He is considered a hero in America, but he is disowned as a traitor in Pakistan, Dr. Shakeel Afridi has been highly praised for his role in the death Osama Bin Laden. Ten years later, his torment; However, it’s not over yet.
By organizing a mock campaign against hepatitis C, this Pakistani doctor helped the CIA locate bin Laden in Abbottabad.And the In northern Pakistan, where the al-Qaeda leader was to be liquidated by US Special Forces on May 2, 2011.
Imprisoned since then, Dr. Afridi has been isolated in a prison in Punjab province (center). Nothing indicates that one day he will be acquitted by the Pakistani judiciary. He currently spends his time counting the days, all equal to each other.
Let’s be clear: Afridi paid the highest price in the attack on bin LadenMichael Kugelman, deputy director of Asia at the Wilson Center in Washington, explains. “He has become a scapegoat,” he says.
Agence France-Presse managed to rebuild The daily life of Afridi thanks to interviews with her brother and his lawyerWhere the doctor has no right to speak with anyone except with his family and his advocates.
To maintain himself physically, he walks into his two-by-two-meter cell and sits down, according to those close to him. He has a copy of the Qur’an and he is not entitled to any other book.
He is flying several times a week in the presence of a guard, but he is not allowed any contact with the other detainees.
His family members can visit him twice a month, but they must remain behind an iron fence, and they cannot speak to him in Pashtun, his mother tongue.
Why Dr. Shakeel Afridi in prison?
“The prison authorities told us that we cannot talk about politics or the situation inside the prison,” said his brother Jamil Afridi.
It is native to the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, The doctor was in a good position, knowing about the Pashtuns, to assist the CIA, which was approaching bin Laden’s hideout.
The North American Agency needed only physical evidence of the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks in Abbottabad. So Shakeel Afridi was asked to launch a mock vaccination campaign to obtain a DNA sample from a person living in a dwelling.
The doctor’s exact role in identifying bin Laden has not been clearly defined.. But the Pakistani authorities arrested him a few weeks later.
He was never convicted in connection with bin Laden’s death. But he was sentenced to 33 years in prison for financing an extremist group, under a vague colonial-era law.
Successive US administrations protested their status. Over the years, the possibility of a prisoner exchange was contemplated, but no agreement was reached
Hussain Haqqani says, “Today he is being held in prison to serve as an example for every Pakistani in not cooperating with a Western intelligence agency.” Who was the ambassador of Pakistan to the United States in 2001.
Dr.. Afridi is a scapegoat
“Instead of telling the truth about bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan, the authorities have made Dr. Afridi a scapegoat.” Add.
The tenth anniversary of bin Laden’s disappearance comes weeks after US President Joe Biden Confirm the complete withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan before 9/11.
By justifying this exit in a speech to the nation, Biden cited bin Laden’s death as evidence, to his understanding, that the United States had long since achieved the initial goal of invading Afghanistan.
As expected, Shakeel Afridi was not named.