Target: United Nations
Goal: Free doctor who aided in capture of Bin Laden from his incarceration in Pakistan
Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician, helped the CIA conduct a fake vaccination program in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Thanks to his aid, Navy Seals were able to find and neutralize the threat Bin Laden posed to the United States. However, since helping the U.S. find Bin Laden, Afridi has spent is days languishing in Peshawar jail. This injustice cannot stand.
After being convicted as a traitor, Afridi has had his assets seized by his government, his residence sealed, and his family moved to an undisclosed location. The Pakistani government claims his conviction had nothing to do with his collaboration with the United States. Instead, they insist he was convicted for treason due to his past actions of aiding the banned militant group, Lashkar-e-Islam. Afridi’s lawyer has stated that while his client may even attest to such actions, he is being treated to electric shocks and cigarette burns, therefore his interview cannot be trusted.
Upon being questioned, militants of Lashkar-e-Islam stated that they had nothing to do with Afridi. One even went on the record as saying, “We have no link to such a shameless man. If we see him we’ll chew him alive.”
While Afridi is still in a Peshawar jail, the U.S. has attempted to get him out. However, the offered prisoner exchange was denied by Pakistani authorities, and the doctor himself apparently denied America’s offer to naturalize and resettle his family. $33 million has been cut from Pakistan’s aid, a million for every year Afridi has been sentenced.
Whether Pakistan’s government admits it or not, it has imprisoned and tortured a man for willingly working for the CIA, and declared the fifteen health workers who helped him unfit for employment. If America can’t free him, maybe the United Nations can. Please help to free the man who helped us before he dies in prison.
Dear United Nations,
Please help us free Shakil Afridi, a physician who has been wrongfully imprisoned. The Pakistani government has made an example of him by taking his home, his family, and his freedom. The U.S. government cannot get him out, so it is your turn to step in.
There was once a time when those who aided the Allies were hailed as heroes, but what’s happening to our heroes now? If Shakil Afridi does not go free, for what reason would anyone want to risk their families and their freedom for us? Please don’t leave him to die in prison. Help America free him, not because it’s advantageous to you or your families, but simply because it is, without a doubt, the right thing to do.
[Your Name Here]
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