PPP Information Secretary Fauzia Wahabs thesis that she presented at a press conference in Karachi on Monday was a mixture of advocacy for the release of Raymond Davis, warning of bad consequences if he were not, and threat of a show cause notice to former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi for violating the party discipline on this issue. Thus, she confirmed the general feeling that the PPP was desperately looking for a way out of the bind in which it has been caught by the case, and would like to hand Davis over to the Americans soonest possible. Senator John Kerry, one of the sponsors of the Kerry-Lugar Bill, is already in Pakistan, apparently to exercise pressure to set Davis free. However, hardly had Ms Wahabs voice been carried on the airwaves than presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar came out with the weird idea that she was only expressing her personal views and not the views of the party or the government. The seemingly apologetic denial of PPPs association with whatever Ms Wahab had said, while was an attempt to mollify the public sentiments she obviously had outraged by her manipulated reasoning, immediately brought to mind one conclusion, though not the most significant, that she might, like Mr Qureshi, be pulled up for stepping out of the party line. But, leaving it aside, one must say that it is hard to buy Mr Babars sophistry. Plainly, it is PPPs move at double game at which it has become quite adept. It should be understood that a ruling partys information secretary has not only to be very sure of the arguments he or she presents, but also must have the approval of the party high command before putting them across to the public, especially while talking to the press on such a sensitive topic. For he or she is the top spokesperson of the party in power, and it would be rightly deduced that he or she was spelling out government policy. In the present case, she had come fully laced with what she thought was documentary support of the arguments against keeping the American citizen in detention. It is good that unlike Ms Wahab, Mr Qureshi did not undervalue Pakistani citizens lives, and stuck to the factual position, as formally conveyed to him by Foreign Office, that Davis was not a diplomat enjoying diplomatic immunity. He refused to be pressurised by Secretary Hillary Clinton and Ambassador Cameron Munter to declare him a diplomat from back date. Against the backdrop of the loss of lives, the plea for releasing the accused on the score of the huge and varying US-Pak economic relations neither holds water, not befits a nation eager to safeguard its sovereignty and the rights of its people. And on top of that, Mr Qureshi has left no doubt that at least at the time he committed the crime he neither held diplomatic passport or status, nor official visa. Raymond Davis should, therefore, be shown no quarter, and the case allowed to take its course. Any attempt at whisking him away to the US would entail a severe backlash.