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.

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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

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