H.Res. 723 (112th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the classification of Dr. Shakil Afridi as a refugee of special humanitarian concern to the United States.

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 29, 2012 (Introduced).

IV

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 723

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 29, 2012

submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the classification of Dr. Shakil Afridi as a refugee of special humanitarian concern to the United States.

Whereas, on September 11, 2011, nearly 3,000 innocent Americans were murdered in a terrorist attack planned and carried out by Al Qaeda;

Whereas at that time, the leader of Al Qaeda was Usama Bin Ladin;

Whereas for nearly 10 years, United States military forces, intelligence officials, and law enforcement officials attempted to locate Bin Ladin;

Whereas Bin Ladin was believed to be in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan;

Whereas before taking action, United States military forces, intelligence officials and law enforcement officials wanted to ensure that Bin Ladin did in fact live in the compound;

Whereas at great risk to himself, Pakistani native Dr. Shakil Afridi aided the United States Government by conducting a vaccination program in order to collect DNA samples from individuals inside the Abbottabad compound;

Whereas such aid was indispensable by helping to prove that Bin Ladin was living at the compound;

Whereas, on May 1, 2011, Usama Bin Ladin was killed by United States military forces at the compound in Abbottabad;

Whereas Dr. Afridi was arrested by Pakistani officials on May 22, 2011 and held for nearly a year without charge;

Whereas Dr. Afridi was convicted of those charges by a Pakistani tribal court and on May 23, 2012, sentenced to 33 years in prison and ordered to pay a $3,500 fine;

Whereas charges of treason are pending against Dr. Afridi in the Pakistani Supreme Court based on his involvement with the United States action to kill Bin Ladin;

Whereas were it not for the actions of Dr. Afridi, Usama Bin Ladin might still be alive and leading Al Qaeda;

Whereas, on January 29, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stated that Dr. Afridi helped provide intelligence that was very helpful with regards to this operation (to kill Usama Bin Ladin);

Whereas Dr. Afridi’s life or freedom should not be in jeopardy for aiding in the operation to verify the whereabouts and ultimately kill Usama bin Ladin;

Whereas Americans and their allies are forever indebted to Dr. Afridi for his courageous actions; and

Whereas Dr. Afridi is suffering persecution as a result of his assistance to the United States: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives calls on President Obama to classify Dr. Shakil Afridi as a refugee of special humanitarian concern to the United States and seek to resettle him in the United States.