FATA Tribunal Dismisses Dr. Afridi’s Appeal for Retrial


Peshawar: Dismissing the appeal of Dr. Shakeel Afridi seeking fresh trail, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) tribunal on Wednesday sent the case back to Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) Commissioner.

The tribunal, comprised of chairman Shah Wali Khan and members Muhammad and Akbar Khan and Pir Fida, during the hearing today termed FCR commissioner’s decision on Dr. Afridi’s case “unambiguous”, saying it is not mentioned anywhere in it that whether Political Administration or Session will conduct the trail.

Dr Afridi’s lawyers had filed a review petition in the commissioner FCR’s court, demanding fresh trail, right of bail and replacement of Jirga members and recording of statements in front of him.

Dr. Afridi was accused for running a fake vaccination programme to gather information about world’s most wanted person Osama Bin Laden, who was killed by US forces in May 2011.

The decision had been reserved by the tribunal on December 9 but was announced today.

In August FCR Commissioner Sahabzada Anees had overturned the 33-year sentence handed to Dr. Afridi by political administration of Khyber Agency for aiding the members of an outlawed outfit and sent the case back to political agent of the province for retrial.

Dr. Afirdi is currently serving his jail sentence at Peshawar Central Jail.

Earlier this month, a case had been lodged against Dr. Afridi on the complaint of an elderly woman who accused him of killing his only son around eight years ago.