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Sen. John Kerry Heads to Pakistan to Calm Diplomatic Tensions 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John Kerry left for a trip to Pakistan on Monday, according to his spokesperson on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Spokesman Frederick Jones said the trip comes at a time when the relationship is strained by the detention of a U.S. government official, Raymond Davis, who's suspected of killing two Pakistani men in self-defense during an alleged robbery attempt late last month in Lahore.

The U.S. was scheduled to host a trilateral meeting in Washington with Afghanistan and Pakistan at the end of February, but the meeting was cancelled after Pakistan resisted U.S. demands to release Davis immediately.

“Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry left Monday night for Pakistan where he will meet with senior Pakistan government officials to reaffirm support for the strategic relationship between the two countries,” spokesman, Frederick Jones said.

Details of when he will arrive were not given, due to security reasons.

Chairman Kerry has traveled to Pakistan four times since assuming chairmanship of the committee in 2009. He was the first high-ranking U.S. official to travel to Pakistan following the devastating floods in that country last September.

In 2009 Sen. Kerry co-authored the enhanced partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009, also known as the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act, which triples non-military foreign assistance to Pakistan to $1.5 billion per year over the next five years.

“Kerry-Lugar-Berman was designed to signal our long-term state engagement with the people of Pakistan,” Jones said.

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Pakistan Starts to Pave Way for Detained American's Release

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) –- The spokesperson for Pakistan's ruling party invoked the Geneva Convention and diplomatic immunity for the first time Monday as a possible avenue for the U.S. to secure the release of Raymond Davis, the American diplomat who allegedly gunned down two Pakistani men last month.

Fauzia Wahab, a spokesperson for the Pakistan People Party, said that no diplomat can be kept in captivity and that Davis has an official diplomatic visa. The U.S. State Department has been demanding Davis' release based on the same points since the Jan. 25 shooting incident, but Monday marks the first time a prominent Pakistani official publicly backed the international agreement in Davis' case.

Davis, 36, was arrested after allegedly shooting and killing two men on the streets of Lahore, Pakistan, who the U.S. State Department said were trying to rob him. A third Pakistani man was struck and killed by a vehicle that was reportedly racing to Davis' aid.

U.S. officials have repeatedly declined to answer questions about Davis' precise job in Pakistan, saying only he was a "member of the administrative and technical staff" of the Islamabad embassy and traveled on a diplomatic passport. Public records show Davis has experience with the U.S. Special Forces and runs a small security company.

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Pakistan Resists U.S. Pressure; Continues to Detain Raymond Davis

Photo Courtesy - Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- If there was any question that Pakistan intended to bow to U.S. demands and release diplomat Raymond Davis quickly, the answer is an emphatic no.

The U.S. wanted Davis released before his court appearance Friday, but a Pakistani court said he would remain detained for two more weeks.  Davis has been in a police station since he was charged with the murder of two men working for Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI.  He will now be moved to a jail.

Lahore's police chief accused Davis Friday of "intentional and cold blooded murder."  In other words, stating that Davis didn't act in self-defense, as the U.S. claims.

On another note, a judge requested the foreign office to declare once and for all whether Davis has diplomatic immunity.

Davis' continuing detention and his move to a prison could further enrage the United States, which has already threatened the Pakistani government with closing consulates and canceling major bilateral meetings next month if Davis isn't set free.

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Pakistani Officials Claim American Killed Men Working for ISI

Photo Courtesy - Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- The public narrative from the United States is simple: one of its diplomats in one of the most dangerous countries in the world was threatened by two men with guns, and the diplomat shot and killed them in self-defense.  He sits in jail, "illegally detained," because he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

But the version of events told by multiple Pakistani officials -- and adamantly denied by the U.S. State Department -- is utterly different.

The four Pakistani officials who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity say that the two men who Raymond Davis killed in Lahore last month were working for Pakistan's premiere intelligence service, and they were following Davis because he was spying.

If true, their story dramatically changes the nature of an incident that is already severely straining the two countries' already tumultuous relationship.  Davis' detention is fraying the U.S. alliance with Pakistan, one of the most delicate and important in the world.  U.S. and Pakistani officials both admit the fate of Raymond Davis could threaten an alliance that is critical to the war in Afghanistan and the fight against al Qaeda.

According to the Pakistani officials, the two men had been sent to track Raymond Davis by the Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, which believed that Davis had crossed "a red line" and needed to be followed.

In late January, those officials say, Davis was asked to leave an area of Lahore restricted by the military.  His cell phone was tracked, said one government official, and some of his calls were made to the Waziristan tribal areas, where the Pakistani Taliban and a dozen other militant groups have a safe haven.  Pakistani intelligence officials saw him as a threat who was "encroaching on their turf," the official said.

U.S. officials dispute the story.  Davis came to Pakistan on a diplomatic passport and is a "member of the technical and administrative staff" of the embassy in Islamabad.  He therefore enjoys diplomatic immunity, which means he may not be tried for a crime in Pakistan.  In public and in private, U.S. officials say they do not believe reports that the two men Davis shot and killed were working for the ISI.  They say the men had robbed another person before they approached Davis' car.

"We don't find [the reports] credible," P.J. Crowley, the State Department's spokesman, said at his daily press briefing on Monday.

The U.S. says his detention is "illegal" and has put extreme pressure on Pakistan to release him.

According to two officials close to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, the White House has threatened to shut the U.S.'s three consulates in Pakistan and postpone the official bilateral, strategic dialogue, as well as Zardari's upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.

A senior U.S. official declined comment on the consulates, but acknowledged that any meeting between the Pakistani and U.S. governments would be dominated by the Davis case right now -- making most bilateral meetings useless.

Last weekend Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, according to two U.S. officials.

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Wife of Pakistani Fatally Shot by US Man Commits Suicide

Raymond Davis. Photo Courtesy - Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- The wife of one of the Pakistani men allegedly shot and killed by an American official in Lahore took her own life Sunday after ingesting poison, her doctors reported.

Shumaila Kanwal committed suicide by taking a tablet usually used to keep grain in a silo from going bad in the winter.  Before passing away, her doctors allowed her to speak to reporters on camera from inside the hospital, and she delivered a diatribe to describe why she tried to take her own life.

"I do not expect any justice from this government," Kanwal told reporters.  "That is why I want to kill myself."

"I want blood for blood," she said.  "The way my husband was shot, his killer should be shot in the same fashion."

Kanwal's husband, Mohammad Faheem, was among three men killed on Jan. 27.  Raymond Davis is accused of shooting and killing Faheem and another man who he claims were attempting to rob him in Lahore.  A third Pakistani man died after he was struck by a vehicle that was reportedly racing to Davis' aid.

Davis is being held in a prison in Lahore.

The U.S. State Department has called the shooting self defense.

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Pakistan Extends Detention of Accused American Official

Photo Courtesy - Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- The American official accused in the shooting deaths of two Pakistani men will be detained for an extended period of up to eight days, despite renewed calls from the U.S. that he be immediately released under the provisions of diplomatic immunity.

Raymond Davis, as the American has been identified by Pakistani investigators, court documents and a source close to Davis, appeared in a Pakistani court Thursday morning but was not afforded a lawyer or translator, a spokesman from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, said.

A week after the incident, U.S. officials have yet to name Davis as the official in custody, referring to him only as a diplomat and member of the embassy's administrative and technical staff. Pakistani officials described Davis as a "technical adviser" and his military record shows experience with the U.S. Special Forces.

"The U.S. Embassy reiterated to the Government of Pakistan Thursday that his continued detention is a gross violation of international law," the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, said in a statement. "Under the Vienna Convention and Pakistani domestic law, he is entitled to full criminal immunity and cannot be lawfully arrested or detained."

The statement said that in the court appearance Thursday Davis was "denied due process and a fair hearing." Pakistani officials had said they would rule on whether he is granted diplomatic immunity this week, but have extended the decision while police investigate the shooting for up to eight days, officials told ABC News.

Davis, who runs a small private security consulting business, allegedly shot and killed two men who he said were attempting to rob him last week in Lahore, Pakistan. A third Pakistani man died after he was struck by a vehicle that was reportedly racing to Davis' aid. The U.S. State Department called the shooting self defense.

"We deeply regret that the January 27 events in Lahore resulted in the loss of life following an attack on the diplomat by armed assailants," the statement from the U.S. embassy said. "However, the Government of Pakistan must comply with its obligations under international and Pakistani law and ensure that he has immunity from criminal jurisdiction. " 

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Lahore Shooting: Pakistan Refuses to Release Accused US Official

Photo Courtesy - Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- Pakistani officials said Tuesday they are refusing to release the American official, identified by the U.S. only as "a diplomat," involved in a deadly shooting in Lahore, Pakistan, despite U.S. demands.

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik echoed the position of several high level Pakistani officials when he told reporters Tuesday that the case against the American -- identified by Pakistani officials, court documents and a source close to the man in custody as Raymond Davis -- would go before a Pakistani court.

Lahore's High Court asked the Pakistani government to place Davis on the "exit control list," which would bar him from leaving the country, an official told ABC News.

Without identifying Davis, the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, issued a call for the release of "a U.S. diplomat unlawfully detained" over the weekend, stating he was working for the U.S. government in Islamabad in a diplomatic capacity and was carrying a diplomatic passport when he fought off two would-be robbers last week.

A source close to Davis said he works as a "technical adviser." His military record shows experience in the U.S. Special Forces and, according to public documents, he currently owns Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, which provides clients with "loss and risk management professionals."

Two men were killed in the shooting as well as another man who was reportedly struck by a vehicle that was racing to Davis' aid. In addition to not identifying the American official, the State Department has declined to say precisely in what capacity he was working for the government -- beyond as a diplomat -- or why he was apparently armed at the time of the incident.

A trial will determine whether the killing was intentional, accidental or in self-defense, Pakistani officials said last week.

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American Official Involved in Pakistan Shooting Identified

Photo Courtesy - Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- Though the U.S. State Department and Pakistani officials are at odds over the identity of a U.S. consular employee accused of killing two Pakistani men, private security officer Raymond Davis was involved in the incident, sources told ABC News Friday.

Davis, a "technical adviser" to the U.S. government whose record shows experience in the U.S. Special Forces, is accused of shooting two men who were apparently attempting to rob him Thursday in Lahore. A third Pakistani man was killed when a vehicle struck him while reportedly racing to the American's aid.

Pakistani officials named Davis as the accused American to ABC News, in reports and in court documents Thursday, but State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the name had been misreported.

A source close to Davis told ABC News today he was involved in the incident.

Court documents filed in Lahore list Davis as charged with murder. A trial will determine whether the killing was intentional, accidental or in self-defense.

Davis runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, a company that provides "loss and risk management professionals."

Since it is not known in what capacity Davis was working for the government, it is not clear whether he is entitled to diplomatic immunity.

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