Fraught with risk: Punjab refuses to house Dr Afridi in Adiala Jail

Published: June 11, 2012
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Punjab’s govt says Dr Afridi has become security threat, province cannot afford to take another law and order burden. PHOTO: FILE

Punjab’s govt says Dr Afridi has become security threat, province cannot afford to take another law and order burden. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: 

The Punjab government has refused to accommodate Dr Shakil Afridi at the Adiala Jail saying the province already has its fair share of law and order problems.

The federal government had requested Punjab’s provincial administration to house Dr Shakil Afridi, said to be responsible for divulging information on Osama Bin Laden’s whereabouts to the US. However, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said on Sunday that Punjab has turned down the request.

Punjab’s government maintains that Dr Afridi has become a security threat and that the province cannot afford to take upon itself another law and order burden.

Shakil was sentenced to 33 years of imprisonment by the political administration of the tribal area after consultation with a local Jirga on May 23 for allegedly maintaining ties with banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Islam. He was sent to Peshawar’s central prison, but a letter was recently issued by K-P’s home and tribal affairs department to the federal government seeking his transfer. K-P officials maintained that Dr Afridi posed a security threat and was not safe in Peshawar.

“Keeping Dr Afridi at the central prison in Peshawar is risky keeping in view the recent attack on Banu Jail. We cannot keep him here and that is why we wrote a letter to the interior ministry to shift Dr Afridi to Adiala Jail as soon as possible,” official sources earlier told The Express Tribune.

A number of human rights activists and lawyers stood up for Dr Afridi after his imprisonment. Shakil’s counsel, Adovate Qamar and members of the Aman Tehreek have also moved the Frontier Crimes Regulation commissioner and challenged the sentence.

Aman Tehreek’s convener Idrees Kamal said the Peshawar Central Jail is hosting a number of high-profile militants and that the government should provide foolproof security to ensure Afridi’s safety.

“The first hearing of the case is scheduled for June 21. Don’t you think it would be difficult for authorities to drive Dr Afridi from Adiala to Peshawar?” questioned Kamal.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • vasan
    Jun 11, 2012 - 9:37AM

    Pathetic, Pakistan cant keep its own prisoners in its own jails. Govts openly admitting their inability to do so. When will Pak bottom out.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jun 11, 2012 - 9:47AM

    Great decision by Punjab Government.

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  • Rana
    Jun 11, 2012 - 10:37AM

    This traitor should have been perished in a fake encounter instead of passing the ball to others. Holding him on is going to increase pressure by his sponsors. Punjab police can easily manage the job!!

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  • Jeffmahagaonvi
    Jun 11, 2012 - 12:17PM

    The simplest solution to this problem is to hand over Dr. Afridi to USA.
    Live with love and peace with USA.
    True Pakistani

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  • R.Khan
    Jun 11, 2012 - 3:01PM

    Hand him over to Americans! Poor guy has suffered enough.

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  • Mohammed Arif
    Jun 11, 2012 - 4:06PM

    Best solution is to kill him in a counter. He is the one who was loyal to Americans rather than Pakistan Forces. If you will keep him live, always inviting pressure and new threats from Americans. Therefore, the best way is to kill him.

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  • dr.shahzad
    Jun 12, 2012 - 7:33PM

    now dr.shakeel is a new issue for us,and we all says shakeel did it wrong by helping the U.S intelligence while getting to Osama,and not informing the pak army that THE FATHER OF TERRORISTS (osama) is hiding not only in pakistan but near army area in pakistan,can some one tell what happened to swat mula (Fazlullah),where he is???
    Second thing if we blame dr.shakeel he did wrong,than i think NAWAZ SHARIF and the present PPP party both are also traitors because nawaz handled AIMAL KANSI (a pakistani citizen) while ppp presented RAMAND DAVIS(American) after killing Pakistanis to america???Recommend

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