Dr. Shakil Afridi Tortured by Pakistan Authorities For Helping U.S. Find Bin Laden

| by Michael Allen

Dr. Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. find and kill Osama bin Laden last year, was tortured and starved during his interrogation by Pakistan authorities, his brother Jamil Afridi recently told Fox News.

As Opposing Views reported last week, Dr. Shaki Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in jail for helping the U.S. track down the 9/11 mastermind.

Jamil Afridi says that he has appealed to the U.S. Embassy to help his brother by paying for lawyers and legal bills.

Additionally, he says the family of Dr. Shaki Afridi is seeking asylum in the United States: "The blame has been placed on my brother because of America. We are facing a tough time and they should now support us. We should get justice and protection. Me, my brother, my family don't have any protection here."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday: "We have made our views known that the doctor in question here should not be held, as he did nothing that would justify him being held."

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) said he would introduce two bills next week.

One bill would strip Pakistan of all foreign aid until Dr. Afridi's 33-year sentence is overturned and he's allowed to leave the country. The second bill other would grant Afridi U.S. citizenship.