Dr Shakil Afridi expected hand over to US: New development made in the case

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Dr Shakil Afridi expected hand over to US: New development made in the case

PESHAWAR - A writ petition has been filed in the Peshawar High Court against the expected hand over of Dr Shakil Afridi to the United States.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim has issued the notice to the secretary interior in the case. He was directed to submit a reply to the questions raised in the petition before the next hearing.

The bench was hearing the petition filed by a senior lawyer, Muhammad Khurshid Khan. He had sought the court's directions for both the federal and provincial governments not to shift Dr Shakil Afridi to a foreign country or any other jail from Peshawar Central Prison, or inform the court before any such decision.

The petition was filed in 2017 after rumours surfaced that the doctor might be sent abroad and handed over to the US government.

During the hearing, Khurshid Khan informed the court that Dr Shakil Afridi had been shifted to Punjab province during the pendency of the case. He said that in the petition, he had also requested the court to restrain the government from shifting Shakil Afridi from the Peshawar jail as not only his appeal against conviction is pending in the Fata Tribunal, but also he could be kept in the Peshawar jail legally.

He stated his handover to the United States would be a violation of law of the land.