27 May '12, 5pm

Panetta: Pakistan’s Jailing of Doctor ‘Unhelpful’ to U.S. Relations

Panetta: Pakistan’s Jailing of Doctor ‘Unhelpful’ to U.S. Relations

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2012 – Pakistan’s jailing of a doctor who helped the United States find and kill Osama bin Laden a year ago is undermining efforts by both countries to improve relations, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in an interview that aired today. “It is so difficult to understand and so disturbing that they would sentence this doctor to 33 years for helping in the search for the most notorious terrorist in our times,” Panetta said in a May 25 taping of ABC’s “This Week” program. “This doctor was not working against Pakistan. He was working against al-Qaeda and I hope that, ultimately, Pakistan understands that because what they have done here, I think, does not help in the effort to try to re-establish a relationship between the United States and Pakistan.” Last week, a court in northwestern Pakistan convicted Dr. Shakil Afridi of treason and sentenced him...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=116513

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