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Shakil Afridi talks with people outside a building at an unknown location in Pakistan.—Reuters Photo
Shakil Afridi talks with people outside a building at an unknown location in Pakistan.—Reuters Photo


Afridi graduated from Khyber Medical College, Peshawar in 1990 and worked as the doctor in-charge of Khyber Agency in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata).

Espionage, conspiracy and sentence:

Shakil Afridi is a Pakistani doctor who allegedly ran a fake vaccine programme, however, in real was collecting DNA samples to assist the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in tracking Osama bin Laden.

According to a news report in BBC, Afridi was arrested 20 days after May 2, 2011 on charges of treason, from Hayatabad, Peshawar.

According to the commission, after initial interrogations, Afridi confessed that he was collaborating with the CIA and conducted a fake polio vaccine drive in Bilal Town, Abbottabad from March 15-18 and April 21-23, 2011 to try and get DNA samples of the residents living in the compound which was bin Laden’s hideout. Afridi was assisted by two female nurses in order to gain entrance into the compound and it is believed that at least one of the nurses was able to enter the compound for obtaining DNA samples. However, it is still unclear whether the DNA tests proved to be consequential for the Americans and the raid.

According to Brig Shaukat Qadir, a retired army brigadier and former vice president of the Islamabad Policy Research Institute, Afridi initially was unaware of who the prime target of US’s investigation was. He communicated with an officer by the name of ‘Peter’ who delegated all the work to him. However, towards the end of April 2011 Afridi became suspicious and figured out that US was after a high-value target in Abbottabad.

Leon Panetta, who was the head of CIA during the raid, demanded Pakistani government to release Afridi immediately, however, the intelligence agencies in Pakistan ruled out any such possibility. Hillary Clinton also made an official call to President Asif Ali Zardari to request for Afridi’s release.

With the report on Abbottabad raid to be published by the four-member Abbottabad Judicial Commission, led by Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal still pending, Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in imprisonment on May 23, 2012 for conspiring against the state.

The verdict was passed under a colonial-era legislation that deprives the defendant a right to hire a lawyer. The verdict was handed down by an official of Khyber Agency in consultation with the council of elders.

The FIR against Afridi was lodged under Section 40 of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).  The conviction was handed-out under clauses 121, 123,123-A and 124 of the FCR. Under the first three clauses, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison each whereas under the last clause he was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, raising the total to 33 years.

Zahir Shah Sherazi, a native of tribal region and Dawn Newspaper’s Reporter, said that, “the reason why he was tried under section 40 of the FCR was primarily because he hailed from Malik Din Khel which is a part of the tribal region. And I must also tell you that if he had been tried under the constitutional law he would have been awarded with death penalty.”

However, Wajihuddin Ahmed, a former Supreme Court judge whilst speaking to the Guardian, had contradictory views when he said that the FCR did not cover Abbottabad where the writ of regular Pakistani law runs.

"Everyone is entitled to be tried in an ordinary court and in ordinary way and I cannot understand why they would do that if the offence—if it is an offence at all—was committed in Abbottabad," he said.

Afridi still has the right to contest the verdict by filing an appeal to the FCR commissioner and tribunal; however, his best hope still lies in the presidential pardon.

It is also important to mention that senior officials from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had previously claimed that the agency was working in collaboration with the CIA and played an instrumental role in helping Americans to catch al Qaeda members.

Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, a year after the raid admitted in an interview that the Pakistani government and army were both involved in the raid. However, President Zardari denies all such claims.

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Comments (202) Closed

May 26, 2012 10:00pm
he will be going to usa in coming 5 years . no 33 yeaes
May 24, 2012 12:11pm
This is the most repugnant action Pakistan could take against the efforts to stop terrorism. This man is a Hero to the rest of the world. It is now quite clear that Pakistan is not an ally in the fight against al Qaeda. Pakistan reveals itself to be a double dealing traitor to the cause of freedom.
May 24, 2012 12:27pm
what a joke , its a slap on our face as a citizen of this country first harboring osama and then giving jail term to shakil . to add spice on everything our president and other politicians are roaming free in this country .
Nasir Shah
May 24, 2012 01:20pm
Confusing. If Pakistan officially declared Ossama as criminal and accepted bounty from USA then how they can punish someone who helped Pakistan or US to capture. If its crime to inform help US or Pakistan against Ossama, then all the war against terrorism is crime. Secondly, why he didn't escaped to US immediately after US marine operation, he should have been taken by US to secure him in USA as there is special Green card category called 'Special US interest'. He would have secured the bounty money and safe life in USA as most have in this war being an informer.
May 24, 2012 01:37pm
How can this be called "conspiring against the state" ? That means Pakistan admits that Bin-Laden was a "state guest".
May 24, 2012 02:03pm
By Sentencing the doctor, the World is convinced that Pakistan is complicit in OBL hiding and were aware of this hideout all the time.
May 24, 2012 02:13pm
FREE SHAKIL! Helping to nab the world's biggest terrorist is not a crime, but rather worth grating the highest accomodation.
May 24, 2012 02:27pm
He Helped CIA kill a terrorist .... When we couldn't. He is far better then people who help taliban kill innocent pakistanis. If we don't bother punishing the real traitors why punish Dr Afridi, he did a good job.
Aqeel Jafri
May 24, 2012 02:34pm
Sadly enough, the absence of any comments at all shows that how many people really care about this issue. Anyways here are my 2 cents, whatever it is worth. Dr. Shakeel Afridi has undermined the work of thousands of NGO workers who, at the risk of their lives, are working in Pakistan, providing invaluable services to the deprived people of Pakistan, in improving their lives. Having said that he didn't deserve to be treated like that way he has been. He is no "traitor". Because if he is tried for treason for helping CIA then what would the GOP says about ISI and the Army for helping CIA/US in catching OBL or other Terrorists that has been arrested and handed over to the US.
May 24, 2012 02:45pm
World should know that there are two Pakistan with seperate court systems, i.e FATA and Pakistan. Who is the president of FATA and what is the currency..Sounds like joke.
jd shami
May 24, 2012 03:41pm
This traitor should have been tried under the constitutional law and should have been awarded with death penalty. SHAME ON HIM.
Arif Mustafa
May 24, 2012 03:58pm
Dr, Afridi should remain in jail for the rest of his life for helping foreign intelligence agency in Pakistan. I am surprised he is not given a death sentence. No nation accepts its citizens helping other intelligence agency in their home soil. This is nothing but treason.
May 24, 2012 04:24pm
he helped in getting an illegal criminal out of the country.
May 24, 2012 05:04pm
The reason for this retribution is huge embarrasment that Pakistan faced on being exposed as a safe heaven for terrorists. It shows that Pakistan as a country is terrorist friendly and, infact, helping in tracking down, most wanted terrorist, is a serious crime in Pakistan and against the law !!! This verdict establishes that Pakistan was sympathetic to Osama Bin Laden.
May 24, 2012 05:13pm
You can either proclaim Dr Afridi as a hero for helping to eliminate a terrorist (wanted by Pakistan) or condem him as a traitor for handing over an "Islamic leader" to the enemy. It all depends on who you regard as the enemy.
May 24, 2012 06:08pm
Then why a true patriot like Dr. Shakil Afridi who helped catch a mass murderer criminal -- is inside the jail -- and the ISI agents and Defense Minister -- outside the jail? What Pakistan is saying to the world -- to help catch the terrorists in Pakistan is Treason against the country? How insane!
Yosuf Zafar
May 24, 2012 06:54pm
If he is responsible to capture world most wanted terrorist, he should given and deserves highest civilian award in Pakistan. This would help us to improve our image among the comity of nations. If not none will believe that we are genuinely interested in fighting terrorism.
May 24, 2012 08:15pm
Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, should be arrested and interrogated, like Dr. Afridi, and if necessary tried and sentenced to prison.
May 24, 2012 08:28pm
All those people who helped terrorists and AlQaeda over the years were not treated as "treasonous". All those who helped MUllah Omar, helped Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, were treated as heroes instead. What sort of just'ice is this, when real terrorists and killers of other Pakistanis are hailed as heroes while this individual who helped catch a killer-cum-criminal-cum terrorist is sentenced in court to 33 years - a Kangaroo court indeed.
Laeeq, NY
May 24, 2012 08:47pm
Punsihable are those who gave green light to these terrorists in first place, who killed weveral thosands Pakistanis and hundred of thousnad wounded in their terrorist attacks. Convicting this Doctor, government want to hide its own failures, its lazy military appratus and its failed intelligence agencies.
May 25, 2012 12:07am
A true hero of Pakistan is treated like a pariah!!
patiotic pakistani
May 25, 2012 01:04am
The conviction of Shakil Afridi has proved all allegation against Pakistani establishment that at least there are some sympathizers with high ranking officials who has been instrumental in sheltering bin laden in Abbottabad, which ultimately earned bad name for Pakistan and further tarnished the reputation of Pakistanis across the globe. IF this may not true then Pakistani government may be so strict to a man who helped at least to fish out the world most wanted man from his undisclosed bunker.
May 25, 2012 02:06am
dr afridi is real hero of pakistan that dare to eliminate terrorism...! what a shame for govt ....! this is all drama prove that PAKISTANI GOVT AND ISI IS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH OSAMA BIN LADEN... THAT'S WHY GOVT NOW REPRISAL TO AFRIDI....! SHAME ON PAKISTANI GOVT
May 25, 2012 02:07am
I don't understand this sentencing. If Pakistan and US both considered Osama as an enemy, Pakistan should be praising Dr. Afridi for his deed not punish him.
May 25, 2012 02:12am
How would US have had reacted if one of their own gave away the intelligence to Russia, and in return Russians came in and helped catch the most vicious man we ever knew. That man will be labelled as a " Traitor " , so nevertheless i'm failing to understanding why so much importance is been given to the argument of if he is one or not. And all those with so called " rational " arguments don't make sense either. P.S: And no i'm not a anti-US, because apparently anyone who is calling him a traitor is being labelled as " fundamentalist or anti-US" - our society itself is labelling people on the bases of opnions. Which is digsuting on every level.
May 25, 2012 03:09am
"anti-state..." anti- which state if I may ask? helping identify the world's most heinous terrorist in recent times is anti-state?
May 25, 2012 03:15am
Did Dr. Afridi do the right thing or not ??
P Khan
May 25, 2012 03:28am
Mr Editor. I truly dont understand what does patriotism mean in your eyes. Did Dr. Afridi collude against Pakistan? Did Dr Afridi betray Pakistan army, any establishment or agency? Was he caught selling Pakistan's secret military info? I see none of the case above. He helped in nabbing an Internationally branded terrorist which by own tall claims of Pakistan army and Govt was on their top most wanted list. Then why is he being branded anti-state agent? It simply weakens Pakistans own image worlwide in that they are punishing a person who helped in nabbing one of the most wanted person in the world. Wake up folks!
May 25, 2012 04:52am
Dr. Afridi case only emboldens the view that OBL was being helped by someone in power
May 25, 2012 05:24am
when the whole world was hunting for OBL,i think the doctor did the right thing.
Javed Ali
May 25, 2012 05:26am
The punishment awarded to Afridi is just.Why not he intimated the Higher ups?But he helped only US CIA.So its treason.
May 25, 2012 05:32am
He was punished not because of OBL, but simply because he was working with anti-pakistan spy agency. If someone thinks this is not a crime then I am really surprised at our knowledge because in a sane world end never define the means, if this precedent will be put in place then nobody will be able to stop anything in the future. As for Americans and specially Clinton and McCain, why they cannot apologize for their act when they killed several innocent pakistani soldiers?
May 25, 2012 11:15am
If Paki govt to improve the image, it should immediately release Dr. Afridi, Stop double-game and let NATO supply restored. So far Pakistan (ISI/Army) acted in the interest of terrorists.
Sultan khan
May 25, 2012 06:57am
Our injured ego has been satisfied by punishing the poor doctor because we neither have guts nor resources to confront the Nato
May 25, 2012 07:22am
Afridi definitely driven illegal step. He celebrated with CIA. He should inform this step to Pakistan Government, what he is doing and on what direction.
May 25, 2012 07:32am
What do you expect of a country that showers the killers of secular thinking with flowers and punishes the people responsible for finding the most wanted terrorist on earth???
May 25, 2012 07:57am
He must be made an example for all that I care.
May 25, 2012 08:07am
If he had done that, the ISI would have ensured that OBL is evacuated to a safer place, ending the possibility of his elimination.
May 25, 2012 08:25am
By your logic the Government of Pakistan is traitor as well because it is also collaborating with US spy agencies and military. If Pakistan considers US as a friend than how can someone helping a friend be traitor.
May 25, 2012 09:22am
dude ..they helped foreign agency to destroy your and world most wanted enemy..then why should he given death sentence..???
abdul wadood khattak
May 25, 2012 09:23am
pakistan should realize the situation and stop double game.other wise the the whole muslim world will suffer.
May 25, 2012 09:29am
As much as I am relieved that OBL saga is over, NO ONE can be allowed to help a foreign invading force put their boots on your soil, no matter how noble their cause is, period. Imagine USSR at the height of cold war pulling a stunt like this would have warranted an immediate nuclear holocaust.
May 25, 2012 09:34am
"As far as Dr Afridi is concerned, it is against the law in any country to cooperate with foreign intelligence." Really? Because country’s who are allied with each other do it all the time. What Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should have said was "It is against the law in any country to cooperate with an enemy foreign intelligence." So are we your enemy? Are all our Pakistani operatives, who are helping us and you, fight terrorist in your county committing treason? What was Shakil Afridi treasonous act? I know what his sentence is but what specifically was his crime? Here are some questions that come to mind concerning his conviction as a traitor. First did he really know that working for the Americans was an act of treason? Has the Pakistani government let it citizens know that working for foreign intelligence agencies that are supposedly allies is an act of treason? If you have no foreknowledge that your actions are treasonable then how can you be convicted of a crime that you did not know was a crime? If there is a law that makes collaboration with foreign intelligence agencies an act of treason then why are we allowed to operate in Pakistan at all? Second what part of his collaboration was treasonous? Typically treason happens when state secrets are given to a foreign intelligence agency. Did he in any way harm Pakistan by giving away intelligence that would be detrimental to Pakistani? Was he a spying on the military or ISI giving away their secrets? I think not, he was only a doctor after all. No he was only helping us locate the man who was responsible for the creation of al Qaeda, and the deaths of so many innocents. Third did he know that helping the CIA find Bin Laden would result in the CIA conducting a unilateral raid on his compound. No, there is no way that he could have had any foreknowledge of that. It was only after his corroboration was done that the decision to conduct a raid was done. I personally feel that if he had known what the CIA was going to do with his help, he probably would have reconsidered. If anything you would have to say that it was Dr Afridi who was betrayed by the Americans, rather than Dr Afridi betraying Pakistan. To me an act of treason is an act intentionally done to help an enemy damage the interests of the host country. Was not getting rid of Osama (who was hiding in plain sight) not in the interest of Pakistan? Are we really your allies? Lastly I wonder how long it will take before we hear about anybody being convicted of the crime of hiding and protecting Bin laden in the heart of Pakistan for over 8 years. Somehow I think it will be a very long wait, if at all. Any thinking person would see that this isn’t about treason, but rather it’s about punishing an innocent man for embarrassing and exposing Pakistan’s ineptitude.
May 25, 2012 09:39am
Just now I read about many Pakistanis who immigrated in US are prosperous and eager to get their near and dear to immigrate in US.They find US safe and stable to live there foe ever.But US worst enemy OBL is having a haven in Pakistan and the Doctor who gave information to CIA is a "Traitor" and should be in Jail for 33 years! How will Pakistan-Americans will digest this?
May 25, 2012 09:59am
Do you really think if OBL would have been died. If Pak would have taken action by self then there was no need to use Drones or such raids.
May 26, 2012 11:02pm
So by your argument - Osama Bin Laden was an asset of Pakisthan meant to be protected securely by the State ? And since this Dr helped the enemy ( US ) find Osama - he is tried for treason..? Perhaps he did not even know....he just did a medical task requested. Was Osama Bin Laden a citizen of Pakisthan and did the information given by this Dr...that of OBL's DNA give out state secrets of Pakisthan to an enemy country ( USA ?)? Better Pakisthan focus on protecting its own citizens who are lawful.
Iqbal Ali
May 25, 2012 10:20am
Dr. Afridi is a medical doctor by profession... Does his profession allow him to run *fake* vaccination schemes? If he is not moral and ethical to his own profession, had he helped CIA on moral grounds? Please take some time and check his carrier... dubious, to say the minimum....
May 25, 2012 10:25am
29,000 families in the area denied accepting Polio vaccination and we are top vulnerable to this desease (http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v6/newsindex.php?id=668677) and this is all due to this Dr. Afridi. Is'nt it?
May 25, 2012 10:31am
Come on, No one is authorised in any state to kill a criminal by him self taking plea of the words that I kill him because he was a criminal, Its up to state authorities to deal with such a matter, he just facing a verdict of his act, NOT FOR THE CERCUMSTANCES APPEARD AFTER WARD.
May 25, 2012 10:33am
Thats it....I agreed !!!
May 25, 2012 10:56am
Clinton and McCain talking about extra judicial killings in pakistan, can they please check on what they are doing with drone attacks and killing unarmed OBL without any court convictions and then think about pointing fingers to Pakistan.
May 25, 2012 11:21am
Pakistan's action is nothing but a double-game in this war on terrorism. On the surface, it says it is affected most by terrorist activities, and on the other hand it still shelters the terrorist wanted in US/India/UK/etc. Dr. Afridi episode enforced the doubt that double-game is still going on.
May 25, 2012 11:44am
Shyam Kokku
May 25, 2012 11:47am
Receiving billions of dollars in the name of fighting Al Qaida, the Pakistan government could do nothing except for repeating the track that OBL was never in Pakistan. This doctor did a great service to his nation, by helping in the search and eventual elimination of world's most dreaded terrorist!.
May 25, 2012 12:29pm
Long Live Pakistani Judicial System.
May 25, 2012 02:51pm
Ok, I heard lot of talk about Pakistan is doing wrong as to doctor Afradi being labeled. But my point is why did'nt USA took care of Doctor and gave him and his family Visa to move to USA. AS they have done for Chines blind person to come to USA. I feel sorry for Doctor that he is the one how is suffering the most "Bad" name in Pakistan and also helping CIA to get OBL did not do DOC any good.
May 25, 2012 03:07pm
agreed ........... How Amercians would have felt if they would have found that their information is passed on to China, Russia or some other country. Dr. Afridi was not a kid.... He knew that he is working for American Intelligance and all those who are working for any other countary including Americans should be treated with a stern hand. They call them Pakistanis but work for other countries......They live here and provide the information to other countaries.... do you call this decency?? do you call this act of Patriotism?? do you call this wisdom?? NO IT IS ONLY GREED who drives these people to do these kind of things. Nothing else. Dr. Afridi did this not for resucing the world from a terrorist but he most likely did it for money. He knew what he was doing (even though he didn't knew that Osama was there...). Countary is like Mother... and if one is cheating it he can do anything in his life.
May 25, 2012 03:57pm
Being a Pakistani American, I am ashamed that you even can come up with this logic. so according to your logic he was working for Pakistan and NOT against it. Shame on you for even thinking of saying anything bad against a person who did all of us a favor by helping US kill Osama.
May 25, 2012 04:36pm
How would America treat an American citizen if that American citizen spied for foreign country in US. I am surprised by the mentality of some Pakistanis "liberals" who think of US as their master and do what America says and speak what Americans speak. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDENTITY OF YOUR OWN ??? WHY ARE YOU SO INSECURE ABOUT YOUR RELIGION AND CULTURE?? America doesn't adopt Pakistani culture or Islam but you are ready to adopt every American norm and tradition and mentality.
May 25, 2012 04:58pm
Where is trial for people who helped obl in having safe place in pakistan, he could not have lived there without any help from state. It clearly shows that pakistan helps terrorist and playing a dubious game.
May 25, 2012 06:07pm
If working with the Americans is TREASON -- then the entire government -- entire army establishment -- entire Intelligence agency-- entire civil service -- entire Opposition -- should be put on TRIAL for TREASON. As a Pakistani Tagore would sing -- where catching OBL is TREASON -- bombing Haqqanis is Treason -- going after Hakeemullah is Treason -- arresting Quetta Shura is Treason -- where murdering a governor is GLORY worth showers of million rose petals -- - Oh my Lord -- let my country awake.
Fazal Karim
May 25, 2012 06:15pm
Why there is so much hue and cry in Pakistan about killing of Osama bin Laden by America. After 9/11. Taliban government refused to hand over Osama to USA and Pakistan government also persude Mulla Pmar to drive out Osama from Afghanistan or hand him over to US only after this situation Pakistan government cooperated with USA and gave facilities to NATO to invade Afghanistan. There after Pakistan government caught and handed over many Al Qaida leaders and fighter to USA. It proves aim of USA and Pakistan was same ie catch Osama. Under the agreement and circumtances we Pakistanis(Govt) should be happy and thankful to USA for the Abbotabad operation and also thankful to Dr. Afridi.
May 25, 2012 06:20pm
What about foreign Taliban boots? shouldn't they be kicked first?
May 25, 2012 06:23pm
Only those who support Taliban and traitors like them agree with Dr Afridi's sentencing the rest of us want Afridi to be treated as a hero.
Ayub Khan
May 25, 2012 07:15pm
You are comparing yourself with US.lol. The answer is US would never do that, harbour a terrorist secretly.
Parveez uk
May 25, 2012 09:58pm
So many people don't get it. When he started working for the cia he didn't know that he was helping to catch osma. He was doing it for his own gain. So that is treason. Bottom line is he helped a foreign power. Why is the USA interfering in Pakistan internal affairs. A Pakistani citizen has been given justic. This is the reason why so many people don't like the USA , because it interferes in other countries business. What is right for the USA , is not always right for Pakistan. When someone stand up to the USA, the don't like it, well tough.
Iqbal Khan
May 26, 2012 06:09am
If cooperation with CIA is such a big crime than what about Mr Hamid Gul.
Ronnie Dsouza
May 25, 2012 10:35pm
very rightly put in, Mr. Andrew, just perfect to the point
Iqbal Khan
May 25, 2012 10:40pm
Pakistan should have awarded Nishan-e-jurrat to him but then you are dealing with bunch of people who don't believe in any moral values and ethics.
May 25, 2012 11:07pm
Only a fool would agree that OBL was in that compound where the so called Navy Seals killed him, only after crashing their own helicopter and then later on dying in a crash in Afghanistan by closing all chapters. Please, get some nails of wisdom damn it.
May 25, 2012 11:08pm
You want American dollars but hate Americans! You want freedom of speech and freedom to practise your religion in west but deprive the minorities same privileges in Pakistan. Want yourself to be respected but show scant respect to Baluchis . Need nuclear weapons but cannt fight Taliban Have best intelligence agency which controls the government but cannt find a man in the garrison city Don't you guys feel Pakistan is a paradox fully of contradictions.
Mustafa Razavi
May 26, 2012 12:16am
You are working from a fraudulent premise, No Pakistani court has found Ossama guilty of anything nor Pakistan has accepted that Ossama was in Pakistan nor Pakistan has accepted any head money. However keep repeating lies and mantra may become the truth.
Mustafa Razavi
May 26, 2012 12:17am
Are the Indian Americans having any difficulty digesting Narindera Modi?
Mustafa Razavi
May 26, 2012 12:18am
Who made you spokesman for the world?
Sajjad Abbasi
May 26, 2012 01:52am
Pakistan is taking money for anti terrorism any way.I don't know whether afridi action was legal or illegal however beggars don't have much choice .I get surprised that people in Pakistan don't take action against corruption , lawlessness , and price inflations however the emotional issues like this get thrown in air .What a pity.
May 26, 2012 01:59am
working with anti-pakistan spy agency?? you mean CIA... what ISI and army is doing...aren't they working with CIA...
hammad asas
May 26, 2012 04:50am
dear All does any body knows the meaning of terrorism.? please explain it.
Capt Mansur
May 26, 2012 07:30am
These are all sequential to a Hollywood Thriller..None of us will know the truth for atleast thrity years. Suffering for Pakistan and it's citizens, courtesy foreign powers and leaders with the Beast know as Extremism. So Sad.
May 26, 2012 07:45am
I don't think why he is alive till now. Whatever he did he helped an anti state element which resulted shame for us............, This would be a GOOD lesson for other anti state elements and informers....
Shakil Dahri
May 27, 2012 08:51am
He's a traitor. Why the heck did he deal DIRECTLY with a foreign intelligence agency at his own bypassing his country's own intelligence agency, establishment and government? Who's he supposed to be loyal with? US or Pakistan first? Pakistan should have dealt with it and shared the the info with US, coordinated and carried out operation way we want; alone or with them. This would have brought better name to Pakistan in the world. Its good that The Most Wanted Man was hunted, but the method adopted both by US and Afridi is extremely discouraging. Let me put the equation like this Afridi-ISI-CIA = Patriotism Afridi-CIA = Treason. He's a traitor. And the traitor must be punished.
May 26, 2012 07:56am
Hahaha, I am amazed by the speed Pakistan is digressing back. i hope some one builds a tall wall on its borders so that erst of world have nothing to do with it.
May 26, 2012 07:58am
So whatever wrong we see in Pakistan we should try to correct it by CONSPIRING with foreign agents - and at that CIA agents - the same CIA which created the monster of Bin Laden and the same CIA which has a long history of heinous crimes around the globe. The majority of the views here show why Pakistan is in a state that it is in. Wake up you so called 'moderate enlightened elite', he did not even know who the target was - which could have been a high ranking anti American figure in Pakistan - he was given bags of money to run not only to suppress Polio but also his conscience and patriotism - only with a degree in hindsight you guys are queuing behind his cause and calling him a hero - get a life for god's sake and the sake of Pakistan.
May 26, 2012 09:10am
He done the fake canpain.is against the pakistan.Inother hand he is done which he should be in jail 33 years.total pakistani goverement is US againt.and second thing is who trust pakistani goverement inculding forces.I storngly belive he should be jail only for his fake canpain.He is not done against pakistan. Syed
May 26, 2012 09:14am
He Acted against the state FOR MONEY and he should be punished accordingly. May he get a long Jail sentence.
May 26, 2012 09:16am
The fact is he acted against the state FOR MONEY! send him to Jail and serve his time, there may be fools in our country who believe he was doing this for the common good. THE END DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS!
Wazir K
May 26, 2012 09:23am
So true.
A.B.R. Javed
May 26, 2012 09:23am
ignorance of the law is not an excuse Dr. Afridi is in jail not because his actions helped lead to OBL's capture....his prison term is for working (in exchange for financial benefit/reward) for a foreign intelligence agency without notifying local authorities Americans did the same to Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai -- who was allegedly taking money from Pakistan to rally in support of Kashmiri nationalism.
May 26, 2012 09:24am
He may be the hero of America but not Pakistan.
Wazir K
May 26, 2012 09:26am
Nishan e Jurat is not a gallantry award. By the way, gallantry awards are conferred upon individuals who are patriotic to their nation. It can not be given to those who collaborate with a foreign spy agency.
rashid hussain
May 26, 2012 09:27am
Before writing any comment we should be aware of that we are citizens of Pakistan and use passport issued by the state when we go abroad. How can you prove somebody a guilty if he has not been tried by the court. We are just the people, ready to believe whatever media portray. How can you justify the atrocities done by NATO forces on the people who had nothing to do with 9/11. In case I beleive Usama is murderer, How can we justify the actions of the murderer of the murderer??
Wazir K
May 26, 2012 09:31am
Because he did that on his own and that too covertly. Covert collaboration with foreign intelligence agencies, is crime punishable by death. Does homeland security people treat spies and collaborators with flowers and smiles on their faces? If not, why do expect Pakistan to do so?
Wazir K
May 26, 2012 09:35am
You don't bomb your allies and make fun of them in the world. Pakistan has suffered the most in this ritual of so called War against terrorism. To avoid further alienation of Pakistan, the responsibility lies with USA and its allies.
May 26, 2012 09:36am
He must be put on death. ???? ?? ??? ??? ??? ???
May 26, 2012 09:59am
This writeup is having several factual mistakes. First of all an impression has been given that if he was tried by a regualr court he would have faced execution. None of the section of PPC in which he was charged carries the sentence of death. If he was tried in regular court there was great possibility of his acquittal, atleast on the appellate stage. The authorities remained in a fix on different issues especially where to try him and under what sections of law as apparently there was no section dealing with this particular situation i.e collaborating with a foreign intelligence agency to track down a terrorist. Throughout the period when Osama remain in hiding the US government had put bounty on him and advertised the same through different emans including dropping of leaflets, distribution of match boxes carrying message regarding Osama and printing advertisements. However, the Pakistani government remained silent and never asked Pakistani citizens not to follow the requests made by the americans. One thing is clear the constitution of Pakistan guarantee fair trial for each individual and Dr shakil was deprived of that right. His version of the story has yet to see the light of the day.
May 26, 2012 10:11am
No good deed goes unpunished.
May 26, 2012 10:13am
Dr Afridi is not a traitor , that is not the point. No doubt he helped to catch a high profile criminal who had been on the run for decades . Dr Afridi helped to bring him ,to his deserving end for his preposterous crimes against a state and humanity. But his first loyalty was to his own country , he should have shared the information with the nations security apparatus. This would have saved the nation from shame and embarrassment that it had to face in the aftermath of the foreign infiltration and subsequent killing of Bin Ladin. In my view he did the right thing but chose a wrong path to do it. Had he shared the information with its own government , he would have been a hero now. Even though , the punishment given to him is disproportionate to the crime , but I have no doubt that he deserved to be punished for his misplaced loyalty to a foreign spy network .
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:45pm
"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death." -- Adolf Hitler + Usually terrorism comes from inside our own countries used by groups who want to control us, and eventually to dominate the whole country and it's economics.
shakir ullah
May 26, 2012 10:26am
hahhahah Hero! He may be the hero of America but not Pakistan. Shame on his act.
May 26, 2012 11:11am
Dr Afridi is not a traitor , that is not the point. No doubt he helped to catch a high profile criminal who had been on the run for decades . Dr Afridi helped to bring him ,to his deserving end for his preposterous crimes against a state and humanity. But his first loyalty was to his own country , he should have shared the information with the nations security apparatus. This would have saved the nation from shame and embarrassment that it had to face in the aftermath of the foreign infiltration and subsequent killing of Bin Ladin.
May 26, 2012 11:20am
Pakistan's action is nothing but a double-game in this war on terrorism. On the surface, it says it is affected most by terrorist activities, and on the other hand it still shelters the terrorist wanted in US/India/UK/etc. Dr. Afridi episode enforced the doubt that double-game is still going on. Thats true !!! For Pakistan sake and world sake Afridi MUST BE RELEASED NOW !!!!
May 26, 2012 11:39am
Depends on which side of the border you are.
May 26, 2012 11:47am
Pakistan judicial system has sentenced a person to 33 YEARS IN PRISON without finding him GUILTY of anything. And the person is not a minority!!!
May 26, 2012 11:52am
Better think, just taking on name thinker does not make you so.
May 26, 2012 11:54am
Pakistan will rise. It is the destiny of sub-continent. All countries in the sub-continent will rise and prosper. Our time has come.
May 26, 2012 12:01pm
On this episode, I belive, the government carefully planned to prosecute the person by not following the proper legal avenue. It looked at all different ways it could prosecute the person to keep others away from similar action. It is same as the discussions in US about how and where to try people captured from streets of Kabul and kept at Gautammo Bay. Both acts are against peace loving people, who want to earn there living by executing tasks which come there way and getting rewards and comply with the accepted norms of society. There acts becomes crime, as teh results are not liked by the powerful political class who is in control at a time, and looks back in time on people who were not compliant or cause of trouble to them.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:06pm
Once again Washington made a grave mistake in telling Pakistan who had helped the Pentagon track bin Laden.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:09pm
Shakil Afridi did what he had to do. What his conscience told him was right,.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:10pm
The Taliban will not be braking him out of jail any time soon.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:13pm
Many Pakistani men would rather have their pound of flesh. Shakil Afridi will not have an easy time in prison.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:28pm
There were Pakistanis and other Muslims murdered on bin Laden's orders at the World Trade Center twin towers.. Just attacking the White House and the Pentagon might have been acceptable, but not 3,000 civilians. + "The Prophet Mohammed's exact words were, "We are allowed to kill in defense of the Faith, but do not kill to excess." Osama bin Laden was carried away by his own and his father's personal hatred of Jews. He felt attacking the twin towers was attacking the Jews and their money. Not Israelis, American Jews. I'll give him this, he was an excellent civil and structural engineer. On the debt side these people don't care who they injure or kill. That is the business of Allah not theirs.
Kamran Zaki
May 26, 2012 12:29pm
There is a difference. He collaborated with a foreign secret agency keeping his own country out of the loop.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:30pm
It does make it look that way.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:33pm
Pakistanis in America will say, "We only want to work for our families. We are not political.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:34pm
33 years in prison is a long time. He won't see the outside again.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:35pm
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:38pm
Yes. The judge may have made Dr. Afridi a martyr for the Western world.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:49pm
All the difficult questions in Pakistan are answered only by the smiles from the leaders. They seem to be saying, "Sleep well tonight. We have everything under control."
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:50pm
Only he can answer that for himself.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 12:54pm
It would have been much better for Pakistan's government to force bin Laden out of Pakistan and let some other country take the rap. "As Oliver Hardy always said to Stan Laurel on film, " Now look at the mess you've gotten me into."
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 01:01pm
Bin Laden was armed and firing back. Bin Laden had already sworn never to be taken alive. He did not want to be locked in a cage and be tried by infidels. Everyone in the rest of the world is pointing fingers at Pakistan now, due to years of bad decisions by the leadership. Better to ask why is Benazir Bhutto dead? Not why is Osama dead?
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 01:05pm
"In a sane world the end never defines the means." The Taliban believe the end does justify the means. Does that, by your own logic, show us that the Taliban are insane?
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 01:08pm
I'm sorry to say this but action is something Pakistan is not very good at. Pakistan's leaders are very good at having breakfast, lunch and dinner and having their photos taken, if that is what you mean by action.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 01:10pm
Pakistan has nuclear bombs. We're waiting.
Cyrus Howell
May 26, 2012 01:23pm
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." -- Blaise Pascal ~1650 AD
Rizwan Khan
May 26, 2012 01:39pm
Afridi is not a criminal but one who helped the delivery of justice.
May 26, 2012 04:22pm
I regret that Pak generals have fallen into a simple US trap. No Country publicly announces its secret agents as US announced the name of Dr Afridi. The trap was to encourage Pakistanis to stop looking for real agents. Dr Afridi could not and did not provide any DNA evidence. The US President or one of the high officials watching the incident with him asked a US Seal to lay next the body of OBL to confirm his height (They did not have tape with them). That provided the best evidence and allowed President Obama to announce the death of OBL.
May 26, 2012 04:51pm
Very confusing... I really wonder how can Americans come n attack inside Pak for OBL without the help of Army? Is it possible? The Govt can't take decision to help USA in this case unilaterally without taking Army into consideration.. I feel, the Army does know about the operation and if so what is the fault of Dr Afridi.. if not, they are not capable of securing the borders... It's a total conspiracy.. some thing has been going at highest level and something is making public which suits to public perception n interest.. The people are being deceived by everybody who calls the shots..
Raj Patel
May 26, 2012 06:05pm
Reading some of the comments I am surprised that still common Pakistani is in confused state. They don't know what they want. They don't care home grown terrorist kills common Pakistani but outrageous against the guy who helped to kill the terrorist. Doctor should be awarded Nisan-E-Pakistan as he helped to eliminate the biggest terrorist of the world and shows the world that not only Pakistani Gov, Army willing to eliminate the terrorism but common pakistani also eager to participate in eliminating terrorism from their soil. But state acting conversely, shows that state and army do not want to eliminate terrorism as it is their bread and butter.
May 26, 2012 06:36pm
Any Hollywood company should be in process of making story and film on him, thereafter Bollywood will follow Hollywood.
May 26, 2012 07:17pm
Pak govt & army doesn't fill iota of guilt when they hand-over taliban/al-qaida terrorists to CIA. These taliban / al-qaida mercilessly kill innocent people in the name of Allah. As a pakistani you should be grateful that at least one fellow country man has a hand in killing a psycho name Osama.
Javed Rahman
May 26, 2012 11:06pm
America should stop telling us what to do. Cut our aid we will then stand on our feet, but America will always give us aid because it serves there purpose. People of Pakistan have sixty percent young population , once the aid is cut they will work hard and steer the country towards prosperity. The aid which America gives does not go to the masses, only it goes to pro American politician which are paid to inflict harm to Pakistan . The policy is to keep other country backward ,so that America can suck there resources.
May 27, 2012 03:10am
Another millionaire. Dr. Afridi will soon be giving interviews on USA channels pictured on front pages of the news papers across USA. And a Hollywood movie and a book deal around the corner. Take my words for it.
May 27, 2012 04:22am
what was the judge thinking before giving him a sentence was he on something i pity the people of pakistan who have a judicial system like yours.
May 27, 2012 05:37am
Hi Asif, The court decision has made this story of Osama capture by Amercians more mercuier, if Pakistani courts feel that the doctor acted against the interest of Pakistan state , which means that Pakisatani state knew were Osama was & was its state guest & kept the world in dark... This means that Pakistani state can act only against there own people and does not have courage to even say a word against US.. Dont feel being an Indian so I am saying so , Think over it and reply , who has got benifited after creation of pakistan.
May 27, 2012 06:03am
I Agree with Wazir khan, OBL or not it is a treason.
manish vaid, LA
May 27, 2012 06:11am
Maybe the doctor was under severe threat of getting killed so the govt immediately transfered him to a safe location and spread the news that he will stay inside for 33 yrs. Its a possibility that shakil is already in US under some other name and identity while US criticises the govt to make it look real..!!!
May 27, 2012 07:26am
Pak-americans including me already realize that the country has become a hopeless basket-case. We can only hope for a miracle at this point that our fellow countrymen do not embarass us any further on the world stage. Sigh.
May 27, 2012 07:27am
He should have helped Pakistani ISI instead. He is a traitor.
Shakil Dahri
May 27, 2012 07:38am
Its so simple, he should have assisted ISI state's own Intelligence agency, leaving it on the discretion of establishment and government to deal with it and CIA. things arent supposed to be done directly. u have to b a pakistani first. this is treason.
May 27, 2012 07:57am
I believe the reason he was given such a verdict is because how it turned out to be..His act undermined the authority of ISI or any Pakistani agency and government. Under any other circumstance this would be a punishable crime. Although considering that he contributed in getting the enemy of humanity, the court should have considered that.
May 27, 2012 08:15am
I totally agree with you! He is not punished because he helped trace Bin Ladin, but to bring shame to the country. That's it! And they ignored the fact that what good came out of it. A case of False ego! I will punish you because you did me wrong, despite the fact you did helped the humanity with the same act. Despicable!
May 27, 2012 08:16am
33 years!
May 27, 2012 08:19am
Of course he did the right thing, and paying the price for it. God Bless Him
May 27, 2012 09:11am
I know Shakeel, since Medical College, if possible, find out from his class fellows, he was one of the notorious, selfish greedy person. Find out from Dr. Farasat what kind of person he was.
Shakil Dahri
May 27, 2012 09:32am
He's a traitor. Why the heck did he deal DIRECTLY with a foreign intelligence agency at his own bypassing his country's own intelligence agency, establishment and government? Who's he supposed to be loyal with? US or Pakistan? Pakistan should have dealt with it and shared the the info with US, coordinated and carried out operation way we want, alone or with them? its good that the Most Wanted Man in the world was hunted. But the methodology adopted both by US and now by Afridi is extremely discouraging disappointing and ridiculous. moreover now every vaccination and health measure would seem a fraud and fake in an alreadly ailing country from so many diseases all because of doctors like Afridi. The equation is simple Afridi-ISI-CIA= Patriotism Afridi-CIA= Treason He's a traitor and traitor must be punished and made an example for others.
Shakil Dahri
May 27, 2012 09:35am
c'mon man! why would ISI help OBL? need to trust your people and armed forces. who already have done much with nothing for the ungrateful.
May 27, 2012 10:55am
Because your "higher ups" cannot be trusted. All you need is one Taliban sympathiser(and there isnt a shortage of them in Pakistan) and you have lost your best chance to grab the worlds greatest terrorist.
May 27, 2012 12:27pm
"Not knowing the law is not an excuse", applies in all countries and all forms. I am not supporting anyone but answering one of your question.
May 27, 2012 12:31pm
These families should should sue Dr. Afridi for monetary damages. He must have property
May 27, 2012 12:37pm
Well said
May 27, 2012 12:44pm
The person with the stick owns the buffalo. Ask those who are now refusing to get polio shots and not trusting doctors. Overal, the whole country forces and secret services are helping USA so his sentencing is not fair but remember he will be in USA soon and a lot more wealthy. Unfair means exist all over, the person who exposed his identity in the USA was never punished either. So jis ki lati us ki baihns
May 27, 2012 12:54pm
The thumbs down to this logical question shows how dumb the readers are. People lets be un-bias and respect and appreciate logical questions and points. These days freedom of speech is lost just because any opinion which goes against some people will label you traitor. How many maybe in jails just for having a different opinion or just scared to speak up.
May 27, 2012 12:55pm
exactly and now many are refusing polio vaccination due lack of such ethics in doctors
May 27, 2012 12:55pm
Who are those powerful actors with in state ? think they r supporters of extremists and killers of thousands of people's in pakistan and rest of innocent humans on the globe . govt should think about this .
May 27, 2012 01:05pm
I hundred percent agrees with your views people like Dr Afridi who was a government servant and being paid from the taxes of the poor people are the traitors and should be treated with death sentence.
May 27, 2012 01:35pm
And what is happening is absolutely opposite. Why?
May 27, 2012 01:40pm
What AQ Khan did was against the Pak and international law. What respected Dr. Afridi did was within the law as he helped to nab an international terrorist but still AQ Khan is national hero and Dr. Afridi is inside jail. This speaks a volume about Pak
May 27, 2012 01:42pm
There is an even simpler equation in your deluded mind is: ISI = Patriotism What happens when ISI interferes in domestic politics? What happens when ISI refuses to follow the PM's oreders? What happens when ISI supports terrorists which the nation has designated terrorist (e.g. LeT)? Does it mean: ISI = Treason?
May 27, 2012 05:00pm
Mr Andrew you forgot to ask, how much he was paid to carry out the fake vaccination campaign which is against his professional ethics. Do you agree that if this had happened in USA the American gov. would have acted the same way. Being a Pakistani citizen and working as a gov. doctor it is punishable that he was also working for a foreign intelligence agency as an agent. Under essential services act of Pakistan working for a foreign intelligence agency is a crime. Dr Afridi is not a kid, he was assured by his master (USA) that he wil be protected from all eventualities but alas greed has put him in death trap.
May 27, 2012 05:05pm
Very true this is the mission of USA and thier European Allies. See What they are doing under the name of Arab Springs destroying country after country. We have to wake up before its too late.
May 27, 2012 05:22pm
Pakistan is so messed up, I am ashamed to call myself a Pakistani. When will people running the government realize that we have hit rock bottom and completely isolated in the world. We perpetuate a victim mentality in Pakistan and view all issues with those lens. It doesn't help when 99% of Pakistan is consumed with conspiracy theories. ISI, army and some people in government have this false notion that they are extremely intelligent and can outsmart the whole world. Wake up.
May 27, 2012 05:52pm
I doubt my comments will be posted, but let' see... Let's explore the fundamental logic behind this court judgment - Now, is it fair to assume Pakistan decided to offer "wholehearted" support US/Nato to clear terror sanctuaries (of course in return for $$$) ? Yes...? Is it fair to assume that ISI/Pak government was expected to transparently/wholeheartedly cooperated with CIA/other agencines to help find top terrorists (including OBL, of course for a price)? Yes...? Let's give the benefit of doubt to Pakistan here - so, if ISI/Pak government was "wholeheartedly" helping US/Nato find OBL, which was its obligation (due to payments from the US), which they couldn't, but then this doctor "singlehandedly" finds OBL complying with Pakistan's obligation to US and Nato...so Pak government should be happy or upset.....? He did what ISI was expected to do anyways, yes...? Logically, if everything we assumed was right....he should be given top civilian honor of Pakistan? Yes...? But the judgment punishes him. If you put the equation together, does this tell you anything...?
May 27, 2012 06:32pm
Helping a foreign intelligence agency in a home country is an act of treason in any country (No matter what the reason). Don't understand what the whole fuss is about.
Syed Mubeen Riaz
May 27, 2012 07:21pm
I think this is not the concern of a Dr. and a terror it is the concern of a Pakistani who help the the agency who is terrorizing us by using fake names like OBL and others it is not fare we Pakistani hate these type of agencies and the people who are not true with Pakistan If this Dr. have information about OBL he should share with Pakistani agencies
May 27, 2012 09:45pm
Why? I might offer an opinion contrary to Pakistan's OFFICIAL opinion?
May 28, 2012 01:44am
Dr Afridi should be treated as national hero, he had done what ISI and army could not do.
Akil Akhtar
May 27, 2012 11:44pm
Was it really OBL, the evidence has been wiped off by the US, one wonders why...?
Akil Akhtar
May 27, 2012 11:46pm
He has been sentenced by teh courts not the govt...and the courts are more free that those in canada...
Akil Akhtar
May 27, 2012 11:47pm
what would teh Americans or Israelis or Indians do if one of their citizen cooperated with KGB... think honestly before criticizing others.
Akil Akhtar
May 27, 2012 11:56pm
We know how, haven't you heard of their demands to handover Julian Assange of Wiki Leaks and some senators have even demanded death penalty for him. We need to grow a thicker skin and ignore their criticisms in face of such hypocrisy. One thing for themseleves and another for others?
Akil Akhtar
May 27, 2012 11:56pm
Aren't you pleased as usual...
May 27, 2012 11:56pm
You have the right questions. Dr. Afridi case is temporary, do not sweat over it, he will soon be released. He is put in jail to settle some scores. Its all politics.
Akil Akhtar
May 27, 2012 11:57pm
Hamid Gul did not cooperate the state and its intelligence agency cooperated which is how it should be. don't mislead...
Baba Sidni
May 28, 2012 12:50am
Govt was helping CIA find OBL and getting money for this help. Dr Afridi did the same to earn his money. The Government of Pakistan is justifiably furious on Dr Afridi, because, helping CIA is not privatized in Pakistan. It is the responsibility of the state, how dare a private citizen do this help and get some money? It is not privatized as yet.
May 28, 2012 02:37am
When America will imprison Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai for lobbying for right of self determination of the people of Kashmir, a place where Dr Fai has his roots and there you will charge him for links with ISI then be ready to see all on CIA payroll list behind the bars in Pakistan.
May 28, 2012 07:44am
Why stop on Hameed Gul , why not include Auyb Khan , Yahya Khan , Zia ul haq , General Akbar khan , general chushty , Pervaiz Musharaf , pervaiz kiyani then to Assad dhurrani and Co , Shujat Pasha and the current ISI head too ??? All thee then must be booked under treason charges and hanged upside down ...... I can see , some of these are taken with high esteem and some are even called Shaeeds and at least one is even burried next to the faisal Mosque and is believed to be a Saint now ?????
May 28, 2012 04:27am
And his wives and children ? Were they air lifted from Saudi and planted in Abottabad ? Why do you seek to deny the obvious ?
May 28, 2012 04:51am
washington did not make a mistake, it just dumped a friend
May 28, 2012 05:00am
Hurting and humiliating questions yet sincere and soul searching. Hope some have conscience to do their soul searching. ..................... BRAVO
khallid durrani
May 28, 2012 05:09am
Be a rational HUMAN BEING and clean up your concepts beyond the boundaries of fundamentalist and dogmatic teachings which seem to so dominant.
May 28, 2012 05:27am
No one is saying that working with American is treason. We have joined hands with NATO for our own survival too. What is wrong here is.A Pakistani citizen bestowed with trust and responsibility colluded with a foreign spy network and bought the whole nation to shame and embarrasment. This misplacement of loyalty is punishable. It may not be treason , because Dr Afridi had worked to facilitiate what the Pakistan state apparatus had been working with American for, but the question here is that the first loyalty of Dr Afridi should have been to his country's security network. He compromised the loyalty to the nation for x amount of dollors. This is a crime , and he was rightly dealt with. Having said all that I must say once again the punishment he received is disproptionate to his crime.
Jay Dee
May 28, 2012 05:41am
Narindera Modi did nothing against the US...
May 28, 2012 05:47am
Think of this, why is it that all criminals who commit some crime in some part of the world and manages to escape from crime scene finds refuge in Pakistan, rightly labeled as "safe Heavens for Criminals" Secondly, why is it that no politician makes it to the top slot in Pakistan unless he or she has lived and spent some period of his or her life in "The Great Britain" and then on exit (most of the time kicked out) from office finds refuge in "The Great Britain".
May 28, 2012 06:42am
What Hero? He worked for CIA's money not to find Osama coz .he did not know he was helping to find Osama. All he wanted was to make some dollars through working for CIA..Since when working for dollars has become heroic? These are the people who sell their self for money..He is not a role model. Osama must have been captured and justice should have been delivered but not greedy traitors like Afridi must be punished for selling their souls too..
May 28, 2012 06:50am
Actually ..Since Afridi is classified as a anti-state agent, and has been tried and convicted for Treason, the Afridi case confirms as clear as day for all to see : Pakistan's core national agenda is active support of terrorism.
May 28, 2012 07:19am
Higher ups in pakistan would have promptly handed Mr afridi to Al-Quida.
May 28, 2012 07:23am
May 28, 2012 08:19am
what do you know about narendra modi, Narendra modi is only the mask, what happned in gujrat was aftermath when 55 hindus were burnt alive in a train coach by muslim fanatics.
May 28, 2012 08:48am
Are heroes of Pakistan Talibans and Al Queda ?
May 28, 2012 09:12am
Keep thinking dude!
May 28, 2012 09:13am
May 29, 2012 06:59am
If he is such a hero, and not a traitor, he should have shared this information with Pakistani Intelligence, in order to help them and bring some well deserved recognition and respect for the suffering Pakistan has faced by helping the USA, in the war against terrorism, which to start with, was not Pakistan's war in the first place. And if during USA's lock down of Afghanistan, OBL or any other militant escapes into another country, it is the failure of US army, as some one sneaked pass under their nose. Dr. Afridi is not a hero at all, he is just another opportunists, who unfortunately took a bigger bite than he can chew.
Yaseen Mirza
May 28, 2012 11:37am
This is really amazing for a common man like me to understand that what is happening in our Homeland. At one place we are American ally in war against terrorism and stratagic partner. We have received billions of Us Dollars for this war and Have made a lot of sacrifices at the same time we are considering a person(Shakil Afridi) as a traitor who helped CIA to track Usama Bin Laden,who was most wanted terrorist. If we (Pakistan) think that OBL was a terrorist then what is the meaning of punishing a person who helped. I don't know what message we want to send the outside world by punishing Shakil Afridi. In my humble it will strengthen the propaganda of our enemies that we were hiding OBL.
May 28, 2012 11:49am
If he is such a hero, and not a traitor, he should have shared this information with Pakistani Intelligence, in order to help them and bring some well deserved recognition and respect for the suffering Pakistan has faced by helping the USA, in the war against terrorism, which to start with, was not Pakistan's war in the first place.
May 28, 2012 12:17pm
Yes, keep playing that game, Mustafa, while your country burns. Look around you. I don't think the majority of your countrymen support your views on Dr Afridi.
May 28, 2012 12:41pm
even not
May 28, 2012 12:42pm
the money they get from USA will stop, common its common for politician.
Nasir Shah
May 28, 2012 01:58pm
Dr. Shakeel did something which our governemnt supports publicly and internationsly but when he did it, they convicted him of treason. Shame on me and my government. What is purpose of war on terror if killer of enemy commander in chief is crime. Unfortunately in Pakistan, Islam has two versions. Islam A and Islam B. In one version people are moderate with tolerance to all modern aspects as music, media and other and will not kill and ant in name of jihad. On the other end there is Islam B with Zero tolerance. They deny all modern life activities and don't accept the REMIX version of Islam. They are extremist and want to adopt Islam from A to Z like talibans. I hope US uses its super natural ties to escape him from prison.
Nasir Shah
May 28, 2012 02:01pm
I dont care who and how OBL get killed. Important thing is that he is dead and its biggest loss to all Talibans and other extremist groups who fight against nation for any cause what so ever.
Nasir Shah
May 28, 2012 02:05pm
Why not. If you directly deal with Pakistani agency, you dont know who you are dealing with. The man in ISI may be ISI loyal or OBL's loyal. You may end up in death chamber but US for sure will nail him down.
Nasir Shah
May 28, 2012 02:06pm
Who cares. Important thing is that. He is dead.
May 28, 2012 11:42pm
Mr. Afridi conspired against the State by compromising with a foriegn agency. That is an act of treason. It is immaterial wether he provided information on X or Z.