WASHINGTON: US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has announced that he will introduce legislation in the Congress this week seeking Congressional Gold Medal for Dr Shakil Afridi, the doctor who aided the CIA in locating al Qaeda kingpin Osama bin Laden was in his compound in Abbottabad.
In a statement from his Washington DC office, Congressman Rohrabacher, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, said, “Dr Afridi’s acts to help the United States were extremely valiant and daring. All Americans owe him our most sincere gratitude for helping to execute the terrorist who murdered thousands of innocent Americans. Awarding Dr Afridi a Congressional Gold Medal is a great honour befitting a hero who took such great risks to help the United States achieve a major victory.”
Earlier this month, the US Congressman had introduced legislation in the US House of Representatives to give Dr Afridi US citizenship. Representative Rohrabacher also chaired the Congressional hearing on Balochistan last week that has been widely criticised in Pakistan.
The press release issued by Representative Rohrabacher’s office also said, “Since the May, 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Dr Afridi has been arrested and held by the same Pakistani government that gave refuge to Bin Laden. Islamabad now threatens to try Dr Afridi for treason for helping the United States. Pakistan’s inquiry commission on the Abbottabad operation has called him a ‘national criminal,’ punishable by death. Dr Afridi continues to sacrifice for the United States and awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal is a fitting way to recognize his ongoing bravery.”
Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2012.