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Satellite phone recovered from Dr Afridi in Peshawar jail

Published Oct 13, 2012 04:16pm

This photograph taken on July 22, 2010 shows Dr Shakeel Afridi attending a Malaria control campaign in the Khyber tribal region. — Photo by AFP

PESHAWAR: The law enforcement agencies Saturday evening seized a 'Thoraya' satellite phone form Dr Shakeel Afridi, a surgeon allegedly recruited by the US intelligence to help find Osama bin Laden, in Central Jail Peshawar and have arrested four police commandos on guard at Dr Shakeel Afridi’s cell in the jail, official sources said.

The official intelligence sources said that the authorities have arrested four police commandos who were on duty; After interrogating, one of them, confessed that he had provided satellite phone to Dr Shakeel Afridi.

The sources said that Dr Shakeel Afrid had made more than 68 calls from the satellite phone set and most of these calls were long-distanced calls, but the authorities are assessing the satellite phone data to ascertain the country location.

To a query, the sources said that after a controversial interview with Fox News, a US-based news channel, a few weeks back, the authorities had installed special equipment around Central Jail Peshawar to check Dr Afridi’s activities and had traced some calls from his jail cell, following which the authorities conducted investigation with the four policemen. One of the  policemen, the sources said, admitted of his involvement in providing Dr Afridi the satellite phone.

The sources said that it’s likely that the interview might have been conducted through the satellite phone but the authorities are assessing the facts.

The jail authorities, on contact, did not give any detail about the incident.

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Comments (27) Closed

Oct 14, 2012 12:29am
you can say that again, Khan! I completely agree with you. He is not the only one, i don't know how many people out there who are selling the country for their own self. Its difficult to catch them. Hang them as soon as you find them. Period....
anil gupta
Oct 13, 2012 05:41pm
So that means, interview actually took place.
Oct 13, 2012 05:24pm
This man is traitor and should face the consequences because for money he can do any thing
Syed Ahmed
Oct 14, 2012 12:37am
The Jail Suprindent and others responsible for Dr. Afradi should be severly punished. They may be tried under Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan and given a death sentense.
Oct 13, 2012 05:48pm
This is the height of corruption and negligience. one can understand how deep the malaise haspenetrated. No wonder, if one day we come across the breking news of his escape from jail.
Amanullh Rabbani
Oct 14, 2012 06:49am
He has been sentenced on the fact that he helped an external spy agency, not because he helped tracing Osama. As per the law of Pakistan or any country, anyone helping a foriegn spy agency without the prior approval of gov, is considered a traitor. Thats it and as simple as it is. If he had any info about Osama or any other terrorist, he should have shared it with Pak Government!!!
Oct 13, 2012 06:02pm
Wow, that's some world-class security right there! I wonder what other amenities are available in Pakistani jails in addition to Satellite phones, etc?
Ishrat salim
Oct 13, 2012 06:16pm
Thoraya set is the most expensive set and can only be provided by a foreign country ?..Americans ! and our police once again has proved to be salable our was the duty of the local govt home dept - jail authorities to unearth this...but our intel agencies this time has proved to be on their toes.....
Honest babe
Oct 13, 2012 06:45pm
Why is he a traitor ? Was Osama bin Laden Pakistan's state secret?
Well Informed
Oct 13, 2012 07:32pm
I am glad he has the cell phone with him. A person who hasn't been given a fair trial, and jailed, for providing information about a terrorist is quite absurd to begin with. He shouldn't be there in the jail. Should have been awarded a medal, for leading to Osama who led to the deaths of millions of people. Whose holding him and why?
Oct 13, 2012 07:47pm
C'mon Pakistanis - the doctor is not the bad guy - OBL was. OBL was not even a Pakistani citizen. He was the terrorist. The dr didn't flag the US choppers in. You are just upset cause you got embarrased and using him as the scapegoat. It is htis attitude that is responsible for the shooting of Malala. Make up your minds - don't make it complicated
Hussain Shah
Oct 13, 2012 08:39pm
DR Shakeel Afridi you should be behind bars all your life because you know WHY, you sold the country we love and CIA is planning to hire local agents to break up in and escape , that is very sad for your life . I think you have family behind so do not do another mistake , this time our angry people and intelligence will not let you do that and it is better for you to not to do any mistake stay inside and rot . You trade your country for $ shame on you sold the country we all love. and how much insult the professional people took because of you DR......
Saad (DXB)
Oct 13, 2012 09:16pm
Correction.. It's 'Thuraya' and not 'Thoraya'
Lee Chang
Oct 13, 2012 10:24pm
America and world community shoud take care of this doctor. He is in Jail because he helped to find out the world's most wanted terrorist Osama. He also revealed the real face of Pakistani govt and its agencies to the world. May be that is his criminal act in pakistan.
Oct 13, 2012 10:25pm
Like Dr. Afridi many people are in our society. Muhammad Asif Patent Examiner
Oct 13, 2012 10:29pm
This man should be celebrated and declared a national hero by well meaning pakistanis. Instead you guys shower flowers on people like Qadri while the doctor who helped eliminate the villain who tarnished the reputation of islam is being humiliated. Learn to identify your enemies first.
Oct 13, 2012 10:44pm
This is hilarious we all know in any country including usa money talks.This doctor has done nothing wrong and the judicial system in third world countries is under strong arms of govt.If Pakistan is sincere they should allow international court in Hague examine the evidence against this Doctor for the alleged crime.OBL was an embarrassment to Pakistan and an evil leader who is responsible for TTP emergence and malala's victimization and Pakistan is better off without OBL.
Shame on you
Oct 13, 2012 10:55pm
And we blame our politicians to be currpot. Infact 95% of Pakistani's are Corrupt . Given a chance to these 95% ppl in Pakistan and they surely will do such things and will put blame on the goverment or anyone they can think of.
Oct 13, 2012 11:30pm
if he helped in Osama's shooting than he is a hero
Concerned Citizen
Oct 14, 2012 12:14am
How come is he a traitor? He should be called a hero because he assisted in getting rid of the most wanted terrorist in the world!!!! I don't understand why you Pakistanis don't thank the U.S. for what they have done for Pakistan and the rest of the world by killing Osama bin Laden? He and his followers (Pakistani Taliban) have dessimated Pakistan because of their futile war and just last week by shooting Malala. Do you want their terrorism to continue in Pakistan and the rest of the world? Wake up from your ignorance in the name of so called Ghairat !!! I wish there were more people like Dr. Afridi to be handing over terrorists on a daily basis to the authorities - wouldn't that be good for Pakistan?
Arif Choudhary
Oct 14, 2012 07:12am
Soon you will see that the arrested policeman will get a foreign country visa and flies out of Pakistan.
Sher Bad Shah.
Oct 14, 2012 02:18am
Why are we so surprised, give your head a shake, just think very, very hard, every Politician, every top Official including anyone and everyone has either already been sold or for Sale, just name the price. This is WHO and WHAT have we become. There are thousands of Dr. Afridi's running around the country, doing their deeds under our very watchful eyes and we ALL know very well.
Oct 14, 2012 05:48am
The administration installed special equipment to check his activity but could not monitor his 68 phone calls. How strange!
Fair Reforms
Oct 14, 2012 06:23am
Why are Pakistani government and Army punishing Afridi for geting rid of the master criminal instead of honoring for his courage and vision? It is an open admission that they are on the terrorists' side.
Oct 14, 2012 07:58am
Why should he be celebrated? He was running a fake polio program in exchange for money and US citizenship. He had no clue that he was helping in the capture of Usama Bin Laden. Polio campaign has come to a halt because of his actions. Besides, it is unethical for a doctor to be involved in such activities.
Oct 14, 2012 08:05am
I will second that
Oct 14, 2012 07:13am
calling him a doctor is like cursing the medical profession. there is NEVER any good reason to betray your own profession and betray people who trust your professional title.

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