Pak authorities step up security for Afridi
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 23:19
Islamabad: Pakistani authorities on Tuesday stepped up security in jail for a doctor convicted of helping the CIA track Osama bin Laden after an intelligence agency reported he faced a threat from other prisoners.

The intelligence agency submitted a report to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti that Shakeel Afridi faced threats within the Central Jail in Peshawar, where he is being held after his conviction by a court in the tribal belt.

The intelligence report said there are 3,000 prisoners at the Central Jail and many of them had "negative sentiments" towards Afridi, a news channel reported.

The Chief Minister subsequently directed the provincial Home Department to provide "high-profile" security to Afridi.

The authorities had earlier provided two unarmed guards to Afridi.

A court in Khyber tribal region had given Afridi a 33-year prison term for running a fake vaccination campaign in a bid to collect DNA from the compound in Abbottabad town where bin Laden was killed by US commandoes last year.

Afridi's conviction has angered the US and the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to cut aid to Pakistan by a symbolic 33 million dollars, a million dollars for each year of the jail term.


First Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 23:19

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