in the vicinityVideoImran Khan on meeting with Trump, Taliban talks, the fate of the Pakistani doctor who helped track Osama bin Laden
The Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan joins Bret Baier for a wide-ranging, exclusive interview on ‘special report.’
For more than eight years, Dr. ^ A Afridi – often as a “hero” doctor for his role in the CIA plot to take down Osama bin Laden – was languishing behind bars in Pakistani prisons, struck with a 23-year sentence.
But there is some movement now seems to be, or, at least, the political willingness on both sides to see him freed.
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After a seemingly successful first meeting between President Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in the White house, the Khan, the evening struck late on Monday that a prisoner swap for Afridi, the freedom could be possible in the future. He admitted in an interview with Bret Baier on Fox News’ “Special Report” that the role of the physician was an “emotional Problem” in his “home” and “embarrassing” Pakistanis.
“Here we were, an ally of the United States, and the United States do not trust us. And you actually came and bombed and killed, a man said in our territory,” Khan. “Let us not forget that Pakistan lost 70,000 people in this fight. We fought this war for US, and we lost all of these people are fighting in this war. So there was obviously a whole lot of anger about the way this whole thing was done. But you know, it’s all in the past.”
Khan also insisted that Pakistan’s intelligence outfit, the ISI, that gave information to the CIA that led to Osama bin Laden’s location near a military school in Abbottabad. When you press continue on the Afridi issue, Khan noted that “there are some decisions in a democracy, even a Prime Minister as difficult, because we have opposition. But this is something that can be negotiated.”
He went on to beat the conditions for a possible deal: “we also have someone in prison in the US, It is a delicate woman by the name of Aafia Siddiqui. So Yes, we could any type of negotiate a swap,” Khan said, while denying that such an exchange was brought up in the trombone sit-down. “But in the future, because we know that the United States wants to ^ A Afridi, so we can negotiate. No negotiations have begun, but you know, with Aafia Siddiqui, we could negotiate.”
Speculation has long swirled that a possible prisoner swap could be in the cards, with the USA would swap Afridi for Pakistan’s Aafia Siddiqui, a neuro-scientist sentenced in Manhattan Federal court in 2010 to 86 years in prison for the attempted murder and assault of U.S. nationals and U.S. officers and employees in Afghanistan.
Afridi, who received a polio vaccination, the doctor, the DNA swabs from the bin Laden compound, is technically serving a sentence under a conviction for links to the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Islam. However, his followers such accusations have cast as a fictional excuse for the punishment.
After a closed White house meeting in the morning on Monday, trump – who would many expected, at least the Afridi issue to raise with his Pakistani counterpart, told reporters that he had good news about hostages”, but no names or further details were soon provided”.
Al-Qaida operative Aafia Siddiqui, (l.), for Dr ^ A Afridi (AP)
However, the possibility that the Problem reached such a high level given discussions, some hope to Afridi’s family and his lawyer and cousin, Qamar Nadeem.
“For me, and his family, it is a moment to celebrate, with a zeal that the administration has finally, the trump-kept the promise it made to this persistent issue on the table,” he told Fox News on Tuesday morning.
And Nadeem, the Siddiqui trade is increasingly the only way seems to be to the front.
“There is no way left to the bridge, the exchange, the trust deficit between Islamabad and Washington, except again, this high-level prisoners. This lady was love to the people of Pakistan,” he said. “Free Afridi type of Dr. to help business in Pakistan, get back your lost confidence with the United States and [swap] help Prime Minister Khan assured that the next elections, votes tune with the backup of more of a kind.”
Afridi, who is now 57 years old, is currently in a high security prison in Sahiwal, Punjab province, after he moves more from a guarded facility after rumors spread that the United States was preparing to bust him – although no official reason his lawyer was.
Worried about his declining state of health once again been rekindled.
“Currently, his health condition has become from bad to worse, to lose as he continued to pound between each visit with the family. Their biggest concern was the bad sanitary conditions in prison and the non-availability of air-conditioning or a fan, that has him said life a living hell like the hell,” Nadeem. “Life is not existent taken in his prison cell, and no measures to beat the scorching heat has caused a bad skin rash over his body, and he is yet to receive medical care.”
The lawyer also claimed that his immediate family only his wife, children and his brother Jamil are allowed by the jail superintendent, to visit him once a month have complained to violate what you believe “body checks”, the system enter.
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In addition, grave concerns safety, and still his impoverished family, the penalty for which is struggling to survive financially in the midst of Afridi surrounded. His wife and children are forced to move every few months to perform completely live underground, Nadeem said.
President Donald Trump greets Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as he comes to the White house, on Monday, 22. July 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
He also expressed frustration that despite Afridi’s legal representatives, he was repeatedly visitation is denied.
“It is unfortunate that Afridi has been consistently denied [legal] – to consult access, with me on his case. To win, in spite of my legal court, and the court should allow me to meet him, the jail authorities have said that judgment to fall on deaf ears,” Nadeem, demanded Khan to close this gap in the justice system.
The next appeal hearing is expected to take place on Sept. 24, and the lawyer is confident that so long as a “trump card is hard trying to get him released,” the case is brought to an end, in Afridi like.
Afridi was originally perceived, a few weeks after the 2011 raid on the Abbottabad compound where bin Laden was killed.
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Pentagon sources close to exit to the operation later told Fox News that the efforts and offers have been created in the place for Afridi and his immediate family in the country. The doctor have said, however, rejected on the basis of the idea that he would not be able to keep his extended family. In addition, Afridi – who was not aware of the goal or the exact nature of the mission, if the paycheck – do not expect that the points of carefully crafted CIA be exposed to scheme, lie by Obama administration officials, disclosure of details about the System, to be included.