Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government bars visitors from meeting 'Osama' doc Afridi

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 11:33 hrs

Officials have barred visitors from meeting the Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, at the Peshawar Central jail, who had helped the U.S.' Central Intelligence Agency track down Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.

The Express Tribune quoted Dr Afridi's brother Jamil Afridi, as saying that he and advocate Qamar Nadeem Afridi were denied a meeting with the doctor when they went to visit him on Wednesday.

Officials informed them that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government had barred anyone from meeting Dr Afridi.

Jamil said that his family was expecting the government to take such measures following his brother's alleged interview with Fox News.

The ban bars anyone, including relatives from meeting the controversial doctor, who was accused of spying for the CIA to capture Osama in Abbottabad.

Dr Afridi was accused of carrying out a fake anti-polio vaccination programme in the area in order to get DNA samples of Osama's family members living in the Abbottabad compound, where he was killed by Navy SEALs on May 2011.

He has stoutly negated all allegations against him and termed the case a fabrication of the Inter-Services Intelligence.

The doctor's family has met him four times since his arrest in May 2011. His two sisters had earlier met him for the first time in August this year. (ANI)

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