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. David R

    Enough is enough. Why are we putting up with this third rate country? Pull all economic help we are giving to them and take whatever action necessary to protect our interest in the area.

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

      That is right.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peace TV

      David R "whatever action" ! You mean invade another country which is the 6th largest in the world by population. Or tell them to cut off the supply routes for our troops in Afghanistan who get 80% of their supplies through 1200 miles long supply line which is protected only by Pakistani troops! are your really that ignorant or you get paid for anti-Pakistan propaganda?

      October 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. shannonmaine

    where was Dr. Kevorkian when we needed him. A nice quick flu shot!

    October 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. g.r.r.

    This is proof that it is time for America to reconsider our friendship with pakistan. In addition, anybody that is helping us, should be brought here after helping us. This doc and the home owners NEVER should have been left there.
    Perhaps we can buy their freedoms. If not, it is time to consider grabbing them.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big boy

    That aint right kill the bad yes but the good no we just need to let that place kill there self and dont help them

    October 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Garden Valley 6

    Lay on an operation to rescue this person asap. If Pakistanis not responsive to demand to release, alive, immediatley
    ARC LIGHT Karachi within 48 hours.

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

      Actually, it's Ishlamabad. Sounds like a true Vietnam vet wrote these words.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WhatWhatWhat?

    Yeah, and, of course, no rumors or false stories ever come from that area either, huh? Sounds like Taliban propaganda to me.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rosemary

    I actually use to support Pakistan even when they seemed shadey because I knew how much they had risked in helping us stage for the invasion of Afghanistan. But now they have gone too far and it is time we send them a very clear message of what is and isn't acceptable. True.. we don't want a fight on yet another front but we pretty much already have it so let's engage our friends from India and say have at it and see how quickly the Pakistan issue is settled.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Christopher

    All the more reason to treat Pakistan as the enemy that they are!

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

      Absolutely. And not another penny spent.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dontBhaten!

    Ya...we should have gone over to the Pak government building and finished the job!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mpa

    Obama is too weak to do anything. He does not even stand up for his own citizens. That doc is on his own. That sucks.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dover

      I guess you are forgetting about all the top terrorist neutralized in Obamas 2 years that your boy Bush couldn't get in 8? Nitwit conservatives.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bns

      Really!!!!!!!!!! Obama has done a lot more to weaken the Al qaeda than any other president. Bin Laden and Al Awaki the two most wanted terrorists were eliminated under Obama's directions. I don't remember any notable terrorist Bush was able to get. And by the way this is not about partisan politics. This is about national security and about US commitment to people who helps this nation. We need to stand up for them and defeat the supporters of terrorism wherever they are hiding. And currently almost all of them are in Pakistan.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Beaver

      Obama weak? Who authorized the Bin Laden killing? Who authorized the Awlaki killing?

      October 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montanan

      Everyone has mentioned things Obama has done to show he's not weak, but you're all forgetting the pirates. Don't forget the pirates, mateys. Anyone who says Obama has been weak on terrorists is a brainwashed fool. Obviously.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. steelerguin

    I hope we say goodbye Pakistan and good luck without ANY US aid if they go through with this

    October 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bns

    It is time we recognized Pakistan for what it is: state sponsor of terrorism. It is unbelievable that they would try a person for treason because he helped to eliminate the worst present day terrorist in the world. which they shelter known terrorists who have created havoc in neighboring countries, Europe and America. This is enough reason to label this country a sponsor of terrorism. Any country which supports fight against terrorism would have hailed this doctor as a hero. America and the civilized nations of this world cannot let this happen. The Pakistani leaders should be held accountable for their clear support of terrorism.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Abby Hoffman

    That's it! Pull the plug on this thankless and misguided operation. End the war. Bring our boys and girls home this afternoon at the latest!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      Swallow another fistful of sleeping pills, Abbie. And wash 'em down with a big shot of Scotch.

      That was the only useful thing you ever did.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Johan S

    This sounds like trumped up charges drummed up by Pakistani anti-vaccination hysterics against a doctor whom the information minister can get political points by persecuting.

    It's ridiculous to think the CIA would believe bin laden would show up to get vaccinated and even more ridiculous to think such a plan is what actually helped find him.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      No one thought Bin Laden would show up for a vaccination – LOL – it is the story they used for the good Dr to get DNA samples from his siblings to match to BL's once he was dead.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. capnmike

    Pull the Plug on Pakistan. NOW!!!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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