A Pakistani court on Tuesday barred the government from handing over a US diplomat arrested for killing two Pakistanis to the United States, in a case that could create new strains between the allies. The United States has called for the immediate release of the American,
identified by Pakistani police as Raymond Davis.
Acting on a petition by a lawyer requesting that the government be stopped from turning him over to the United States, the Lahore High Court ruled that Davis could not be moved out of Pakistan while his case was pending in court. "The high court has said Raymond Davis should neither be handed over to any country nor be moved out of the jurisdiction of this court," the lawyer, Iqbal Jaffery, told Reuters.