October 6th, 2011
02:20 PM ET

Pakistan to charge doctor who helped U.S. find bin Laden with treason

A commission is recommending treason charges against a doctor suspected of helping the CIA target Osama bin Laden, Pakistan's information ministry said Thursday.

"A case of conspiracy against the state of Pakistan and high treason is made" against Dr. Shakeel Afridi, the information ministry said, summarizing a commission's investigation into the death of the al Qaeda leader.

The recommendation is nonbinding and it is unclear whether the government will act on it.

Afridi is accused of helping the CIA use a vaccination campaign to try to collect DNA samples from people who lived in bin Laden's compound.

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  1. Nobody N. Particular

    Pakistan is another failed state, the government has absolutely no control over the military, which in turn controls the ISI. So, if that is Pakistan's logic, then this means that Pakistan was supporting OBL and should be seen as a supporter of world terrorism. Cancel all visa issued to any Pakistani, including the diplomats. The sieze all of their assets in the US to pay back the US government for all the money we throw at them. We need to stop deluding ourselves that Pakistan is our ally, they have been playing both side against the middle. Keep in mind it was the Talaban, which was setup by Pakistan, who invited and protect OBL first. The Pakistani government needs to show they have control over the military by firing most of the command staff that were loyal to the previous "President", then dismantle the ISI and build a new intelligence agency.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jfra

      I agree. Pakistan is up to their eyeballs in this. They are guilty of harboring, supporting this terrorist and terrorism in general. I think the US and all countries need to send a very loud and clear message to Pakistan. By trying this doctor with Treason, Pakistan just admitted their guilt and support for OBL and other terrorist groups and they exposed their agenda of war against America.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ajk68

    Time to change our alliances. We would be much better siding with India. Not quite sure why we have supported Pakistan all along. We would have much more leverage in Pakistan if we were allied with India – as it is, they just run rough-shod over us.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      Absolutley correct.

      Pakistan is a failed state. It was born out of religious fanaticism and has a long bloody history of aggression against its neighbors and its own citizens.

      Its internal history is one of repeated political instability and violence.

      Our interests align with India, the worlds largest democracy and a state that has a far better history of mature and responsible behavior both domestically and internationally.

      It is time to destroy Pakistan's nuclear capabilities and make it clear to them that we will no longer tolerate their cozying up to jihadis around the world.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. socal

    Brilliant. A country that is greatly lacking in healthcare will imprision one of the few doctors they have becasue he helped capture a terrorist. Time to drop a bomb on this wasteland.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob Schoenberger

    Unbelievable unless it is just a political ploy to keep the masses from revolting.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barry G.

    To the so-called Leaders of Pakistan:

    Can’t you see that your greed, dishonesty and corruption have made your country a wasteland and have caused the poor souls who inhabit your country great suffering, as you pursue your selfish desires?

    Because of you the country of Pakistan is in a horrible condition: addicted to the trafficking of opium to the world; haven for terrorists and gangsters; allowing terrorists and criminals to take refuge in your country; allowing drug traffickers to traffic opium from Afghanistan through your country (with the approval and protection of your military and officials); a country filled of chaos; filled with violence and corruption–and now you're going to prosecute someone who may or may not have helped the world bring to justice one of the most vile humans to have ever lived.

    Your greed, corruption and bad leadership have made you the failed State you are, and you are responsible for the suffering of your people.

    How can you sleep at night?

    How can you look at yourselves in the mirror?.

    How long are you going to continue engaging in treachery and scheming with terrorists?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tamars

    fascinating that pakistan would choose to attacj the doctor instead of their own crooked government and the ISI. they just don't want to get it.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      Why would they go after the ISI?

      Who do you think is really running Pakistan?

      How do you think bin Laden was "hiding" a few hundred meters from Pakistan's military college?

      October 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kanank

    Another proof that Pakistan is a rogue state and it was definitely harboring Osama and other terrorists. The US has been foolishly relying on Pakistan to help it but so far the results prove otherwise. It is time for the US to punish Pakistan with appropriate measures. It is also clear that the civilian govt is ineffective and the ISI is controlling everything including the military. Their sole aim is to destroy India at all costs and keep Afghanistan a killig fileds and deny the Afghans any freedom. It is only a matter of time the ISI will assassinate Karzai. It is time for the US to send a very strong message that their actions will not be tolerated any longer.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Loaded Corn Hauler

    The Paki's would probably accept $40-50 Billion to go in the Doctor's legal defense fund.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CJ

    No one ever learns from history, the decades of our country siding with the not so good side.
    MY prayers go out for this doctor and his fmaily. Sounds like he tried to do good (his conscience) and
    now will pay the price. Once I heard Bin Laden was found and were the location was (near a Paki military place)
    It was obvious Pakistan was not a country we could trust. I wondder how many of our US $$$'s helped built Bin Laden compound? After all didn't we send money to Pakistan a few years back?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Khess58

    Where is the outcry from our government. This shows Pakistan real intent of protecting OBL. Of course the Congress has no courage to cut off funding that we could certainly use back here in the US.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmallBiz101

      President Obama can cut off their funding with Executive order. It's his State Department budget that requests the aid.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GW

    No good deed goes unpunished.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wayne

    I think one of the definitions of the word Treason is the betrayal of ones trust. I guess they trusted him not to help catch this guy. The same guy they have been saying they were trying to help the USA catch.
    When are the leaders of America going get it! ....Pakistan is not the friend of America

    October 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jason

    How can Pakistan possibly explain this to American officials?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jfra

      They can't. It's over, this changes everything. Pakistan supported OBL, and other terrorist groups who have been attacking America and other law abiding countries and and their people. Pakistan just made a very grave mistake.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mit

    Aw man, hate to say it but that dude is a dead man walking

    October 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry G.

      Not necessarily.

      Not if the international community speaks out and condemns them for such action, and not if the US speaks out against this.

      After all, we've given them so much money–they owe us billions of dollars worth of favors.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Barry G.

    How many billions of dollars has the US given to Pakistan over the past fifteen years?

    That money could have been used to pay down our national debt, or to extend unemployment benefits for the unemployed.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmallBiz101

      Oh God, no more unemployment benefit extensions. If I get one more person in my office asking if I can pay them "under the table" so they can keep getting their unemployment benefits I'll just scream!

      October 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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