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. Catdog

    Pakistan is charging the doctor as a matter of law, not because it was Bin Laden he help kill. Anyone that secretly collaborates with a foreign government as a spy is a traitor. Nothing new here, the US has similar laws.

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

      Yes you rae damn right, I know it man.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • brooklynmc

      Even when the two governments are "allies" and the wanted man is a criminal?

      October 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      I don't recall any Americans being charged for treason for collaborating with Canada or Britain. Can you find an example for us, Catdog?

      October 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The CIA needs to smuggle this doctor out of Pakistan, then flip them the bird.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • nepawoods

      He wasn't spying on Pakistan.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan Pollard

      @Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      What about me?

      October 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.D.

      From the beginning of the Afghanistan war I suspect that Pakistan was an Al Qaeda and Taliban ally because they escape to Pakistan territory. As Iran and North Korea, Pakistan considers we noncanadian-northamericans as enemies.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      That's true when their actions go against the interest of the state. In this case Pakistan is saying the killing of Bin Laden went against the interest of Pakistan, that is a significant claim by a country who claims not th harbor terrorists.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. twirtzy

    Pakistan was not with the CIA on this. If they were, there would have never been a need to work with this doctor. The Pakistani government would have already taken care of OBL, with or without US help. But clearly, Pakistan was in cohoots with OBL and assisted in hiding him among it's citizens, whom OBL would have gladly killed if meant he could have hid longer on their land.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack James Smith

    Oh , bull . The Dr. is a good man . Bin Ladden is a scourge of the earth a mad man with no thought of any human thinking . He is now in a sharks belly . How in the world could anybody think like him . The war should now be over .
    Why people think staying in the middle East is needed is truly beyond me . Spend all that money on work here in USA .
    War what good is it . It is too much work to build things , stop blowing up everything !

    October 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daring

    This is outrageous and just goes to show you that Pakistan was knowingly harboring Osama Bin Laden. Why else would they charge this guy who contributed in the mission to track down Bin Laden with treason? If Pakistan actually goes through with charging this doctor then we need to cut ALL foreign aid to that country and watch it fall all on its own.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gingersrule1

    Pakistan is becoming our enemy. I say we destroy them before it's too late. Same thing with Iran, North Korea, Syria and pretty soon Turkey. Turkey is feigning that they care about the protesters in Syria right now only because of the refugees fleeing in too Turkey. It's costing them money and they are trying to make themselves look good before the world on human rights issues before they declare war against Israel. Since Pakistan has nuclear weapons we need to act swiftly and strike very hard. We need to know where their nukes are and we need to use everything we can to take them out. I've been wondering if the Boeing space plane that has a cargo bay with equipment in it that is owned by the military and considered "Top Secret" is some kind of special surveillance technology that they are using to spy on other countries that are potential enemies. I bet that's exactly what it is. LOL.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Duane

    Osama was wanted by the world, so this doctor should be lauded as a hero. Seems to me that Obama needs to pay attention and not assist Pakistan with another dime.

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

      Obama needs to pay attention... you have to be kidding me. Where do you people come up w/this garbage?

      October 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. brooklynmc

    Confusing... I was not aware that turning in the most wanted criminals in the world was an act of treason. Says a lot about the relationship between bin Laden and the Pakistani government...

    trea·son [tree-zuhn] noun
    1. the offense of acting to overthrow one's government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
    2. a violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or to one's state.
    3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    Im tired of Pakistan.

    They should nuke it to glass, and build a Wal-mart on tip of it. Nothing says I love USA like Wal-mart.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RT

    ....Just the way US accuses Pakistan of treachery

    October 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jon

    Pakistan is a muslim country. By definition, Islam is a ideal based on murder, just like the Norse religion practiced by the Vikings. You can defend it all you want because you are brainwashed.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    The doctor is guilty of aiding a foreign government that is aiding its own government with billions of dollars a year.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leafonthewind

    I can think of no better way for Pakistan to prove they are not our "friends."

    October 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. smas8888

    Pakistan was never our friend. They simply want our money.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dinsap

    Why cant we safeguard those who help us ? Either hide his involvement or provide a safe haven. We should not be known as fair weather friends.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    Proof positive that the Government of Pakistan in in bed with the Taliban/Al Qaeda and is no friend and/or ally of ours.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
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