Case of Pakistani who helped CIA track bin Laden adjourned

Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Mehmood Shah Qureshi has said that Islamabad is open to discuss the issue of Dr. Shakil Afridi, who is considered a Central Investigation Agency (CIA) hero in the United States for helping Washington track down terrorist Osama bin Laden. (AFP/File)
Updated 09 October 2019

Case of Pakistani who helped CIA track bin Laden adjourned

  • Court has given the prosecution two weeks to prepare a response
  • Dr. Shakil was sentenced to 33 years in 2012 by a tribal court

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: A Pakistani court has given the prosecution two weeks to prepare a response to the appeal by convicted Pakistani physician who ran a fake vaccination campaign in the country to help CIA confirm Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts.
Wednesday’s adjournment was the first following a petition from Dr. Shakil Afridi, who was sentenced to 33 years in 2012 by a tribal court on charges of funding a domestic militant group and treating its members.
That case is separate from the doctor’s alleged involvement with the CIA, for which Afridi was never formally charged.
Pakistan was outraged over being kept in the dark ahead of the May 2011 Navy SEALs operation that killed the Al-Qaeda mastermind.
Washington has demanded Afridi’s release but Islamabad has resisted the demand, saying he violated Pakistani law. 


PML-N’s Maryam Sharif admitted to Services Hospital

Updated 23 October 2019

PML-N’s Maryam Sharif admitted to Services Hospital

  • Maryam went to the medical facility to see her father whose platelet count dropped to a drastically low level
  • The party’s information secretary in Punjab claims Maryam undergoing medical checkup herself

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Maryam Sharif, was admitted to the Services Hospital after she met her ailing father at the same medical facility on Wednesday, confirmed Uzma Bokhari, PML-N’s information secretary in Punjab, while talking to Arab News.
“Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s condition is not well and she is undergoing a medical checkup,” Bokhari said. “She will stay at the hospital tonight.”
Maryam had gone to the medical facility to see her father who was shifted there on Monday on the request of his physician, Dr. Adnan Khan, after his platelet count dropped to an alarmingly low level.
Soon after he was shifted to the medical facility, Nawaz Sharif’s blood test was done to see if he was suffering from dengue, but the report was clear.
While his condition was said to have improved after transfusion of platelets, doctors could not diagnose the reason behind the problem.
His daughter, Maryam, was allowed to see her father at the hospital on Wednesday after her party sought special permission for that purpose from the Punjab Home Department.
While the local media initially claimed she was allowed to stay with Sharif for an hour, there was much speculation about the health of the country’s former prime minister after it turned out that she was going to stay at the medical facility for the night.
Reports also indicate that the hospital authorities have summoned specialists from Karachi and Islamabad to examine Nawaz Sharif and diagnose his medical condition.