Peshawar (April 28, 2018): Doctor Shakil Afridi, known for helping track down 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, has been moved by authorities from a prison in Peshawar to an unknown safer location, an official and family member said on Friday.
Afridi has been languishing in prison for almost eight years after his fake vaccination campaign helped United States agents track and kill the Al Qaeda leader.
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A top prison official in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that Afridi was moved by intelligence officials to the safer place late Thursday.
When asked the reasons behind moving the doctor, the official said, “I was informed in writing that they are moving him due to security reasons.Jamil Afridi, the doctor’s brother, confirmed that he had been informed by government officials that “Shakil has been moved to a safer place.”
Afridi was jailed for 33 years in May 2012 after he was convicted of ties to militants, a charge he has always denied.US President Donald Trump vowed during his election campaign that he would order Pakistan to free Afridi. “I’m sure they would let them (him) out. Because we give a lot of aid to Pakistan,” Trump added. He said that Pakistan “takes advantage like everybody else”.