The youngest son of a Canadian man accused of al-Qaeda ties, and being held in Pakistan, has been allowed a visit from his family for the first time.

Abdul Karim Khadr, 14, was paralysed in a gunfight last October that killed his father, Ahmed Said Khadr, and eight al-Qaeda suspects.

Zaynab Khadr saw her brother for the first time since he was shot. He's been in a Pakistan hospital bed ever since.

She says her brother is kept in an isolation ward, surrounded by tight security and feels like a political prisoner. "His legs are starting to improve according to him. He says he can stretch and bend them now. According to his doctors he will be able to walk, but not run." She says her brother is devouring books and is eager to get out of hospital.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the injured teenager can return to Canada, but the family will have to pay for the expensive medical evacuation and at least three months of medical coverage if he returns.

Zaynab says she discussed with Karim reports that an older brother, Abdullah, was the suicide bomber who killed a Canadian soldier in Kabul on Jan. 27. She says they are both convinced that Abdullah is alive and well.

Zaynab says she's eager to get Karim to Canada before March, but says she's frustrated that Canada is refusing to shoulder any of the cost.