'Dr Afridi’s imprisonment shows Pakistan is partner of terrorists'

Published: September 11, 2012

Rohrabacher says imprisonment signals that Pakistan is partner of terrorists murdering Americans and not a US ally. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

WASHINGTON: US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has said that Dr Shakil Afridi’s imprisonment signals that Pakistan is a partner of terrorists that murder Americans, and not an ally of the United States.

In a statement released on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the US, Congressman Rohrabacher said, “As we commemorate the monstrous crime committed against America on 9-11 and honour the brave, innocent souls lost,  let us also remember an heroic figure in bringing to justice those who murdered our fellow citizens on this day eleven years ago.

“As I speak, Dr Shakil Afridi, the man who risked his life to provide the intel our forces needed to locate and eliminate Osama bin Laden, languishes in a Pakistani jail. There has been no resolution through Congress nor public efforts by the US government to support Dr Afridi in his hour of need. He has been tortured, his family has been attacked and he is still in a desperate situation. It behooves us as Americans to state in a unified, loud voice, to his Pakistani captors, Dr Afridi should be freed.”

In the past, Congressman Rohrabacher has introduced legislation asking for Dr Afridi to be awarded with US citizenship and a Congressional Gold Medal. He has also introduced a resolution in Congress asking for Balochistan to be given the right of self-determination.

Congressman Rohrabacher is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Awans
    Sep 11, 2012 - 10:51PM

    He is a member of Indian Lobby and he should not be given much importance. Meanwhile many news outlets of Pakistan can sing the songs of Aman Ki Aasha and can also Praise anyone who criticize Pakistan and obviously RohraBacher is a star of fake attention seeking Liberals in Pakistan.
    We should remember that Rohrabacher is a same guy who is against Self Determination of Palestinians but why this hypocrisy with Peculiar countries and defense of other countries i dont know.

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  • afzal
    Sep 11, 2012 - 10:52PM

    of couse ….what the doubt in it???…isn’t it obvious…

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  • jism
    Sep 11, 2012 - 10:58PM

    Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in prison because of his links to Lashkar-e-Islam.
    this is what Wikipedia says,there is no information whether he was directly involved in any attack on innocents.

    but,Hafiz Muhammad Saeed continues to walk freely in streets of Pakistan with support of huge crowds.He leads a terrorist organization that is declared as a cover organization for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)(one of the largest and most active terrorist organizations in the world),.Saeed is also declared as a terrorist by the UN and was regarded as mastermind in Mumbai attack.

    this is how the spirit of freedom and progress is upheld,so class,any doubts?

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  • De
    Sep 11, 2012 - 11:02PM

    Oh really? What about the Israeli spy you guys arrested for spying on USA? eventhough u are lovers in bed? You can arrest a foreign spy, we can’t?

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  • Umar
    Sep 11, 2012 - 11:23PM

    OOOHHH NO noe they US has started Balochistan freedom! HAHHAHAA

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  • bravo
    Sep 12, 2012 - 1:23AM

    Attack on pakistani checkpost shows that U.S is partner of the T.T.P.m i right?

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  • Rashid Khan, Lahore
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:11AM

    He is A HERO

    Paks should be thanking Dr Shakil Afridi for helping the country rid the country this monster OBL, not persecuting him.

    Let us acknowledge the incompetency, or perhaps even complicity, of the of the Pak intelligence agencies. That is no reason to punish a third party. Recommend

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