Pakistani authorities jailed Dr. Shakil Afridi for helping the US locate Osama Bin Laden. (Tribune)
Dr Shakil Afridi, a government surgeon who helped the CIA uncover Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts, was sacked by the health department of Thursday, amid calls for him to face treason charges.
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“The government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has issued a notification of dismissal of Dr Shakeel Afridi,” provincial health secretary Ashfaq Khan told reporters.
The notification stated that Afridi had been terminated under the Efficiency & Disciplinary (E&D) Rules guideline for being involved in anti-state activities.
Seventeen other health officials, who worked on the same fake vaccination program set up by the CIA in a bid to confirm the al Qaeda chief was living in Abbottabad, have already been sacked from their government posts, he added. Fifteen lady health workers were dismissed last August, and a woman doctor and an assistant coordinator were sacked on March 17.
Afridi, who worked for years as a government surgeon in Khyber Agency, is currently in police custody, while the panel investigating the Bin Laden raid has recommended that Afridi be put on trial for treason.