Pakistan fires doctor who helped CIA to hunt bin Laden
Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan
March 29th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

Pakistan fires doctor who helped CIA to hunt bin Laden

Pakistan has fired a doctor who helped the CIA to hunt Osama bin Laden, a senior government official told CNN.

Seventeen other employees who also worked at the health department in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were also removed from their jobs, according to Ishfaq Khan, the top government official of the health department.

Dr. Shakeel Afridi helped the CIA use a vaccination campaign to collect DNA samples from residents of bin Laden's compound to verify the terror leader's presence there.

Khan said the reason given for firing Afridi and the other 17 employees was that it was a disciplinary action against them for starting a polio campaign without prior permission in Abbottabad, the town where bin Laden was killed.

Khan said those dismissed besides Afridi were another doctor, a coordinator of the health department, and 15 health workers.

Khan didn't provide their names because of security concerns.

Pakistan has not yet decided whether to try Afridi for high treason for assisting the United States in gathering intelligence ahead of the raid, a senior Pakistani government official said in January.

"It's the federal government who will decide whether to try the doctor for high treason or not," the official said. "At this stage, the decision hasn't been taken to try the doctor."

The official did not want to be named because of the matter's sensitivity.

Filed under: CIA • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan
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    July 9, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
  3. hrav

    US needs to cut supplies and connections to Pakistan ASAP. This is the real example of Pakistan supporting Osama all these years. There is no point dealing with those fools. They are already calling us fools for giving free money to support terrorisms. Perhaps we are fools...

    April 2, 2012 at 3:43 am | Reply
    • Eram

      honetsly we would be grateful if the american government stops filling the stomachs of our politicians and leaders. We would be grateful if US just leaves us alone and stop bombing and killing us while patronizing the corrupt governments of pakistan at the same time. We would be better off. Polio campaigns were suffering a hell lot before and now it is just worse.

      April 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  4. the wise

    Stop supporing zionist aggression.

    March 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  5. my name

    give them US citizenship

    March 30, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
  6. michaelfury

    March 30, 2012 at 7:33 am | Reply
  7. Ali

    "Does that mean that Pakistan people and all Arab States are in support of Bin Ladin and his course?'
    this comment shows you are ignorant and inbred. It would be like if I made the statement that all whites are
    in the KKK and all whites are racist. We would not have caught bin laden unless the pakistani people helped us. We should come to the aid of the pakistanis that helped us and not condemn an entire country. Thank God people like you don't run my country.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  8. rzzzll

    Pakistan is our ENEMY, not our ally. Cut off all aid to this whack country and keep using the drones.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  9. sunday aba nigeria

    Does that mean that Pakistan people and all Arab States are in support of Bin Ladin and his course? from there body .language they are in his support. the same thing is happening in nigeria where evil killings is used to fight thier political aim. an they get support from the elderly from northern part. shame to those praticing this kind of religion. they can't convert me.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • alf564

      I would say they are.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Sakr

      When a citizen of a country helps the armed forces of a foreign country inside his home country and without taking the permission of the authorities of his home country, then this is a traitor and should be punished.

      I really got fed up of those people who are full of hatred to Arabs and Muslims and who like to translate every piece of news against them. For the person who asks "Does that mean that Pakistan people and all Arab States are in support of Bin Laden and his course?" The article does not mention whether Pakistan or any Arab States claim support of Bin Laden. To reach such a conclusion and ask such a question, you have to be too stupid.

      March 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
      • Ali


        March 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

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