Dr Shakeel Afridi, the doctor recruited by the CIA to conduct a fake vaccination drive to obtain possible DNA evidence of Al-Qaeda Chief Osama bin Laden, has been found guilty of conspiring against the state and sentenced to 33 years in jail and fined Rs 320,000, in default of which he will serve another three years. Dr Afridi, being from the Federally Administered Tribal Area, was tried under the Frontier Crime Regulations. This ruling has not just provoked a storm in the US Administration, but also the US Congress. The State Department spokesperson has said that it continues to see no reason for charging or holding him, and US officials planned to appeal his sentence, and get it either reduced or repealed altogether. There is also an attempt to spin this decision as a victory for OBL sympathisers, with the role of valiant CIA informant played by the unfairly implicated Dr Afridi. All of this is, of course, drivel. The simple fact of the matter is, that no matter what the cause, there is no country in the world, which will tolerate foreign spies operating on its soil.