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Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, Terrorism Issues.
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Not for the first time, the United States is engaged in an endeavour to obtain the release of a CIA in Pakistan. The complication this time is that the agent is a Pakistani citizen.

Secretary of Defence, and former head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, makes his pitch for the release of Dr Shikal Afridi, who allegedly organized a fake polio campaign in Abbotabad to obtain DNA evidence that would confirm the murdered Osama bin Laden’s presence in that city.

The BBC reports:

It is not clear if any DNA from Bin Laden or any family members was ever obtained.

Washington has been arguing that Dr Afridi should be freed and allowed to live in the US.

Mr Panetta also repeated US claims that someone in authority in Pakistan must have known where Bin Laden was hiding at the compound – located close to the country’s top military academy.

But were it the case, why would it be so?

Panetta talks to CBS News.

The Pakistan Government has refused to accede to the US request for Afridi to be released. An earlier request in July last year by the Secretary of State was met with a similar rejection:

Official sources have confirmed that US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton telephoned President Asif Ali Zardari on July 28 to seek his help in securing Dr Afridi’s release.

However, President Zardari reportedly turned down the request, arguing that the matter was before the judicial commission, which has been investigating the circumstances surrounding the death and presence of Bin Laden in Abbottabad, sources said.

“The matter is sub judice and it is only the Abbottabad Commission which will decide his (Afridi) fate,” said an official quoting President Zardari as having told Secretary Clinton.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Express Tribune that the detained doctor may be summoned by the Abbottabad commission for questioning.

The high-powered commission, which is headed by a recently retired senior Supreme Court judge Justice Javed Iqbal, had already barred the government from extraditing Bin Laden’s widows and other persons who are connected with this incident. Afridi was one of several Pakistanis who were detained by the country’s security agencies over allegations of working for the CIA. Afridi has yet to be charged formally, but if he is, he could face the death penalty for collaborating with a foreign spy agency.

It is unclear how the CIA first recruited Afridi to work for the United States.

It is fairly clear that the CIA is a law unto itself, and the failure again to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty and laws is unlikely it popular in that country. The alternative would be to establish and respect international laws which would have two significant drawbacks. It would call into question the resort and reign of violence to solve differences and laws could not be applied as victor justice.

Press TV reported in February 2011 on the CIA’s secret war in Pakistan:



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