Pakistan to release Shakil Afridi soon, claims Fox News


Negotiations to release Shakil Afridi – the doctor who helped the CIA pinpoint Osama Bin Laden – have gained momentum the past few weeks and he could be released as early as May, Fox News claimed in a report.

Citing an official in Islamabad, Fox News said that talks about Afridi’s possible release gained steam toward the end of last year and there has been a renewed willingness to figure out an appropriate time and means to have the doctor discharged.

It claimed citing another source that there is a lot of “backroom dealing” between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan Army on the matter.

The two parties are negotiating concessions, with a release possible in around three to four months, it added.

Shakil Afridi was sentenced to 33 years for having militant group connections.