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.