Message on Eid Al-Adha from Aafia’s Family

November 29, 2009

Thursday, 26 November 2009 08:31

Source: www.freeaafia.org

On this occasion of Eid Al-Adha, marking the competition of the rites and rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage, we would like to wish all people and especially our supporters a blessed and happy time. This is an enlightening holiday, Hajj teaches us of the meanings of simplicity, endurance, sacrifice, and humility – among the great tests that God puts us all through.  As we reflect on the trials of the prophet Abraham, his son Ismail and Ismail’s mother, Hagar, so too we should be mindful of the tribulations of people throughout the world today who are also suffering with a sense of abandonment, despair and uncertainty.

It was a supreme test of faith for Abraham when his own God asked him to abandon a mother and child in the middle of a barren desert with nothing but faith that they will be looked after. And so they were.  And again, God asked for a sacrifice of a son from Abraham. Certainly a good reason to doubt a loving God, but Abraham did not waver.  And so, God, at the last moment made it clear He had no need of human sacrifice. As recognition of that faith, Abraham and his offspring became the forbearers of the largest monotheistic tradition in the world.  But such lofty honor came only after tests of great magnitude.

So, on this occasion, as we celebrate the Blessings that God showered on humanity through Abraham, we also look at our own situation and extract lessons from Abraham’s trials and hope that we are in some small way worthy of being relieved from the hardships and sorrow we face.  We think of our sister Aafia, who was snatched away by strangers almost seven years ago, abandoned even by her family … left for dead.  Yet she turned out to be alive. And even though she is now trapped in a system that assures us that she will spend the rest of her life in a living coffin, the truth is that her destiny is in God’s hands.  It has always been.  We, her own family, could do nothing for her as she lost her children, endured dark captivity and took bullets that should have killed her. But against all odds, she survived and now has a whole nation seeking her freedom. God took a “nobody” and transformed her into the symbolic daughter of a nation of 180 million people.

Yet, with all this, we remain weak and full of anxiety because we are not in Abraham’s league.  We are far from it. While Abraham had the faith of absolute conviction, often we are barely able to summon our faith as a last resort. But we have found a little thread of conviction that allows us to hope that, with God’s mercy, Aafia may soon be freed. We even dare to be greedy and pray that her two missing children will also be recovered and reunited as a family.

We also think of the tens of thousands, if not more of other disappeared people around the world who are nameless and faceless but whose trials are no less severe and whose silent suffering is no less painful.  As a public symbol for their hidden suffering, Aafia is now bear the burden of representation that she did not seek and we feel unworthy of carrying.

So, at this time of celebration of God’s mercy, we ask our friends and supporters to take the time to hold on to your loved ones and make sure they know how much they mean to you. Eid is a joyous occasion and Aafia would want joy for you as we, her family, do. And so on this Holy day, please remember Aafia and her children in your prayers and ask for God to relieve the pain of all who are suffering in captivity and abandonment. And for those of us living in freedom, may we gain the strength to go beyond professing faith to actually exercising it.

 

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Dr Aafia’s lawyer asks govt to move ICJ

November 28, 2009

The News Saturday, November 28, 2009

By Usman Manzoor

ISLAMABAD: After being subjected to a strip search, Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani woman held by the Americans on account of terrorism charges, is not allowed to receive even ordinary mail in the New York jail.

Barrister Iqbal Jafree, her lawyer, while talking to The News disclosed that he and a few members of Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s family had been continuously writing to her in New York but the letters always returned undelivered because of wrong address. “I cannot understand that the post offices in USA do not know the addresses of Metropolitan Detention Centre (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York and the address of the Federal Court,” said the lawyer who spent decades in the US.

He said that it was the fundamental right of a prisoner to receive mail and to send mail. “But I think the Americans have forgotten these moral principles when it comes to a poor, ailing Pakistani lady.”

He said: “The family of Aafia cannot interact with her even through ordinary mail and we listen to long lectures on human rights by the Americans when their own interest is involved.”

Barrister Jafree said that after passing five years of horrendous detention, reportedly at the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, the woman was subjected to continuous humiliation at the Metropolitan Detention Centre (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York, in the name of strip search.

The lawyer said that the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui could be taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) under the Pak-US Treaty of Friendship and Commerce signed in 1959, as the government had failed to secure her repatriation through diplomatic means. Mentioning the clauses of the treaty, the lawyer observed that Aafia’s case could be shifted to the ICJ on a simple letter from the Government of Pakistan.

He said that one simple application from the government could bring the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui to the ICJ where there would be independent judges who could judge better the reality about the Pakistani doctor.

He claimed that the charges against Dr Aafia were rubbish but Americans would never let her go. “We have the examples of Aimal Kansi and an Italian underworld don after whose execution Italy stopped extraditing prisoners to USA”, said the lawyer.


Eid Without Dear Ones – Nawa-i-Waqt

November 28, 2009


Lahore Hight Court asks reason for Not sending Aafia Case to ICJ

November 26, 2009



Attorney general, Interior Ministry issued notices in Dr Aafia case

November 26, 2009

Daily Times Staff Report Thursday, November 26, 2009

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the attorney general of Pakistan and the Interior Ministry on a contempt petition against the federal government for not taking the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The court also directed the respondents to file replies by December 10. Barrister Iqbal Jafferry, counsel for Dr Aafia Siddiqui, filed the petition, in which he submitted that the court had earlier directed the government to take steps for the release and repatriation of Dr Aafia within 30 days, but nothing had been done in this regard. He said the government had laid aside a hefty amount to fight the case, but it did not bother spending a small amount on writing to the ICJ to take up the matter.


SHC issues notice to respondents in Aafia Siddiqui case

November 25, 2009

Source: AAJ TV

Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2008 12:38 pm

KARACHI : The Sindh High Court (SHC), on a constitutional petition against the arrest of a Pakistani citizen, Dr Aafia Siddiqui and her three children, keeping them at separate places and their handing over to US, has issued notice to the respondents for December 5.

Human Rights Network president, Intikhab Alam Suri had filed the petition in SHC through Iqbal Aqeel Advocate, making a plea that Aafia Siddiqui along with her three children was abducted and they were being kept at separate unknown places and tortured, while Dr Aafia Siddiqui in sub-conscious state was handed over to US although no evidence against her exists. The petition further said, “She is a Pakistani citizen, her security was the government’s responsibility and, therefore, the respondents-federal interior and foreign ministries and the federation should be ordered to recover and bring back Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and her three children by fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities.

SHC Bench comprised of Chief Justice, Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Ghulam Dastagir Shahani.

 


U.S. Framing Innocents In War On Terror

November 23, 2009

Live in Washington -Jack Rice W/Petra Bartosiewicz

Nov 10, 2009

Jack talked with Petra Bartosiewicz from Harper’s about her story in the November issue. The story is about a woman named Aafia Saddiqui, who was possibly framed by the U.S. Army for attempted murder. Petra, taking a close look at the case, ascertains that Aafia could not have committed the crime, and that the Army is falsifying evidence.

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