Lobby led by peer negotiates with Imran Khan and senior military to secure exchange of two prisoners

For two Pakistani doctors languishing in jails thousands of miles apart, there was more at stake than the promise made by Imran Khan to transform their nation as he declared victory after the general election.

During weeks of frenetic political campaigning, an influential group of British Pakistanis has been negotiating with Khan and senior military figures to arrange a prisoner swap involving Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA track the al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, and Dr Aafia Siddiqui, convicted of attempting to kill two American military personnel.

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