American CIA contractor and murderer Raymond Davis has been released after an agreement for blood money was reached between the families of victims and CIA contractor.

As per Time magazine, ISI drove the entire episode in Pakistan for securing the release of their american counterpart.

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Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has confirmed that the victims' families had accepted blood money and signed papers in the court of law, paving way for release of CIA contractor Raymond Allen Davis.

He said Davis is now free to go anywhere and lawyers could knock the door of a court if they have any reservations. He was talking with The Daily Mail on telephone. Faizan and Faheem were shot dead by Davis at Mozang Chowk Lahore on January 27, 2011.

"The Daily Mail" has already published news regarding the release of Raymond Allen Davis through blood money (Diyah) on March 8, 2011.

Faheem’s lawyer also confirmed that the victim families have signed the blood money paper. To a question, he denied the allegations for forcing the bereaved families to sign the papers.

According to reliable sources, Raymond Allen Davis has paid 210 million Pakistani rupees each as compensation to the families. After freeing from court, Davis has left for United States along with thirteen other Americans on a special US Air force cargo plane from the old airport of Lahore.

It is worth mentioning here that Davis was indicted by the court in the double murder case on Wednesday. However, the Kot Lakhpat Jail administration stopped the trial after the court ordered Davis’ release.

After Davis' released, US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, issued a public apology over the killings of two Pakistanis and thanked the families for accepting compensation for the CIA contractor's release.

“I am grateful for their (the families’) generosity. I wish to express, once again, my regret for the incident and my sorrow at the suffering it caused,” said Munter in a statement received through an email to The Daily Mail on Wednesday.

“I wish to express my respect for Pakistan and its people and my thanks for their commitment to building our relationship in everyone’s benefit,” he added.

According to the sources, the release of American killer and CIA contractor Raymond Davis came after meeting of the American officials with the victim families for more than six hours at Kot Lakhpat jail where he was held.

The families accepted the money, ending the case, the lawyer, Asad Manzoor Butt said. He did not specify the amount but told they were forced to accept the payment.

Under Pakistani law, families can demand blood money (compensation) for slain relatives. Once an agreement is reached between the parties, the state prosecution disclosed. They can also demand life for a life, in the form of a death sentence.

Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that the release of Davis under the Diyat Law has vindicated the stand he and the Foreign Ministry had taken in the case. In an interview with a private TV channel on the release of the American, the former foreign minister said the nation must be taken into confidence about the circumstances that led to the release of the CIA spy.

He said it was right if the heirs of the affected families voluntarily pardoned Davis, adding the nation had the right to know the facts and feared uncalled for reactions otherwise.

Qureshi also said he and the Foreign Ministry had been stating, from day one, that Davis does not enjoy diplomatic immunity and their stance had been vindicated.

Leaders of the political and religious parties emphatically condemned and showed grave concern over the sudden and dramatic release of the CIA contractor Raymond Davis.

Chief Jamaat-e-Islami, Munawar Hassan said that the US terrorist who was released after payment of blood money had also involved in dubious anti-Pakistan activities and after release his mission would remain unexposed for ever.

He said Davis was on a mission to destabilize Pakistan. He said that the requirements of the justice were not fulfilled as he was working against the state. He termed his sudden release as injustice.

He said the decision would fuel anarchy in the country as law of the land has been violated in the decision.

The JI said that he has called a country-wide strike against the illegal release of Raymond Davis on Thursday.

Chief Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) said that Raymond Davis release was fixed match. He said that court decision disappointed him. He said that even till-to-date no one knows about the Davis’ mission in the country. He said that incumbent rulers were working to protect their vested interests and do not care about security and rights of common citizens.

He held responsible the Punjab and Central for the illegal release. He said that if Davis is released after paying blood money to the heirs then a case for carrying illegal weapons would have to be lodged against him. He said that they have lost hope that government would protect its people anymore. He said that PTI would stage a country-wide protest against the Davis release.

Leader of opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali khan said that government has bowed heads of the entire nation with shame by releasing Raymond Davis. He said that the decision has humiliated the national dignity. Government should take the nation into confidence prior to taking such a drastic step, he added.

MNA Sahibzada Fazal Karim said that Raymond Davis, a Black Water spy was released suddenly which has shocked the entire nation. He said the decision is not based on justice and is against the law.

Advocates of the deceased Faheem and Fiazan said that the heirs were forced to sign the documents of the blood money. They were held at the court and were told not to speak to media, the lawyers added.

Pakistan Muslim League Q leader Syed Kamil Ali Agha has termed the CIA contractor Raymond Davis release as shameful act as accused has no diplomatic immunity. He held both Punjab and Federal government responsible for the release of a proven U.S spy.

PML-Q leader pointed out that Shumaila widow of Faheem on the death bed had clearly stated that she will not accept any other solution except blood for his killed husband. Kamil questioned that after her statement who could accept the blood money.

US to probe RAD case

LAHORE – The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the killings of two Pakistani men by a CIA contractor in Pakistan, the US Embassy said Wednesday.

The statement Wednesday came hours after the contractor, Raymond Allen Davis, was released from prison. A Pakistani lawyer for the families of the two victims in the Jan. 27 shooting says the United States paid $2.34 million in “blood money.”– Agencies