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EYE-BALL Opinion on – Pakistani Doctor Jailed for helping CIA!

Pakistani Doctor Jailed for helping CIA!
Reports that Pakistan have jailed the Doctor who helped CIA interests find and capture Osama Bin Laden 12 months ago, has been jailed by the Pakistani courts for Treason and sentenced to 33 years.

This swift justice dealt out to a Pakistani citizen has repercussions that can only be imagined.   Can you firstly see the propaganda usage that will be made out of this by Al Qaeda – ‘this is what happens if you help others to hurt us’.

Where US and Pakistani relationships are at the moment suggest this is a political ruling aimed as retaliation at the embarrassment caused to the Pakistani military because they were harbouring Bin Laden in their own backyard.  However this plays out – things are changing in this part of the world and with the pull out of US and other supporting Nations troops in the next year or so – 11 years of effort will seem to have achieved nothing –

Does this mean that Osama really did win the War?

The ABC story on this is published below:

Doctor jailed for helping CIA find bin Laden

| By Richard Lindell, wires | Updated May 24, 2012 08:19:52 |

A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden has been jailed for at least 30 years for treason.

Shakeel Afridi confessed to helping the CIA confirm bin Laden was living in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, where the Al Qaeda figurehead was killed last year.

The doctor conducted a fake polio vaccination drive in the city to obtain DNA samples from the residents of the compound.

It is believed the DNA was then tested to see if it belonged to members of bin Laden’s family.

Afridi has been sentenced to 33 years for treason under tribal laws in the northern Khyber region.

The United States has been calling for his release, arguing that fighting terrorism should not be considered treason and that his actions were in the interests of both Pakistan and the US.

The US State Department has declined to specifically comment on the doctor’s jail term.

But State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the doctor should not be in custody at all.

“We continue to see no basis for Doctor Afridi to be held. We have regularly taken up this matter with Pakistan … I would expect we will continue to,” she said.

In January, US defence secretary Leon Panetta said in a television interview that Afridi and his team had been key in finding bin Laden, describing him as helpful and insisting the doctor had not committed treason or harmed Pakistan.

Bin Laden was killed in a pre-dawn raid by US Navy Seals last May in Abbottabad, just a few hours drive from the capital Islamabad.

The raid humiliated Pakistan’s powerful military, which described the move as a violation of sovereignty.

The lethal operation continues to be a source of tension between the two countries.

Afridi’s prison term could complicate efforts to break a deadlock in talks over the re-opening of supply routes through Pakistan to US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Pakistan closed the supply routes, seen as vital to the planned withdrawal of most foreign troops from Afghanistan before the end of 2014, in protest against last November’s killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a NATO air attack along the Afghan border.


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