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Pakistan 'disappointed' as US ties aid to bin Laden doctor

Published on Jan 21, 2014 6:40 AM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan on Monday criticised the United States (US) over legislation linking US$33 million (S$42.1million) in aid with the release of a doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden, saying it was "disappointed" by the move.

Shakeel Afridi is awaiting retrial on a treason conviction under the country's tribal justice system for alleged ties to militants.

Angry lawmakers in the US saw his original sentence as retaliation for the raid on Al-Qaeda leader bin Laden's Pakistan compound, and had threatened to freeze millions of dollars in vital aid to the country.

On Jan 17, President Barack Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Bill 2014, which covers a raft of policies including State Department aid to Pakistan.

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