Doctor who helped CIA track bin Laden still languishes in Pakistan jail

According to a report by  Andrew Marszal, The doctor who helped CIA track bin Laden still languishes in Pakistan jail…

  The doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden has been abandoned in his Pakistan prison cell by America, his supporters claimed on the fifth anniversary of the al-Qaeda leader’s killing. 

Shakil Afridi was hailed as a hero by US officials after a fake vaccination campaign he ran allowed the CIA to pinpoint Bin Laden’s precise location, leading to the famous Abbottabad compound raid in May 2011.  

But the raid severely strained relations between Washington and Islamabad, where officials were not informed about the operation.  

Dr Afridi was arrested in July 2011 amid revelations that the CIA had organised a fake Hepatitis C vaccination campaign in the area where they suspected bin Laden was living in an attempt to obtain his family’s DNA. 

He remains in jail today.

Qamar Nadeem, Dr Afridi’s lawyer, told AFP that his client’s best hope for early release is US pressure “but so far they have not shown their support”. 

Mr Nadeem also said he has been denied access for the past two years to Dr Afridi, whom the lawyer claims is living in solitary confinement in a small cell.

“I have no hope of meeting him, no expectation for justice,” Dr Afridi’s elder brother Jamil told AFP. “What can I say? I am pessimistic.” 

In May 2012, Dr Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in prison, charged with aiding the banned Islamist group Lashkar-e-Islam, a ruling widely criticised as politically motivated. 

That decision was overturned in August 2013 due to procedural errors, and a retrial ordered.

Three months later, however, Dr Afridi was charged with murder relating to a patient he had treated eight years previously. 

The US has frequently demanded that Dr Afridi be freed.
Hillary Clinton, during her tenure as US secretary of state, said he “was instrumental in taking down one of the world’s most notorious murderers”.  

She denounced Dr Afridi’s treatment as “unjust and unwarranted”, while furious senators withheld $33 million of aid in protest.

But analysts said Washington has dropped the issue as if shifts its focus to pursuing peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, for which Pakistan is a key partner.

“The Taliban talks have taken priority over everything. The Americans don’t want to muddy the water by raising other issues that are contentious,” says Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani author and security expert.

“The Americans have ceased to criticise Pakistan on many fronts.”

Ref: The Telegraph


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