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. Jay

    Drop an H2 bomb there. Case closed.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • André

      Idiot. Typical bloodthirsty American. And I guess you call yourself a christian, too. I wouldn't be surprised.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chemistry 101

      I think you mean H bomb.. H2 would just be two hydrogen molecules. Sorry, i didn't mean to let science get in the way of your facts.

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

      Pakis have nukes. Drop an H bomb on Israel. Solve most of middle east problems with a single bomb. Case closed.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      This idiots ....Knew they were Involved Pakistani can never be trusted we need to round them up one by one.
      still plenty room in Cuba.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • phearis

      ~giggle~ an H2 Bomb? Does General Motors make that?

      October 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Common123

    Pakistan is a failed state. The ISI was hiding Osama Bin Laden. I have spoken to an individual who is very familiar with the area in which Osama was found. He said there is no way the military couldn't of known. He has visited Pakistan over 60 times, and also said he wouldn't return due to the lack of security in Pakistan today. Most of Pakistan's government is against terrorism, but the ISI operates by themselves. The Taliban and Haqqani networks are Pakistan's defense against India. Pakistan is obsessed with the possibility of war with India.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoaib

      India is Fail state where half of the population still living under the pverty line... How would you react to this now... You moron...

      October 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      Pakistan has no reason to exist EXCEPT as the "anti-India."

      Pakistan is an unnatural combination of nationalities that have nothing in common except that they are Muslim, in a territory that has no boundaries other than there was a Muslim majority there in 1947.

      Pakistan is destined to fall apart. We saw the first big chunk break free in 1971 when the Bengalis had enough of their second-place citizenship and freed themselves from Pakistan, becoming Bangladesh. Needless to say, Pakistan responded in a bloodthirsty manner and launched both military repression in "East Pakistan"-killing hundreds of thousands of Bengali civilians-and a war against India in the west. Pakistan's crushing defeat by India and the new nation of Bangladesh is still a source of shame.

      Today Bangladesh is democratic and in far better ecconomic shape than before.

      The remaining portion of Pakistan will, sooner or later, break down into its componenets: Punjabis, Pashtuns, Sindhis, Baluchs, etc, and no doubt after a long period of more tribal and religious bloodshed they might manage to form a collection of small states that don't mismanage their affairs too badly or pose too much of a threat to their neighbors.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      "Shoaib" proves my point nicely.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jake1969

    I've already commented about my disgust for the Pakistani government (by calling it treason, that implies 2 things: they view us as their enemy and bin laden as a part of their state) and with ridiculous analogies by some posters "how would the US like it if someone did this on our soil" (first, this isn't a typical spy case, it's about a man who lead the organization that killed 3K+ of our civilians and a government that claimed it was working with us; second, there have been killings of foreigners on US soil by foreign agents, and if we didn't care about the individual, we did let it happen without repurcussions). I also think it's EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that the US helps this doc. Forget State relations, this man was critical to us getting bin laden. He's a hero. Perhaps one of the most important players in the killing of the US's single greatest nemesis. If we have to, we should do another raid to get him, protect him, and bring him back to US soil. We should demonstrate CLEARLY to the world that if you stick your neck out for us, we've got your back (unlike the decrepit, failed state of Pakistan).

    I used to support Pakistan and argue the importance of our strategic partnership. But this bin laden case really was a slam dunk and makes me put my foot in my mouth for past support. It was clear they harbored him based on where he was, and by charging the doc with treason they are basically saying to the world "the US is our enemy." How long until we face this fact? How many more billions will we throw down the drain to a State which seeks to harm us? I say airstrikes and drones followed by a green light to India to finish Pakistan off once and for all.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • André

      That doctor is a fraud, he used the concept of fake vaccination to help another country reach its security goals. Good thing he's being sued for treason. He's also a traitor towards his medical profession.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Kelley

      Hey andre stop trolling, if you are not american beat it.... if you are then you are retarded.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake1969

      Andre, and Pakistan claimed capturing bin laden was also it's security goal. And we give them billions...this was a clear-cut backstab. Treason is when you support your enemy. So, if Pakistan was true to its word that it also wanted bin laden captured and was working with us...how in the heck was a doc who helped us reach our goal, which was supposedly Pakistan's goal too, committing treason?? Andre, you and your al qaeda buddies can go f- yourselves!

      October 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common123

      It's not all about him personally. He has family that will likely be targets. I hope we can distinguish that Osama Bin Laden's death was greater than a "profession."

      October 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Update

      Jake1969, i think it is fair to say that you are right about Pakistan being a false partner in this process. I wouldn't be surprised that they knew his whereabouts and our aid money has not been properly used. That being said I think this issue with the Doctor is about reprisal for having their sovereign airspace invaded without their knowledge. They want to show to their own people that they are in charge by punishing someone that they can lay blame on for participating in the operation. Wrong as it might be, I don't think we should be surprised that one nation misuses funding from another, or wants to reassert its authority.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James Kelley

    Send seal tam 6 in and break him and his family out of the country. He did us a great service, we must protect our REAL friends. If the pakis resist, it sure would be interesting.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Kelley

      we wouldnt have to fight them just give India the green light, they will fight em for us.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake1969

      agree 100%

      October 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • André

      They got nukes. If they get angry, it should get interesting....for the US. And for the rest of the world watching. I wouldn't mind a little nuke on Israel.

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

      yeah india will take care of em...think of it this way...many more call center jobs back here in the US.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polopoint

      I don't think India needs a green light. And certainly not one from America.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Kelley

      sure they do...or they would have finished teh job already.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake1969

      Andre's a total tool...Pakistan may have nukes, but they can't reach us. Israel meanwhile is far smarter and competent and would take out Pakistan's installations well before Pakistan could strike them. It would be interesting...it would likely be the end of Pakistan as a State...

      October 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Kelley

      Their current missle tech i believe cant hit israel either...who cares just give india a green light and they are there!

      October 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Kelley

      only if it is neccessary of course...no reason to make anyone glow if we get the doctor out without any casualties.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake1969

      India may not need our green light per se, but if they knew we'd either back them or stay out of it altogether, they probably would have acted already, as noted by james. Let's face it, the main reason India didn't go farther in the past is they knew we had a strong alliance with Pakistan and India didn't want to get isolated internationally. They don't need our OK, but it certainly would add to the motivation!

      October 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Kelley

      I am pretty sure that we could eliminate most of their nukes via precision strike the second they try to fight our extraction team, followed by several indian divisions reclaiming thier own land anyway....

      October 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoaib

      i really love to see the American boot on Pakistani soil now.. And let's sit here and watch how far this clash would go.... It will be really interesting to see either will it be a death to taliban or will it be further help to Taliban? Regardless of whatever happened, US will put himself into one more 10 years of War and is US ready for it?

      October 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      India shouldn't only have our "OK" they should have our active support.

      Pakistan is not our friend. Never has been.

      The only reason the US ever gave Pakistan any assistance was that India was for years friendly with the Soviet Union. The USSR is gone and India is governed today by people who no longer define their existence in terms of "anti-imperialsm" and seek out anti-Western friends.

      We should dump Pakistan like the nasty little corrupt failed state it is. And if Pakistan's constant saber-rattling and support of terrorists in India leads to Indian retaliation against the source, we should be squarely on India's side.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tim

    We should have pulled the doctor out the day we conducted the raid. I am suprised it took this long for it to happen.

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

    Pakistan is a septic tank of criminals and government figures who are only after $$ for themselfs. DUH, we should treat them as a terrorist nation that is NOT helping us do anything in regards to these religious zealots! Real Islam is not what these people want they want an abberated version they make up so that they can make money and tell everyone they are real. I have met too many individuals from Pakistan and found none of them to be trustworthy at all. Now that's not to say that most individuals from Pakistan are nothing but good people but when you have these criminals and tyrants and idiots in charge that is what other's see, its easy to see the bad and sometimes hard to see the good!

    October 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. New civilian status

    The US needs to go get this doctor and give him a US citizenship. Pakistan has already shown it's true color in this case. You can't say they didn't know bin Laden was there in a military community in Pakistan. Now they want to charge this doctor with treason? I say make him a citizen and give him a medal.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake1969

      agreed...if we don't demonstrate to the world that we have your back if you help us - and, we're talking about bin laden!!! - then what will be anyone's future motivation to help us? i sure as heck wouldn't if i knew it would mean getting charged with treason (which usually = death) and that the country i helped didn't come to my defense...

      October 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Yakobi.

    Just goes to show that the Pakistani government was harboring bin Laden, just like the Taliban were.

    We ought to do everything we can to help India rid the region of the terrorist-sponsoring Paki government!

    October 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoaib

      Give a shot .. I hope there is someone sitting in Obama cabinet with the same kind of mentality and soon pass the same advice to Obama and then India can also be puupet of American and attack on Pakistan.....

      October 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baked Scrod

      Actually trying to undermine existing governments is too close to terrorism and the kind of CIA black ops that made half the world hate us. I'd pressure them unmercifully but it's much better to work with an existing government than to interfere and get a Cuba.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Raptor57

    let's see how they handle this one ? damned if you do and damned if you don't !
    i would go get him, it's the honorable thing to do.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. txkboy

    Typical CIA operation. Get an operative to provide a DNA sample and dump him on the side of the road; at the mercy (lack there of) of the Pakistani government. The ISI is leading them by the nose.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. smarter than you

    Andre, did your parents have any children that lived? Are you really that stupid? H bomb on Israel??? Really? I am actually surprised that you can spell the letter "H".

    October 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fpakistan

    If this is not showing that Pakistan is protecting Bin Fnk Laden then you are an idiot! By arresting the doctor, Pakistan shows that they are not our friend. Stop the game. They are our enemy. It is time to take up arms.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoaib

      Bunch of moron like you can just dream about this.. and nothing else..

      October 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Baked Scrod

    Good, wreck your own country over al-Qaeda. Brilliant plan.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoaib

      Wrong perception dude... Do some research.. Pakistan is helping in disbanding taliban not helping them...

      October 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baked Scrod

      Al-Qaeda isn't the Taliban last time I checked, and they are putting a man on trial for aiding the US against al-Qaeda so obviously they aren't getting rid of al-Qaeda. Pretty obvious that the Pakistani Govt and al-Qaeda may have 'interlocking directorates.'

      October 7, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Subhash

    What an irony ! First the PAkis hide OBL and when he is found they turn against the guys who have been giving them bread and butter-US ! This being done on the behest of China who wants US out from that region to establish its supremacy.The US have been trapped by the Chines in the game palyed by their close allay Pakistanis and it is now very difficult for the US to admit defeat .
    The US should cut off all military & economic assistance to Pakistan immediately and the only way to get them on track by imposing sanction.Time should not be wasted.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoaib

      If i was indian i would have same thinking about Pakistan.. How about if US stop sending their job over to India.. I am sure you guys will starve to death then.... US is assisting india more than what it is assisting to Pakistan. Look at yourself first before you give advice to other.. Idiot punk.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baked Scrod

      "Paki" is a racial slur in many places. Call them Pakistanis, please.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scott

    You people are such idiots. Think about it, why the heck would Pakistan actually announce or let slip that they'll be trying this doctor for treason. As corrupt as the Paki's and ISI is, if they were secretly supporting Bin Laden (which they were), why wouldn't they just silently kill this doctor? Why actually try him for treason? Seriously, think about it you fools. There is more going on here than just what you see. There is obviously an internal power struggle between the corrupt (who would have just off'ed the doc) and the somewhat sane (those who don't just want to off the doc). That or the Paki's want to send a message and actually want to create instability. They probably want out of their "alliance" with the US as much as we want out of it with them. They are bloodthirsty to use some nukes against India. Good luck world, WWIII is coming.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baked Scrod

      "Good luck world, WWIII is coming." Drama queen much?

      October 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
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