Pak-US relations: Senators press Sherry for Afridi’s release

Ambassador reiterates that an apology on Salala incident would help provide closure on the issue.

Our Correspondent June 28, 2012

WASHINGTION: In a meeting with Pakistani Ambassador Sherry Rehman, US Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have stressed for Dr Shakil Afridi to be released.

According to a press release issued by the Embassy of Pakistan the Senators raised concerns over Dr Afridi’s conviction. Ambassador Rehman, told the Senators that Dr Afridi had been convicted on charges of helping Lashkar-e-Islam, and his lawyers would be filing an appeal. Rehman emphasized that Dr Afridi’s case needs to be handled in a prudent fashion.

The Ambassador reiterated that an apology on the Salala incident would help provide closure on the issue, expressing hope that the US and Pakistan will be able to reach an understanding on the re-opening of the Nato supply routes.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2012.

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