US ABANDONS DOCTOR WHO HELPED CAPTURE OSAMA BIN LADEN – According to official U.S reports it was Doctor Shakil Afridi who assisted the CIA in determining the location of Osama Bin Laden who was eventually found, according to official U.S reports, holed up in a house in Pakistan.
According to official reports members from the elite SEAL team raided the home, executed Osama Bin Laden and then conducted a burial at sea within just a few hours after his death.
Many saw Doctor Shakil Afridi’s act of pretending to be supplying vaccinations in the area, in order to determine if Osama Bin Laden was in fact in the house, as nothing short of heroic but since Osama Bin Laden’s death Doctor Shakil Afridi has been held in a Pakistani prison, in complete isolation, on the charge of treason.
Since September 2012 Doctor Shakil Afridi claims, in a letter smuggled out of the prison, that he has been denied any human rights including being denied access to a lawyer or any member of his family.
It appears to some that the U.S have simply abandoned a man who put his life on the line and there are increasing calls for the U.S to step in and do whatever it takes to provide him with the support he rightfully deserves.
During the original trial a Pakistani court sentenced Doctor Shakil Afridi to 33 years imprisonment for ‘conspiring against the state’; such a sentence has left many wondering why western Governments continue to pour millions of dollars in aid; funding a country that knowingly harbours known terrorists and indeed incarcerates a man for helping the U.S to uncover one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists.
It was Fox News who obtained the letter in which Doctor Shakil Afridi alleges his rights are being denied and according to Doctor Shakil Afridi cousin, Qamar Nadeem, the letter is indeed authentic by announcing that the handwriting is identical to that of Doctor Shakil Afridi.
Pakistani authorities have denied that Doctor Shakil Afridi is being held due to the assistance he provided to U.S intelligence but rather over a matter that he is a member of the militant terrorist group Lashkar-e-Islam; an allegation that Doctor Shakil Afridi vehemently denies.
Regardless of Pakistan’s stance on Doctor Shakil Afridi incarceration there are many who feel that he is simply being held after Pakistan was exposed at harbouring Osama Bin Laden which lead to Pakistan being severely criticised and embarrassed on an international level.
Since the 9/11 attack Pakistan continuously denied that Osama Bin Laden was hiding out in the country and that such a notion was simply not possible due to tight security; however, after Osama Bin Laden was discovered in one of Pakistan’s most affluent areas it brought into questions as to whether the Pakistani authorities were in fact aware and if so where they aiding Osama Bin Laden.
In August this year Doctor Shakil Afridi conviction was in fact overturned after judges noted a number of procedural errors during his original trail. However, the court ordered that Doctor Shakil Afridi be detained whilst a retrial was organised.
More suspicions have been raised over Doctor Shakil Afridi case, as the judge that overturned the original decision died under very questionable circumstances and as yet investigators have failed to uncover what some believe to be murder.
After the judge ordered a new trial, Pakistani authorities have since managed to gather even more evidence against Doctor Shakil Afridi; some of which now cites other charges to be leveled against him.
Members of Doctor Shakil Afridi family believe that even if he is cleared of the alleged terrorism charges, the Pakistani authorities appear determined to pin other charges on him so that he cannot be released.
Doctor Shakil Afridi’s plight has once again brought out the conspiracy theories with a growing number of people believing that the U.S doesn’t want Doctor Shakil Afridi released; for he may have information that will show that the SEAL team did not in fact kill Osama Bin Laden but rather, due to his close ties with the Bush family, was merely spirited away to another undisclosed location, probably somewhere in Saudi Arabia.
Conspiracy theorists maintain that if Osama Bin Laden had in fact been killed there would have been photographs and the U.S Government would have paraded his dead body for the entire world to see; instead of simply conducting an extremely fast burial at sea.
Some conspiracy theorists also claim that the helicopter crash during the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s hideout was on the orders of the CIA; after an alleged number of SEALS threatened to blow the whistle on what the mission was really about – that being helping Osama Bin Laden to escape justice.
The case of Doctor Shakil Afridi continues and as yet there have been no calls from the U.S Government to the Pakistani Government in order to assist him.