facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Aid group denies link to U.S. intelligence in Pakistan

May 4, 2012 at 12:12 PM   |   Comments

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 3 (UPI) -- Aid group Save the Children denied accusations it has ties to U.S. intelligence agencies in Pakistan.

A doctor the CIA recruited to help in the search for Osama bin Laden told Pakistani interrogators Save the Children played a role in his becoming involved with the CIA, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Save the Children, one of the largest aid groups working in Pakistan, completely refutes the allegations. Still, the Times said, the claims by Dr. Shakil Afridi have affected Save the Children's efforts in Pakistan.

The group said it spent $105 million on programs to help millions of Pakistanis.

But, following the interrogation of Afridi, the Pakistani government banned some staff members from leaving the country and aid supplies -- including medical supplies -- have been blocked by customs.

The CIA needs to answer for this and they need to stop it," David Wright, Save the Children Pakistan manager, told the Times.

Afridi was seen in some Pakistani circles as a traitor for his part in the U.S. hunt for bin Laden. That search ended May 2, 2011, when a team of U.S. Navy SEALs raided a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader who ordered the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks on the United States.

Wright told the Times Afridi attended four training courses run by Save the Children and was turned down when he applied for a job in 2009.

Wright said Afridi's allegations about Save the Children and the CIA are "doing us a lot of harm."

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach
2
Identical twin linked to 2004 rapes by new DNA test Identical twin linked to 2004 rapes by new DNA test
3
The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program
4
Ohio school bus driver killed saving girl Ohio school bus driver killed saving girl
5
New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback