The Lahore High Court has now been formally told by the federal government that Raymond Davis, accused of the murder of two Pakistanis, may indeed have travelled to Pakistan on a diplomatic passport, but it was on a business visa, and he was not registered as a diplomat. The LHC left the issue of his status to the trial court to decide. The USA is claiming that Davis, who appears to be a private contractor with the CIA, should not be punished by the Pakistani courts because he had diplomatic status, but there is no trace of his having been granted this status. The government faced immense pressure from the USA to end the debate by accepting Daviss diplomatic status, but it had to decide against falsifying the record that this would have required, because the government did not want the public anger and outrage to have gotten out of hand. This is the first time the Foreign Office has made a statement about Daviss status, and that before a court. This means that it will probably make the same statement before the trial court, and this in turn means that the court will not leave diplomatic immunity available to Davis as a defence, and he will then have to rely on self-defence as his plea, if he intends to escape conviction on the capital charge. However, he will then have not just to appear in court, but also answer a cross-examination, which will presumably want to find out what he was doing in Mozang. Any truthful answers will have international repercussions, which will affect not only Pak-US relations, but probably also the war on terror as a whole. That is an unanswered question, and speculation about the answer has gone towards showing that Davis was trying to set up a spy network unknown to the Pakistani authorities. However, Davis is not being tried for spying, but for murder, and that is the first charge he has to face. After the murder charge, he should also be tried for spying. However, the American authorities should be told in no uncertain terms that the matter will be decided in court, and all the American noise that the immunity issue should not be decided in court, but by the Pakistan Foreign Office, should be dismissed as just that: noise. The issue of immunity has lingered on too long, polluting the atmosphere of the entire case. Now that it has reached the trial courts, and has been the subject of an official statement by the government, it is also incumbent on the government to stop the USA from flogging a dead horse.