January 30th, 2012
03:10 AM ET

Official: Pakistan yet to decide on charges against doctor in bin Laden raid

Pakistan has not yet decided whether to try a Pakistani doctor for high treason for assisting the United States in gathering intelligence ahead of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, a senior Pakistani government official said Monday.

"It's the federal government who will decide whether to try the doctor for high treason or not," the official said. "At this stage, the decision hasn't been taken to try the doctor."

The official did not want to be named because of the matter's sensitivity.

Dr. Shakeel Afridi helped the CIA use a vaccination campaign to collect DNA samples from residents of the compound in the city of Abbottabad to verify the terror leader's presence there ahead of the May raid.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    Bloody Pakistan. Any other country would give the guy a MEDAL.

    January 30, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. krm1007

    PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
    With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

    January 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    Now we know where some of the propaganda writers went when the cold war ended....

    January 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Pakistan needs the doctor go. If they were truly on our side and ignorant of the fact of bin Laden being there, they would be praising this man for his part in the intelligence gathering. They charging him with possible treason speaks volumes as to their intentions.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    It had been speculated for sometime that Pakistanis did aid CIA in getting OBL, but fear of reprisals by the militants and public sentiment made both sides keep all this under wrap.
    This doctor's name leaked probably because people there remember him as the one carrying out that 'vaccination' ploy. I guess nothing is going to happen to him. The authorities would keep him in detention & wait the bruhaha out.
    the general public in pakistan is still smarting from what they perceive as violation of their sovereignty.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
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