With friends like the Obama administration, who needs enemies? Breitbart reports that the lawyer for Dr. Shakil Afridi, Samiullah Afridi, was recently shot and killed by Taliban terrorists while returning from work in Pershwar, Pakistan.
The attorney had represented the physician who ran a false vaccination program in order to track down Bin Laden. However, he had resigned from the case and left Pakistan for some time before recently returning due to death threats.
The attorney had been highly critical of the Obama administration’s lack of urgency in attempting to get Dr. Afridi released from a Pakistani jail and granted asylum in the United States.
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Samiullah Afridi was shot dead on Tuesday as he was returning to his home in the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said. According to media, he had recently returned there from abroad after leaving Pakistan for his safety.
“He was returning home when armed men opened fire. He died on the spot,” police official Jamal Hussain said. A hospital spokesman added that Samiullah Afridi was shot twice, in the abdomen and the neck.
Two Pakistan militant groups claimed responsibility for the lawyer’s death. Jundullah, a Taliban splinter group, said: “We killed him because he was defending Shakil, who is our enemy.”
It seems that attorney Afridi had warned of the risk to his life and to that of his family when he withdrew from the case.
This killing comes at a time when Pakistan is intensifying its fight against Islamic militants in-country. The government recently lifted a ban on the death penalty and a dozen prisoners on death row were executed at once this week. There are 8,000 people on death row in Pakistan.
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