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Pakistan overturns Shakeel Afridi’s 33-year-sentence

Last Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 23:59

Zee Media Bureau/Tarun Khanna

Islamabad: A 33-year-sentence for Dr Shakeel Afridi, who helped the US trace former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and became a hero for the world, has been overturned.

In 2011, the Pakistani commission charged him with conspiracy against Pakistan and high treason. He was arrested in May 2012. Pakistan had said that any nation would take such a step if its citizen works secretly for the foreign spy agency.

As he was arrested, his assets were seized and medical staff was fired. Whereabouts of his wife are unknown.

Afridi had earlier also revealed the harsh treatment he went through after his arrest. Moreover, US secretary of State Hillary Clinton had demanded his release on the basis that his efforts helped Pakistan and America to overcome terror.

First Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 18:41

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