US congress pushes for Dr Shakil Afridi's release

Published: February 26, 2015
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Shakil Afridi. PHOTO: AFP

Shakil Afridi. PHOTO: AFP

Shakil Afridi. PHOTO: AFP Lawmakers put forward several questions for John Kerry after proposal of $500 million aid for Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration was criticised by US Congress on Wednesday for extending financial support to Pakistan despite Islamabad’s reluctance to release Dr Shakil Afridi, The News reported. 

Lawmakers put forward several tough questions for Secretary of State John Kerry after US administration’s proposal of $500 million aid for Pakistan.

A California lawmaker said the man who helped US kill Osama bin Laden was languishing in a jail, yet the administration was considering a hug sum of aid for such a country.

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“In my viewpoint a great friend is he who is a great enemy of a US enemy,” said Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

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Responding to Congressman’s diatribe, Kerry said he had raised the issue with former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari and incumbent Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and told them that to keep Afridi in jail was not only injustice, but also against principles for which Washington has been making efforts.

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He further added that the issue could only be resolved in a diplomatic manner and through repeated talks.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Bob
    Feb 26, 2015 - 1:38PM

    Not sure what Dr. Shakil did was right or wrong. As his first priority should have been to update his own country’s security agencies first, since he is a Pakistani citizen.

    I think US is crossing its limits here, neither Dr. Shakil is their citizen nor he is seeking any sort of asylum there, so beat it bro, sometimes one has to lake things with a pinch of salt, just a brotherly advice :). Recommend

  • abc
    Feb 26, 2015 - 1:51PM

    Treason cannot be justified. Recommend

  • woody
    Feb 26, 2015 - 5:40PM

    @abc:

    Treason cannot be justified.

    The guy gave blood samples to an ally for DNA testing – how’s that treason? Rather than blame Afridi why not focus on the people who were helping OBL?Recommend

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