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Rand Paul Delays Pakistan Ambassador Over Doctor’s Plight

Saturday, 04 Aug 2012 06:17 PM

By Patrick Hobin

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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is holding up President Barack Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Pakistan to bring attention to the plight of the doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden.

The doctor, Shakil Afridi, helped get the DNA of bin Laden family members under the guise of a hepatitis B vaccination program and was sentenced to 33 years in prison for “high treason” by a Pakistani tribal court in May.

Paul has also pushed a bill that would stop U.S. aid to Pakistan unless the doctor is released from prison.

Editor's Note: You Owe It to Yourself to Know What Obama and Bernanke Are Hiding From Americans

His action on the ambassador has angered the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, The Hill reported. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts said Richard Olson's swift nomination is critical.

“We've been working day and night with Pakistan to build a stable economy and strengthen our engagement with its people and after such a tumultuous year this is exactly the wrong time to leave such an important post vacant,” Kerry said.

Kerry said both parties agree that the key to Afghanistan is securing cooperation with Pakistan. “That's reason enough to have a top notch diplomat in place in Islamabad. This is a complicated relationship that demands constant attention.”

The Obama administration has also called for Afridi's release. When Afridi was arrested, GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California called it “decisive proof Pakistan sees itself as being at war with us.”

Paul, a Republican, said last week he would delay pressing for his Pakistan aid bill until after an appeals court rules on Afridi's case on Aug. 30, The Hill reported.

“I have a bill and I have the votes necessary to demand a vote in the Senate,” he said. “No matter what the leadership wants, we will have a vote on ending all of Pakistan’s aid if this political prisoner, Dr. Shakil Afridi, is not released.”

Editor's Note: You Owe It to Yourself to Know What Obama and Bernanke Are Hiding From Americans
 


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