on Pakistan''s embattled government and further ramped up burning public mistrust of Washington, damaging fragile relations between the two wary allies.A third Pakistani was struck down and killed by a US diplomatic vehicle that came to Davis'' assistance in the January incident. US officials denied Pakistan access to the vehicle, and the occupants are widely believed to have left the country. (Geo/AFP)

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Nice sharing. Court ka jo bi faisla tha theek tha. court may jo document jamma keria gayia tha woh theek nahi tha. us per unn kay signature apnay nahi thay us per kayaee gaye han.

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