CIA mulled to break out Shakil Afridi from Peshawar jail: Russian news agency

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA had) failed to conduct an operation to enable a prison break for Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi who had helped US authorities in tracing down al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, a Russian News Agency claimed citing a source familiar with the situation.

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The report, however claimed,  that US had earlier requestedPakistan to extradite Afridi to the US.

The source suggested that Afridi’s release and extradition is crucial for other CIA operations in Asia.

After his detention in 2011, Afridi was sentenced to 33 years for involvement in anti-state activities by a tribal court in 2012.

However, the sentence was later reduced.

Afridi was recently shifted, as per media reports, from Peshawar to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi due to security concerns.

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