Undue US pressure for Dr Afridi hurt me: lawyer

Advocate Afridi says he has a choice to quit sensitive case or to face dire consequences

PESHAWAR – Samiullah Khan Afridi, lawyer for Dr Shakil Afridi who helped the US find Osama bin Laden, said he wouldn't represent him any longer after facing threats from militants, a foreign news channel reported on Monday.

Quoted by the Fox News, Advocate Afridi said he made the decision after he received a ‘final’ warning from unidentified militants. He said he represented Dr Shakil Afridi on humanitarian grounds, but said it was not possible for him to continue.

“Now they have warned me to either quit the case or be ready to face the dire consequences,” the lawyers said. “My family and I are under severe threat.” He said that the undue US pressure on Pakistan for his client’s release also hurt him.

Dr Afridi was initially sentenced to 33 years in prison in May 2012 after being convicted of providing money and medical treatment to militants in tribal region. His family has denied the allegations. Later, a court reduced Dr Afridi's sentence 23 years on appeal. Dr Afridi through his lawyers has denied helping the CIA, though US lawmakers have confirmed he had a role in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

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