- Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) today announced the introduction of a House companion bill to S. 3269, to stop U.S. assistance to the Government of Pakistan until the doctor identified as assisting the CIA in capturing Osama bin Laden is set free. Mack stated:
"Dr. Afridi, described at one time as the top medical officer in the Khyber region, chose to be a hero for the masses. In Pakistan, this decision has led to a 33-year prison sentence.
"The legislation that I introduced today, led by Rand Paul (R-KY) in the Senate, forces legislators to question why we give brutal, anti-freedom Governments the people's hard-earned tax dollars. Once enacted, this bill will stop such funding for Pakistan until Dr. Afridi is freed."
Dr. Shakil Afridi worked with the United States to identify the whereabouts of the bin Laden family prior to Osama bin Laden's death. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has referred to his treatment as "unjust and unwarranted," publicly stating that there is no basis for holding Dr. Afridi.
Mack added, "It is time for the Government of Pakistan to fully understand that it does not enjoy a free ride with U.S. assistance."