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Pakistan: “Open to discussions” on Osama Bin Laden’s doctor, who helped in getting him tracked

Pakistan: “Open to discussions” on Osama Bin Laden’s doctor, who helped in getting him tracked

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Makhdoom Mehmood shah Qureshi has said that Islamabad has no qualms in discussing the issue of Dr Shakil Afridi, who is taken into account as a Central Investigation Agency (CIA) hero in the USA for guiding Washington in tracking down terrorist Osama bin Laden.
Shakil Afridi was sent behind the bars for serving America by the Pakistan government.
A leading English publication quoted Mr Qureshi saying, "Openings are always there. He’s viewed in a particular kind of light in Pakistan; he's viewed as a traitor in Pakistan. However he's viewed as a friend in America. Thus we need to bridge this gap." Qureshi declared that courts can decide Shakil Afridi's fate and not politics.
"We have a legal process. Afridi went through that legal process; he was given a fair chance to defend himself. He was sentenced; as he was guilty and is serving a sentence. We expect you to respect our legal procedure, just like we respect yours," he said.
Shakil Afridi, who has been given a 26-year sentence, is believed to have committed treason by operating with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), however, he was guilty on the pretext of having ties with a terrorist group Lashkar e-Islam. His lawyers have denied the claims of such ties with terrorist outfit, calling them imitative.
Trump administration has repeatedly asked Islamabad to release Shakil Afridi.