US should respect decision to imprison Dr Afridi: Foreign Office

Published: May 24, 2012
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This photograph taken on July 22, 2010, shows Pakistani surgeon Shakeel Afridi, who was working for CIA to help find Osama bin Laden, attending a Malaria control campaign in Khyber tribal district.  PHOTO: AFP

This photograph taken on July 22, 2010, shows Pakistani surgeon Shakeel Afridi, who was working for CIA to help find Osama bin Laden, attending a Malaria control campaign in Khyber tribal district. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The United States should respect a Pakistan court’s decision to imprison Dr Shakil Afridi, a doctor accused of helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden, the foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday.  

“I think as far as the case of Afridi is concerned, it was in accordance with Pakistani laws and by the Pakistani courts, and we need to respect each other’s legal processes,” Moazzam Ali Khan told reporters.

The sentence of Dr Afridi irked from a few US officials who had earlier admitted Dr Afridi’s involvement in the Abbottabad raid and had called for his security.

After Dr Afridi was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment by a tribal court on Wednesday, US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said that there was no basis for Dr Afridi to be held, while US Republican Congressman, Dana Rohrabacher went a step ahead in his criticism of the sentence, calling it a “decisive proof that Pakistan sees itself as being at war” with the US.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    May 24, 2012 - 3:26PM

    It seems Pakistan’s laws apply selectively. Afridis are awarded with 33 years behind bars and Saeeds with freedom with armed escorts. Whole world is watching Pakistan’s justice system.

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  • Imran Con
    May 24, 2012 - 3:26PM

    Oh, nobody is under the impression that it’s not within Pakistan’s laws. That’s kind of the whole problem.

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  • Uza Syed
    May 24, 2012 - 3:27PM

    And we must learn to respect the rights of your own citizen! —– give the man a chance to fight his case in a court of law and let there be at least some semblence of ‘due process’. Moazam Khan which Pakistani courts and laws are you referring to and how come these laws and justice are so selective and varried in application?

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  • John
    May 24, 2012 - 3:28PM

    Pakistan is confronting US undesirably…
    Pakistan is digging its own grave !

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  • Vicky
    May 24, 2012 - 3:38PM

    What a justice!
    There are hundred of cases and serious issues are pending, but see Pakistani officials are so hardworking and fast to punish a Paki citizen who helped to catch Osama. Now they again get chance to bargain with USA and get some money because they know USA will must defend this guy.
    And Pakistani people will be happy to see the punishment for traitor.
    I only see funny government and funny people all around me.

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  • Prakash
    May 24, 2012 - 3:42PM

    sometimes you are your own worst enemy.

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  • Pragmatist
    May 24, 2012 - 4:06PM

    The entire world was aghast when Dr.Afridi was jailed for 33 years. The world would like to know what the act of treason was ! Is helping to apprehend a mass-murderer an act of treason? Why doesn’t it admit that Osama was important to Pakistan openly instead of punishing the doctor?

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  • Pungi
    May 24, 2012 - 4:17PM

    I wonder if U.S will ever respect other nation’s sovereignty,courts & parliament decisions..

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  • Shyam
    May 24, 2012 - 4:19PM

    Wise people of Pakistan, brace yourself for the fallout.

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  • SAJ!
    May 24, 2012 - 4:23PM

    They sentenced Afridi 33 years for helping Americans.. Now my question is, what is our govt. doing for the past 10 year? helping Americans right. So what’s the difference?? If that’s the case, why not sentence all govt traitors to 33 years imprisonment as well.

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  • Pungi
    May 24, 2012 - 4:23PM

    One thing for Mr. Rohrabacher… DId Pakistan consider U.S being at war with Pakistan when they put Aafia Siddiqui behind bars?? Moreover… Afridi is Pakistani citizen so it is none of your business what Pakistani court orders to do with him…

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  • Sudhir
    May 24, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Punishment for treason is death. Why has he been spared just by awarding him jail term for 33 years ( in actual terms it is just about 10 years ? US should mind its own business and stop meddling with Pakistan’s internal affairs.

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  • Ameer
    May 24, 2012 - 4:46PM

    Isn’t it ironic that the man who lead to the capture of OBL is sentenced to 33 years of imprisonment while the terrorists involved in killings get away from Pakistani laws and courts..

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  • sam
    May 24, 2012 - 4:52PM

    CIA and Dr Shakil Afridi used polio campaign for war related missions. CIA and Dr Shakil gave us more polio.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    May 24, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Dr. Afridi is given long sentence so quicly to use him as a bargaining tool, otherwise they could have awarded him death sentence and got rid of him. It depends on Dcotor’s luck how soon this swap is done.

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  • choptocut
    May 24, 2012 - 5:01PM

    If this is the law then why it does not apply to LAL Masjid clerics? Why it does not apply to ISI Chiefs? Why it does not apply on Musharraf? Please note that ISI chiefs and Musharraf also help CIA find OBL though they never succeeded. Whereas LAL masjid clerics openly create their own state within state and incite the masses to turn down the then elected government,
    The government is putting egg on the face of Pakistan ha ha ah egg on their own faces ha ha

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  • May 24, 2012 - 5:17PM

    Yeah the man deserves the death penalty for helping a foreign intelligence agency.

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  • Shah
    May 24, 2012 - 5:19PM

    @pungi. Afia is a terrorist. Afridi helped in capturing world’s biggest terrorist. There is a clear difference. No wonder we are labelled a terrorist state, people here want terrorists to be released, courts here release terrorists and imprision anyone who help in capturing them. What a shameful situation.

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  • zeeshan
    May 24, 2012 - 5:23PM

    Honorable Ali Khan please keep in mind when your own regime will not accept the order of the apex court then, how can you expect others will respect or follow the verdict of courts ?
    Secondly Mr. Mozzam masters never the respect of their slaves so please do not attempt to make fool to people. Please concentrate on something else.

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  • Imran Haider
    May 24, 2012 - 5:49PM

    The Pakistan’s Foreign Office is lying. Dr. Shakeel Afridi’s trial was not not even conducted under the Pakistani penal code. It was conducted under a traditional tribal jirga system, which has no constitutional oversight. So, on what sovereign grounds can the Foreign Office demand respect for a verdict, which does not follow Pakistan’s own legal formalities.

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  • Hindustan Ki Shakti
    May 24, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Leave alone US , no civilized person/ society/country will be happy over this doctors arrest and sentence.
    He was the one who disclosed details & facilitated capture of Worlds Most Wanted criminal.
    Yes it is right that he should have legally informed Pakistani agencies first.
    But this is a lesson to Pakistani Govt that the citizen/doctor did’nt have faith in the Govt, they knew that extremist in army,govt all supported his stay in pakistan, so he preffered to be informer to foreign govt (US).

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  • kaalchakra
    May 24, 2012 - 5:53PM

    After the nuclear bomb, putting this traitor behind bars forever is the best decision Pakistan has taken. This is also a nuclear bomb really, let all those who would betray the nation’s secrets be warned.

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  • Menon
    May 24, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Pakistan is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. On the one hand elections are coming up so the ruling party needs to look tough against the US before the election, on the the other hand Pakistan’s survivability is in question withou US money.

    Other than the circus called Pakistani justice systems (there are numerous) no other justice system in the world will covict the good doctor, why? He helped get rid of a UN declared most wanted terrorist in the world. Is Pakistan saying they were protecting OBL, the Golden Goose laying American Dollars in billions?

    The more Pakistani FO and politicians talk in public, more and more ridiculous they look to the entire world.

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  • Jat
    May 24, 2012 - 6:21PM

    Americans are going to send lots of respect your way; hope you are ready and prepared for it.

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  • Romail
    May 24, 2012 - 6:43PM

    This country is full of hypocrisy, army and government allow CIA agents to work in this country, Pakistan’s airspace and drones are used to kill Pakistanis but there is no shame there. But when a doctor helped CIA to capture the world’s most wanted criminal, that has become a serious crime. Since when helping CIA has become a crime when our army and government is doing this for more than 30 years. Otherwise we are trying to tell the world that working against the world’s most wanted man will considered treason under Pakistan law. Great!!!

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  • 999
    May 24, 2012 - 6:46PM

    @kaalchakra:

    “let all those who would betray the nation’s secrets be warned”

    You make no sense. If Afridi leaked a secret to the US, are you implying that the Pakistani establishment was aware of OBLs presence and protecting him and OBL was a so called strategic asset. Are you saying he is being punished for leaking a state secret. OBL is not even a Pakistani National and was living in Pakistan illegally and thats whats even more ridiculous.

    If you celebrate the doctor being put into jail for helping in the capture and killing of the worlds most wanted terrorist then I guess you might make some sense in a crazy world. Yes the doctor did not follow procedure and should be punished for this but to charge him for treason is madness. Further to deny him the right to defend himself is a joke. The doctor isnt a threat to humanity, he gave information to the US just like the ISI and Pakistan Army has been for the drone attacks. Lets charge all ISI and army people involved in giving the US info for drone attacks.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    May 24, 2012 - 6:47PM

    According to Pakistani laws and the Pakistani courts, Dr. Hafiz Saeed is innocent and Dr Shakil Afridi is guilty.
    And therefore, entire world (US included) must and should respect Pakistani laws and the Pakistani courts. Perhaps, the world should learn from Pakistan from the way it respects India and its sovereignty.

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  • faheema
    May 24, 2012 - 6:49PM

    Hell with such judiciary that award life imprisonment to a hero like Dr. Afridi, never probes or question who provided safe heaven to most wanted terrorist, and releases dreaded terrorists like Malik Ishaq. Whatever be the decision of our so-called independent judiciary, Dr. Afridi is and will be remain a hero who got us rid of most ugly-looking dreaded terrorist.

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  • Jat
    May 24, 2012 - 6:59PM

    @faheema: Please do not curse your judiciary. Dr Afridi was sentenced under the guise of a tribal court. Basically a kangaroo court.

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  • ayesha_khan
    May 24, 2012 - 6:59PM

    “I think as far as the case of Afridi is concerned, it was in accordance with Pakistani laws and by the Pakistani courts, and we need to respect each other’s legal processes,”

    Not true. Afridi lived in Abbotabad. Regular penal code applies to him not FCR. Pakistan court allows defence which he was not allowed. He was judged by assistant political agent per FCR which according to Pakistan’s own laws does not apply to him.

    Also the allegation on him had nothing to do with running an unauthorized polio campaign. It had to do with ‘war against the state and taking action against state’s interests’. USA is right in asking – does Pakistan consider killing OBL against its state interests?

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  • ayesha_khan
    May 24, 2012 - 7:01PM

    @Pungi: “I wonder if U.S will ever respect other nation’s sovereignty,courts & parliament decisions..”

    Afridi was NOT tried in Pakistani courts. HE was taken to FATA and sentenced without a right to defend by an assistant political agent under FCR.

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  • John B
    May 24, 2012 - 7:17PM

    US just fueled the helicopters. The seal team was already trained.

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  • May 24, 2012 - 7:31PM

    I’ll give Pakistan as much respect as the world gave France when Captain Dreyfus was convicted.

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  • Drone
    May 24, 2012 - 7:36PM

    @Romail:
    Well said, I cannot agree more, don’t know why people are shouting treason here? What treason? are we not allies of US/NATO? what did the poor doctor do against the national interest, do we not co-operate with US on other war-related/intelligence issues? do we not allow CIA to operate inside Pakistan, we certainly don’t shoot down drones! If anybody… treason charges should be against those who were hiding this mass-murderer and protecting him and we all know who! In Pakistan, terrorists are the good guys and roam free and heroes like Afridi are bad guysRecommend

  • Drone
    May 24, 2012 - 7:38PM

    @Pungi:
    Since when the tribal (FATA) courts become Pakistan’s courts?? In these courts you are not even allowed to defend yourself! forget US, even I (a normal Pakistan) don’t respect such courts.

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  • bangash
    May 24, 2012 - 7:50PM

    Dr Afridi is now a bargaining tool for Pakistan establishment. In election year they will say give us Dr Aafia and we will let go of Dr Afridi.

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  • Cautious
    May 24, 2012 - 8:11PM

    Speaking of justice — how’s that Abbottabad investigation coming? It would appear that Pakistan justice is hit and miss.

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  • May 24, 2012 - 8:19PM

    He deserved that

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    May 24, 2012 - 8:26PM

    State of the Union of Pakistan
    Pakistani Army and agencies:
    (1) US should have informed us first on May 2, 2011
    (2) Dr Shaid Afridi should have informed us first not US

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  • Nikarish
    May 24, 2012 - 8:55PM

    It means some other govt dept will eat the 25 million bounty on OBL head

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  • observer
    May 24, 2012 - 8:55PM

    and we need to respect each other’s legal processes,” Moazzam Ali Khan told reporters.

    A. No Legal Representation.

    B. No hearings in an open court.

    C. No chance to defend himself.

    Legal Processes, indeed.

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  • Hindustan Ki Shakti
    May 24, 2012 - 8:59PM

    @kaalchakra:

    My God, He helped in removing the “Devil”. So rather he should have been awarded.Punishing him endorses that Pakistani State & Public loves,encourages,support terrorism.Recommend

  • Joe
    May 24, 2012 - 9:08PM

    The U.S. could argue that Pakistan was unwilling or unable to get Bin Laden, which if true would make their action entirely legal under international law.

    The real violator of Pakistan’s sovereignty was Bin Laden, not the U.S. Who’s been arrested for helping him?

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  • Murtaza Ali Jafri
    May 24, 2012 - 9:15PM

    The US. doesn’t really care if Dr. Afridi is imprisoned or not, but what actually concerns them is that going forward their local informants will stop supplying them with information that they deem critical to prevent future attacks.

    Considering that Dr. Afridi is imprisoned, and Pakistan sadly still has a significant Talibanistic presence. It’s probably the safest place for him. besides, once the next headline hits and we’ll have forgotten him, he’ll probably be quietly released and allowed to leave the country.

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  • Uza Syed
    May 24, 2012 - 9:19PM

    @Shah: Right that woman Dr. Afia Siddiqui is a terrorist and Dr. Afridi is someone who help us getting rid of Osa Min Laden . Dr. Afia got what she deserved and Dr. Afridi is an innocent victim of our screwed up priorities. Recommend

  • gp65
    May 24, 2012 - 9:50PM

    In his book Musharraf has claimed to take bounty for handing over Al Qaed people to CIA without due process. If Musharraf does it he is patriot, if Afridi does it he is a traitor?

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  • saleem
    May 24, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Isn’t it ironic that the very same statement was made by the opposition parties after contempt conviction of PM Gilani!

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  • Jat
    May 24, 2012 - 10:53PM
  • yajsingh
    May 25, 2012 - 12:15AM

    What bothers me is not as much this injustice in delivery of justice but silence of majority Pakistanis.
    If you cannot raise your voice for your fellow citizen, you think your screams would be heard in Kashmir or for that matter Palestine ?

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  • Ilyad
    May 25, 2012 - 1:06AM

    US should move to have Pakistan declared a state aiding and abetting terrorism, because this man helped in capture of one such criminal, and for that he has been imprisoned. CJ any suo-moto?

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  • Ilyad
    May 25, 2012 - 1:10AM

    @choptocut: actually Rehman Malik is on record that the Govt was very close to capturing OBL – so they should all be put in the same cell but since they were close they may be given 25 years. The only problem is ‘others’ did not get the reward ‘dollars’…

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  • RRS
    May 25, 2012 - 3:13AM

    Pity the nation where a condemned terrorist is roaming free with armed escort whereas an individual that helped nabbed the heinous terrorist is sentenced to 33 years.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 25, 2012 - 3:28AM

    @Rajendra Kalkhande:

    “It seems Pakistan’s laws apply selectively. Afridis are awarded with 33 years behind bars and Saeeds with freedom with armed escorts. Whole world is watching Pakistan’s justice system.”

    You can keep watching as long as you wish, but it would be better to watch your own face in the mirror and do some cleaning.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 25, 2012 - 3:59AM

    @Uza Syed:

    “And we must learn to respect the rights of your own citizen! —– give the man a chance to fight his case in a court of law and let there be at least some semblence of ‘due process’”

    Have you ever heard the word “Jurisdiction”. And more importantly, he has been saved from the punishment of treason, i.e. death penalty, had he been tried in a court of law acting under Pakistan Penal Code instead of of FCR tribal court. His working for a foreign spying agency has been proved which is an act of treason in any country – the cause does not change the fact – a severely punishable crime. Ask a simple question to yourself, If CIA or RAW contact you for your services, what would you do. Wouldn’t you feel obliged to inform the concerned authorities as required by the law of the country, instead of keeping quite and accepting money from them as the doctor did, especially when you are a government employee already being paid for your services.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 25, 2012 - 4:11AM

    @John:

    “Pakistan is confronting US undesirably…
    Pakistan is digging its own grave !”

    Like the Afghans did with USSR and now doing with the combined forces of 48 countries including the sole super power USA? Even after wasting 1,400 billion dollars and thousands of lives, you didn’t learn a damn thing. Did you? By the way, Pakistan do not, and I emphasize do not, wish to confront USA unnecessarily, rather it is USA, in utter arrogance, bullying everyone.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 25, 2012 - 4:27AM

    @Vicky:

    “There are hundred of cases and serious issues are pending, but see Pakistani officials are so hardworking and fast to punish a Paki citizen …..”

    Perhaps you didn’t read the news article carefully. The case was tried in a tribal court working under RFC law, because Dr. Afridi is a resident of the tribal areas, and these courts do not work like Pakistani courts. Their procedures are simple and decisions come by quickly within days or weeks instead of decades.

    After reading the comments so far and seeing the quality of comments made and the number of Recommend clicks, reminds me a recent comment of an Indian reader, “The collective productivity of all the great minds leading the nation is truly impressive.”. It looks like that the educated public is also no exception.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 25, 2012 - 4:57AM

    @Shyam:

    “Wise people of Pakistan, brace yourself for the fallout.”

    Thank you for your concern and felicitations for taking up the job of a sycophant of your new master, USA.

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  • Sandip
    May 25, 2012 - 5:48AM

    The foreign office surely knows that the world does not respect kangaroo courts running in a banana republic. Do Pakistanis respect their own courts that it is asking the rest of the world to do so? Certainly not. Since they know the nature of justice delivered depends not on the applicability of the law but on the wagging of the stick.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 25, 2012 - 6:03AM

    @Solomon2:

    “I’ll give Pakistan as much respect as the world gave France when Captain Dreyfus was convicted.”

    While Captain Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted, Dr. Afridi is a paid agent of a foreign intelligence agency (CIA) and received undeclared illegal payments for his services, inspite of being a full time employee of the government. This is a blatant act of treason in any country of the world as law does not discriminate on the basis of cause. Under the US pressure GOP chose to try him in the FRC tribal court of his birth place and permanent residence, as USA chooses to try the people, who they really wanted to punish severely, in Virginia state and especially in Fairfax County. Recall Dr. Afia’s case where she was handed 86 years prison time on the charges not related to terrorism. Had the Dr. Afridi been tried under the Pakistan Penal Code, he must have received death penalty.

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  • Sandip
    May 25, 2012 - 6:11AM

    @Ilyad: Correct. Also it is surprising to see there was no suo moto on how OBL came to be living in Abbottabad? Didn’t that result in grave security risk for Pakistan, just like the writing of the memo did. Or didn’t it? It’s really confusing.

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  • gulmina
    May 25, 2012 - 7:56AM

    @kalchakra Why do you have to bring nuclear into everything?
    Dr. Afia was involved in funding terrorists and yet the people of Pakistan support her, call them her sister.
    Dr. Shakil Afridi helped to catch the guy responsible for thousands of lives and the people of Pakistan hate him? Clearly we are not a peace loving nation :)

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  • Ahmer Ali
    May 25, 2012 - 11:09AM

    @John:
    We Pakistanis can survive easily without US’ aid but the US-led NATO’s forces can’t survive in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s help and keep it in your minds firmly and strongly that you are still using Pakistan’s aerial/space territory for NATO’s supply and requesting Pakistan to restore blocked NATO’s supply routes because you are in Afghanistan we are not in USA and if Pakistan army withdraws its troops and check posts from Afghan border and disallow you to use Pakistan’s aerial/space territory then remember you shall face the most ever worst consequences in Afghanistan because you have badly captured in Afghanistan and don’t have any other ways to withdraw your troops from Afghanistan except Pakistan’s routes.So mind your own business and never try to interfere in this Pakistan’s extremely internal matter.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    May 25, 2012 - 11:26AM

    Pakistani leaders you shouldn’t have to talk to US’ officials on Dr. Shakeel’s issue if you have any self-respect,sovereignty and self-reliance and convey this message to US’ officials in clear and open words that this is our extremely internal matter and don’t try to give any statement of any kinds in this regard anew instead of saying or giving this statement that US’ should respect this Pakistan’s decision.

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  • Uza Syed
    May 25, 2012 - 2:09PM

    @Lalu Gee: strong text“Have you ever heard the word “Jurisdiction”. strong text

    Interesting question—–what about it——I guess you are familiar with this concept “Jurisdiction”. Does the law of a ‘Geographical Jurisdiction’ apply where an alleged crime is comitted? In our case here—– where is the location of Dr. Shakeel Afridi’s purported act of “treason” ? Is it Abbottabad or the ‘Tribal areas’ ? I’m sure that you know the distance between these two places and their legal and administrative jurisdiction —– would you wish to be tried by FCR for a purported crime supposedly comitted in Rawalpindi? I’m quite certain—you’ll say, no. Then why it’s Ok in this Afridi’s case? He should have been tried right here by our own Pakistani penal law in a regular court, he should have been “presumed innocent” and provided the opportunity as guaranteed by our legal system and put through the “Due process of law”. Why was it not done—I’ll tell you why because his lawyers would have forced removal of veils from true nature of this so called crime and we all would have heared some disgusting truth revealed and forced to swallow some unpalatable and bitter facts.

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  • May 25, 2012 - 2:48PM

    Pakistanis have been shouting about case of Afia. Now it is American turn.

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  • May 25, 2012 - 2:53PM

    If there was agreement between Pakistan and United States to apprehend Bin Laden then Dr Afridi has committed no crime.It is also possible that he was an un witting tool. I doubt CIA would tell him they are out to capture Bin Laden.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 25, 2012 - 5:11PM

    @gp65:

    “In his book Musharraf has claimed to take bounty for handing over Al Qaed people to CIA without due process. If Musharraf does it he is patriot, if Afridi does it he is a traitor?”

    If the curator of the Vankhede Stadium goes to the pitch, he is doing his job, but if Shah Rukh Khan steps over the pitch, he gets 5 years ban. I thought you were intelligent enough, though hatred and bias could blind one’s judgment.

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  • Javed khan
    May 26, 2012 - 4:20PM

    The drama is still in progress.All including Afridi are actors playing various characters. Let s wait for end and then ll b able to offer comments.Anyhow nothing extraordinary is expected.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 26, 2012 - 8:21PM

    @Uza Syed:

    “Interesting question—–what about it——I guess you are familiar with this concept “Jurisdiction”.”

    Let me admit that I deliberately put the first sentence in my comment just as a teaser and to check your acumen. How about the right of US Government to choose the venue of a trial. Consider the case of Dr. Afia Siddiqui. She lived in Boston, state of Massachusetts, committed an alleged crime in Bighram Airbase in Afghanistan, and was tried in a court in Fairfax Country, state of Virgina. Or, consider the trials being held in Guantanamo Bay by US Military Tribunals for crimes allegedly committed in all over the world. Do those courts have the “Jurisdiction” to try these cases? The fact is, USA government has the prerogative to chose the venue of a trial for any crime that comes under the “Jurisdiction” of Federal Government, and so is selection of venue, a privilege of GOP

    You talk about the due process, and of course everyone should be given this right. But what about those 600+ high level Al-Qaida operatives, including the 9/11 master mind, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, and also the Ambassador of Taliban in Pakistan, Mullah Umer Zareef having the diplomatic immunity, Musharraf government handed over to USA without extending any due process. Neither USA nor any other country protested upon the violation of their legal rights and bypassing of due process; rather all applauded the actions of Pakistan. How all of a sudden, this due process became so important. What about the due process of those whose cases are being tried in US Military Tribunals in Guantanamo Bay, where the defense council has no right to see the evidence against their clients, or any right to cross questioning.

    In all countries of the world, secretly working as a paid agent of a foreign spy agency is considered an act of treason. There is no differentiation of good treachery and bad treachery based on the cause. Or you can provide me some reference where the law specifically permits such activity for good causes. USA did not spare Dr. Fai for breaking the law although he was working for a just cause. Similarly, the very same PPC laws you demand for the doctor, required him to inform the authorities ASAP when contacted by a foreign intelligence agency like CIA or RAW, but he opted not to and thus took law in his hands. This is same as killing someone by yourself if you know the guy is a murderer. Will such a person be spared in USA, or any other country, because he did a right(?) thing. I don’t think so.Recommend

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