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. vtguy

    Nasty group of people, nasty country. Seems like Turkey and India have gotten it right.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ljp

    Let's find him and pull him out of there...for he is a hero to the world! Pull $$ and everythingelse from Pakistan. We make no distinction between terrorists and the countries that protect them....right?? What are you going to do about it Obama!!

    October 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sadobserver

      I find myself sadly agreeing with you. I normally take the larger picture/global view but Pakistan has really been a dissappointment for a number of years. Extract the doctor (heck – give him a million dollars – seriously) and remove all aid to Pakistan. It really is "in-question" as to whether Pakistan is still a country.

      October 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dover

      I guess finding and killing him wasn't enough? Bush couldn't do it in 8 years. Obama is doing just fine.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • twirtzy

      No Dover, finding him and killing him obviously wasn't enough. Did you read the article? The President now needs to help this doctor.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    People of the United States of America.President Obama and SEC. Clinton.
    Mr.President and Madam Secretary,What is it going to take to drop the facade that the Pakistanis are our allies?They need to turn over the doctor to us immediately or they will lose something valuable to them.The situation with the Paks will only worsen.Our Military, Civilian Contractors and Diplomates need to be on High Alert for anything to happen.To be Blunt,we should have turned the country into a sheet of glass 10 years ago.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ken

    Pakistan is trying very hard to host our next war. Let's give them what they want and turn over the charred remains of a country to India.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Arran Webb

    Doctor needs a pad to chill. Looks like a "suicide" coming up.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. coder

    the character of the united states on the table -right now.
    do allow that doctor to be rail roaded by religious zealots or do we stand by him ....
    given the history of the united states – the doctor is on his own

    October 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bigg-E

    Treason? Or wounding your pride? Which is it? I understand it must be painful to lick those wounds. A man with a multimillion dollar international bounty on his head is a stone's throw from your top military base AND you "Have no clue" that that was where he was hiding?

    It has become even more clear that the Pakistanis are harboring terrorists and are nothing more than a terrorist state themselves. Say bye bye to U.S. monies Pakistan.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Walker

    dirty pakis

    October 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anima Oblita

    why do we continue to financially support a country that is CLEARLY no one of our allies. and the ISI still claims theyre on our side. what a joke!

    October 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Drill

    Give the doctor sanctuary

    October 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jon

    We have now been in Afghanistan for 10 years – just like the Russians were. Time to get out – just like the Russians did.
    That place is unwinnable in a war. How did we ever get stuck in this quagmire again? Don't we ever learn anything?
    Oops, I guess not.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      isnt this the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results

      October 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. American Hypocrites

    You are all hypocrites. If there was someone in this country that turned over valuable information (BRADLEY MANNING) in which a horrible truth was exposed you would all be calling for his execution or prosecution for TREASON. Nearly all of you are perfect examples of why everyone hates America. You talk out of both sides of your mouth just like the politicians.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • john/kc

      If there was a person in the USA that was a wanted criminal by the rest of the world, I for one, would be pleased to have him misteriously killed in this country.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • twirtzy

      Really? It seems the hypocrites here would be the country that keeps claiming they don't support terrorism but then charges the person who helped take down the most wanted terrorist in the world with treason. Talk about talking out both sides of your mouth.......

      October 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sparky,CA

      To compare a case of espionage to the denial and harboring of a culture of murdering religious zealots, while accepting money from the very country who supports you financially, is one of the dumbest thoughts I think I’ve ever read. You have made everyone on this forum a little denser for having read your post. I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. darryl

    Time to turn Pakistan into a parking lot.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ZippyPH

    Let's have perspective here. What does the USA do to Israeli spies; we lock them up for life. I think the Dr is very brave. Maybe we could do some sort of swap or buyout behind the scenes.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. john/kc

    Pakistan's true colors come out. Cut off these people from US aid completely.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
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