In a sort of film-based revenge story, a former lawyer who represented the doctor nabbed by Pakistani authorities for allegedly helping the CIA organise a polio camp to look for Osama bin Laden, has been shot dead.
The lawyer, Samiullah Afridi, waas killed when he was going in his car near the city of Peshawar on Tuesday, and the militant group Jundallah, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility.
The irony is that both the doctor and the lawyer share the same surname but not related, reported CNN. The doctor, Shakeel Afridi, who was tried for treason in 2012 by a Pakistani court, is in prison serving a 23-year prison term.
The doctor, unknowingly, organised a fake polio camp near the Abbottabad compound of Bin Laden in an effort to take DNA samples of his relatives who may come out. But the bid proved futile as nobody from the compound came out. However, bin Laden was traced and killed in a May 2011 night raid by the US Marines.
The entire region has become wary of polio vaccine camps ever since the killing of bin Laden in Pakistan. Militants have targeted the vaccination teams repeatedly ever since. Pakistan has sent some individuals to prison for defying polio vaccine to children recently and the apprehension among the people is visibly high against such camps.