Pakistan rejects reports of deal on Dr Shakil Afridi

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal has rejected the reports regarding the deal on Dr Shakil Afridi.

This he said while briefing the journalists on Thursday. Dr Faisal said denied all the rumors and reports regarding Dr Shakil Afridi and adding that no deal is underway between Pakistan and anyone else in this regard.

He added that issue of Dr Afridi is being handled by the Interior Ministry.

It is to be mentioned here that soon after Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011 in a US raid in Abbottabad, the US media reported that Dr Shakil Afridi had played vital role for making the operation successful by collecting DNA samples of bin Laden’s family on the order CIA.

Later, Then-CIA director Leon Panetta and then-US secretary of state Hillary Clinton had confirmed the doctor’s role in eliminating the terrorist, after which Afridi was arrested by Pakistani authorities.

After his detention in 2011, Afridi was sentenced to 33 years for involvement in anti-state activities by a tribal court in 2012. However, the sentence was later reduced.

During today’s briefing, Dr Faisal also apprised the media of Pakistan’s international efforts to highlight the plight of innocent Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir.