PESHAWAR: Officials have barred visitations to Dr Shakil Afridi at Peshawar Central jail, starting on Wednesday.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Dr Afridi’s brother Jamil Afridi said that he and the lawyer, Qamar Nadeem Afridi, were denied a meeting with the doctor when they went to visit him today.
Officials informed them that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government had barred anyone from meeting Dr Afridi.
Jamil said that his family was expecting the government to take such measures following his brother’s interview with Fox News.
The ban bars anyone, including relatives from meeting the controversial doctor, who was accused of spying for US’ Central Intelligence Agency to capture slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.
Dr Afridi was accused of carrying out a fake anti-polio vaccination programme in the area in order to get DNA samples of bin Laden’s family members living in the Abbottabad compound, where he was killed by Navy SEALs in a late night operation in May 2011.
He has stoutly negated all allegations against him and termed the case a fabrication of the Inter-Services Intelligence.
The doctor’s family has met him four times since his arrest in May 2011. His two sisters had earlier met him for the first time in August this year.