Pakistani doctor who helped US track Bin Laden moved to 'safer' location

Delhi, India Apr 28, 2018, 11.17 AM(IST)

File photo: Osama bin Laden Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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US President Donald Trump had earlier expressed his desire to pressure Pakistan into setting Afridi free

As per reports, Pakistani intelligence officials have moved the doctor who helped the CIA track and kill Osama bin Laden to an unknown location due to "security reasons". The Pak doctor, Shakil Afridi, was housed at Peshawar's Central Jail for almost seven years.

Afridi's fake vaccination programme served as a catalyst in facilitating the US track and kill the Al-Qaeda leader.

The former senior surgeon was found guilty of being associated with militants and was convicted for the same. In May 2012, Afridi was sentenced to jail for over three decades.

US President Donald Trump had earlier expressed his desire to pressure Pakistan into setting Afridi free. Afridi's sentence was cut down by a decade in 2016 after the United States threatened to cut aid to Pakistan.