Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped CIA find bin Laden shot dead

PESHAWAR (Reuters) - A Pakistani lawyer under death threats for defending a doctor who helped CIA agents hunt al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday, police said, and two militant groups claimed responsibility.

Samiullah Afridi represented Dr Shakil Afridi, who was jailed in 2012 for 33 years for running a fake vaccination campaign believed to have helped the U.S. intelligence agency track down bin Laden. That sentence was overturned in 2013 and the doctor is now in jail awaiting a new trial.

Samiullah Afridi was shot dead on Tuesday as he was returning to his home in the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said. According to media, he had recently returned there from abroad after leaving Pakistan for his safety.

"He was returning home when armed men opened fire. He died on the spot," police official Jamal Hussain said. A hospital spokesman added that Samiullah Afridi was shot twice, in the abdomen and the neck.

Two Pakistan militant groups claimed responsibility for the laywer's death. Jundullah, a Taliban splinter group, said: "We killed him because he was defending Shakil, who is our enemy."

A Taliban faction, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA), later said it had shot him. "Dr Shakil Afridi had spied on our respected and supreme leader Sheikh Osama to the CIA," TTP-JA spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said.

"Samiullah Afridi had represented his case," Ehsan said, "that's why we decided to eliminate him when we can't approach Dr Shakil."

U.S. officials have hailed Shakil Afridi as a hero for helping pinpoint bin Laden's location before a 2011 raid by U.S. special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed the al Qaeda leader after more than a decade of searching for him.

Samiullah Afridi stopped representing the doctor last year, saying he had become a target. "I have been receiving threats from various organizations, and because of those threats I even went to Dubai some time back," he told Reuters TV.

"Some organizations do not want us to continue defending this case ... Not only is my life in danger, my family is also in danger. I have therefore decided to quit this case."

Shakil Afridi's original sentence damaged ties between Pakistan and the United States that were already strained over the bin Laden raid. Angry U.S. senators withheld $33 million in aid from Pakistan in retaliation.

(Additional reporting by Saud Mehsud and Reuters TV; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Tom Heneghan)


Celebrity Golf At The Fred The Hammer Williamson Golf Event by Mitchell Sussman

Celebrity Golf At The Fred "The Hammer" Williamson Golf Event

 by: Mitchell Sussman

If you are a golfer, the annual Fred "Hammer" Williamson celebrity golf should be part of your next Palm Springs vacation.

This past December I had the chance to attend this star studded event which paired celebrities from the world of sports and Hollywood in a scramble format with amateur golfers. And it was all for a good cause, raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project a 501 (c)(3) charity that helps returning soldiers from the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some of the celebrities that appeared at the 2010 event were Jim Brown, Elgin Baylor, Jay Johnstone, Bobby Winkles, Jamaal Wilkes, Tommy Davis, Willie Gault and others from the world of sports and show biz.

Mercedes Benz agreed to donate a 2010 Cabriolet as a hole-in-one prize on the 16th hole. Unfortunately, no one was able to take home the car. There were also prizes awarded to the winning team as well as closest to the hole and long drive competition. The cost for a round of golf, the pairings party, award ceremony and to mingle with the celebrities at the awards dinner was an all - inclusive price of $150.00.

Well worth it, in my opinion.

Pete Carlson Golf Tennis in Palm Desert hosted the pairings party and those who turned out were treated to great food, wine and prizes.

This golf event is held annually at the Indian Canyons Resort in Palm Springs the first Friday in December starting with a continental breakfast and color guard presentation is truly one of the most fun experiences I have ever had on a golf course.

Oh yes, did I mention that I played 18 holes with my idol... Laker legend Elgin Baylor.

Truly a great event benefiting a very worthy cause.


Sqeeze a Tube of Toothpaste in Spite of Arthritis

But once they possess merely a little item left, I think it is really hard for my arthritic fingers for you to squeeze that will last tiny bit up for the top. Neither speed nor force is actually necessary, since a lot of of either could cause the lid for you to pop open. get Rid of as Excessive Air if the Tube is Stiff

3. This specific functions for any tube, including acrylic or perhaps watercolor paints, ointments, glue, decorative icing. that crucial needed such fine motor abilities in order to attach, use, and just take off that it caused much more pain when compared with attempting to squeeze your tube! Then one day, as I had been scraping the particular tube against my way through site, I discovered this super easy method to squeeze my toothpaste in the tube.

I lay the particular tube across the edge of my bathroom countertop, which includes a 90-degree edge. Fortunately, the majority of these stiff tubes are usually made to always be able to set cap-side down in order that gravity pulls the contents to the opening and thus they don't need much squeezing!

1. Lay Tube Across any 90-degree Angle Countertop


I click your lid shut. This specific fails together with countertop edges which are beveled as well as rounded. but my encounter scrub includes a stiff tube which usually sucks air back again inside right after product is squeezed out. the lid has to be able to be closed firmly or I will send a new stream regarding toothpaste flying over the bathroom because it is actually swiftly squeezed out in the tube.. I've used any key-like gadget that offers been supposed to produce it easier. Shut the actual Lid Securely

Starting with most the closed finish of the tube, I pull the actual tube across the edge, pushing contents involving tube towards the most notable as I go. Pull Tube Across Edge

All the strategy is after the actual tube exactly where I are now in the position to squeeze it out without pain. Until it became painful to be able to squeeze these, I by simply no means realized the amount of goods are available in tubes!

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Tubes associated with items (toothpaste, paint, ointment, deal with scrub) tend to be an easy job to squeeze once they are usually total by simply laying these on the counter as well as pressing upon all of them using the palm of my hand. hold each along with every end, pressing the particular tube against and also perpendicular to the countertop edge.

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A soft tube, like a toothpaste tube, offers absolutely no added air inside it since it collapses as I use it. I depart these stiffer tubes standing cap aspect up for a while to ensure that all the air is at the top. If the tube is actually empty, I turn it over and pull across again. Throughout in which case, I would lose a few regarding the toothpaste.


2. Then, utilizing your palm of my hand, I gently squeeze as much air out as a person probably can just before I near your tube


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