ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office said on Friday that Dr Shakil Afridi was being dealt with according to the law and that Pakistan expected other countries to respect its legal process.
Dr Afridi had been detained by the Pakistani government for his involvement in providing vital help to the United States in finding Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.
"He is being dealt with in accordance with our law. We expect all to respect our legal process, and refrain from making groundless insinuations and drawing premature conclusions," Foreign Officer spokesperson Abdul Basit told APP.
Media reports had earlier said that Dr Afridi had organized a polio vaccination campaign in the city for the Central Intelligence Agency, in order to collect DNA sample to prove that the al Qaeda leader was present in the Abbottabad compound.
A United States (US) Congressman has also submitted a bill to the House of Representatives asking that the doctor be granted US citizenship. Senator Dana Rohrabacher, who had also submitted the controversial resolution in the US House of Representatives, had also asked President Barack Obama to ‘personally intercede’ in the case of Shakil Afridi after media reports stated that his assets had been seized by the Pakistani government.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while addressing the House Foreign Affairs Committee, had also stressed that there was no basis on Pakistan’s part to hold Dr Shakil Afridi behind bars.
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