K-P government bars visitors from meeting Dr Shakil Afridi

Published: September 26, 2012
The doctors will not be allowed to meet anyone, including relatives.  PHOTO: FILE

The doctors will not be allowed to meet anyone, including relatives. PHOTO: FILE

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.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Nadir
    Sep 26, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Haha! look at us!! Looking Amreeka in the eye!! Fooled everyone into focusing on this guy, while no one is asking why the Abottabad commission has fallen silent or what OBL was doing in Pakistan for so long to begin with!


  • khurshid
    Sep 26, 2012 - 4:38PM

    This is pathetic! First they arrest a man in Peshawar and try him in the Tribal areas under FCR and not the normal courts. First they claim that the interview with him was fake and now ban all visitors to him. Why? If the interview never occurred and there was no security lapse, as they claim, why deny him his visitors.Recommend

  • anwar
    Sep 26, 2012 - 4:55PM

    The damage is already done. Did you ever hear a squeek out of Aafia sidiqui?


  • Cautious
    Sep 26, 2012 - 4:55PM

    Seems like you never miss a chance to make a foolish mistake. You didn’t give this guy a lawyer during his trial, your leaders didn’t even know what crime he was being tried for, you denied his family visitation rights – the list goes on. The World is watching – the World is judging.


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