PESHAWAR, Pakistan – The conditions for the arrested Pakistani doctor, who played a key role in helping the US acquire Osama bin Laden, may deteriorate, Fox News said.
Dr. Shakil Afridi was transferred from the prison in Peshawar to a maximum security prison after collaborating with outsiders in a plot to "flee," his supporters said.
"This is nonsense," human rights defender Zar Ali Khan, who has campaigned for the detained doctor's cause, told Fox News on Friday. "His life is threatened in Pakistan, whether in Peshawar or elsewhere in Pakistan. I do not know what conspiracy government has now hatched."
Afridi's lawyer and cousin, Qamar Nadeem Afridi, told Fox News by phone on Saturday that early on Friday morning "Shakil was taken to Adyala Prison from Peshawar Central Prison", but He was not sure if he would stand under a firmer key.
"Neither I nor his family were allowed to meet him," Qamar said, denying reports that the US helped Shakil escape from prison. The lawyer believes that the transfer has been planned for some time, as the Adyala Prison has been recently refurbished ̵
"On May 22, Shakil will complete his seven-year prison term of complete imprisonment," remarked Qamar. "So we might think that this shift is under pressure from the US … Shakil could get an official dismissal and forgive his remaining charges, which helps him to go permanently to the US."
To many Americans, Afridi – now in their mid 50s – is the hero doctor who played a key role in conducting a vaccination program in the Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Bin Laden lived. But in the eyes of many Pakistanis, he is a traitor creating national embarrassment.
Even before the reports of this prison transfer, Afridi's supporters had become increasingly concerned about the fate of the doctor: a plan to take him to a lesser known prison last year with the intention of one day allowing his quiet release , was in the
Afridis duality process under the tribal system is further challenged: the system allows closed hearings and does not require that the defense attorney is present.
Despite public perception that Afridi does not have reason to work with the US, that's not why he remains behind bars. Afridi was sentenced to 33 years' imprisonment, but the sentence was reduced to 23 years in 2014 after the captain of the Frontier Crimes Commission decided.
"He has been serving a prison term since 2011 under the pretense of relationships with the militant group Lashkar-e-Islam (LEI) providing their members with medical care and financial support." "Qamar, who has only been there since 2012 Fox was allowed to see the doctor twice on Friday.
According to Qamar, evidence of such an indictment came in the form of "the prosecutor, who provided some papers along with the written statements of anonymous persons who saw that "LEI" members in the hospital were treated under the supervision of Afridi. "
Qamar insisted that LEI fighters" hate "Afridi and have nothing to do with him, as did Zar Ali Khan, president of the Society for Rights and Development and chair of the FATA (Federal Administered Tribal Areas) Human Rights Commission rejected such allegations.
Had Afridi been charged with high treason, e The right to public had hearings and a lengthy appointment procedure. But such a process would also mean exposing details of the US Navy's successful raid, something that most in the partner country have tried to avoid.
Afridi, who enabled a vaccination program to collect DNA samples to verify the bunker in 2011, had no knowledge of the high-value target or exactly who he worked for, his brother Jamil, his sibling since his arrest Had not seen in 2011, claimed vehemently.
Afridi's pivotal role in the larger operation was revealed after the Obama administration announced details of the successful mission conducted by Navy SEALs on May 2, 2011. Three weeks later, the doctor was arrested.
The general view of Islamabad is that the case is peppered with complexities. Officials claim that they do not seem to upset the FATA system or soften on seemingly "treacherous" cases that brought them such high-profile humiliation. Nor can the government face the voice of the public to bow to US demands while improving the US partnership.
A former US intelligence official who worked closely with the Afridi affair told Fox News that in the first few years after his arrest, the Pakistani leadership reaffirmed that there was a way to quietly dismiss him, when "the case fell silent and everyone stopped asking."
But seven years later he continues to languish.
Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Permanent Representative to Pakistan at the United Nations from 2008 to 2012, said that there has been no "breakthrough" so far and he does not foresee this in the foreseeable future.
Frustrated US officials insist that Afridi was not forgotten.
A State Department official told Fox News that the case remained on their radar and they would continue to raise him with the best representatives in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Senator Rand Paul's office, which was a strong supporter of Afridi, issued a statement on Friday afternoon.
"Mr. Paul continues to be very concerned about the safety of Dr. Afridi and believes that Pakistan should do so immediately and Dr. Paul has repeatedly called on Pakistan to reform laws aimed at targeting religious minorities, including Christians have led. "
Sen. Paul had previously said that he supported President Trump's decision to cut aid to Pakistan, partly because of the situation of Afridi, adding that "further cuts should be considered if Dr. Afridi is unfairly behind bars."
In March, the case Afridi was woven into the $ 1.3 trillion draft spending bill, which provides for a $ 33 million freeze on Pakistan's financial support, unless the doctor is released and acquitted of all charges.
But hope is dwindling and not just for Afridi.  Afridi's first lawyer, Samiullah Afridi, was gunned down by unidentified assailants in April 2015, as was a deputy superintendent at Peshawar Prison, who argued on behalf of the imprisoned doctor.
Afritis wife Imrana Ghafoor, the headmistress, is mostly left behind hiding with her three children, but is allowed to see her husband behind a glass wall once a week.
Qamar said last month that they continue to move every few months and are "no longer in Peshawar". they rely on financial support only from Ghafour's father.
And even human rights defender Zar Ali Khan fled to the Netherlands last September, as a result of his commitment to Afridi.
"It's been more than five months since I was unable to talk to my family, who live in Peshawar's outskirts, because they face great threats," he said. "I narrowly escaped death when I was attempted to be shot down on October 31, 2016."
Then, Khan said his NGO office in Peshawar was attacked by unidentified assailants, "showering" water and destroying his records
"My office was my capital, and I have been in my 20-year effort from scratch but in a minute I lost everything, "Khan added.
"Despite this, I'm a human rights defender It's my responsibility to demand justice from Dr. Afridi and his family, and a free and fair trial is his right as a human being."