Obama urged to force Pak to free convicted Osama op doc Afridi
Washington, May 25 (ANI): A key U.S. lawmaker has asked President Barack Obama to demand from Islamabad the release of Dr Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician who has been sentenced 33 years imprisonment on treason charges for helping the CIA trace the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden.
"President Obama should demand, as a condition of future financial assistance, that the Pakistani government grants Dr Afridi an unconditional pardon and release him without delay," The News quoted Congressman Tom Rooney, member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, as saying.
He said he was outraged that the Pakistani government, a supposed U.S. ally, would try Dr Afridi for heroically assisting in the search for the Al-Qaeda chief.
"Dr Afridi had the courage to step up and help us track bin Laden and bring him to justice, while the Pakistani government did little to assist in the search for the world's most wanted terrorist," Rooney said. (ANI)
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