GOP lawmaker renews call to shut off aid to Pakistan

"We should take this opportunity to initiate a forceful strategy to save this hero rather than the quiet diplomacy the U.S. State Department has been insisting on and the Republican leadership of the House has acquiesced to," said Rohrabacher, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.

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"The U.S. Ambassador should be recalled and legislation should be passed  to withhold foreign aid to Pakistan as long as they are doing the bidding of terrorists and persecuting the likes of Dr. Afridi," he said.

Rohrabacher said press reports say Afridi is now on a hunger strike to protest his inability to see his family or meet with legal counsel.

"Dr. Afridi  is showing us, in a courageous way, that quiet diplomacy isn't working," he said. "He was bold enough to help the U.S. bring justice to the mass murderer Osama Bin Laden but unfortunately the actions of the American government have been cowardly in comparison."