Donald Trump is in the running to become the next President of United states, but the Republican candidate uttered some words which ended up offending Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
Trump is a 69-year-old billionaire real estate developer who is a presidential nominee from the Republican’s side. During an interview to Fox News on Friday, Trump said that if he got elected, he would get Pakistan to free Shakil Afridi ‘in two minutes’. He added that Islamabad receives a lot of aid from the US government.
Nisar did not take Trump’s words lightly and a statement was issued by the Interior Minister on Monday to set the records straight. “Contrary to Mr. Trump´s misconception, Pakistan is not a colony of the United States of America,” Nisar said in the statement.
The statement said Afridi´s fate would be decided “by the Pakistani courts and the government of Pakistan and not by Mr. Donald Trump, even if he becomes the president of the United States”.
Five years have passed since Osama Bin Laden-the mastermind behind the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers- was killed in a raid on his compound in Abbottabad. Shakil Afridi is a Pakistani doctor, who allegedly helped the US government in identifying Osama Bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, which led to his eventual killing.
In 2012, Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in prison on charges of belonging to militant group Lashkar-e-Islam. The sentence was overturned but the doctor is awaiting trial on another charge.