‘The Americans are our worst enemies’: Doctor who helped lead U.S. to bin Laden says Pakistan spy agency lists America as greatest foes and ‘maintains relations just to extract billions in aid’

  • Dr Shakil  Afridi says Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency calls the U.s. it’s worst  enemy

  • He was  sentenced to 33 years in prison in June

  • Dr Afridi  helped the U.S. by setting up a fake vaccination programme that allowed him to  collect DNA from bin Laden’s children

  • Pakistan  suffered a black eye when it was revealed that bin Laden had been in their midst  for years

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:16:47 EST, 10  September 2012| UPDATED:16:50 EST, 10 September 2012

The jailed Pakistani doctor who helped led  the U.S. to Osama bin Laden’s hideout has revealed that Pakistan’s spy agency  considers America its worst enemy.

Dr Shakil Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in  prison in June after a Pakistani court found him guilty of treason for  conspiring against Pakistan.

Dr Afridi says he has been subjected to  torture and harsh questioning since his arrest days after bin Laden’s death in  May 2011 as he tried to flee Pakistan.

U.S. officials said the resettlement offer for Afridi came about the time of the May 1, 2011, raid in which U.S. Navy SEAL commandos killed Osama bin-Laden 

The good doctor: Dr Shakil Afridi was convicted of  treason in June, and sentenced to 33 years in prison despite leading the U.S. to  Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abottabad, Pakistan

In an interview with  Fox News from his Pakistan jail cell,  Dr Afridi says he has been told: ‘You helped our enemies.

‘They said “The Americans are our worst  enemies, worse than the Indians.”‘

Dr Afridi said he tried to defend the U.S. as  allies and supporters of Pakistan.

He told Fox news: ‘I tried to argue that  America was Pakistan’s biggest supporter – billions and billions of dollars in  aid, social and military assistance – but all they said was, “These are our  worst enemies. You helped our enemies.”‘

Dr. Shakil Afridi helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden and turned down an opportunity to leave Pakistan and resettle overseas with his family 

Speaking out: Dr Shakil Afridi helped the CIA track down  bin Laden and turned down an opportunity to leave Pakistan and  resettle  overseas with his family

Dr Afridi also warned that any cooperation by  Pakistan is just a front for the country to collect billions of dollars in aid  from the U.S.

“It is now indisputable that militancy in  Pakistan is supported by the ISI… Pakistan’s fight against militancy is bogus.  It’s just to extract money from America.’

Dr Afridi helped the CIA by running a fake  vaccination programme that allowed him to collect the DNA of Bin Laden’s  children from the family compound in Abbottabad.

Sample analysis confirmed the terror leader  was probably there and triggered the deadly mission by US Navy SEALS last  May.

The successful mission sparked a rift between  the US and Pakistani leaders who were embarrassed that Bin Laden had been living  in a major military hub close to the capital.

Dead: The killing of notorious terror leader Osama Bin Laden led to a decline in the relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. 

Dead: The killing of notorious terror leader Osama Bin  Laden led to a decline in the relationship between Pakistan and the U.S.

Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi talks with people outside a building at an unknown location in Pakistan, before his imprisonment this month at a tribal court

 

Imprisoned: Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi talks with  people outside a building at an unknown location, prior to his arrest

Shortly after the raid which killed Bin  Laden, Dr Afridi was arrested for conspiring against the state of Pakistan and  last month jailed for 33 years.

In May, outraged at Dr Afridi’s conviction,  U.S. Senate panels voted overwhelmingly to cut aid to Islamabad by $33million –  one million for every year of the physician’s 33-year sentence for high  treason.

And perhaps Pakistan is feeling the pinch, as  the doctor also claims that his life savings has been depleted after the ISI  drained his bank accounts.

Dr Afridi told Fox News: ‘My bank account was  looted, making me bankrupt. I need financial, legal and diplomatic  help.’

Mission: The Al Qaeda leader was killed at this compound in Abbottabad by US Special Forces 

Mission: The Al Qaeda leader was killed at this compound  in Abbottabad by U.S. Special Forces

He added: ‘My situation is very grim. I  earned millions of rupees (tens of thousands of dollars) a year and supported my  family and that of my brother. All of that is lost.’

While Dr. Afridi is appealing his conviction,  his chances are slim because of the arbitrary nature of the tribal court system  where he is facing justice in Pakistan.

Officials from the United States have  revealed in the past that they attempted to extricate Dr Afridi from Pakistan in  the weeks after the bin Laden raid.

Unnamed U.S. officials said the resettlement  offer for Afridi came around the time of the May 1, 2011, raid in which U.S.  Navy SEAL commandos killed the al-Qaeda chief at his complex in Abbottabad,  Pakistan.

Tense: The moment President Barack Obama watching the mission to find bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1, 2011 

Tense: The moment President Barack Obama and his team  watched the mission to find bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House  on May 1, 2011

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2201292/Shakil-Afridi-Doctor-says-Pakistan-spy-agency-considers-U-S-worst-enemy.html#ixzz267TYbxZL

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