Patriot or Traitor?
In the American perception, Shakeel Afridi was a noble patriot but in Pakistan’s estimation he was a traitor working for an alien agency spying in Pakistan.
more men than the US army, in an eleven-year long war, simply to please America. And he remains brazenly unapologetic over the wanton murder of 24 Pakistani troops by American soldiers at the Salala check post last November.
Zardari was a duly invited guest. He did not gate crash. In no civilized society is a guest humiliated. Obama’s conduct was therefore most unbecom-
By S.G. Jilanee battle against the English troops. And yet, when France refused to support America in its invasion of Iraq that was based on a pack of brazen lies, the Americans began to call the French “cheese-eating surrender monkeys.” Even their lawmakers got so mad that in the Capitol Hill cafeteria, French fries were renamed “Freedom Fries” and French goods were removed from shelves in stores. against France.
Nonetheless, there is sizeable support for America’s viewpoint in Pakistan, especially among the liberal elements, including newspaper columnists, lawyers and human rights champions such as former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Asma Jahangir.
Shakeel Afridi has been tried and sentenced under the Frontier Crimes