Why jail Shakil Afridi?

Published: July 17, 2013
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The writer is an independent social scientist and author of Military Inc.

The writer is an independent social scientist and author of Military Inc.

Reading through the leaked draft of the Abbottabad Commission report, one wonders why Pakistan is keeping Dr Shakil Afridi in jail when he could also be given the benefit of doubt of a non-performing system. Allegedly, one of the many drafts prepared by one of the four members of the Commission, the draft is rich in testimonies of various important people possibly involved with the May 2 American raid on the Abbottabad house where Osama bin Laden lived. There are two key issues that the commission sought to investigate: a) how did Osama bin Laden live in Pakistan and b) how did the US violate Pakistan’s airspace and conduct its mission.

There are certainly no clear answers as to who was responsible for both the above mentioned acts but we now know that Osama was indeed living in Pakistan. The report will certainly answer the speculation and rumours that Bin Laden was already dead and that the US operation was undertaken just to malign Pakistan. There is a lot of heartburn visible in many of the testimonies regarding the US not taking Pakistan into confidence. But in hindsight, who would confide in the Pakistani authorities if the system is so dysfunctional that each one of the civil or military bureaucrat testifying before the commission complains about it? The director general of Military Intelligence warns the commission that things could go really bad if the system were to continue to remain this dysfunctional. To cut a long story short, the dysfunctionality is there mainly because at the end of the day, no one is doing their work since those who are more powerful, use their authority and create a pool of inefficiency that is visible to the general public’s naked eye.

In fact, the inefficiency also seems to have crept into the Commission, which despite all the access, could not hold anyone responsible for what happened on May 2 and before. We are now all supposed to clap to the fact that it could pinpoint the inefficiency of the decision-making system, particularly pertaining to national security. But then, it doesn’t take 160 testimonies and hundreds of hours at state expense to figure that out. The national security decision-making structure that was in place in around 1976 collapsed the minute General Ziaul Haq took over in 1977. The first institution to suffer was the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, which was supposed to represent the three services and do joint planning, but was made ineffective because the army chief was also the president with little interest in sharing power. The organisation was further stabbed to death during the Musharraf years when it was even debated whether to scrap it since the army found little or no use for it.

But referring to the commission’s report, perhaps, it might have been able to conclude something if it could have access to the army chief, the president and the prime minister. These three main characters of the May 2 drama never testified before the commission. At least, greater light might have been thrown on the kind of arrangements we have with the US that forced the armed forces in general to look the other way as the American SEALs did their operation in Abbottabad.

This brings me back to the initial question that why jail Shakil Afridi just because he confessed to being paid by the CIA through USAID. Reading the report, it does not appear that he was instrumental in finding Bin Laden. He was, however, one of the many people hired by the CIA to comb the area. Has anyone even assessed after May 2 as to how many government functionaries are directly or indirectly (through family members and friends) on the CIA/USAID payroll? Probably, Afridi was not betraying his country but making a few bucks in a place where he saw everyone on the take. It is certainly irresponsible to hold him responsible for the errors of omission or commission done deliberately or inadvertently. Afridi’s sin is certainly much less than that of the other more senior state functionaries, especially those tasked with protecting and monitoring Pakistan’s airspace in that they were not able to detect at all at least four US helicopters flying inside Pakistani territory for almost three hours. The only excuse that the air chief could offer was that he was so focused on the Indian threat that he didn’t think of the western border. This is despite the fact that there were at least a couple of violations of Pakistan’s airspace by US aircraft in 2008. Is it not just plain inefficiency that it took the PAF over an hour and thirty minutes to know that there had been intrusion inside Pakistan’s airspace?

Notwithstanding the not-entirely-accurate claim made by the air chief regarding defence policy being made by the Ministry of Defence, the fact is that the responsibility of not providing security at that critical time lay with him as it did with a number of senior officers who sat silently while the US carried out its operation. Although the focus of the debate after the leaked report is to put the burden on civilian leaders, it makes sense to ask the men in uniform about their inefficiencies. Is it just because civilian leaders are too lazy and do not read books, etc. that we had a situation where the PAF higher command did not take note of the presence of a superpower in the neighbourhood? Although the air chief claims they didn’t detect the incursion, he is strongly contradicted by Air Marshal (retired) Shahid Latif who talks about the PAF hearing signs of some activity on the AfPak border. Or is it that the PAF was told to shut up as had happened in Kargil when they heard some noises in the north?

Not to forget the mother of all questions: was Shakil Afridi the only one playing ball with the US?

It is said that the government wants to now set up a commission to investigate the leak. I think it is time they investigated why the commission did not affix responsibility on people for not doing their duty. It is important to observe the decision-making trail and name those who put the country at risk by accommodating Bin Laden and allowing Americans to intrude. Without those details, the report is not worth the paper it is written on.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (59)

  • Nadir
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:20PM

    Local SHO should be blamed. As Ejaz Ul Haq said, parliament must pass a resolution appreciating Pakistan Army as they are demotivated due to Musharaf trial and Commission report.

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  • faraz
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:39PM

    There is a huge difference between being incompetent and working for a foreign intelligence agency. If other persons are working for CIA, which we don’t know of, does it mean we don’t punish the person who has been caught red handed working for the CIA? I didn’t expect such amateurish arguments from you

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  • Visibly Invisible
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:48PM

    Well said… Shakil Afridi was just made an escape goat for incompetence of everyone in the ministry of defence and armed forces. Recommend

  • Anon
    Jul 18, 2013 - 12:12AM

    And the best excuse she comes up with for treason is
    “Probably, Afridi was not betraying his country but making a few bucks in a place where he saw everyone on the take.”

    Brilliant reasoning! That’s the equivalent of me killing my neighbour and then claiming I should not be charged because many more die from government actions.

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  • nisarchowdhari
    Jul 18, 2013 - 12:18AM

    The commission was unable to put in names because I believe that Osama Bin Ladin had died long ago and now America had to put his legacy to rest that is why all this drama was done.

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  • PTI Mardan
    Jul 18, 2013 - 12:24AM

    Waiting for you to write a peice on the False Flag Mumbai and indian parliament attacks.I hope I m not asking for too much.

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  • SA-2094
    Jul 18, 2013 - 1:29AM

    Incompetency and collusion with a foreign intelligence agency are two very different things. Afridi was the one who admitted to aiding US endeavors on Pakistani soil. The question here isn’t who else is involved but is Afridi guilty of crimes against the state? The answer is yes, he may have thought that his actions were morally justified and maybe they were but in the eyes of the state (and the law) his actions were tantamount to treason.

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  • Bewildered
    Jul 18, 2013 - 1:31AM

    @Author:

    Why don’t you start working for CIA yourself, or better yet for the NSA’s famous spy program, Prism? Or, are you already working for them? After all, this is such a noble task. That way you’d be doing a great service to humanity by catching Islamic terrorists. Added bonus, you might able to let go some non-Muslim patriots by over-looking their communications.

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  • vaqas
    Jul 18, 2013 - 1:33AM

    Have you ever killed somebody? Or maybe you intend to kill somebody? Maybe you are a killing spree mastermind? Or maybe you kill just for fun? If your answer is yes to any of the above, then we welcome you to pakistan! The most luxurious and hospitable place for you! You will have access to all your favourite toys at discounted prices and real estate you wouldnt believe! The law will protect you and if for some reason they do bother you contact our courts to set you free instantly! So if killing is your thing then pakistan is the place to be. Dont take my word for it come and experience it first hand! For further details contact the president house or the prime minister house and if you have religious inclinations then call 1800- taliban. Lines open 24 hrs a day.PAKISTAN, THE NO.1 TOURIST DESTINATION FOR MURDERERS.

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  • Hasan
    Jul 18, 2013 - 1:56AM

    @faraz:

    There is a huge difference between
    being incompetent and working for a
    foreign intelligence agency

    100% correct.

    Hasan

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  • Anti Author
    Jul 18, 2013 - 2:51AM

    You are among the class who tend to increase the distance between the military and the civilians. Instead of supporting the charge of Shakil afridi against treachery, you are trying to initiate a powerful propaganda against the establishment. I agree, why Shakil Afridi, why dont we jail you instead?

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  • Aasim
    Jul 18, 2013 - 3:55AM

    Well said, ma’am. Afridi is culpable but much less so than the Army and the intelligence agencies. Afridi is blameworthy in-so-far as being on the CIA payroll, but he tracked down the most wanted criminal of the world, OBL (for CIA or for anyone for that matter). So his pursuit of OBL, in this respect, is worthy of applause. The army and the agencies, on the other hand, are paid to defend our borders and counter threats to our nation failed miserably on both these fronts. So if anyone was to be put behind the bars it would be the people concerned from the Army and the intelligence agencies, not Afridi.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Jul 18, 2013 - 5:05AM

    Shakil Afridi represent the silent majority of the Pakistan who wants nothing to do with terrorist. In his mind he was doing his country a favor. He would have done without the CIA money. Those who collected bounty by handing over terrorist to US never had to go to jail. Pakistan is holding him as a bargaining chip.Recommend

  • RAW is WAR
    Jul 18, 2013 - 5:12AM

    shakil Afridi is a escape goat

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  • Khattak
    Jul 18, 2013 - 5:19AM

    @faraz, List of CIA agents is quite long. First start with shutting down USAID as they are front office for CIA, then goes all NGOs, then the military equipment’s like F-16s fitted with ClA bugging devices. I have heard that the US$ bills provided by US, IMF/WB/ADB also has chips installed which send back audio/video to CIA. Therefore, our army has decided not to peruse all those CIA activities as it may result in killing our nation hungry.

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  • unbelievable
    Jul 18, 2013 - 5:35AM

    Afridi and arguments about incompetency are distractions designed to avoid focus on the elephant in the room — Pakistan military helped OBL and the fact that no one wants to pursue the subject means that high echelon officers are involved.

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  • Shahid Mustafa
    Jul 18, 2013 - 5:50AM

    I’ve followed your writings over the year’s and they always chime well with someone else’s motives for Pakistan Ms. Afridi, I mean Ms. Siddiqa. Write a narrative to keep an issue alive. I know te agency needs to save it’s assets, but please don’t give yourself away by keep inconsequential topics alive.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Jul 18, 2013 - 8:36AM

    He shouldn’t be jailed because he led the US to Bin Laden but because he cooperated with foreign intelligence. Not holding him accountable would promote moral hazard and might encourage others to cooperate with foreign intelligence in schemes that might compromise the sovereignty of the state. His action that resulted in the death of Bin Laden should be applauded but not his cooperation with foreign intelligence.

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  • sattar rind
    Jul 18, 2013 - 9:37AM

    We with USA were in search of OBL. Accidentally one of Pakistani Dr. found him. OK? but we jailed him that why he found him or and supported USA in finding the most dangerous person? it means we were dodging the USA and not sincere to found and hand over him to USA? .

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  • nadeem
    Jul 18, 2013 - 10:15AM

    Shakil Afridi is no worse than the long list of generals who were in bed with CIA since 1958. Zia ul Haq in particular used to openly visit the ranch of William Casey, something that even the closest allies of America (Israel, UK, etc.) would find distasteful doing in broad daylight. The doctor did no damage to Pakistan when he worked for the CIA, whereas Generals Zia, Akhtar Abdul Rehman, Musharraf, and many other CIA-collaborating generals literally dug Pakistan’s grave through their actions.

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  • Asad
    Jul 18, 2013 - 10:52AM

    @PTI Mardan:
    You are asking for too much!

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  • Jap
    Jul 18, 2013 - 11:01AM

    Ms Siddiqa your premise for the article is wafer thin. Equating Afridi’s treachery in aiding a foreign agency to incompetence of our forces is illogical, at best. Anyway, if we started putting incompetent people in jail in Pakistan pretty soon we wouldn’t have any room left for criminals.Recommend

  • amoghavarsha.ii
    Jul 18, 2013 - 12:16PM

    @PTI mardan, so u still think kasab was indian !!!!

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  • Jap
    Jul 18, 2013 - 12:17PM

    Such a shame, ET mods not allowing a proper reply to this propaganda piece.Recommend

  • adeel
    Jul 18, 2013 - 12:26PM

    Dont forget that his actions also led to sabotaging Pakistan’s polio campaign. Watch the following video for what Noam Chomsky has to say about this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=o1izLqodCns

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jul 18, 2013 - 12:27PM

    Dr. Shakil Afridi colluded with an intelligence agency belonging to a foreign power, and assisted in bringing his own Government, as well as its security agencies into disrepute. If his treasonable actions occurred in most countries the perpetrator would finish up in prison for the foreseeable future. If a Doctor attempted to create a false health program in most countries the authorities would throw the key away, and he would certainly be disbarred. I think any intelligent person with a sense of personal survival would consider that the good Doctor has been treated lightly. I will not go too deeply into the fact that Dr. Afridi assisted Washington in creating a Hollywood type comic opera without providing any hard evidence that OBL was captured. .

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  • A J Khan
    Jul 18, 2013 - 12:45PM

    Two questions & their answer.
    Qa) How did Osama bin Laden live in Pakistan

    Answer. Lot many people support these terrorists in Pakistan, These terrorists were welcomed and that is why they escaped the eyes of Police and intelligence.

    Q b) How did the US violate Pakistan’s airspace and conduct its mission.

    Answer. Pakistan was found complacent from Western Border. It trusted its allies in war on terror and put major air defence resources towards East. The resource cnstraint also does not allow total coverage.

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  • Syed Irfan Ashraf
    Jul 18, 2013 - 1:59PM

    Candid analysis. Thanks.

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  • PTI Mardan
    Jul 18, 2013 - 2:17PM

    @amoghavarsha.ii: I think you better ask that Indian official who presented docs in court saying these were false flag

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  • CAT
    Jul 18, 2013 - 2:36PM

    Reading some of the contents, one can only say: Zia Zindabad! Your legacy is alive and kicking not only in Pakistan but also in Turkey though Egypt had a close shave!

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  • Jul 18, 2013 - 2:39PM

    I fail to under stand whose line are u towing madam, u are offering an opportunity to all to become CIA agents / rats.

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 18, 2013 - 2:48PM

    Some, among us, have made a career out of our ‘military bashing’ and this author Aysha Siddiqa tops such a list of self-haters. She herself goes around marketing trips peddling her ‘Military Inc.’ in the West, mainly to the US and now pontificates about the loyalty of others here. If wishing, no actively working and contributing to ultimate destruction of our military is an act of patriotism then Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa is the greatest patriot we have and need to be worried about as with friends like her do we really need enemies to demolish our country and with it us all, do we?

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  • unbelievable
    Jul 18, 2013 - 3:16PM

    @Sexton Blake

    Dr. Shakil Afridi colluded with an
    intelligence agency belonging to a
    foreign power, and assisted in
    bringing his own Government, as well
    as its security agencies into
    disrepute.

    Afridi delivered blood samples after giving legitimate vaccines – same procedure used by the American’s to track drug cartel members in South America. That action didn’t harm any Pakistani’s and indirectly helped eliminate the number one terrorist on the planet. The only people who brought disrepute on the government and security agencies were those that helped OBL.

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  • adnan
    Jul 18, 2013 - 4:26PM

    shakil afridi played a dangerous game using polio campaign.. as an indeirect result scores have died doing this noble cause only becuse not polio campaign is labelled as CIA agents and shakil afirdi has proved it as well..

    paksitan shud try shakeel afiri for murders and also take amreeka to international courts for the murder of every polio worker

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  • Hunter Punter
    Jul 18, 2013 - 4:28PM

    @PTI Mardan:
    That official is a lowly undersecretary( of which the Govt has over 10000 in number). The undersecretary said, he was told about it by another official, which is hearsay. Is that the way that truth is established in Pakistan? Would Pakistan take as gospel truth, what a lowly SHO of a small town might say about foreign or defence policy? If so, no wonder that the Abbottabad commission could not establish any blame! Do you think that pakistans diplomats would be using this undersecretary’s hearsay to convince other countries that Pakistan is innocent?

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  • adnan
    Jul 18, 2013 - 4:29PM

    @unbelievable

    The action didnt harm any paksitani??? dint he think wat taliban will do to all the otehr polio campaigns in a country where ppl are fee to create wht ever conspiracy theories… all teh deaths of polio worker is because of amreeka and shakil afridi

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  • Boycott
    Jul 18, 2013 - 5:11PM

    Shakil Afrid had to be the fall guy to hide the real people of taking the blame. The second reason is that Pakistan did not receive the bounty amount. Hey, Mussy himself has said that Pakistan was paid for handing over Taliban to USA.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jul 18, 2013 - 5:51PM

    @unbelievable:
    Dear unbelievable,
    Your pseudonym is well chosen. You refuse to believe the facts. I will not go too deeply into doctor/client confidentiality which is sacrosanct in most parts of the world, including the US and Pakistan, but most people appear to be ignoring it. Also you keep bringing up your inaccurate analogy of “elephant in the room” in regard to Pakistan being complicit in allowing OBL’s so called residence in Abbottabad. The only information we have so far, that OBL was residing in Abbottabad and taken out by US navy seals, originated primarily from Washington, and we know from experience that Americans tell outrageous lies at all levels of Government. So far the US has not produced OBL’s body, and the navy seals who are equipped with helmet cameras have not been allowed to release any footage of OBL’s so called demise. It is also my understanding that nobody belonging to Pakistan security sighted OBL’s body. I would also venture to say that you, Ayesha Siddiqa, or any other writer, have not sighted the body of OBL. We have a situation aptly described by Dr. Goebbels from WWII, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it people will eventually come to believe it”. To make it crystal clear, I am prepared to retract my ongoing statements that the Abbottabad incident was a Washington/Hollywood fictional script if believable evidence is produced. I have a bad feeling that the world will be waiting a long time.

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  • Eddied
    Jul 18, 2013 - 6:14PM

    The USA was thinking that Pakistan was an ally in the war against terrorism who was also interested in finding the world biggest terrorist…the doctor also thought he was working with an ally in the fight against terrorism…but apparently he was wrong and Pakistan was not interested in stopping terrorism and finding terrorist bin laden…and when he was found living in Pakistan they had to claim incompetence…I for one do not think it was just incompetence of Pakistani military..I think it was collusion with the enemy by sympathetic Pakistani double dealing fools who were not working for their country but working for a twisted version of their religion…

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  • shahid
    Jul 18, 2013 - 7:01PM

    @Visibly Invisible:
    SCAPE GOAT, nor Escape goat;

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  • Sam
    Jul 18, 2013 - 7:16PM

    Some decisions require immense will power and character strength to be taken. There were circumstances in which Afridi had to act on his own behalf and he took the risks associated with the decisions to go ahead for a moral cause – criminals must be dealt with. A scene in Zero Dark depicts Afridi saying to a CIA agent that he does not know what will happen once everything comes out. As for the rest including the state of Pakistan I would say: Stop bragging about trivial matters and see the larger picture that one of the most well known terrorists is dead. Free the man honorably and let the proud pathan be happy that he contributed to justice that’s done.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jul 18, 2013 - 8:18PM

    “Without those details, the report is not worth the paper it is written on.” How accurate and to the point. Is she the only person in the country who comes up with such analysis , it seems she has the guts to call spade a spade. Kudos to you Ayesha Siddiqa, I say there is still hope for Pakistan when people like you live there, stand up and be counted. Thank you for your services to the nation.

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  • Cariobbean Critic
    Jul 18, 2013 - 9:47PM

    As we enter the murky world of espionage spying and security people must first consider the facts and the outcomes that are intended by these clandestine agencies, not the published propaganda psychology and mind numbing stupidity that so many in the media and their audience potentially fall for!
    It is clear after all the elapsed time that has intervened between the event and subsequent articles published in various media outlets, that the described events bear little if any resemblance to the facts and available real information.
    A forty minuet gun battle leaves all the glass intact and no scar on the rendering on the outer walls.
    No visible dialysis machine to clean OBL’s blood of toxins without which his life span would be measured in days.
    A photo of OBL released by the US is now freely admitted to be a Photoshopped fake as were the photo’s of his pretend family!
    Photo’s of the compound show one helicopter hung up by the tail rotor on the razor wire fencing on the surrounding hacienda style wall, with a second machine blown to bits scattered across the back yard of the building.
    The intact helicopter does a disappearing act and low and behold China then supplies two complete squadrons of their YF20 jet fighters free of charge one can only suppose that this was quid pro quo for the highly secret US helicopter.!

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  • Javed Orakzai
    Jul 18, 2013 - 10:00PM

    Why not jail Shakil?

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  • unbelievable
    Jul 18, 2013 - 10:33PM

    @Javed Orakzai:

    Why not jail Shakil?

    He was charged with bogus crime of helping terrorist – placed on trial without an attorney in the Tribal Territories – held in jail with no contact with family. You want to put him in jail for helping the American’s – fine – how about having the guts to charge him for that and give him a chance to defend himself in a legitimate court of law.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 18, 2013 - 10:47PM

    @Cariobbean Critic:
    WOW, please tell us where we can see “photos of the compound” showing TWO different helicopter wrecks remaining after the raid????
    And please give us credible references that support your comments about OBL’s “pretend family”! (Conspiracy bloggers not accepted)!

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  • Usman786
    Jul 18, 2013 - 11:08PM

    she did notmention what Mansoor Ijaz truely said that it was carried out with AAZ permission to USA. with so many aircrafts flying over Balochistan, its diff to monitor. and it was not these 4 helis, re the fleet standing on Af border, just in case…..and most importantly, beggars are not choosers.

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  • lodhi
    Jul 19, 2013 - 1:01AM

    @Bewildered:
    Aysha is guilty of speaking the tuth.Afridi should be rewarded for helping to kill the Chief terrorist.

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  • lodhi
    Jul 19, 2013 - 1:01AM

    @Bewildered:
    Aysha is guilty of speaking the tuth.Afridi should be rewarded for helping to kill the Chief terrorist.

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  • unbelievable
    Jul 19, 2013 - 1:05AM

    @Sexton Blake:

    Dear unbelievable,your pseudonym is
    well chosen. You refuse to believe the
    facts. I will not go too deeply into
    doctor/client confidentiality which is
    sacrosanct in most parts of the world,
    including the US and Pakistan, but
    most people appear to be ignoring it.
    Also you keep bringing up your
    inaccurate analogy of “elephant in the
    room” in regard to Pakistan being
    complicit in allowing OBL’s so called
    residence in Abbottabad. The only
    information we have so far, that OBL
    was residing in Abbottabad and taken
    out by US navy seals, originated
    primarily from Washington,

    Ever hear of a doctor has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for violating doctor/patient confidentiality? Further, in most of the World vaccination are public record so your “confidentiality” theory has a big hole. As far as your conspiracy theory that OBL is still alive – good luck with that. Using your rationale I could kill you in front of your family, abscond with your body and the testimony of your family and my confession would not be sufficient to convict me – all because I failed to provide a photo of your dead body. Unbelievable.
    .
    If you think Afridi servers jail time for what he did – fine. How about charging him for those crimes rather than some bogus “helping terrorist” nonsense – provide him with an attorney and allow him to defend himself in a legitimate court of law.

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  • Gp65
    Jul 19, 2013 - 2:34AM

    A@faraz:
    – Did hE get due Proces of law inPakistan’s court? No. He was not allowed a lawyer and was tried and convicted all with a day under FCR laws though Abotabad is definitely a settled area.

    is there any evidence that he was aware who had employed him ? No.
    do his charges state assisting CIA. No. He was charged Wth helping Lashkare- Islam. While not terrorist has been convicted in PKistan, someone was imprisoned for helping terrorism though hisa actions helped detect the worst terrorist.

    It would be a different thing if Adridi was charged of betraying nation’s secrets to CIA, convicted under due process of law and was able to exercise his right to appeal. But nne of these condtiions are true in this case.Recommend

  • Sexton Blake
    Jul 19, 2013 - 4:45AM

    @numbersnumbers:
    Dear numbers,
    It is reassuring to note that at last you are interested in photographic footage of the Abbottabad incident instead of just paying heed to unbelievable Washington nonsense. For a start take a look at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6et-7XfGws8. Be quick before it is removed.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jul 19, 2013 - 9:18AM

    @Gp65:
    Dear Gp65,
    Most countries, and in particular the US, will get you one way or the other, and they are not really interested in justice. Take the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. She was held in a US torture camp for several years. The Americans could not get her to admit to anything under the most brutal treatment, and in the end accused her of assaulting her torturers, shot her in the stomach, shipped her to New York, gave her a doubtful trial, American style, and sentenced her to 86 years in prison. In comparison to Dr. Siddiqui’s trial it would appear that Dr. Shakil Afridi got off quite lightly in Pakistan. I would not wish an American trial on anybody.

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  • truthbetold
    Jul 19, 2013 - 10:58AM

    @SA-2094:

    “Afridi was the one who admitted to aiding US endeavors on Pakistani soil. The question here isn’t who else is involved but is Afridi guilty of crimes against the state? The answer is yes, he may have thought that his actions were morally justified and maybe they were but in the eyes of the state (and the law) his actions were tantamount to treason.”

    Do you admit Osama bin Laden was a designated global terrorist? Do you want global terrorists make their home in Pakistan?

    Assuming your answer is “no” to both, don’t you think Afridi, as a patriotic Pakistani, did serve the nation by helping eliminate the terrorist? Yes, he helped the CIA, but he did it for a good cause. He knew he couldn’t go to the ISI with the bin Laden information because ISI was the one hiding bin Laden and other top terrorists in Pakistan.

    More serious matter to ponder is why is that you don’t seem too concerned about the fact that the ISI/military establishment was the one hiding Bin Laden for so many years in Pakistan. Why are you not calling for the heads of the ISI/military establishment honchos who were in bed with these global terrorists? Not to forget, Pakistan is a signatory to the UN resolution on global terrorism.

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  • Ahmad Farooq Sultan
    Jul 19, 2013 - 12:37PM

    When ever something unpleasant happens in the country, there is hue and cry for the formation of judicial commission. The outcome of Abbottabad Commission has disappointed the Nation. First of all the main characters did not appear before the commission. The said commission should have there and then given up the assigned role and thus set a precedent. We lost the Eastern Wing but no body was punished. The result such incidents keep on happening from time to time. Our independence was challenged. God forbid if we do not learn lessons we may not get finished.As rightly mentioned in the write-up the responsibility has not been pinpointed on any one. Who is be fooling whome. We are be fooling ourselves and turning out to be laughing stock in the eyes of the outside world. The modalities be formed and all the three main characters should appear before the said Commission with their input and all criticism from the public be addressed and the said commission should resubmit the Report.If at all somebody is being protected please bear in mind that history is not going to forgive those characters but by that time the time will be lost.
    Let’s be vigilant and live with dignity and honour in the comity of nations.

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  • LOL
    Jul 19, 2013 - 5:18PM

    @Sexton Blake

    I was wondering if and when Aafia Siddique would be brought into this argument. Senseless that Pakistanis drag her everywhere these days, cause or not. The American Intelligence, the Pakistani Intelligence, the Afghan Police were all involved in her capture. I doubt that so many authorities would be after this woman and chase her across three countries if she was innocent! She had a public trial, her trial was fair, she refused to speak, only shouted slogans I think and tried to pass herself off as clinically insane, but that didn’t work. Dr. Shakil Afridi had no such opportunity, not even to prove himself insane had he wanted to. For reference, the only one of the objective articles about Aafia Siddiqui I’ve read so far, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/24/aafia-siddiqui-al-qaida

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jul 19, 2013 - 5:58PM

    @unbelievable:
    Dear unbelievable,
    You get so many things wrong it is unbelievable, although you do appear to be deliberately obfuscating the issue.. I have not stated that OBL is alive. As for film footage, the Americans would have taken cameras with them so why not release the results, and save whatever body they had for DNA testing? This would be normal procedure, the US had nothing to lose, but did not follow standard procedure so obviously Washington is hiding something. The only individuals who would accept or protect this misuse of standard procedure would be those with a lack of moral judgement, the media, or journalists going along with it to keep their jobs. It is interesting to note you can theorize that Pakistan is not following standard procedures in regard to Dr. Afridi, but can fully accept US behaviour at Abbottabad. Incidentally, we are not discussing vaccines. Dr. Afridi was getting into peoples houses, pretending to care for childrens health, giving their DNA to a foreign spy agency resulting in several people being killed or wounded, severely embarrassing Pakistan, and creating long term mayhem in the vaccine industry. If Dr. Afridi was given another trial he would probably, and deservedly, receive a harsher sentence.

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  • omer
    Jul 20, 2013 - 4:44AM

    pak army is responsible for all this mess

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jul 20, 2013 - 11:10AM

    @LOL:
    I read the Guardian report and most of it was hearsay. The only people who know the full truth are the Americans and one would have to be low functioning to believe them. The bottom line is that Dr. Siddiqui was held by the Americans. WE know that Americans hold people for indefinite periods and torture them, that the truth is completely foreign to them, and their politico/legal system is the scariest in the current Western world. The bottom line is that the Americans picked up an innocent, very intelligent woman, mistreated her, could not charge her with anything pertaining to terrorism, and therefore laid false charges without evidence of any kind that would stand up in any reputable court, and used a compliant Jewish judge and defense attorney in a comic opera court to find an Islamic women guilty. I can only repeat that Dr. A. Afridi, who we know carried out illegal activities, was responsible for the deaths of several people, and created untold problems for Pakistan, got out of things rather lightly compared to America’s brutal treatment of Dr. A Siddiqui.

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