Friday, May 25, 2012

US Cuts Pakistan Aid After Bin Laden Doc Jailed

America has withdrawn $33m in aid from Pakistan in protest at the 33-year sentence given to a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden.

The US Congress is holding back $1m for every year that Dr Shakil Afridi was jailed for treason.

Dr Afridi was accused of running a fake vaccination campaign used to collect DNA to confirm the al Qaeda leader was in the town of Abbottabad, where he was killed in a US special forces raid.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta have both previously called for the former government doctor to be released, saying his work served Pakistani and American interests.

Senators Carl Levin and John McCain, who sit on the American armed services committee, called the sentence "shocking and outrageous" and called for Dr Afridi to be pardoned and released immediately. Read More