SHAWAR: Five years after he had faked a vaccination program with the aim of helping the CIA to track and kill Osama Bin Laden, now Shakeel Afridi, the Pakistani doctor languishes in jail after being abandoned by the US. This is according to his supporters in its bid to smooth troubled relations with Islamabad.
Dr. Afridi, the man who is in his middle 50s has been denied access to lawyer and his appeal against prison sentence of a period of 23 years has stalled.
“I have no hope of meeting him, no expectation for justice,” his elder brother Jamil told AFP.
According to his lawyer, Shakeel Afidi, who was known to be the former senior surgeon is now living in solitary confinement in a very small room, he is only allowed to see his immediate family six times a year and not more.
His role in one of the worldwide famous assassination of Osama Bin Laden that took place in the recent decades still remains murky.
The information is still unclear, the information regarding on how he was sought out by the Central Intelligence Agency. According to the Pakistani reports, it is suggested that Afidi, the official at save the Children played the part of a go-between even though the charity has denied being involved.
What is clear is that Afidi’s job was to organize and run a fake Hepatitis C vaccination program with the main objective of maintaining samples of generics from Abbottabad, a garrison city and home to the Pakistan Military Academy which is recognized to be the counties answer to West Point.
It was from that point that the chief of Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden and his family members had set up their home in the mid-2000s under the protection of some senior Pakistani military officers.
On May 2nd, at the night full off darkness, two helicopters carrying elite Navy Seals touched down in Osama’s compound.
It was a very dramatic, just about a kilometer from the military academy, their forced their way in the house and really caught the terror mastermind, Osama bin Laden unaware and surprised.
Osama was short in his head and his body fled with abandoning a damaged helicopter known as Black Hawk.
The Killing of Osama was a huge success for Barak Obama, the Us president, whose country was really scared by the attacks on New York and Washington, following the profound attack of the two cities in September 2001.
This action decapitated the Al-Qaeda group and badly hampering the members and the ability of the organization to carry out further atrocities.
It has also drove a very big wedge between Islamabad and Washington, with lingering suspicions that Pakistanis had been hiding the ware about of the most wanted men worldwide for many years.
One week after the raid that too place dramatically at the Osama’s compound, Dr. Afidi was arrested and locked in jail for having ties to militants and he has always denied the charge.