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Introduction of Legislation to Grant American Citizenship to Dr. Shakeel Afridi

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. ROHRABACHER. Mr. Speaker, today I have introduced legislation to grant American citizenship to Dr. Shakeel Afridi, the Pakistan medical doctor who risked his life to identify Osama Bin Laden and help U.S. military forces bring him to justice. Pakistan's Inquiry Commission on the Abbottabad Operation, the U.S. mission which killed Bin Laden, has recommended that Dr. Afridi be tried for treason for helping the United States. If convicted, Dr. Afridi could be executed. My bill would grant him U.S. citizenship and send a direct and powerful message to those in the Pakistani government and military who protected the mastermind of 9/11 for all those years and who are now seeking retribution on those who helped to execute Bin Laden.
Before the May 2, 2011 raid which resulted in Bin Laden's death, Dr. Afridi used the cover of conducting a polio vaccination program in Abbottabad in an attempt to gain access to Bin Laden's compound and identify who was living there. Pakistan subsequently arrested Dr. Afridi at his home on May 22, 2011. He has been jailed for the past eight months and media reports state that his wife, an American citizen of Pakistani origin is currently missing and her whereabouts are unknown.

Recently, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that Dr. Afridi ``was an individual who in fact helped provide intelligence that was very helpful'' to the operation which killed Bin Laden. Secretary Panetta is ``very concerned'' about his fate. This bill shows the world that America does not abandon its friends.

I have introduced this bill with the endorsement of Representatives Brad Sherman, Louie Gohmert, Jim Moran, Dan Lungren, Collin Peterson, Duncan Hunter, Joe Pitts, Jeff Duncan, Joe Wilson, Bill Posey, Ted Poe, Roscoe Bartlett, Doug Lamborn, Patrick McHenry, Sam Johnson, Mike Coffman, Adam Kinzinger, Tom Cole, Jeff Denham, David Rivera, and Jean Schmidt.

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