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. country

    So Now we have proof of what our military allresdy new when they went and got bin laden. Pakistan is and has been our enemy all along.
    Bring everybody home and let them deal with each other like animals as they have since they existed.

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

      Sounds fair but US needs Paki for strategic military purposes. Point 2: Pakistan is a military nation, if we don't keep tabs on them, they might be overran by terrorists and those nukes will end up in the wrong hands or black markets. It's a very complex issue but Paki is really hurting US.....soo soo much it's unbelievable

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

      This wolf, if there ever was any cloaking, has completely dropped the sheeps wool.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JOE

    Pakistan is not an alley, it is an enemy against the United States. Then again, who is to blame Pakistan for being angry at us for killing OBL. Since the death of OBL, most of the GOP and their entire rightwing base have refused to applaud president Obama for sending our Navy Seals to get the job done. So what message you think that sends to Pakistan or to other world leaders when they see each and every day, the GOP and their base is against everything that the president does? As they say, "United we stand, divided we fall."

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

      Really Joe.......You are looking for a Obama pat on the back? GOP could care less who killed Bin Laden....they are just happy he is gone. If Obama wasnt such a cry baby Blame artist...maybe he would have gotten more credit...but people are fed up with his games. BTW...getting Bin Laden...doesnt erase what he has done to the nation. He divided it.

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

      Lol.. Oh, this nation's been divided for alot longer than that..

      October 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Lew, comments like that are what is dividing our country, not a politician.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • thedude

      The funny thing here is that Obama is learning the same thing every president has learned, its much easier sitting outside the whtie house throwing stones than it is in there doing the job. Just like every president(from either party) they campaigned on the platform that that guy before me is an idiot and I will not do the same things he did. Only to find out that putting your promises to action is a bit harder than saying them. How are we on getting out of Iraq an Afganastan three years later? How did it go shutting down Gitmo? Drone attacks? Bush istn the idiot that Liberals think he is, and Obama isnt the idiot that the tea party thinks he is. If he was an idiot he would have kept all of the promises and we would be in a worse mess.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • jac

      Yes the GOP is against the Obama agenda, because his agenda is to make this country a third world country. His spending has almost broke this country in debt. All of his regulations are to kill jobs not help creat them. This was his hope and chage message he spouted during the election.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ivar

    Pakistan is the number one terrorist nation on Earth next to IRAN. Guess who really supports them. China and Russia.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • rosestool

      check your facts. russia had never been a friend of pakistan. the later turned to china recently because it seems to have deeper pockets.
      all pakistan wants is to be left alone just like any other nation, which was briefly granted between two afgan wars.
      first it was refugees and mojahedin pushed out of afganistan to pakistan by soviet troops.
      now they are facing refugees and mojahedin pushed out of afganistan by nato troops.
      it's hard for pakistan to maintain loving feelings toward america in event of weekly drone strikes on their own soil, not to mention constant unrest on afgan/pakistan borders fueled by never ending military compain in afganistan.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      "Rosetool" displays a stunning ignorance of Indian and Pakistani history.

      Pakistan has been stirring up trouble since 1947. It has consistently been unwilling to live in peace with its neighbors and even with its own citizens.

      "Rosetool" might want to check the facts: Pakistan has been a friend of China for decades. Pakistan was the aggressor in the wars with India. Pakistan was diverting US aid-intended for the anti-Soviet resistance in Afghanistan-to Pakistan-based terrorists who used it against India and the US.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jonathan Pollard


    My analogy is NOT weak. Any US citizen working for foreign secret service in US, no matter how sacred is the purpose, would be traitor to USA.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • twirtzy

      It's weak for the very reasons he put in that post. And simply repeating what you said before does nothing to challenge anything that he said in that post.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jer

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend. So the friend of my enemy must be my enemy. Since Pakistan is a friend of al queda must be our enemy. AND enemies should not be financed by the US. Bush said those that harbor our enemies will be treated as our enemies and dealt with the same. I don't want more war but if Pakistan is supporting our enemies then we must at minimum stop funding Pakistan.

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

    Pakistan is now accusing a doctor of treason because he helped to get DNA from bin Laden. Is there anyone who believes that this is a sane or reasonable idea? This purely political decision is outrageous and the Pakistani government is probably well aware that people will be upset. Does this mean that they supported bin Laden all along?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andy

    What a joke Pakistan is. They harbour Osama, then charge people with treason that help to capture him. Why haven't they been bombed yet? What a joke of a country. Team America World Police was right, they are all durka durkas!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TooClose2DC

    Pakistan is definitely sending the wrong signal to the people of the United States, to the people of Pakistan, and to the world. They are saying that a doctor who aided and abetted in capturing the most wanted terrorist in the world is guilty of treason. For all to see, this is saying that Osama Bin Laden was either a very important operative of Pakistan or that they considered the location of Bin Laden a state secret. The United States should immediately halt all non-humanitarian aid to Pakistan, advise the Pakistani government that we consider them in alliance with Al Qaeda and the Pakistani government is responsible for the Mumbai attacks. The U.S. should also favor India in the Kashmir area disputed territory.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charms

    Omg...I'm surprised! Isn't this the same Pakistan that called in the Chinese to inspect and hence compromise US's stealth helicopter that crashed during the raid? Or is it the Pakistan that bought $50 bn worth of military jets from China? Is it still the same Pakistan that tells terrorists where and when to attack US logistical supply convoys as it traverses its land?
    I'd say US form a strong partnership with India instead. They are smarter, they don;t blow stuff up, they are highly creative and peaceful. I think the only reason we deal with Pakistan is because of strategic military importance but deep down, the relationship is rotten as f***.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jonathan Pollard


    Again YOU are missing the point. Your point would hold water to some extent if Pakistan and ISI would not be with CIA in this. CIA back stabbed ISI and hired a Pakistan citizen, a government employee, to do their work without the knowledge of ISI.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Plurb

    Let me get this straight. The doctor is being charged for treason. Treason by definition is the offense of acting to overthrow one's government, a violation of allegiance to ones sovereign betrayal of trust or confidence. This is typically encountered in a war situation where you are assisting the enemy to the detriment of your own country. Since this doctor is being prosecuted for treason for assisting the US, then the enemy would be the United States. Are they suggesting that Al Queda is the government of Pakistan? Or has Pakistan declared war on the US either now or in the past? These are the only two logical conclusions that any one can conclude.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. freebird1776

    What more do we need to stop sending them money? Start using it here. These are the good muslims?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USA401

    So that proves it. They are the enemy.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jonathan Pollard

    @US Attorney's Office
    Nice try. How's the prison food?


    October 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Idea

    It is long since time to stop funding this nation of terrorist sympathizers and supporters. Those billions of dollars are needed here.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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