Summary

H.R. 4069: To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Shakeel Afridi. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Feb 16, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Shakeel Afridi.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. FINDINGS.

Congress makes the following findings: (1) Dr. Shakeel Afridi bravely risked his life to identify Osama Bin Laden so that the United States could bring him to justice. (2) Before the May 2, 2011, raid which resulted in Osama Bin Laden's death, Dr. Afridi, acting courageously, used the cover of conducting a vaccination program in Abbottabad in order to gain access to Bin Laden's compound and identify who was living there. (3) Dr. Afridi did this at the greatest personal risk, as the discovery of his true mission likely would have led him, and possibly his family, to be killed. (4) The Government of Pakistan subsequently arrested Dr. Afridi at his home on May 22, 2011, and he has been unjustly jailed since that time. (5) In January 2011, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that Dr. Afridi is ``an individual who in fact helped provide intelligence that was very helpful with regards to this operation [to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden].'' (6) Dr. Afridi's acts to help the United States were extremely valiant and daring, and his subsequent imprisonment by and suffering on account of the Government of Pakistan for the exemplary deeds he undertook for the United States is shameful. (7) Pakistan's Inquiry Commission on the Abbottabad Operation, the United States mission which...

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