Dr Shakil Afridi completes 7-year jail term, triggering speculation of early release

Published: May 23, 2018
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Afridi is to serve 23 years in jail, however, if the government wants, it can remit the remaining sentence .PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Afridi is to serve 23 years in jail, however, if the government wants, it can remit the remaining sentence .PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: Shakil Afridi, the tribal doctor who had helped American CIA hunt down al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, has completed seven years of his jail term.

His attorney has not dismissed speculation about his client’s early release, but says Afridi could be freed, if the government wants.

Last month, Afridi was transferred from Peshawar’s central prison to a jail in Punjab for ‘security reasons’ triggering a guessing game in the media about his possible early release.

Assistant Political Agent of Khyber Agency’s Bara sub-division, using his judicial powers under the Frontier Crime Regulation Act, had sentenced him to 33-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs320, 000 on treason charges.

Dr Shakil Afridi relocated from Peshawar prison to ‘safe location’

In 2014, the commissioner of FCR commuted his conviction by 10 years and reduced the fine by Rs 1 million.

Qamar Nadeem Afridi, Afridi’s lawyer, told The Express Tribune that his client served his seven-year jail term.

Afridi is to serve 23 years in jail, however, if the government wants, it can remit the remaining sentence.

“Yes, the remission in sentence is possible,” said Qamar. “But this is now in the hands of the government. We have not been informed about any such plan.”

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  • brandy
    May 24, 2018 - 1:55AM

    7 years for taking blood samples and providing them to an ally of Pakistan. That doesn’t seem like a crime let alone something worth 7 years in jail. Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    May 24, 2018 - 2:55AM

    Just few days after the Abbottabad operation, US sensed that Pakistan is about to find out about Dr. Shakil Afridi and offered to help him to move to USA. They asked him to shift immediately to Afghanistan with his family and promised to settle him and his family in USA. Dr. Shakil Afridi thought that Pakistan’s authorities and establishment will honor him for helping US eliminate Osama and thereby rendering a good service for Pakistan. He thought that he would be rewarded and awarded by Pakistan’s authorities and establishment. He said this to US and refused to take up on the offer from USA. USA tried to persuade him but Dr. Afridi was adamant and truly believed that he would be honored in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Nusrat Rizvi
    Aug 4, 2018 - 3:17PM

    Why no one ever mentions cash and properties acquired by Bhutto’s during their long rule. Is there an unwritten law in Pakistan that rulers do not touch plunders belonging to predecessors least they face the same fate. What I found even more astonishing is that General Musharraf, himself an honest man also refused to go after Bhutto’s.Recommend

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