The United States said on Wednesday the 10-year sentence reduction for Dr Shakil Afridi is a positive step but his jail term is still unjust and unwarranted.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday the US is continuing to tell Pakistan that the conviction sends the wrong message about “our shared interest in counterterrorism and in particular, bringing Osama bin Laden to justice”.
Last week, Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) Commissioner Munir Azam reduced Dr Afridi’s 33-year sentence by 10 years and also his Rs 320,000 fine by Rs 100,000.
Dr Afridi was convicted for his links with banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Islam and its chief Managal Bagh.
Afridi had allegedly helped the CIA in tracking down Osama bin Laden by running a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad in 2011.