Peshawar: A Pakistani court has included in the ‘Exit Control List’ the names of the wife and children of Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who has been in jail since 2011 for helping the US intelligence agency CIA in locating the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad city. ‘ Has been ordered to be removed from. ‘Exit Control List’ is a list which contains the names of people who are banned from leaving Pakistan for various legal reasons. The single judge bench of Peshawar High Court passed the order on a writ petition filed by Afridi’s wife Imrana Shakeel.
Doctor Shakeel has been sentenced to 23 years imprisonment
Petitioner’s lawyer Arif Jan Afridi told the court that his client has been arrested on charges of spying for America and has been sentenced to 23 years in prison by various courts of Pakistan. The lawyer said that the names of (Dr Afridi’s) wife and children have been put in this list by the government and hence they cannot go anywhere. The lawyer said, ‘No crime has been proven against my client Imrana Shakeel. Nor has he been arrested yet. The names of Imrana Shakeel and her children have been kept in the list only on the basis of some reports.
Justice Shakur said this in his decision
The Deputy Attorney General told the court that their names have been placed in the ECL on the report of security agencies and said that since at present, there is a caretaker government in the country, he does not have the power to remove the names from the list. In his decision, Justice Abdul Shakur said that security agencies have no right to keep any name in this list. He said, ‘When he has not committed any crime, how can his name be kept in this list? (Therefore) it is illegal to keep his name in it.
Shakeel Afridi was a well-known doctor of Khyber tribals.
He was a well-known doctor in the Khyber tribal district and as chief of health services he oversaw several US-funded vaccine programs. He is accused of running a fake vaccination campaign in the Pakistani cantonment city of Abbottabad to help the CIA in capturing Osama. Osama was killed in a secret mission of America on 2 May 2011. The doctor was arrested from Peshawar the same year. He was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment on multiple charges for anti-national activities which was later reduced to 23 years.