Shakil Afridi case: FATA lawyers decline legal support

Amn Tehreek chief says that copy of power of attorney still not received.

Mureeb Mohmand May 27, 2012


In the aftermath of the sentencing of Dr Shakil Afridi, another twist emerged on Saturday when the Fata Lawyers Forum (FLF) refused to extend any legal help to the former government surgeon.

Members of Aman Tehreek and some Fata lawyers had earlier submitted an application at the Peshawar Central Jail, seeking Afridi’s approval for power of attorney.

However, on Saturday, FLF lawyers issued a statement whereby they refused to offer any legal support to Afridi.

“No one has approached the FLF for any legal advice while the body’s executive committee and the cabinet are unaware of anyone seeking counsel,” the statement highlighted.

When contacted, FLF President Ijaz Mohmand also denied that the body was in any way associated with the case.

On the other hand, Aman Tehreek leader Idrees Kamal maintained that a panel of lawyers including the FLF president was helping the body to defend Afridi in the court.

“We still await the signed copy of the power of attorney as well as the copy of the case itself from the political administration,” said Kamal.

“Some FNF lawyers are helping us in their personal capacities,” he added.

When approached, former Security Secretary Fata Brigadier (retd) Memood Shah said that Afridi’s sentence was first pronounced by a tribal jirga, comprising elders well-versed in tribal norms and traditions.  An appeal against the decision can be made to the Appellate Commissioner Court (ACC) as outlined in the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), added Shah.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2012.


Mirza | 9 years ago | Reply

@anwar: You said "How is this case different from aafia siddiqi case in NY?" The main difference is Dr. Afridi was not hurting or trying to kill anybody especially innocent civilians and had no connection with known terrorists. He has no such charge that he was a physical threat to anybody. On the other hand Dr. Afia has serious charges (I am not saying right or wrong it is the open legal system to decide) of terrorist acts. She was related to Khalid Sheikh and contacts with known terrorists. In addition she was tried in an open court with the facility of his lawyer if she desired. Afridi did not have that luxury. Regards, Mirza

Muhammad Zubair | 9 years ago | Reply

One can understand why FATA lawyers declined to represent him in the courts just a day before they avowed to defend him. It must have been the job of notorious ISI that made them change their mind. It is very heart sickening to hear educated Pakistanis condemning Dr. Shakeel Afridi as a traitor. He is a hero for Pushtuns who have suffered the brunt of Al-Qaeda more than any other ethnic group of Pakistan. Those who condemn him because he played his role for money must also then condemn the Pakistan military which sold terrorists (and many of them innocent civilians) to Americans for as low as 5000 $ (In the Line of Fire: Musharraf). When the ISI does it, its ok but if Dr. Shakeel does it, it is treason. What a contradiction. I am not concerned with his motive but the result of his act. He helped in eliminating a person who hands were tainted with the blood of thousands of Pakistanis killed indiscriminately in market places, janazas, jirgas, worship places etc over the last decade. It is also very funny that Dr. Shakeel is accused waging war against Pakistan by helping the CIA locate OBL!!!! Is OBL equivalent to the state of Pakistan? Those who criticize him for not taking ISI on board, must keep in mind that ISI has all along being in bed with the OBLs, Haqqanis and other terrorists / the so-called strategic assets. Well done Afridi. We Pushtuns are thankful to you.

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