Reply sought from federal govt

December 12, 2009

Dec 11,2009 The Nation

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Thursday asked the federal government to precisely inform the court on December 21 as to how the case of release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui be proceeded in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The court passed this order after the Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Naveed Inayat Malik on behalf of the federal government had told that Dr Aafia’s case could not be moved to ICJ because she had been arrested in Afghanistan and it was not agreed by that country to move it the ICJ, a pre-requisite under the international law.
The DAG, however, admitted that a friendship treaty existed between Pakistan and the US but the Afghanistan government was a hurdle in the way.
Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry disapproving this stance observed that apparently the foreign ministry was speaking the US language.
The circumstantial evidences and several media reports say that Dr Aafia was arrested from Karachi and later handed over to America by Pakistani government, the judge further observed.
The judge adjourned the hearing of a contempt petition till December 21, seeking repatriation of Dr Aafia, and asked the DAG to tell the court about upshots if government had moved ICJ regarding subject matter after fulfilling all legal implications but the ICJ had dismissed the plea.
Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffree, who filed the petition, submitted that the court had earlier directed the government to take action for the release and repatriation of Dr Aafia but it did not comply with court orders. He said the court had also asked the government to move International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the release of Dr Aafia but the government was vain to do so.

Barrister Iqbal said the government had engaged a panel of US lawyers on a hefty fee for contesting case of Dr Afia but had not bothered to move ICJ, which cost nothing.
He prayed to the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against respondents for defying court orders.

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عافیہ کیس،امریکی زبان استعمال نہ کی جائے،لاہور ہائیکورٹ

December 10, 2009

Thu, Dec 10 09, 01:38 PM PST AAJ TV

لاہور: لاہور ہائی کورٹ نے قرار دیا ہے کہ ڈاکٹر عافیہ صدیقی کیس میں دفتر خارجہ امریکا کی زبان بول رہا ہے۔لاہور ہائی کورٹ کے جسٹس اعجاز احمد چوہدری ڈاکٹر عافیہ صدیقی کیس میں توہین عدالت کی درخواست کی سماعت کی۔ ڈپٹی اٹارنی جنرل نوید عنایت ملک نے دفتر خارجہ کی جانب سے عدالت کو بتایا کہ ڈاکٹر عافیہ کو دو ہزار تین میں افغانستان کے شہر غزنی سے افغان پولیس نے حراست میں لیا اور دو ہزار آٹھ میں امریکا کے حوالے کردیا اور اب وہاں ان کا ٹرائل کیا جارہا ہے۔

ڈپٹی اٹارنی جنرل نے عدالت کو بتایا کہ ڈاکٹر عافیہ پاکستانی شہری ہیں، انہیں افغانستان سے گرفتار کرکے امریکا بھیجا گیا۔ اس طرح معاملے میں تین ملک فریق ہیں اور انٹرنیشنل کورٹ آف جسٹس سے رجوع کرنے کے لئے تینوں ملکوں کی رضامندی ضروری ہے۔ اس موقع پر عدالت نے اپنے حکم میں کہا کہ ڈپٹی اٹارنی جنرل آئندہ سماعت پر حکومت سے واضح ہدایت لے کر پیش ہوں کہ حکومت عالمی عدالت سے رجوع کرنے کے لئے تیار ہے یا نہیں۔


Koyee Muhammad Bin Qasim Nahi

December 6, 2009


Dr Aafia Siddiqui: the abuse continues – Alex Harrison

December 1, 2009

Author: Alex Harrison

Article was published in Australian News paper Greenleft Online on 28th Nov 2009.

In 2003, Siddiqui and her children disappeared after being taken from their home in Pakistan as part of the US-led “war on terror”. The whereabouts of her children remain unknown.

In August 2008, US officials claimed she had been in their custody only since July 2008, even though she had disappeared five years earlier.

Siddiqui’s lawyer, Elaine Whitfield Sharp, said Siddiqui was held in the US-run Bagram prison camp in Afghanistan for “a long time”, where she encountered terrible torture and abuse, according to advocacy organisation Cageprisoners. US officials have strenuously denied that Siddiqui was ever held in Bagram.

However, former Bagram detainees Moazzam Begg and Binyam Mohammed have said they saw her while detained there.

Siddiqui, who was extradited to the US from Afghanistan, faces serious terrorism-related charges.

US officials claim she was arrested with explosive manuals and “dangerous substances sealed in jars”, and intended to bomb the compound of the governor of the Afghan province of Ghazni. However, Cageprisoners has described the inconsistencies in the US’s allegations as “strange at best”.

Siddiqui’s lawyer has raised concerns about her many health problems, including slight brain damage, a lost kidney and injured intestines.

Despite this, she must endure humiliating strip and cavity searches before appearing in court or receiving visitors other than her lawyers.

Surely, this woman has endured enough through her years of illegal detention and torture, as well as the unexplained whereabouts of her children.

[Cageprisoners’s report exploring the detention and treatment of Siddiqui, “Aafia Siddiqui: A case of lies and inconsistencies”, can be downloaded from .]


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.