Dr Shakil Afridi, helped US find Osama bin Laden, remain in Pakistan jail
Pakistan, Osama bin laden: The jailed doctor from Pakistani who is believed to have helped the CIA to hunt down Osama bin Laden will not be released or handed over to the United States, said a Pakistan’s law minister has told legislators, as per media reports.
Dr Shakil Afridi, treated as a hero by United States officials, was arrested immediately after US forces killed bin Laden in May 2011. Osama was killed in a secret raid in a northern Pakistani town that plunged relations between the uneasy strategic partners to a new low.
Pakistan has accused Dr Shakil of running a fake vaccination campaign in which he is accused of collecting DNA samples to help US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to confirm bin Laden’s identity.
Dr Afridi was arrested after bin Laden raid and was charged having ties to militant, which he denied.
He worked against the law and Pakistan national interest, and the Government of Pakistan government has been telling to US.
Early In 2012, Dr. Afridi was given 33 years in jail after being convicted of being a member of militant group Lashkar-e-Islam.
However the conviction was overturned in 2013, but he was then charged with murder, relating to the death of a patient eight years before. So he remains in jail awaiting trial.
Many Pakistanis were not happy of the raid by the US to grab bin Laden in the military garrison town of Abbottabad, which is just a two-hour drive from Islamabad, the capital.
For Pakistani bin Laden’s long presence in Abbottabad was as a security lapse.
Pakistan came together with the US war over militancy after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
The US officials often describe Islamabad as not a trust full partner as they give shelter to the Afghan Taliban leadership. America wants tougher action against militant groups based along its border with Afghanistan.