PESHAWAR – The elders of Ansarul Islam group, Khyber Agency, Saturday termed the jailed Dr Shakil Afridi a spy of banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and the killer of tribesmen, and demanded death sentence for him.  

Addressing a news conference here at press club, a tribal elder and leader of Ansarul Islam Haji Muhammad Amin alleged that Dr Afridi was a close aide of Mufti Munir Shakir, founder of the banned LI, and later on counted a close associate of Mangal Bagh.

He also rejected the recent statement of LI regarding Dr Afridi and termed it ridicules, saying if they were true in their statement then why they did not behead Dr Afridi when he was in their custody.   

Flanked by Haji Masal Khan, Haji Stana Gul, and Qimat Khan, he said that Dr Afridi is also equally responsible for six bomb blasts, multiple cases of kidnapping for ransom, killing scores of Ansarul Islam men and other inhuman activities in Khyber agency.

Haji Muhammad Amin also termed the detention and release of Dr Afridi a drama, and accused that he (Dr Afridi) was a humanizer and a man of bad character.

He further said that the accused being a government doctor were used to treated militants of the banned outfits and provided them free medicines.

Besides, he had also played a role of mediator between Munir Shakir and Mangal Bagh.

He also asked the government to hang-up the accused conspirator doctor as the sentence awarded to him was not enough and death punishment should be given to the ‘traitor’.