Pakistan govt, courts will decide fate of Shakeel Afridi: Ch Nisar
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan angrily criticized Donald Trump, frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, for saying he would force the country to free Shakeel Afridi, a jailed Pakistani doctor, believed to have helped the CIA hunt down al Qaada leader Osama bin Laden.
Trump, a 69-year-old billionaire real estate developer, told Fox News on Friday that, if elected, he would get Pakistan to free Shakil Afridi “in two minutes”, saying that Islamabad receives a lot of development aid from the United States.
“Contrary to Mr. Trump’s misconception, Pakistan is not a colony of the United States of America,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said in a statement on Monday.
The statement said Afridi’s fate would be decided “by the Pakistani courts and the government of Pakistan and not by Mr. Donald Trump, even if he becomes the president of the United States”.
The statement came on the fifth anniversary of the killing of bin Laden – architect of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on US cities – during a secret raid in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad that damaged relations between the strategic allies.
In his comments about Pakistan and Afridi for Fox News, Trump said: “I would tell them let (him) out and I’m sure they would let (him) out. Because we give a lot of aid to Pakistan.”
In the Fox interview Trump also said he supported leaving the roughly 10,000 US troops still based in Afghanistan instead of withdrawing them by the end of 2017. –Reuters