No extra-judicial step: Courts to decide Dr Shakil Afridi's fate, says Nawaz

Premier says peace being restored in Karachi.


APP October 28, 2013
Nawaz Sharif being received by a representative of the British Foreign Secretary after his arrival in London. PHOTO: PID

LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Monday that the issue of Dr Shakeel Afridi, involved in running a fake vaccination campaign at CIA’s behest to locate Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, was sub-judice, and that the courts will decide upon it.

Talking to the media after his arrival in London ahead of the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), Nawaz said that they would not take any extra-judicial step over the issue of Dr Afridi. He said Pakistan has the prerogative to take its own decisions and it should exercise its right.

Nawaz added that drone attacks were against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan and that during his meeting with US President Barack Obama earlier in October, he had very candidly and openly discussed the issue.

On the subject of adverse law and order situation in Karachi, the premier said that peace was fast restoring in the port city, adding, it would be restored fully.

Nawaz, who will be meeting Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the WIEF, said it was policy of Pakistan to support a peaceful Afghanistan. He confirmed that there will be trilateral talks between him, Karzai and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

In addition, Nawaz is expected to hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Forum with the Malaysian Prime Minister, the Presidents of Kosovo and Bosnia Herzegovina and other leaders from the Muslim world.

Nawaz is accompanied by the Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Minister of Finance, Minister of State for Commerce, Minister for State for IT & Telecom, Foreign Secretary and a high level business delegation including Chairman Board of Investment.

COMMENTS (10)

Emode | 8 years ago | Reply

Why is World Islamic Economic Forum taking place in London

Last Word | 8 years ago | Reply

Mr Sharif, extra judicial steps were taken by the state against Dr Afridi in handing over a 33 years sentence, whereas an unbiased judicial court would have set him free. The Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan should issue suo motu to take action against all those who helped in sheltering OBL for six years in an army Cantonment.

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