Pakistan-U.S. relations took another turn for the worse Wednesday
with news that a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA locate Osama Bin
Laden has been jailed for high treason.
The Washington Post
explains that Shakil Afridi ran a fake vaccination program in order to
collect DNA samples in Abbottabad, where Bin Laden was hiding, in the
hopes of verifying that members of the al-Qaida leader’s family lived in
the house that was eventually raided by Navy SEALs. He was detained by
Pakistani intelligence officials shortly after Bin Laden’s death.
Afridi was convicted of treason and sentenced to 33 years under Khyber’s tribal justice system. As the AFP explains, Khyber is part of the country’s semi-autonomous tribal region, and has a heavy Taliban and al-Qaida presence.