Islamabad: A Pakistani doctor who was
arrested for helping the CIA in its hunt for Osama bin Laden
will be dealt with according to the country`s laws, Foreign
Office spokesman Abdul Basit said on Saturday.
Pakistan expects other countries to respect its legal
process in the case of Shakil Afridi, Basit said.
His remarks came in the wake of US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton’s comments that there was no basis for the
detention of Afridi by Pakistani authorities.
"He is being dealt with in accordance with our law. We
expect all to respect our legal process, and to refrain from
making groundless insinuations and drawing premature
conclusions," Basit said.
Afridi has been detained by Pakistani security agencies
on charges of involvement in the CIA operation to hunt down
Osama bin Laden when the Al Qaeda chief was hiding in the
garrison town of Abbottabad.
US special forces killed bin Laden in his compound in
Abbottabad during a raid on May 2 last year.
In the weeks before the operation against bin Laden, the
CIA used Afridi to set up a fake vaccination scheme in
Abbottabad to gain entry to the compound and extract DNA
samples from his family members.
At a Congressional hearing yesterday, Clinton said there
was "no basis for holding Dr Afridi or any of his staff".
She said the doctor`s work "on behalf of the effort to
take down bin Laden was in Pakistan`s interest, as well as the
US lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher has submitted a bill in the
House of Representatives to grant Afridi American citizenship
and to award him the Congressional Gold Medal.