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- Monday, January 30, 2012 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: The Inquiry Commission on the Abbottabad Operation has issued an order to register a treason case against Dr Shakeel Afridi, who allegedly provided information about Osama bin Laden to the American spy agency, CIA, by conducting a fake polio vaccination drive, sources told The News.


US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Saturday admitted that a Pakistani doctor had provided information about the al-Qaeda leader, based on which US Seals raided a house in Abbottabad and killed bin Laden.


Sources in Islamabad said that Dr Shakeel Afridi was a helper of the CIA and thus the commission had ordered that a treason case be filed against him. It also said he would not be handed over to the US.


Dr Afridi was arrested outside his house in Hayatabad, Peshawar, by security agencies on May 22, 2011. The whereabouts of his family, including his American wife of Pakistani origin, is still unknown. According to officials, Dr Afridi has been declared a national criminal and will be tried for treason.


The sources said that Dr Shakeel told the commission that he had launched a fake polio campaign to reach the al-Qaeda leader but neither he could enter the compound of bin Laden nor got access to his children.


The Abbottabad Commission is still unable to get the answer as to why the provincial government did not take notice of the activities of Dr Shakeel Afridi in Abbottabad. The Fata Secretariat also did not take any action against him.


According to the official report, Dr Shakeel Afridi had launched a fake polio campaign in Abbottabad in 2011 and brought vacant boxes of polio from the Jamrud Hospital of Khyber Agency without the permission of concerned authorities. A surgeon of Jamrud Hospital, Dr Tahir, had sent a report to the Fata Secretariat in this regard but no action was taken on the same.