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. Matthew

    I say we charge Pakistan for treason against hunanity. Killing Bin Laden was a relief for humanity and they were hiding him and how many other leaders that want to kill people for thier own pleasure. We should go in an save the guy and give him a medal.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    We should rescue the doctor and lay waste to Pakistan's "West Point".

    October 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jonathan Pollard

    So, if Russian secret service FSB, hire a US government employee to catch a Mexican drug lord in Texas without the knowledge of CIA and US government, and that employee uses US resources to do that, you guys would be perfectly fine with that?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake1969

      Your scenario would never happen. We wouldn't tell Russia that we are with them in a fight against whoever it was they wanted - especially if it was a terrorist who slaughtered their civilians - and at the same time harbor and protect that person. We would have apprehended them and handed them over to Russia. Plain and simple. And, we don't get billions from Russia like Pakistan does from us. I'm not naive, if it was an individual involved in espionage and other matters, of course we wouldn't allow it to happen. Don't forget this was a man behind the killing of 3,000+ civilians and Pakistan said they were with us all the way. This was a clear-cut BACKSTAB. Your analogy is WEAK.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Fine? I'm not so sure. But to charge him with betraying his country? I don't think so.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Treason is defined as giving aid and comfort to the enemies of one's country. Does this mean Pakistan is now inferring that the U.S., from whom they accept billions in aid, is "the enemy?"

      October 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • US Attorney's Office

      Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew, was caught spying on the US Government for and on behalf of Israel in the late 80s, and has been rotting away in federal prison for it ever since. As he should be, Israeli propaganda notwithstanding. Most people on this board didn't get "Jonathan Pollard's little joke post, obviously. But we did, and we are not amused.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      If it turned out that the CIA was actually hiding the Mexican drug lord, in defiance of the US government's policies... Then we'd be happy to see the drug lord caught or killed by anyone, and the guilty officials would be the CIA agents or whoever was acting against the legitimate government of the US.

      But in Pakistan it's clear that the ISI-their CIA-is the one running things. That there is no legitimate elected government, and that bin Laden wasn't "hiding" he was their GUEST.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Critical Thinker

    How can we de-nuke Pakistan? A difficult problem that needs to be solved sooner than later.

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

      nuke them first?

      October 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BUSTER

    bomb them all into the stone age

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

      That'd be an upgrade

      October 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      that's an upgrade

      October 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jonathan Pollard

    A foreign country's secret service agent is always a traitor.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • US Attorney's Office

      Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew, was caught spying on the US Government for and on behalf of Israel in the late 80s, and has been rotting away in federal prison for it ever since. As it should be, Israeli propaganda notwithstanding. Most people on this board didn't get "Jonathan Pollard's little joke post, obviously. But we did, and we are not amused.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jake1969

    How was it treason against the state if in fact Pakistan claimed it had no idea where he was and that they would turn him over to us if they found him??? Are you serious?? And, we give Pakistan billions... I'm soooo sick of Pakistan. Liars, backstabbers, and a failed state that can't even control it's own intelligence apparatus. If it's treason to help capture Bin Laden, to me that means Pakistan supported and gave asylum to Bin Laden. Using basic logic, what does that say about how Pakistan feels about us? And, didn't we make clear that anyone who harbors terrorists is our enemy and in our crosshairs?

    I say we hit Pakistan hard before they develop the capability of delivering their nukes longer distances. Eventually, there is an inevitable conflict with them.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Myche

    Charging this doctor for treason in the death of Bin Laden shows the fractured nature of political authority in Pakistan and that the civilian leaders of Pakistan are not really in control of this nation. The real leaders of Pakistan, who ever they are, were protecting him and hiding him in the country. Most of the money we spend in Pakistan is probably flowing to the people in charge and who are trying this doctor and therefore are the people shooting at NATO troops in Afghanistan. Therefore is is senseless for us to spend anymore money in Pakistan. The money we spend their is not being used to fight terrorism and is probably being used to settle private vendettas and to keep the terrorists in line with the faction really running Pakistan. The real leaders of Pakistan are probably keeping their terrorist buddies in line by telling them do as we want you to or we will leak your whereabouts to the Americans and they will take you out. No good can come from us spending any more money in Pakistan until the civilian government really has control there. So faction in the intelligence-military community is really running Pakistan and they at war with the NATO countries and really our enemies. While it was a nice try to support our friends in Pakistan when we thought they had some power, but now we know our friends are really powerless and just for show. We are really supporting our enemies in Pakistan because they hold all of the power and only becoming rich off of us. We can still spend money in Pakistan if we control the purse strings and we deliver the services or directly supervise the services such as US aid for earthquake and flooding victims.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Faisal

    If a doctor in US runs a fake vaccination campaign on American children for British spy agency, how will he be treated by US authorities ?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mashi

      @faisal – you are so naive, dude! first of all Bin Laden was not a Paki citizen. He was killing Paki people, FCOL – look at all the carnage that is happening in Pak. He is a common enemy. Paki govt wanted to capture/kill him too. This doctor needs to be given protection from people like Faisal.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake1969

      You totally miss the point, as others here have. This isn't classic espionage. If it was, I'd agree with you. This was the harboring of a man who lead the terror organization that killed 3K+ civilians, and the government of Pakistan promised us they were doing everything they could to help find him and bring him to justice. It was only after it became clear that Pakistan was full of sh... that we had to resort to such measures and use this doc. And, if you study history and intelligence wars, there have in fact been foreign people assisinated on US soil by agents of other governments...and in cases where it involved an individual of little value to us, we didn't care and did nothing. This action by Pakistan actually proves they consider Bin Laden of value and in fact were cooperating with him (as most who understand the world of intelligence always knew).

      October 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne S

      I think you are missing the point, Faisal. We were acting in cooperation (at least that's what we believed) with the Pakistani authorities – which should certainluy not be a cause for a charge of treason. I can tell you frankly, with friends like Pakistan, Turkey, who needs enemies....

      October 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      Let's examine Faisal's little scenario...

      We'd be delighted if American kids got free vaccinations and an internationally wanted mass-murderer who had been hiding from us was caught.

      But then again, the US government wasn't saying "the mass-murderer? He's not here! We've been looking for him too, you betcha! Not a trace of him!" while they provided him a cozy mansion just down the street from West Point.

      This "treason" nonsense just makes it clear that bin Laden was under the protection of the Pakistani state.

      Providing shelter to our enemies is not the actions of a friend or ally.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Johnny B Good

    Cry all you want, at the end Bin Laden got what he deserved.

    Next on the list should be Chavez

    October 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jonathan Pollard

    Why don't you forgive me? Why am I in jail since 2002?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • US Attorney's Office

      Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew, was caught spying on the US Government for and on behalf of Israel in the late 80s, and has been rotting away in federal prison for it ever since. As he should be, Israeli propaganda notwithstanding. Most people on this board didn't get "Jonathan Pollard's little joke post. But we did, and we are not amused.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wo0F

    A few MOAB's should do the trick.

    Why do we send Pakistan billions, I say we let India wipe Pakistan off the map.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake1969

      Agree completely...we should give India the green light and offer air support. We should take out their nuke installations and bomb the heck out of them for a month, then let India finish the job. Pakistan BACKSTABBED US ON BIN LADEN. It's so obvious. It's one thing that he was living in their top military city, but to charge the doc with treason is full proof. Treason is normally considered aiding an enemy, which means Pakistan must consider us their enemy. And the doc didn't get any Pakistani troops killed, only Bin Laden and his men. So, this charge obviously shows Pakistan a) considers us their enemy and b) supported Bin Laden. What should our obvious reaction be if we meant anything we said after 9/11?

      October 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jake Briszmon

    India has seven times the population of Pakistan and it is just as well armed. Both countries have nukes. Both countries hate each other. The minority Muslims of India used to rule the Hindus of India. When the British conquered India they made the Hindus their pets because they didn't trust the former Muslim ruling class. After India's independence from Great Britain the Muslims and Hindus began to tear each other to pieces, so Pakistan was given to the Muslims as a separate country. Because of the sevenfold population advantage of India, every time India sneezes, Pakistan trembles. The two sides are engaged in an undeclared low level conflict at the moment in a region called Kashmir which has both Muslims and Hindus. To counter Indian numbers, as everyone in our government knows, the Pakistanis try to find fanatic anti-Hindu warriors among the uneducated Afghans and its own tribal peoples to help beef up their military, more specifically to send to Kashmir to show India the Pakistani nation has teeth and "don't mess with us." (I.e., warriors like the Taliban, etc.). Of course they have to butter up these fighters and they have no shame about giving them the money we give them, and even helping them find US targets. The Pakistanis think this behavior is necessary for their country's survival.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      It's time they understand that we don't think Pakistan's survival is necessary.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jonathan Pollard

    Anybody working for foreign country's secret service is a traitor to his/her own country. Apply the same logic to others what you think is right for yourself.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • US Attorney's Office

      Nice try. How's the prison food?

      October 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan Pollard

      Its Kosher, sir.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wendy

    ...SOOOOO, the truth comes out. Pakistan has spent a lot of time and money trying to figure out how the US found out BinLaden was in their country..and then charged a citizen with treason...very VERY interesting.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
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