No deal with US over Dr Afridi: FO

No deal with US over Dr Afridi: FO

Islamabad (Staff Report): Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday said that there is no deal under way between the US and Pakistan governments over the matter of Dr Shakil Afridi.

During his weekly press briefing, FO spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said that the issue of Dr Afridi is being handled by the Interior Ministry.

After his detention in 2011, Afridi was sentenced to 33 years for involvement in anti-state activities by a tribal court in 2012.

Soon after Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011 in a US raid in Abbottabad, the US media reported that Afridi had contributed to the success of the CIA operation by collecting DNA samples of bin Laden's family.

Then-CIA director Leon Panetta and then-US secretary of state Hillary Clinton had confirmed the doctor's role in eliminating the terrorist, after which Afridi was arrested by Pakistani authorities.