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. Dinsap

    Did this Dr. even know he was helping catch OBL, I doubt it.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Badly-Bent

    Well, there was a reward and my guess is their leaders want most of it. If the U.S. had any integrity we would break him out of the grips of lunatics and bring him to the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      You got that right! This is just another incident to make the U.S. skepical of our "allies" in Pakistan, you know, the same ones that didn't know he was hiding right in plain sight!

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

    Good,hang her or him high noon.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jimmy Crack Corn

    How could he be charged with Treason for actions resulting in killing Bin Laden if Pakistan's own government was looking for Bin Laden themselves? Unless this is evidence Pakistan was never really looking for Bin Laden because they deliberately gave him harbor.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarshallM

      "Unless this is evidence Pakistan was never really looking for Bin Laden because they deliberately gave him harbor."

      October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yomamabinlaiden

    is this called suicide by shot?poor guy you know they'll cut his head off or something. isn't that how those animals over their act. i'd like to know what their definition of treason is?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rags

      Depends on the time of year, month, week, day, or some other fallacy. Or it might be the time of menstruation for the 'men'.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Roger

    The US needs to stop supporting Pakistan. I know it is complicated, but they are obviously not on our side and are supporting those at war with us.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gaines

    we need to stop feeding the media so much !! we as a nation are directly responsible for the doctor being charged, we let a good my down who played a very vital role in that operation. we need to stop kissing the media's but and this so-called right to know just about everything cant even keep a dammed secret on intelligence matters anymore. just plain stupid, we should be using pages out of the mossad playbook do not confirm or deny and try to keep them guessing.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill W.

    More proof of who's side the Pakistanis are on.....

    October 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RP

    This is a clear indication that Pakistan is an enemy of the United States.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LetsGetReal

    Is there any doubt now that Pakistan really does not want to end this war on terror. If they did the US $ would stop flowing to them ... they have a vested interest in keeping the war going.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. who

    Although I'm glad we got BinLaden, I can understand where Pakistan is coming from. I think the bigger issue is this doctor was providing US information under the guise of helping Pakistanis with vaccinations. There's no telling how much Pakistani goverment funding he got to do this while all along it was a front to provide intel for the US. Also the one thing this article doesn't really say but you have to assume is he probably collected thousands of Pakistani citizens DNA information for who knows how long. I think that would be a serious problem if a person in this country did that. I think it would be fair to say most would say it would be treason.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Binyam

    Well, the government of Pakistan is provoking the United States. It is time for th U.G government to act, stop financing Pakistan.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. S4LK1N

    we shoud stop all aid to pakistan! they were harboring the enemy. complicated or not lines have been drawn!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Johnny 5

    Folks, Osama has been dead for over a decade so stop reading this rubbish they post.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnan

      Have another jigger of formaldehyde from the jar with Hitler's brain in it.

      October 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmmmmm

      ANOTHER conspiracy tard! LMAO!!! I'm with you, Earnan.....

      October 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. alanseago

    Astonishing. Most of the commenters to this article have remarked on how the U.S. should stop supporting Pakistan, and I understand that, but it seems to me there's more going on here. Why would the Pakistani government commit such an outrageous act? Either the Pakistani government is using this as a demonstration to curry favor with its' own lunatic religious fringe (much of the electorate), or it is trying to poke a stick in America's eye, or both. The doctor himself is just a pawn in the bigger game - but American foreign affairs analysts may not even know what the game is.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
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