Pakistani officials hopeful on spat over detained US man

ISLAMABAD — Aides to Pakistan's president expressed confidence Wednesday that Islamabad and Washington could amicably resolve a growing diplomatic crisis over the fate of a former US Special Forces soldier held in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis.
None, however, would directly respond to statements from Washington that billions of dollars in US aid to Pakistan could be threatened and diplomatic contacts curbed if the American is not released quickly.
Washington maintains that the man, identified by Pakistanis as 36-year-old Raymond Allen Davis, has diplomatic immunity and shot the two Pakistanis in self-defense when they tried to rob him.