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. cajr

    well they bilked us for billions of dollars to help "find" bin laden and they knew where he was all along. well suprise suprise. cant blame them though. if you have a malfunctiong atm and it keeps spitting out money for you and nobody cares why not keep taking it? makes sense.

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

    This was exactly what wasn't suppose to happen,a terrorist country obtaining nuclear weapons.What fools we have been !

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

      The Nukes came from China. Paki is where China tests it's weaponry and China uses Paki as a buffer against India. Now does it make sense?

      October 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 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 trust 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 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • CousinIt

      How is it an outrage? The doctor clearly committed an act of treason. Why should they ignore it?

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

      The only way the guy committed treason is if Pakistan supports terrorism and were involved in hiding OBL.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • wkf12

      What act of treason was committed Einstein? Giving up information on Bin Laden in no way what so ever demonstrates any act of treason against the Pakistani government.... who was in fact "suppose" to be looking for him along side the United States. You are a moron

      October 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CousinIt

    If someone in this country assisted a foreign military in carrying out a military attack on US soil, we'd charge him with treason. Why the double standard? The doctor deserves whatever he gets.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Glad to see that some people in this country still use their brains.

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

      If the most wanted terrorist was "hiding" in our country "without our knowledge" as Pakistan claims about OBL, then we would not charge anybody who made us aware of that fact with a crime. We would have took OBL out immediately and made a hero out the doctor. The need for another country's military to come in and take him out would have never arisen, because the US doesn't support terrorism. This doctor is being charged because Pakistan supports terrorism, and this doctor further exposed that fact.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim in Georgia

      Why didn't we think of this before...
      Do I have to do it ALL myself!!!

      October 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • primo

      This is why we have people that hate America.... we always ask them to help us then don't protect the people that actually help us... so they turn on us.... they should have got this guy out of there, and he should have been given the reward....

      October 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Yes, agreed that if you assist another country to take out a political leader or head of state you would be charged with treason. But bin Laden was not a member of the Pakastani government (that anyone is aware of) So you have to compare apples to apples. If a criminal is being harbored in the US and you assist another country in capturing them, how is that treason? I doubt if you assist another government capture a fugituve from justice you will be charged with anything.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      So was bin Laden a citizen of Pakistan, or even an official resident? No? So why should Pakistan care? They are showing their true colours.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BillinCA

    To charge him treason that means he was going against the state. In this case, only way that would stand (if fair) is if Pakistan actually was protecting Bin Laden. So, this is further proof that they were hiding him and are enemies of USA. It is time to work with India. India can mass up troops on their side of the border and we can mass up troops on Afgh's side of the border while talking to China to keep them out of it by promising to take out the terrorist group that's bugging them and promising that we will withdraw afterward.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • CousinIt

      Yeah, that's a great plan. I have a better plan: let's close all foreign military bases, stop supporting half of the world's dictators, and mind our own business for a change.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • QC

      Cousinit, terrorism and religious extremism are like gangrene, if you don't take it out, it will rot the whole body and soon, you will find it on your doorstep. Not a pretty thing to do, but if I have to choose between my leg or my life, the choice is obvious. So even while being profoundly against violence, my brain tells me we can't just 'mind our own business'. I believe the war in Iraq was Bush's war, but Pakistan and Afghanistan are an another story and. Beside, imagine what will happen if AlQaida takes control of Pakistan Nuclear weapons...

      October 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • frem

      @cousinit – You call that a plan? It's called Isolationism and historically it doesn't work. WWll is a good example of what happens when a nation decides that it doesn't want to involve itself in world matters. Keep in mind that "the have nots" will always want what others have, even if they have to take it by force. In this case, the have nots are most of the third world nations. Attacks on America and it's allies by terrorist groups are an example of how they take by force what they cannot accomplish on their own. It has little to do with Islam or any other religion; terrorists use fear to intimidate their foes. The United States is in the business of promoting and encouraging all nations throughout the world to embrace Democracy, so we are minding our own business. If we closed all foreign military bases, how could we respond to any crisis that threatens democracy in a timely manner. It's better to hold some dictator at bay with a few bucks than have him running rampant without any control. Money controls them to a degree.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      Don;t even have to go back to WW II to see that this would be a bad idea.

      We walked away from Afghanistan once the Soviets left. Ignored the place while al Qaeda helped the Taliban seize power. Ignored the place when the Taliban let al Qaeda set up training camps and places of refuge for their terrorists. Ignored the place, even as al Qaeda carried out repeated attacks on US citizens and citizens of nations friendly to the US. Ignored the place until 9/11 when it was impossible to ignore it any longer.

      Sticking our heads in the sand won't make bad people go away.

      Abandoning our friends won't make bad people hate us any less.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fred ca

    Of course, as protection, obama could have told this guy...if you had been smart enough to have a 'typical white woman bank vp' raise you and put yourself through college by dealing drugs (not all profs buy the poor white guy routine) you would have had enough deaths on your hands to satisfy ISI.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maude

    Something is missing from this story ! Stay tuned.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NateFromIndiana

    Doesn't this undermine the Pakistani government claim that it had no interest or complicity in protection of bin Laden?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HistoryGeek

    We need to stop sending money to Pakistan NOW!!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rch

    If the U.S. sets a precedent of leaving this Pakistani informant hanging out to dry, we will lose credibility in recruiting future informants as they will expect the same. Hopefully our leadership will take on Pakistan aggressively on this issue by demanding clemency for the doctor, who only did was was right and just.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wkf12

    So why would Pakistan charge this man with treason when he played an important role in helping the United States eliminate a "common enemy?" Or maybe our enemies aren't so "common" after all.... I think this action by the Pakistani government makes it very clear who's side they are on and where our troops need to be instead of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rev. Ken

    Stop aid to Pakistan and reduce the deficit by $17.82 BILLION!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    As others have correctly pointed out – time to drop all aid to Pakistan if they don't drop the charges against this doctor... Must have been protected by officials in the government.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. echase

    Of course they are going to convict him, we captured a Pakistan Hero... You would think the Doctor would be a Hero, my bad, I forgot Pakisban is the enemy..

    October 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jon Dough

    Either get the support we need, or stop pouring American's taxes into the corrupt officials pockets.

    Why are we over there again?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
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