United States cuts Pakistan aid after jailing of bin Laden doctor

  • A U.S. Senate panel has cut $33 million in aid to Pakistan following the jailing of a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden.

    The Senate Appropriations Committee has said it will cut aid by $1 million for each year of Shakil Afridi's sentence.

    Afridi was tried under Pakistan’s tribal justice system and charged with treason for running a fake vaccination program used to gather information for U.S. intelligence.

    Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011.

    The killing triggered a spat between the two nations after it emerged that bin Laden had been living in Pakistan.

    In January, U.S. officials admitted that Afridi had collected DNA samples to confirm bin Laden's presence.

    However, it remains unknown as to whether his work was key in locating Bin Laden.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier called for his release, saying his involvement served both Pakistani and American interests.