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Doctor who helped track down Osama sacked

Pakistan sacked on Thursday a government surgeon recruited by the CIA to help find Osama bin Laden, officials said, amid calls for him to face treason charges.

world Updated: Mar 30, 2012 02:37 IST

Pakistan sacked on Thursday a government surgeon recruited by the CIA to help find Osama bin Laden, officials said, amid calls for him to face treason charges.

Doctor Shakeel Afridi, who is in custody, was fired on disciplinary grounds by the government in northwest province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where bin Laden was killed during a clandestine US raid last May that humiliated Pakistan.

Seventeen other medics who worked on the same fake vaccination programme set up by the CIA in a bid to confirm the al Qaeda chief was living in the city of Abbottabad have already been sacked from their government posts, he added.

Fifteen women health workers were dismissed last August, and a woman doctor and an assistant coordinator were sacked on March 17.