US pressures Pakistan to free Dr Shakil Afridi
LONDON: US is pressing Pakistan to release a doctor being held for helping the CIA track down Osama bin Laden, a UK paper said in its report.
Dr Shakil Afridi was arrested by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency after it discovered he had been recruited by the CIA to run a fake vaccination programme in Abbottabad to try to get DNA samples from the al-Qaida leader's suspected hideout.
American authorities are trying to rescue the Pakistani doctor, his wife and children, and take them to the United States, according to Pakistani and US officials.
It is believed that Afridi was arrested by the ISI at Karkhano bazaar while on his way back home to Peshawar from work in Khyber, that lies between Peshawar and Khyber.