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. earlerich

    Charged with treason? For what? Informing the Unitied States about a man whose presence in Pakistan was unknown to the Pakistani government? For giving away a secret that they didn't know was a secret? This charge by the Pakistani government is an admission that they knew of Bin Laden's whereabouts in Pakistan. It is time to drop the shoe.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott Glenn

      F YES! Drop the shoe and stop relations with them. And personally, I think it would be cool to send in a seal time to get out this poor doctor – its the least we can do for helping us locate the greatest threat to the US in modern times.

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

      Probably wouldn't be seals, more like Delta Force type operation.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brain

      exactly what I was thinking

      October 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ken

    The USA is being taken for a sucker on this front. Make the break now, and stand against this backward place. Canada is aleady being taken for a sucker when it comes to immigration. All so very very wrong. Cut the cord. Both of you.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. woodofpine

    So the health of Bin Laden and the State of Pakistan are synonomous in allegiance, but they;re our ally? Jeez – and they wonder why Jinnah was portrayed poorly in the movie 'Gandhi'!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. us1776

    This says it all about Pakistan !!

    Charging a good citizen doctor with treason for helping to catch the most notorious terrorist in the world.

    We need to sever all ties to Pakistan right now.

    Stop all flows of money to Pakistan government. Just give aid directly to things like flood victims.

    The entire Pakistan government is CORRUPT TERRORISTS !!

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    October 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. twirtzy

    Time for an ultimatum to be given to Pakistan. Drop the charges and let the doctor leave the country immediately, or they won't see another dime from the US. And not letting the doctor leave should result in another American military mission on their land that will just further add to the body of work that has already made it quite clear that the Pakistani government supports terrorism.

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

    Treason is an act against the state. If Bin Laden were an enemy of Pakistan- how is any action to further attempts to locate him treasonous? Unless of course Bin Laden were under the protection of Pakistan.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Common Sense

    Pakistan is a painful reminder, of what happens when the USA gets involved with the bad guy.
    I thought at one time Bin Laden was an ally. That went over well.

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

      Bin Laden was never "an ally" of the US.

      He was, at best, an enemy of our enemies.

      Stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Crush Pakistan

    After reading this blurb, something jumped out at me that was interesting..."The information ministry's statement, summarizing a commission's investigation into the death of the al Qaeda leader, said " a case of conspiracy against the state of Pakistan and high treason is made" against the doctor." I'd really like to know what they mean by this statement

    So, is the information ministry saying bin Laden was PART of the state? What conspiracy was against the state? hmmmm...we should tell Pakistan, "You're on your own. Don't come knocking on our door looking for a handout."

    October 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Doug Smith

    Lets evaluate this
    economic melt down
    We give this country how much, does in end in an m or a b
    We need to look out for our own interests more

    October 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael Klein

    I think we need to make very clear to Pakistan that how they treat this doctor will directly affect our relations with them. If they prosecute this doctor, they are supporting Bin Laden. We should immediately threaten to pull our financial support.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    I think we need to help the doctor to fly to the USA. Save him and his family of an almost sure sentence.
    Please government, start doing what its right with the people who help us.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mckinney

    Bin Laden was a hero to the Pakistanis. They should establish a national holiday in his honor.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mikeb

    What we need to do with Pakistan is to have a come to Jesus meeting.You are with us or against us.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andrew

    I am assuming it was for cooperating with a foreign Spy agency! Wouldn't that be considered treason in United States as well?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Martin Eden

    This is an outrage. What further proof is needed that the Pakistan government does not act in good faith. Some "ally", some partner. I wouldn't truth them any further than I could throw a piano. They are one small step away from the terrorists they claim not to be harboring.

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