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Dr Shakil on hunger strike in jail

Published Nov 29, 2012 03:16am


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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. — Photo by Reuters/File

PESHAWAR, Nov 28: Dr Shakil Afridi, who allegedly helped the American CIA in tracking down Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, has gone on hunger strike demanding provision of different facilities to him inside the Peshawar Central Prison, according to sources.

The prison authorities were tight-lipped on the issue and declined to meet mediapersons. However, an official, who did not want to be named, confirmed that Dr Shakil went on hunger strike on Monday. He had not been taking any food, he added.

It has been learnt that the jail authorities have withdrawn certain facilities from Dr Shakil, who has been in solitary confinement, owing to security reasons, after publishing of his controversial interview by Fox News in Sept. Since then the authorities placed a ban on his meeting with his family members as well as his counsel.

The official said that Dr Shakil had now been confined to a room situated inside a small compound in the prison and the facility of a walk was also withdrawn from him. The authorities searched his room regularly so that he could not keep any objectionable item including cellular phone with him, he added.

An on duty official of the prison, when contacted, expressed ignorance about hunger strike by Dr Shakil.

Advocate Samiullah Afridi, counsel of Dr Shakil, told Dawn that he himself had heard about hunger strike started by his client.

He said that he had gone to prison to meet the officials to confirm the news. However, he added, the officials declined to meet him.

Dr Afridi, a former agency surgeon, was picked up allegedly by an intelligence agency in May last year on suspicion of helping the American CIA to trace Osama bin Laden by carrying out a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad. However, he was not convicted on that charge.He was shifted to Peshawar Central Prison on May 23, 2012, after his conviction by the assistant political agent of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency, who sentenced him to 33 years of imprisonment on different counts including conspiracy to wage war against Pakistan and having links with a defunct organisation Lashkar-i-Islam.

His appeal has been pending before the court of commissioner Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).


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AA Nov 29, 2012 08:54pm
Your people sure lost when he got!
karim Nov 30, 2012 03:29pm
Army Generals can happily topple governments and hang prime ministers, then fight entire wars for America but Shakil Afridi is a traitor for helping the US track down Osama Bin Laden.
Saadia Nov 30, 2012 05:02am
he deserves more tough punishment.
Amjad Wyne Nov 29, 2012 06:09pm
No one is suggesting that Osama was a hero - the point here is that this doctor should have worked or informed Pakistani authorities. Not doing so would not sit well in any country - at least I cannot think of a country or a nation that would allow that.
Mr.T Nov 29, 2012 06:05am
He helped or betrayed his country must be open trial and media highlight the story. If he betray then he should be punished and if's part of conspiracy then he should be saved...
Ali Abbas Nov 29, 2012 05:14pm
I have no problem with this so called doctor helping US govt to track Osama. Osama is dead and that its great. What I have hard time understanding is that this doctor is now responsible for many children's death because their parents arerefusing to immunizate their children. Was using immunization clinics to track Osama the only option? How can a doctor justify such actions. What is more improtant? Hundreds and thousands of children dying or death of Osama? I do not know the answer but someone else does.
Jamshed Khan Nov 29, 2012 05:28pm
Anonymous Sahib or Sahiba, unfortunately you have completely missed the point... he consorted with outside forces and that is the key point, and not what was the outcome of his activities. There is always an excuse for a traitor. Yes, he should be given an open and free trial, if it does not go against national security. However, west (who he consorted with) will never hold an open trail if it jeopardize national security in any way.
pathanoo Nov 29, 2012 05:29pm
Really? You should be grateful he helped bring a killer; murderer of innocent men, women and children which included Muslims; a crazy hateful man - OBL - to justice. Didn't your country screamed at the top of it's lungs to the world that they did not know where OBL was and if they did they will arrest or kill him, meet out justice to him. Then how is Dr. Shakil a traitor when he helped Pakistani Government achieve what they wanted to do? He should be a national hero. But then it is because of people like you, Jamshed, why Pakistan is in such a hole.
Abdul Rehman Nov 29, 2012 02:47pm
Because he supplied the information to USA and not Pakistan.. If Osama was captured by Pakistan, it would be a total different world today for Pakistan... Try to understand the difference..
Abdullah Hussain Nov 29, 2012 05:32pm
The method he used for tracking down OB is a killer in itself. He betrayed the trust of so many parents who may not again trust any doctor in future. Being a doctor he is under oath to protect lives of his patients & not run false polio campaign. He is a killer of trust, he deserves gallows.
Shah Nov 29, 2012 05:30pm
My friends if Dr.Shakeel is a Traiter because he helped the US then even bigger Traiter is the elected PPP government who are allowing Drones to operate and then pretending they are against them.
Iqbal Khan Nov 29, 2012 05:10pm
I am very proud of you Dr Afridi.May God keep you safe and unite with your family.Needles to mention that you have sacrificed a lot for this country.
Dr. Yahya Khan Nov 29, 2012 04:52pm
Such a traitor does not deserve any sympathy.
Malick Nov 29, 2012 04:23pm
This is the need of country Shakeel be hanged up, no exception.
Farooq Razavi Nov 29, 2012 09:42am
No love lost for this SPY / enemy of our PAKISTAN
SSX Nov 29, 2012 09:22am
He was one of the many Raymond Davis developed as agents. He should be given open trial in front of the Pakistani people,
Anonymous Nov 29, 2012 11:53am
How is he a traitor or someone who betrayed the state when he helped track down a person who was also wanted in Pakistan?
AHA Nov 29, 2012 11:48am
Of course, if all the terrorists and militants are the FRIENDS of Pakistan, then Dr Shakil is an ENEMY. As they say, who needs enemies when....
Jamshed Khan Nov 29, 2012 08:42am
No matter whether or not one agrees with the outcome of his activities, he should be treated as a traitor and be a lesson to others. He was getting paid for his support of the outside forces.