Pak red-faced following satellite phone recovery from jailed 'Osama doc' Afridi

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 06:22 hrs

Lahore: Investigations have been initiated against six security personnel following the recovery of a satellite phone from Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, who is lodged at the Central Jail in Peshawar.

Dr Afridi, who had helped the U.S.' Central Intelligence Agency track down Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden - killed by U.S. troops in May 2011, was arrested for alleged involvement with a militant group.

According to sources, Dr Afridi used the satellite phone to give an exclusive interview to a foreign channel where he had detailed his miserable prison conditions. He had described brutal torture at the hands of the Inter-Service Intelligence, adding that he was blindfolded for eight months and handcuffed with his hands behind his back for 12 months, affecting his eyesight and limbs.

The satellite phone was also used to allegedly make calls within and outside Pakistan. A security officer has also been taken into custody for allegedly delivering the phone to Dr Afridi, reports the Daily Times.

DSP (Prison) Maqsoodur Rehman said Dr Afridi's lawyer or brother who had come to visit him a few days ago might have smuggled the phone into the prison and given it to him. However, the DSP said neither any official was taken into custody nor suspended. 

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