Shakil Afridi case will be reviewed, Nawaz assures US: Report

In a private meeting, Nawaz committed to task law officials with reviewing the prosecution process for Afridi.

Web Desk October 28, 2013
Dr Shakil Afridi. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assured US congressmen and activists during his recent visit to the US that his government will reconsider Dr Shakil Afridi’s case, Fox News reported.

Afridi helped CIA agents in their hunt for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison without having an opportunity to defend himself.

According to the report, Nawaz - in a private meeting with congressional representatives and a non-government individual - committed to task law officials with reviewing the prosecution process for Afridi.

Reportedly, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce with Robert Lorsch of the Free Afridi Campaign "heavily pressured the Pakistani leadership about releasing the doctor and allowing him a life in the United States."

Lorsch told Fox News: “What they (Pakistani government) do with Dr Afridi is how Pakistan will be judged as a democracy by the rest of the world.'"

"This was first time that the leadership in Pakistan realized the importance of Dr Afridi not as a political bargaining tool but as a symbol of how freedom-loving American people regard Pakistan," Lorsch added.

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Faisal | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

He has yet to be sentenced in a proper court. Sentencing him to 33 yrs for helping TTP by a political agent is a miscarriage of justice. If u want to punish him, frame genuine charges, let him have a lawyer and get a neutral judge.

Salman Ali | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Dr Afridi has a right to a fair trial and he should receive one! However people seem to have forgotten the impact that the abbottabad incident has had on the polio drive. This single incident has crippled the polio drive in tribal areas. People seem to have lost their trust in the vaccination teams.

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