Peshawar, Apr 28 (PTI) Shakil Afridi, a doctor who helped the US’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in tracking down Osama Bin Laden and serving jail term, has been shifted to unknown location from the central jail here due to security reasons, a senior official said today.Also Read - US Eases Travel Restrictions on India Amid Dip in COVID Cases, Lowers Advisory to Level 3 | Here's What it Means
Afridi had ran a fake vaccination drive in Abbottabad city to help CIA agents track the former Al-Qaeda chief, who was later killed by US Navy Seals in a controversial raid on May 2, 2011. Also Read - The Penchant Endorsement of The Crisis of India by International Media
A year later, Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in prison by a court for being involved in anti-state activities. Also Read - Amid COVID Surge, US to Restrict Travel From India Starting May 4
A senior prison official of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), who did not want to identified, confirmed that Afridi was shifted from the Peshawar jail but said he was unaware about his new location.
The KP government had earlier informed the Federal government about threat to Afridi’s life in the Peshawar prison, where militants of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had also been kept.
According to a media report, the doctor had been shifted to Adiala Jail in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.