Shakil Afridi ‘in poor health’

By AFP
Published: May 24, 2012
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Afridi's health condit­ion is bad, a team of doctor­s will examin­e him in jail today, says jail offici­al. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Afridi's health condit­ion is bad, a team of doctor­s will examin­e him in jail today, says jail offici­al. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, sentenced to 33 years for treason after being recruited by the CIA to help find Osama bin Laden is in poor health, a jail official told AFP on Thursday.

“His health condition is bad, a team of doctors will examine him in jail today,” Samad Khan told AFP from the central prison in the northwestern city of Peshawar, where officials have said Afridi is being held.

“He has been kept away from other prisoners to avert any danger to his life,” Khan said, without elaborating further on Afridi’s condition.

On Wednesday, officials announced that the surgeon had been convicted and jailed for 33 years under the archaic tribal justice system that has governed Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt since British colonial rule.

A court operating under the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR), which date back to the 19th century, found him guilty of waging war against the state.

Afridi comes from Khyber, one of the seven districts that make up the tribal belt.

But critics said he should not have been tried under tribal law for an alleged crime that took place outside tribal jurisdiction, in the town of Abbottabad where he ran a fake vaccination programme designed to collect Bin Laden family DNA.

A senior official in Khyber, Nasir Khan, defended Afridi’s trial.

“We have powers to try a resident of FATA under the FCR enforced in tribal areas,” he told AFP.

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  • iftikhar hussain
    May 24, 2012 - 12:59PM

    He should have been hanged. The punishment is too less for him

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  • jakola
    May 24, 2012 - 1:05PM

    he doesn’t look like a patient.he must be pretending to be ill to get special facilities in jail.

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  • phil
    May 24, 2012 - 1:05PM

    Pakistan is a barbaric, medieval country, with barbaric leaders who should be thrown out!

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  • Abdullah
    May 24, 2012 - 1:16PM

    So when is he going abroad for treatment ? :)

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  • Awais Ch
    May 24, 2012 - 1:25PM

    Huh! Traitor…….

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  • sashayub
    May 24, 2012 - 1:33PM

    dear ET….can you please explain what is meant by his “poor health”…….what is wrong? his heart, kidneys, stomach ulcers, diabetes, what? or just that his lawyers are saying he is unwell??? what’s the point of putting a caption, when the text below makes no sense?

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  • Noor Afridi
    May 24, 2012 - 1:36PM

    The man appears to be in poor moral health. He would have been appreciated if his activities were limited to search of OBL. He was involved in various espionage activities which would have compromised the defence of the country. He was a go between TTP and foreign agencies. He was funding TTP for war against Pakistan.

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  • ijazmir
    May 24, 2012 - 1:41PM

    Who was protecting BL? Government of Pakistan? If yes than you can try Afridi for treason and waging war against Pakistan.. But Government of Pakistan was not protecting BL. Than no crime has been committed, BL was fugative and wanted for murder of more than 2 thousand people in New York. There was bounty of 40 Million dollars , He was not Pakistani he was Saudi running away from Law. On one side we say that we are fighting terrorists on other side some one helps to catch a terrorist we send him to 30 years Prison .
    What justice we are talking?

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  • SealTeamSix
    May 24, 2012 - 1:49PM

    Fake illness, time to fake his death so he can live the rest of his days out in Florida. Once again, the Pakistani gov’t makes fools of it’s people with the help of other nations.

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  • shabnaz
    May 24, 2012 - 1:50PM

    Why he is still alive? hang him asap.

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  • Quaid
    May 24, 2012 - 2:21PM

    The patriot and nationalist pakistan has ever produced and who loves the country more than the judiciary and mullahs are. Am pretty sure he will be out of Jail soon.

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  • May 24, 2012 - 2:23PM

    It is just beginning of the love story darling.

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  • Mian M Imran
    May 24, 2012 - 2:29PM

    he just pretending to get U.S. attention and to be flown to Washington, like Ramond Davis, he will be escorted by U.S.

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  • ikram
    May 24, 2012 - 2:46PM

    a third world country can not resist on the demand of USA, he will be going abroad soonRecommend

  • Badshah khan
    May 24, 2012 - 2:46PM

    Just wait, he will get freed by Uncle Sam by Abbotabad style operation!Recommend

  • Umair Khan
    May 24, 2012 - 2:50PM

    i think he should have been given Sitara e Jurat instead of punishment. What he did will help in the saving life of thousands in Pakistan, Afghanistan as it will bring war on terror to closer end. I am wondering what are we telling to the world by sentencing him to jail. Strange we are like always we have been.

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  • A real Bloch
    May 24, 2012 - 2:59PM

    Hang him!!! Make him an example worth remembering.

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  • sashayub
    May 24, 2012 - 3:01PM

    @phil:
    and of course, drone strikes are entirely civil, coming from a coalition of civilised nations.

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  • Batman
    May 24, 2012 - 4:13PM

    @phil, I’m sure he’s getting better treatment then Bradley Manning.

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  • Ayeesha Khan
    May 24, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Poor doctor this suffering is far less than of you’ll suffer in your grave.You betrayed the entire pakistan just for 10,000$.Recommend

  • Truth Exposed
    May 24, 2012 - 5:26PM

    wow ! now he will go to USA or London for treatment and will refuse to return like Haqani

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  • iftikhar hussain
    May 24, 2012 - 8:44PM

    @ijazmir:
    sir he was employed by cia and he got himself posted in abbottabad and he worked for them. if someone works in usa against state and caught what will be his fate? see what happened to an agent of mosaad when caught in USA. I am giving you the link
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard
    If u leave shakeel, this will set an example that any local CIA agent caught will be protected by them

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  • Son of Soil
    May 24, 2012 - 9:02PM

    He should be provided a chance in the regular courts system of Pakistan, not the stone age tribal law.

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  • Concerned
    May 24, 2012 - 9:12PM

    He is not safe in Pakistan and should be sent to US for treatment.

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  • Truth Exposed
    May 24, 2012 - 10:33PM

    so now he will go to USA for treatment?

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  • Truth Exposed
    May 24, 2012 - 10:38PM

    Why all the criminals get sick just after they are in trouble?

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  • Imran Con
    May 25, 2012 - 3:47AM

    @Noor Afridi:
    You’re out of your mind. You’re even a flunkie in the school of conspiracy theorists.

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  • Imran Con
    May 25, 2012 - 3:58AM

    @iftikhar hussain:
    “sir he was employed by cia and he got himself posted in abbottabad and he worked for them.”
    No, smart guy, he wasn’t. He was also given the option to leave but was concerned about the rest of his Pakistani family who more likely than not have been there for a couple generations.
    That’s not something your government would pass over the chance of at least saying once or twice. Instead they chose to alienate themselves globally one more time.

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  • iftikhar hussain
    May 25, 2012 - 8:17AM

    @Imran Con:
    how do u know such details?
    well if its true what u said. I think he was over confident that CIA would not allow any harm to him.
    I dont know u belong to which country but just think for a moment a person of ur country spying for another country against the state. what would be ur reaction?
    If same thing happens in USA what will b there response?
    c what happens to a mosaad agent in USA at following link:-
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard

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  • Nasir
    May 25, 2012 - 9:30AM

    @phil:
    What about CIA’s illegal detention cells in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

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  • Kashif Ramzan
    May 25, 2012 - 9:57AM

    He Should be hanged, hanged him high…

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  • Shere Ponjab
    May 26, 2012 - 12:56AM

    Here are next 7 days news. news 1 – he is ill. news 2 – he is serious. news 3 – he is hospitalized. news 4 – he is dead.

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  • Mr S
    May 26, 2012 - 2:47AM

    Shakil Afridi, 48, who is at the center of the latest breakdown in relations, was an ambitious, competent, and controversial Pakistani physician in the Khyber agency. From a humble background he rose to become the agency’s top surgeon, but he also clashed with authorities and colleagues. In 2010 he was suspended for six months for allegedly performing unnecessary operations in order to earn extra money. A nurse accused him of sexual harassment. Another doctor claimed that Afridi ran off with several WHO-supplied boxes of vaccines. He also was active in spearheading polio inoculation campaigns in the region, an activity that may have brought him to the CIA’s attention.

    Text taken from Yahoo News.

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  • ijazmir
    May 26, 2012 - 5:12AM

    We are great Muslim Nation on this planet.Follower of Islam pillar of Islam . Kill each other on name of Islam.Everyone claims The Islam he follows is the right Islam rest to be killed..Majority of writers wants Afridi to be hanged. Why you want him to be hanged.? Ben Laden was a fugitive and murder. He helped in identification BL. He is a patriotic Pakistani given a chance to go and live in USA, he did not go. If you think that he should be hanged than you are a part of terrorism, what you get every day bomb blast and firing on rallies, killing in mosques is justified people like you. State of Pakistan is in Shambles didn’t knew where BL lives always claimed he is not in Pakistan. Tell me how Afridi is traitor.?.Afridi help identification of BL family and helped America to bring a terrorist to Justice.
    Afridi is a hero. But Pakistanis have made him zero.

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  • Brig Farooq Hameed Khan(Retd)
    May 26, 2012 - 10:47AM

    Dr. Shakil Afridi is our traitor, but America’s hero. Take away Dr. Afridi, return our Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

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  • iftikhar hussain
    May 27, 2012 - 11:43AM

    @ijazmir:
    He worked for CIA covertly
    If same thing happens in USA what will b their response?
    c what happens to a mosaad agent in USA at following link:-
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard

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  • iftikhar hussain
    May 27, 2012 - 11:46AM

    @Shere Ponjab:
    thanx God at lat som nw comes out here in Pakistan. C in India, its a 2 days story. 1 He got captured 2 He is dead

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  • ijazmir
    May 27, 2012 - 12:27PM

    @Iftikhar
    Which Pakistan you are living.? In these days no foreign power comes and invade and make you slave. You become slave under the economic power. At this point real Pakistan is Slave of United States Of America.
    Budget of Pakistan can not sustain for two weeks.Recommend

  • iftikhar hussain
    May 27, 2012 - 5:29PM

    @ijazmir:
    what so ever the state is, we love our country with a faith that it will sustain the current pressure and will come up some day with all bright colours the world can have.

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