Abbottabad commission: ‘CIA doctor’ faces treason charge

Published: October 6, 2011
The commission also directed that the bin Laden compound "should be handed over to civil administration of Abbottabad for disposal in accordance with relevant law". PHOTO: SANA

The commission also directed that the bin Laden compound "should be handed over to civil administration of Abbottabad for disposal in accordance with relevant law". PHOTO: SANA

ISLAMABAD: The Abbottabad commission investigating the May 2 US raid that killed Osama bin Laden directed the government on Thursday to institute a high treason case against a doctor who allegedly collaborated with American intelligence agencies in locating the world’s most wanted man in Abbottabad, and also lifted travel restrictions on the al Qaeda chief’s family.

Dr Shakeel Afridi, a public servant of the health department of Fata, is accused of running a fictitious test campaign in Abbottabad in order to conclusively determine the biological kinship of Osama’s children to confirm his presence in the compound.

It was widely reported that the US had been lobbying for his release, which included a call from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to President Asif Ali Zardari. According to media reports, the president turned down the request.

“In view of the record and evidence … the commission is of the view that prima facie, a case of conspiracy against the state of Pakistan and high treason is made out against him,” said the statement.

“A case under relevant law should be registered.”

In regards to Osama’s family – in Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) custody since the operation – the commission lifted travel restrictions after recording their statements. The ISI had taken custody of Bin Laden’s widows, two Saudis and one Yemeni, and around 10 of their children after the May 2 operation and the commission had barred authorities from handing them over to any other country without its permission.

(Read: Abbottabad commission questions Bin Laden widows, daughters)

During the past few days, the commission also summoned ISI officials, including its chief Lt Gen Shuja Pasha. The commission said that it conducted “an exhaustive interview” of Pasha to understand his views.

Chairman of the commission Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal also ordered the handing over of the Osama compound to the district administration “for disposal in accordance with relevant law.”

The compound where Osama and his family lived, some reports suggesting for around 5 years, was sealed by military authorities. According to records, it was owned by a man registered with an address of a city in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa but investigations revealed he used a fake identity card.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 7th, 2011.

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  • Realist.
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:45PM

    Poor doctor.

    Why no treason case Against ISI chief & Army chief ?
    Who not only FAILED to discover that OBL was near Kakul Academy But also failed to respond to that mini invasion by US choppers ?


  • Oct 6, 2011 - 11:59PM

    Yes, how befitting! And who is going to uncover the traitors who helped him settle in in Abottabad, and brought about a national embarrassment? This commission is obsessed with how the US got in, fine, but what was OBL doing there to begin with?


  • John B
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:25AM

    “a case of conspiracy against the state of Pakistan and high treason is made out against him,”

    What about the persons who actually kept OBL in the compound.?

    Why the enquiry is not focused on how OBL came to live in the compound in PAK soil but it is focused on identifying how US came to Abbottabad?


  • SaudiRules
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:27AM

    Shouldn’t OBL tried posthumously for ruining pakistan’s and its expatriate’s image globally? or for the global and internal humiliation faced by the khakis and ISI becuase of OBL hiding/hidden in Abottabad? NOOOOOOOOOOO…lets balme the US and its agent. do khakis think pakistanis are stupid?


  • Cautious
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:39AM

    The only Pakistani that did anything positive in tracking down OBL apparently committed the unpardonable sin of exposing/embarrassing Pakistan.
    Pakistan has gone out of it’s way to track down anyone who might have helped discover the location of OBL – but has done little (if anything) to determine who was helping OBL. You don’t live 5+ years inside a fortified mansion that is shouting distance from the Pakistan Military Academy without assistance from powerful people.
    It’s become clear that this Commission is a sham — members started to pronounce their conclusions before they had interviewed anyone – even the head of the Commission indicated that the report was almost finished before they had even interviewed the ISI.
    This Commission had a chance to redeem Pakistan’s tarnished international reputation – unfortunately it’s going to reinforce that poor image.


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:56AM

    Is this commision formed by Al-Quaida?


    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:34AM

    If this turns out to be the results of this investigation, the PAK is lost forever. It truly will have become a failed nation.


  • Sirajuddin Haqqani
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:40AM

    Attention Islamabad: Any charges on the Surgeon Shakeel Afridi by Islamabad clearly states that Pakistani intelligence & others in the leadership where aware that Osama AQ king pin was in Abbottbad living safely in a garrison town. The fact of the matter is there are many even in the executive office of Islamabad that where left in the dark about OBL including communications with the HAQQANI network in the last 10 yrs!! I am not gonna tell that elements inside the Pakistani military all played by the rules! My Intelligence teams use Billion Dollar technology & we have enough Intel that states those elements existed. I also don’t have to disclose this information to Pakistan because the trust deficit has showed that Pakistan has a history of Denial !! Even if I told you that Pakistan Intel is responsible for hundred & thousands of missing Pakistanis..You will deny it!! Its in your blood to protect your sovereignty,reputation & your constitution & shrug off allegations of accountability!! If you want to send Washington a message that you where aligned as per the Sept 11th 2001 attacks agreement in desolation of the AQ & its affiliates including OBL..You will relocate Shakeel Afridi to another country!! If you continue to prosecute this man that helped eliminate the worlds number 1 terrorist that specifically lived & based within very close proximity of of Pakistanis nuclear arsenal with near future aspirations of implementing a mechanized arsenal on U.S or occupied soil!! The fact of the matter is the Dr saved your A$$ and Pakistan. Because if OBL was successful, the U.S NATO response would have taken out Islamabad!! The fear and this war rages on!! We have good days and bad days!! prosecuting this Dr will be a bad day for all of us..That I promise you! Show us that you are a partner in fighting terror! Advise the ISI that its safe to continue operations with U.S Intel, but it is safe to say that my proxy or teams will cross paths somewhere & we will approach the ISI individuals that are responsible for direct loss of life to my cohorts & they will be held accountable!!Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Oct 7, 2011 - 2:15AM

    How can a person who helped OBL get caught be regarded as a traitor to Pakistan which is also fighting Al Qaeda in the war on terror? Am I missing something?


  • Deb
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:56AM

    Brilliant.Pakistan never stops amazing the world at large.


  • Rao
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:06AM

    It is good that one Doctor dies. It will save the Job of many.

    Why the selective leaks? What OBL’s wives confess?

    There is a huge time gap as per media. Perhaps the Doctor entered at last stages or he may not be a Doctor at all!


  • Dallas Ali
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:22AM

    What a shame on for Pakistan. Dr Afridi was doing a noble thing to assist a in apprehending a mass murderer (in line with GOP objectives).


  • ayesha
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:34AM

    This doctor’s actions resulted in US killing Osama. Is Pakistan admitting that killing Osama was against Pakistan’s national interests?


  • foruchandan
    Oct 7, 2011 - 7:05AM

    hope seems to be trikling down….god save pak from these maniachs who are dangerous to the whole world


  • Kashif
    Oct 7, 2011 - 7:46AM

    If the poor doctor is termed a traitor, then every single Pakistani soldier and policeman who are fighting against the terrorists have to be called traitors.


  • diesel
    Oct 7, 2011 - 8:01AM

    clueless cops, nothing more , nothing less…


  • Doctor
    Oct 7, 2011 - 8:18AM

    Shocking and totally embarrassing. If the good doctor is convicted of treason, every reasonable, sane person who is still in Pakistan should give up all hope and leave. Recommend

  • B
    Oct 7, 2011 - 8:20AM

    Will any other country like forign agents working on it’s soil? Why such a surprise in western media?


  • Bangladeshi
    Oct 7, 2011 - 8:44AM

    It amazes me from the comments above that people expects PAK to release a guy who collaborated with a forgein Agency. Whether he apprehended a terrorist or not doesn’t matter. What matters is that the CIA infiltrated deep inside pakistan posing a security risk to PAK. PAK did what any other country would do to safeguard its interest. Why does americans expect every nation should give in to US interest . would US & India do the same if one of their citizens helped the ISI to track down a suspected BLA terrorist deep inside india or US. Americans are the most hypocritical and arrogant people on earth.


  • Sami
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:05AM

    If he was working with foreign intelligence w/o approval from the govt he deserves to be charged and hanged. That is treason & the US will do the same (check out what the US did to Bradly Manning). If he knew about OBL & did not informed proper authorities he still needs to be held accountable for his crimes, and to mention the fact that he put all those children in danger in the name of vaccination.


  • Sami
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:08AM


    He isn’t good doctor, but a traitor who was working with foreign intelligence agencies against interest of his own country. He deserve what is coming to him.


  • mustafa
    Oct 7, 2011 - 11:09AM

    He isn’t good doctor, but a traitor who was working with foreign intelligence agencies against interest of his own country. He deserve what is coming to him.

    There are lots of people in who are working for US as an agent specially pakistani upper class.


  • BruteForce
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:09PM

    I thought the OBL operation was a fake! If it was fake why is this Doctor being punished? All he did was distribute polio drops to children.

    He helped. unknowingly, to kill a dreaded Terrorist. Dont you think the image of Pakistan will be further ruined if he is tried for treason?


  • Amer
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:18PM

    @my friends defending the doctor
    Law follows the constitution and as per the constitution, any Pakistani helping a foreign country or agency without the knowledge can be tried under treason. So, the Doctor is tried under the right law, 2. then it is up to the relevant court to decide the severity of the issue and they can take a decision accordingly.
    So, the treason case is very much required and two it is up to the legal system, the way the case is presented and the political implications.
    If we consider all these, then it is a right decision from the security perspective of the country as he helped foreign forces to come into the country and undertake the operation.


  • trueman
    Oct 7, 2011 - 2:45PM

    I was expecting Pakistan to award the doctor with Nishan-i-Haider. Has Pakistan not declared any reward on Osama.

    According to Mr. Musharraf he was suffering from Kidney failure and probably died of it.

    A patient needing dialysis cannot survive unless constantly monitored and given proper treatment for the ailment.

    Hmmmm such a patient lived in Abbotabad for five years. Please stop fooling aroundRecommend

  • Salman
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:05PM

    Doctor should had collaborated with Pakistani Govt then US Govt regardless of OBL factor.Period! If he wanted to expose OBL than he could had done it through Pakistani or international media so that Pakistani authorities would had bounded to apprehend to OBL.


  • justiceforall
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:19PM

    Ok. But who give CIA permission to operate freely in pakistan and make stations all around peshawar to islamabad. If u give permission to a foreign and enemy agency then how can u stop them from interacting with pakistani. Hang shakeel afridi but CIA will find million more shakeel Afridi in pakistan when u have given permission to them to operate by a dictater since 2001. If u brought them to operate then it means they will hire pakistani for operation. Recommend

  • ukmuslim
    Oct 7, 2011 - 4:16PM

    @Amer @BruteForce @Sami

    The founding purpose of the Abbottabad commission is to investigate ‘how OBL came here, how he manage to live for 5 years without getting noticed, who helped him to settle here’. But the commission is working on lines of ‘how he got found, who helped americans to found’. That’s why, the whole world is surprised about the progress and its outcomes. ‘Who are pakistan’s traitor’ is certainly not the motive of the commission. For that you can have different enquiry, but not this one.

    i am surprised, shocked and lost the hope for pakistan.


  • Ghaznavi
    Oct 7, 2011 - 4:25PM

    Doctor should be charged and tried as per Pakistani law!!


  • Pundit
    Oct 7, 2011 - 4:47PM

    Rose Petals for Salman Taseer’s murderer and Cactus thorns for the CIA doctor?


  • Sajjad Hussain
    Oct 7, 2011 - 6:28PM

    Was the doctor acting alone or there was connivance with the provincial health department and EDO Health Abbottabad. Anyway negligency of hEALTH DEPARTMENT and security agencies cannot be ruled out.They have brought the nation to discredict.The answer must be found.


  • Miqs
    Oct 7, 2011 - 6:44PM

    A Traitor Is A Traitor No Ifs No But


  • Mr A
    Oct 7, 2011 - 6:56PM

    A person who betrays (or is accused of betraying) their country should be sentenced to death


  • Execution for Traitors
    Oct 7, 2011 - 8:11PM

    The doctor knew he was working for the CIA in Pakistan.

    The doctor is a Traitor.

    Traitors must be executed.


  • IAQ
    Oct 8, 2011 - 1:19AM

    The findings of the commission in calling this doctor a traitor is proof that osama was one of their agents and his loss was too much for them to bear. Surely the doctor should be praised for finding the terrorist.
    Pakistani mentality is very low. First they deny anything to do with terrorists and then punish anyone who helps find one.
    Shame on you PAKISTAN.

    By the way I am a pakistani and ashamed!!


  • rkfrom USA
    Oct 8, 2011 - 2:17AM

    the laest news according to another pak newspaper, Dawn, along with other western newspapers is that this doctor died of “stroke”.. how convenient for the spy agency of pak.


  • Amer
    Oct 8, 2011 - 10:35AM

    @ my Pakistani friends who are disgruntled
    We are not here to analyze and defend OBL’s life. The point in discussion is whether a Pakistani like the doctor can be tried under treason and what i shared is that yes under the circumstances that we know of, he can and must be tried for treason !!!


  • AAB
    Oct 8, 2011 - 10:37AM

    Do we have the public proof that it WAS actually OBL who, apparently, Americans killed? Give us proof or else its only a spoof!Recommend

  • malik
    Oct 8, 2011 - 10:56AM


    the statements of the wives of OBL not enough for you?

    The wives and the children of OBL are still in Pakistan, and you can ask your favorite TV anchors to interview them !


  • @ Malik
    Oct 8, 2011 - 7:05PM

    The wives could have been coerced – had the lives of their children threatened if they do not tell the LIE – No Osama in Pakistan.

    The US govt would have produced his body – America is the home of the 3 second TV propaganda news clip.

    America loves Video.

    Funny that the US Navy Seals who allegedly killed Osama, were killed themselves two weeks later in Afghanistan to complete the cover up.

    The War on Terror is Fake.

    Pakistan must execute any and all traitors.Recommend

    Oct 8, 2011 - 11:17PM

    This Doctor managed fake vaccination campaign in Abbotabad. Are the children of people of abbotabad not Human?? Where are Human Rights activists?? Why don’t they speak against this doctor? I wish and pray that it does not happen and it did not happen. But if some innocent child dies as a result of that fake vaccination, then this doctor should not be punished? Then this doctor should not face the charges of capital punishment??


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