As Pakistan refused to release Raymond Davis despite the Americans pressurising it to hand him over to them for nearly three weeks, President Obama, for the first time on Tuesday, jumped into the fray, using rather a strong language in frustration at his (the US diplomats) continued detention. At the same time, the influential Senator John Kerry, known to Pakistanis mainly for sponsoring the Kerry-Lugar Act that promised $7.5 billion of aid over a period of five years to Pakistan, was here, talking of the need not to put the Pak-US ties at stake for the sake of one person. The US Presidents defence of diplomats required to deliver tough messages to countries where we disagree with them and calling their prosecution in those countries untenable was hardly the argument in the present case expected of a person with a reputation for being so well reasoning. Shooting two civilians to death, the compassionate leader should know, is not as venal as tough messages. Both the domineering tone of sole superpowers leader and the conciliatory pleas of the Senator failed to cut any ice. The message Kerry took to his boss was that the Pakistani courts would give their ruling on the killer of the two of their nationals. The credit for this firm stance of Pakistan goes partially to the strength of public sentiments, the independence of the judiciary, the free media and partially to the exposure of Davis status by former Foreign Minister Qureshi. The outraged Pakistani public has been one in its demand to bring the murderer to book, which is deterrent enough to any ruler in the immediate post-Tunisia, post-Egypt scenario. The judiciary that has come in its own since Musharraf tried to muzzle it would listen to none of the unfounded claims of being a diplomat; Davis has been ordered to be put on exit control list and kept in detention. The judiciarys activism, considered most timely and justified by virtually all Pakistanis except the rulers and their supporters, is already keeping the government in a state of nervous tension. It is hard to conceive that they would sidestep the courts and let Davis off. The Foreign Office plea for three weeks period to determine whether the accused was, indeed, Raymond Davis or someone else going under this name and what status he enjoyed, amply indicates that his name in not listed in the roster of diplomats, who are posted in the country and whose names are invariably kept by the Foreign Office. Mr Qureshi deserves commendation for keeping national interests supreme and unambiguously stating that, as under the Vienna Convention of 1963, Raymond Davis enjoys only limited immunity, and not the blanket immunity about which the US was trying to convince Islamabad. He asserted that at a joint meeting of Foreign Office, Interior Ministry and other concerned agencies of the government, he was told by each of them individually that he did not enjoy blanket immunity. Against such solid evidence, there would be no justification for those at the helm to bow under the American pressure. Time has come to raise ones head and prove that we are a self-respecting nation.