Bin Laden informer: Dr Shakil Afridi sacked

Published: March 29, 2012
Health department issues notification for Afridi's termination for his involvement in anti-state activities.

Health department issues notification for Afridi's termination for his involvement in anti-state activities.

Health department issues notification for Afridi's termination for his involvement in anti-state activities. Health department issues notification for Afridi's termination for his involvement in anti-state activities. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: Dr Shakil Afridi, the doctor who provided vital information to the US to help track down Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, was terminated from his job by the health department on Thursday.

The health department issued a notification in this regard, which said that Afridi has been terminated under the Efficiency & Disciplinary (E&D) Rules for being involved in anti-state activities.

Prior to this 15 lady health workers who were part of the vaccination campaign were also terminated from their jobs.

Last year, British newspaper The Guardian reported that the CIA launched a fake vaccination drive in Abbottabad to gather the DNA information of Bin Laden’s family. It said that Khyber Agency Surgeon Dr Afridi, under the pretext of a private polio vaccination campaign, launched a CIA programme to trace the al Qaeda leader in Abbottabad.

Action was initiated against him and some other provincial health department officials for running a fake polio vaccine campaign.

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  • Beatle
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:02PM

    I do not knw what the Gov is waiting for to start trial of this traitor? Perhaps US pressure. By the way his father was also agent of British Empire, and rewarded huge land in return.


  • THE
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:03PM

    Is the health department just waking up? It’s been about 10 months already.


  • Khuldun
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:32PM

    I will not comment on whether his actions that led to OBL were right or wrong, but I would surely hold him responsible for destroying the image of polio vaccination, for which there was already so much resentment in our country and now, no one would trust anti polio campaigns!


  • Ethan
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:39PM

    Cleaning House, Eh?


  • Mar 29, 2012 - 1:45PM

    As if he would care for his petty job against the colossal compensation he would have received.


  • Roflcopter
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:51PM

    That was quick /sarcasm


    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:54PM

    If he is in jail then it is good otherwise he will go straight to his MASTERS – CIA / USA.!!!!!


  • Paki-Australian
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:57PM

    I’d do exactly same & more of I could to rid the place of such a person! Good job Doctor!!


  • Faheem
    Mar 29, 2012 - 2:02PM

    Can somebody please define the ‘anti-state-activity’? Does it mean “getting rid of the most wanted terrorist” or does it mean “providing safe heaven to OBL”?


  • T Khan
    Mar 29, 2012 - 2:06PM

    Anti-state activities? Shouldn’t he be awarded with Nishan-e-Haider instead?


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 29, 2012 - 2:48PM

    There is no place in Pakistan for foreign agents.

    After dismissal from service, Dr. Shakeel Afridi should be tried in the court of law according to the prevailing law of Pakistan and maximum punishment should be awarded to make him an example for others.


  • Xim
    Mar 29, 2012 - 2:50PM

    Authority is pleased…hahaha!


  • A. Khan
    Mar 29, 2012 - 2:53PM

    Maybe he qualified for the $25m million bounty offered by US government for capture/killing of Bin Laden. He would hardly have wanted his government post any more.


  • Mar 29, 2012 - 2:56PM

    You have to pay the price for siding with truth.


  • TheTruth
    Mar 29, 2012 - 3:13PM

    In this Land of the Pure, heroes are condemned and villains are celebrated!!!


  • Mar 29, 2012 - 3:26PM

    Any other evidence required to prove Pakistani authorities complicity in hiding Bin laden?


  • bharat
    Mar 29, 2012 - 4:06PM

    If some one searches for the worlds deadliest terrorrist , he becomes a traitor. What has he done anti Pakistan ?

    Does Pakistan believe that Bin Laden helped Pakistan in any way ?


  • WoW
    Mar 29, 2012 - 4:12PM

    Its surprising that those who hid him inside Pakistan are still ruling the country.


  • Hakeem
    Mar 29, 2012 - 4:18PM

    He already earned that can be enough for his next generation, Govt job was just a cover he used for foreign intelligence operation


  • Asif Shah
    Mar 29, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Why Government is not closing the OBL case.


  • AD
    Mar 29, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Pleased to order the dismissal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Why are they pleased? what a joke, who wrote that sacking?


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Mar 29, 2012 - 4:45PM

    Look, conspiracy theorists of Pakistan … Here is the evidence that some forces in Pakistan are working to provide shelter to dreaded terrorists .


  • barkat ali
    Mar 29, 2012 - 5:22PM

    only shakeel is nt agent of US
    what about our leaders


  • Cautious
    Mar 29, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Helping kill OBL is considered “anti state” activity — says everything about Pakistan.


  • Mar 29, 2012 - 5:59PM

    Instead of being a servant of USA, it would be much better if he would become a servant for Pakistani government.

  • yajsingh
    Mar 29, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Why should he be sacked? for helping US find OBL? Isn’t that exactly pakistani state was supposedly doing?


  • DB
    Mar 29, 2012 - 7:38PM

    But what of the rest of the CIA network active in Pakistan?


    Mar 29, 2012 - 7:55PM

    when our president of state is praising the US raid and killing OSAMA then how he could be traitor and commit anti-state activities..!! strange..first we need to arrest and blame our president for his write-up in foreign news paper..!!


  • Muhammad
    Mar 29, 2012 - 9:39PM

    It is amazing to see that some people are calling this guy a traitor? What an utter disgrace. OBL was a terrorist who killed more Pakistanis, directly or indirectly, than anyone else. He was a terrorist who deserved to be killed.Recommend

  • DevilHunterX
    Mar 29, 2012 - 10:43PM

    Wait a minute. Were we WITH or AGAINST OBL?!

    Are we living in a terrorist state or what?


  • Aftab
    Mar 29, 2012 - 11:14PM

    The doctor did us a favour! Osama was the real menace. He destroyed our society by poisoning the mindset! You all are hypocrites! You will enjoy everything Western – KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Huts – you enjoy their films, TV programs – you buy their products – softwares, computers, electrical goods – but at the same time, you hurl abuses at them! If we open the bordes, majority of you will form mile long ques just to enter USA! And you the gall to call the doctor a traitor? Hypocrites are worst than traitors! What has Osama given you? Nothing other than a poisoned, deluded mindset! I for one appluad the good doctor! Hope he is allowed to emigrate to USA!


  • Zaid
    Mar 30, 2012 - 12:35AM

    Dr. Afridi deserves this. We could have made more money from US for the sake of hunting OBL. Shame – he exposed the plan.


  • Pradeep
    Mar 30, 2012 - 2:23AM

    Guys… You call him a traitor. That is sad. Anyway, history will judge him.


  • Cautious
    Mar 30, 2012 - 3:09AM

    Pasha was suppose to hunt down OBL and they discovered him sleeping outside your Military Academy — did you fire him? Kayani was suppose to bring the militants in line and provide stability/security to Pakistan – he provided neither – have your fired him? Zardari and Gilani are suppose to provide prosperity and hope for the people — have you fired them? What makes the doctor so unique?


  • Its (still) the Economy Stupid
    Mar 30, 2012 - 4:30AM

    Pakistani’s who provide intelligence for drone is getting promoted and those provide intelligence on anti humanity get sacked. No wonder every terror attack in the world (France, US, UK, Iran, USSR, China, India, Chile etc) has Pakistani connection.

    People in Pakistan are most of the time get caught in supporting wrong side than rest of the world. Examples are support for AQ Khan and his proliferation, support for OBL, Taliban rule in Afghanistan to name few. Can one call it a thinking error? Then people wonder why west discriminates against them.


  • Hafeez
    Mar 30, 2012 - 5:46AM

    How about the Pakistanis who provided airbases and supply routes to USA? By this argument, shouldn’t they also be tried for treason?


  • Mar 30, 2012 - 6:45AM

    Dr. Afiridi helped detect Osama Bin Laden for which I salute him for his brave work

    Probably he knew that polio vaccination does not involve collection of DNA samples (which could be a piece of a hair, a dried body fluid on a cloth or any other material, a layer of skin, samples of blood and other forms of body fluids) For this he must have been paid handsomely.Literally this can be an act of indiscipline per their service book and department is empowered to terminate his services.
    But considering the services he extended in detecting Laden he deserves an Award by all such countries at least who are under the threat of terrorism. Pakistan Gov’t is also taking billions of dollars to fight terrorism and also to trace Osama Bin Laden but it is ironic that establishment is punishing the Doctor. Gov’t has also seized his assets and he runs the risk of being assassinated by any Islamic radicalist. Moreover considering the vote bank in ensuing election Doctor may not be allowed to leave Pakistan despite world wide condemnation on it. His fate will depend on the future course of US – Pak relations.


  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Mar 30, 2012 - 7:28AM

    Another man is pushed the Abdus Sattar way! Way to go Pakistan!

    Like Tarek Fatah says, such a country can never ever progress!!!


  • Harry Stone
    Mar 30, 2012 - 8:12AM

    This just feeds the growing worldwide recognition that PAK is a lawless nation which supports terrorism.


  • Zafar
    Mar 30, 2012 - 8:33AM

    How much was the reward on assisting in Bil Laden’s capture. I wish such traitors never get to enjoy what he was hoping for….


  • AW
    Mar 30, 2012 - 10:59AM

    Its a shame to know people are calling him traitor. He was helping to catch the most wanted man in the world. Whereas, Pak intelligence forces/government/establishment were sleeping or turned a blind eye, it was their job to apprehend OBL. Felt pity and disgusted to know the mindset of the people and top brass. He should be released from detention. Why the heck OBL was important to anyone in Pakistan? it was he who shattered the image of our country along with his followers.


  • Aftab
    Mar 30, 2012 - 10:37PM

    What has Osama Bin Laden given you or, for that matter, Pakistan? Can all those Pakistanis who support him please explain their position to the rest of us who trying hard to understand this blind faith? Just because he was anti-Western, you just followed him like the Pied Piper who led the mice to their deaths! And, please explain to me why, if you hate the USA or UK or France,etc, why do you buy their goods? Why is there KFC in Pakistan? Why is there McDonald in Pakistan? Why do watch their films? Why are droves of Pakistanis on Facebook?
    Why in the world do you beg aid from these countries? Why do your elite travel to New York or London or Paris every now and then? Why do your children study there? Why do try your utmost to emigrate to the West? Why are so many Pakistanis claiming asylum in UK, USA, or France, or Italy? And the strangest paradox of all, when some of more educated class speaks English, it sounds very close to an American accent? Why all this if you hate the West so much? Why not call a spade a spade? If they are destroying your society, if they are so anti-islamic, if their women appear so obnoxious to you, if they really killing your people, why not chuck everything “Western” out of the window? I will tell you why! Because you all are HYPOCRITES! Say one thing, but, do something else, isn’t it? Whether you admit this or not, in the wider world, being a Pakistani nowadays means fanatics, intolerant, extremist, and hypocrites!


  • Mar 31, 2012 - 12:35AM

    “By the way his father was also agent of British Empire, and rewarded huge land in return.”
    You could be right, wouldn’t you be more believable if you provided watertight evidence. You are attempting to open a can of of worms.
    Who all were awarded chunks of land before 1947?
    Why were people awarded knighthood before 1947?
    Why were Sardars, Maliks and whatnot paid by the Raj in FATA and Balochistan by the agents?
    Why is this system of “payment” continuing in some form or the other, even today?
    How can huge chunks of land be awarded to militarymen, a practice abandoned by Moghals?
    How can the ruling elite buy huge properties in places around the globe?
    How can so many transfer enormous amounts in their Swiss or offshore accounts?

    This is an unending list. If it is true that Shakil Afridi’s daddy got a piece of land are you really saying that all these flag waving Pakis who have taken oath by placing their hands on the Holy Book, to serve the nation, should be questioned? Even Dr Mirza wowed that he was behind Amn Committee. Do you doubt him?

    Please do not question their deeds, many of them have done Umrah and Hajj many times over. Let their secrets be in he the hands of God.


  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Apr 3, 2012 - 1:18AM

    Is that all a sentence was handed down to a traitor like him?


  • Patrick Drugg
    May 24, 2012 - 12:34AM

    What more evidence do we need to prove that thePakistan government is OUR ENEMY . They are as guilty as Bin Ladin himself and should be treated as such.


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