In the uproar concerning of the US mistreatment of their Lady Diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, the Indian government has pointed out that the United States saw things quite differently just two years ago when the tables were turned.
In 2011, CIA operative Raymond Allen Davis killed two robbers in Lahore, Pakistan, using an illegal weapon. His defense was that one of them had drawn his weapon on him in order to rob him. While the Pakistanis charged him with murder and wanted him to stand trial, the United States took the position that he was a consular employee and therefore he enjoyed diplomatic immunity. Barack Obama himself said that Davis should be returned on the grounds of reciprocity (see video of Obama’s very interesting plea). The US claimed that Davis was a “technial advisor for the American Consulate in Lahore”. Yet Pakistani lawyer, Mirza Shahzad Akbarm, argued that Pakistan had the right to hold Davis, as he was attached only to a Consulate: