By: Abu Sabaya
In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
“I want you to come to know of the concern and dedication that this woman had for Islam as described by those who knew her – a dedication that was manifested by way of actions that were very simple and easy, yet seldom carried out by those who are able.”
– Christopher LaVigne, assistant US attorney, on August 11th when trying to convince a judge to prevent Aafia from seeing a doctor for her gunshot wound
Recently, the entire world has been speaking about one such person – a short, thin college student, wife, and mother of three small children. Her name is Aafia Siddiqui.
I want you to be drawn to the story of this woman and also understand why I was drawn to it. I want you to come to know of the concern and dedication that this woman had for Islam as described by those who knew her – a dedication that was manifested by way of actions that were very simple and easy, yet seldom carried out by those who are able.
Those who knew Aafia recall that she was a very small, quiet, polite, and shy woman who was barely noticeable in a gathering. However, they add that when necessary, she would say what needed to be said. She was once giving a speech at a fundraiser for Bosnian orphans at a local mosque in which she began lambasting the men in the audience for not stepping up to do what she was doing. She would plead: “Where are the men? Why do I have to be the one standing up here and doing this work?” And she was right, as she was a mother, a wife, and a student in a community full of brothers with nothing to show when it came to Islamic work.
When she was a student at MIT, she began organizing drives to deliver copies of the Qur’an and other Islamic literature to the Muslims in the local prisons. She would have them delivered in boxes to a local mosque, and she would then show up at the mosque and carry the heavy boxes by herself all the way down the three flights of very steep stairs. Subhan Allah, look at the Qadar of Allah: this woman who would spend so much time and effort to help Muslim prisoners is now herself a prisoner (I ask Allah to free her)!
Her dedication to Islam was also very evident on campus. A 2004 article from Boston Magazine mentions that “…she wrote three guides for members who wanted to teach others about Islam. On the group’s website, Siddiqui explained how to run a daw’ah table, an informational booth used at school events to educate people about, and persuade them to convert to, Islam.” The article continues to mention that in the guides, she wrote: “Imagine our humble, but sincere daw’ah effort turning into a major daw’ah movement in this country! Just imagine it! And us, reaping the reward of everyone who accepts Islam through this movement, through years to come. Think and plan big. May Allah give this strength and sincerity to us so that our humble effort continue, and expands until America becomes a Muslim land.”
Allahu Akbar…look at this himmah (concern)…look at these lofty aspirations and goals! As men, we should be ashamed to have to learn such lessons from a sister.
She would drive out of her way every week to teach the local Muslim children on Sundays. I was told by a sister that she would also drive out of her way every week to visit a small group of reverts to teach them the basics of Islam. One of the sisters who attended her circles described Aafia as “not going out of her way to be noticed by anybody, or to be anyone’s friend. She just came out here to teach us about Allah, and English wasn’t even her first language!”
Another sister who would attend her circles describes: “She shared with us that we should never make excuses for who we are. She said: “Americans have no respect for people who are weak. Americans will respect us if we stand up and we are strong.””
Allahu Akbar…O Allah, free this woman!
But Aafia’s biggest passion was helping the oppressed Muslims around the globe. When war in Bosnia broke out, she did not sit back and watch with one knee over the other. Rather, she immediately sought out whatever means were within her grasp to make a difference. She didn’t sit in a dreamy bubble thinking all day about how she wished that she could go over to Bosnia and help with relief efforts. She got up and did what she could: she would speak to people to raise awareness, she would ask for donations, she would send e-mails, she would give slideshow presentations – the point I’m trying to make here is that Aafia showed that there is always something we can do to help our brothers and sisters, the least of which is a spoken word to raise awareness to those who are unaware. Sitting back and doing nothing is never an option. She once gave a speech at a local mosque to raise funds for Bosnian orphans, and when the audience was just sitting there watching her, she asked: “How many people in this room own more than one pair of boots?” When half the room raised their hands, she said: “So, donate them to these Bosnians who are about to face a brutal winter!” She was so effective in her plea that even the imam took off his boots and donated them!
There is much more to say about how passionate this sister was for Islam. However, the above gives you an idea of what she was like, and should hopefully serve as an inspiration for brothers before sisters to become active in serving Islam through whatever means are available. Remember that she was doing all of this while being a mother and a PhD student, and most of us do much less despite having much more free time.
So, having this image of Aafia in my mind, I was taken aback at what I saw when she was brought into court for what should have been her bail hearing. The door on the front left side of the courtroom was slowly opened to reveal a frail, limp, exhausted woman who could barely hold her own head up straight in a pale blue wheelchair. She was dressed in a Guantanamo-style orange prison uniform, and her frail head was wrapped in a white hijab that was pulled down to cover her bone-thin arms (the prison uniform is shortsleeved). Her lawyers quickly sat around her, and the hearing began.
The head prosecutor, assistant US attorney Christopher LaVigne, walked in with a group of three or four FBI agents, one of whom was a female who looked Pakistani (لعنة الله عليهم). The defense began by announcing that the bail hearing was to be postponed because of Aafia’s medical condition. Essentially, Aafia’s lawyers reasoned that there was no point of her being out on bail if she was near death. So, they demanded that she be allowed a doctor’s visit before anything else. LaVigne got up and objected, saying that Aafia was a risk to the security of the United States. The judge didn’t seem to buy that, and the prosecutor continued arguing that “this is a woman who attempted to blast her way out of captivity.” As soon as this was said, I looked over and noticed Aafia shaking her head in desperation and sadness, as if she felt that the whole world was against her. By the way, Aafia was so small and weak that I could barely see her from behind the wheelchair. All I could see was her head slumped over to the left and wrapped in the hijab, and her right arm sticking out.
I got a better understanding of why she was so sad and desperate when her lawyer began listing details of her condition:
* She now has brain damage from her time in US custody
* One of her kidneys was removed while in US custody
* She is unable to digest her food since part of her intestines was removed during surgery while in US custody
* She has layers and layers of sewed up skin from the surgery for the gunshot wound
* She has a large surgical scar from her chest area all the way down to her torso
With all of this, she had not been visited by a single doctor the entire time of her incarceration in the US despite being in constant incredible abdominal pain following her sloppy surgery in Afghanistan – pain for which she was being given nothing more than Ibuprofen! Ibuprofen is purchased over the counter to treat headaches!
With all of this, the prosecutor had the audacity and shamelessness to try to prevent her from being seen by a doctor due to her being a “security risk.” When he was pressed by the judge as to why Aafia was sitting all this time in a NYC prison without basic medical care, the government attorney stuttered, said that it was “a complicated situation,” and capped it with the expected cheap shot that “it was her decision as she refused to by seen by a male doctor.” As soon as the prosecutor said that last bit, I saw Aafia’s thin arm shoot up and shake back and forth to the judge (as if to say ‘No! He’s lying!’). I felt so sorry for her, as she was obviously quite frustrated at the lies being spilled out before her very eyes. Her lawyer then put her hand on her arm and began stroking it to comfort her and calm her down.
When the hearing was over, one scholarly statement stuck in my mind, and it is where Ibn al-Qayyim said that a person rises in his closeness to Allah until: “…there remains only one obstacle from which the enemy calls him from, and this is an obstacle that he must face. If anyone were to be saved from this obstacle, it would have been the Messengers and Prophets of Allah, and the noblest of His Creation. This is the obstacle of Satan unleashing his troops upon the believer with various types of harm: by way of the hand, the tongue, and the heart. This occurs in accordance with the degree of goodness that exists within the believer. So, the higher he is in degree, the more the enemy unleashes his troops and helps them against him, and overwhelms him with his followers and allies in various ways. There is no way around this obstacle, because the firmer he is in calling to Allah and fulfilling His commands, the more the enemy becomes intent upon deceiving him with foolish people. So, he has essentially put on his body armor in this obstacle, and has taken it upon himself to confront the enemy for Allah’s Sake and in His Name, and his worship in doing so is the worship of the best of worshippers.”
And this was absolutely clear that day when looking at the scene in the court. Despite Aafia’s apparent physical weakness and frailty, there was a certain ‘izzah (honor) and strength that I felt emanating from her the entire time. Everything from the way she forcefully shook her hand at the judge when the prosecutor would lie, to how she was keen to wear her hijab on top of her prison garments despite horrible circumstances that would make hijab the last thing on most people’s minds, to the number of FBI agents, US Marshals, reporters, officials, etc. who were all stuffed in this small room to observe this frail, weak, short, quiet, female “security risk” – everything pointed to the conclusion that the only thing all of these people were afraid of was the strength of this sister’s iman.
This is the situation of our dear sister, a Muslim woman in captivity…
What can I say…?
I will not close by mentioning the obligation of helping to free Muslim prisoners. I will not mention how al-Mu’tasim razed an entire city to the ground to rescue a single Muslim woman. I will not go back to the days of Salah ad-Din or ‘Umar bin ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, who rescued Muslim prisoners in the tens of thousands. I cannot be greedy enough to mention these things at this point because what is even sadder than what is happening to Aafia Siddiqui is how few the Muslims were who even bothered to show up to her hearing in a city of around half a million Muslims (not counting the surrounding areas), and that not a single Muslim organization in the United States has taken up the sister’s cause or even spoken a word in her defense, and as Ibn al-Qayyim said: “If ghayrah (protective jealousy) leaves a person’s heart, his faith will follow it.”
Unfortunately, in a time where most of us are following Din al-A’rab, it seems that the best person to teach us a lesson in how to help Aafia Siddiqui would have been Aafia herself.
و الله المستعان
The original article was published at Courtesy of al-istiqamah.com
Last public statements of Najeeb Ahmed, one of Pakistan’s eminent investigative journalists and former President Press Club Karachi. In the video he says he had proof of Aafia’s abduction and handover. He gave the statement at Human Right Network’s conference for Aafia and Missing Persons, held at Karachi Press Club on 9th Dec 2009.
Unfortunately he died a day after making this statement.
May Allah shower his blessings on the departing soul.
ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF HIS STATEMENT
“When Dr Aafia Siddiqui was picked up by FBI and Pakistan Army, this was reported (in 2003) in many newspapers and I was among them who reported this news and this is reality that our forces arrested Dr Aafia and handed over to FBI, and as per my investigations and information I was able to get, she was interrogated here first in Army cells and then she was shifted to Afghanistan. After many years, when this secret was disclosed, she has been transferred from Afghanistan to USA on the basis of false accusation”
Program Alim Online Special, Amir Liaquat Hussain is with you.
Viewers! Right now I am at the home of Dr Afia SIddiqui, Daughter of Pakistani Nation & Daughter of Muslim Ummah who is facing continuous hardships & Toruture.
Her mother Mrs Ismat Siddiqui and her sister Fouzia Siddiqui, who is fighting case for her sister and has devoted her life for release of Dr Aafia. Today I am with them.
Dr Afia Siddiqui, who is presently in American Jail, I don’t know whether the whole nation is emotionless or not but I am pretty sure that Rulers and Government is completely emotionless and senseless. Had their own daughter going through such a inhuman treatment, may be in that case their response could be different. But Afia probably is not their daughter, Probably Afia has nothing to do with Green Color of Pakistani Flag. Probably, according to them, Afia is not even a muslim.
Before we talk on what happening with her, I want to share with you some views of the members of jury, who are going to decide her fate, the people who are selected by Uncle Sam to deliver the justice, America the Champion for the Justice, who has deep concern if election in Iran is not clean, they have worries about Iranian Nation, they have sympathies for Iranian Nation, If North Korea, tries to get Nuclear Technology, again they have deep concerns about it, because they are the ones for whom Peace of the world is necessary. Similarly there are many other issues where America wants to involve itself as they are playing the role of Policeman for whole world. But people who are selected to deliver the justice, the Jury, first listen to their comments.
One the Jury member says, “For God Sake Just shoot her & get it over with, these useless bastards, deserve nothing more, nothing less.”
Another member of Jury says, “The Jail Guard, should be the ones receiving therapy after seeing that enemy of US”,
Another member of Jury says, “A firing squad sounds good” and then using filthy language he says, “ Jut put the bullet in pork’s grease first, and then should be fired on Afia. This is not a new, In 1857 war, for making Kartoos (bullet) shell pork grease was used, to humiliate Muslims of India. This is not surprising, they know it very well, that Pork is Haram in Islam, that is why intentionally they make fun of it.
Then the jury member says, “Offcourse she is not crazy, She is terrorist, She shouldn’t be on Tiral, She should be dead, or in a Prisoner of War Camp (POW).
These are the views of the members of Jury, who are going to hear her case. Now you can imagine how much Aafia will get justice. People who have already decided punishment for her, its useless to expect any justice from them.
We will talk more on this issue, We have Mrs Ismat Siddiuqi, and Dr Fouzia Siddiqui, with us. Viewers you can sms us and call us, Please don’t remain silent, express your feelings, let the world know what Pakistani nation is feeling for her daughter, atleast we can say something for her, and your words and feelings will definitely reach her.
Dr Amir Liaquat
Ismat Khala Assalamolaikum!
Walikumassalam my son!
Dr Amir Liaquat
I will not ask how are, because its stupid to ask this question from a mother whose daughter is facing hardships, torture, prisoned in a cage, in naked condition, I won’t ask you, how are you. But I would like know, what do you know about your daughter, how she is right now, what the latest situation there, Let the nation know, they would like to hear from you.
Yes my son! As you have already told every thing that people who are going to hear the case, who are going to deliver justice, when they have such kind of views, what we can expect from them. And Afia’s current situation is informed by one of our friends who met her one week before, and then he called us to convey her message, she said that “They have kept her in worst & absolute painful condition”. We came to know that they made her naked, and then shackled and then put in a cage to move to another location.
Dr Amir Liaquat
We have information that she is forced to walk over Quran, is that true?
The information I have about this issue is that when they saw that she always recite Quran even when she is not given Quran, Because she is Hafiza she recites. Once she was tortured and she started screaming that I can not see any thing, and then my son complaint the authorities about it, their response was “ She is fraud, clever and doing drama and they were justifying their statement with excuse that she can recite Quran very easily. Then we said to them, that to recite Quran she doesnot need it, as it is saved in her heart, she holds Quran in hand for Baraka. My son said to them, She is Hafiza and take Quran from her, even then she will recite. Another woman there, also confirmed to them that even if she don’t have Quran, she recites it. After this issue my son argued with the authorities for her medical treatment. When they took her form Hospital to Jail, they threw Quran in her feet on which she screamed. This was painful for her, even more than torturing and making her naked.
Actually any statement in favor of Afia will be altered, and after few days, Doctors will change their statement. I don’t know because of US Government’s pressure or for some other reason, they change their statement after few days.
In her educational career he has won almost 75 awards from his school to MIT, and all her prizes and documents are with me if any one wants to see it.
In court there was outburst from Afia, in response to Judge’s comments that he presumes that Afia is innocent, and in response she said to judege that these are your orders that they do forced strip searching, then she turns to other side and showed her arms covered in blood and wounds, to the every body present in court. Although there was cloth on her face, but those who were able to have a glimpse of her face, they confirmed that there were signs of torture on her face. She said that “they strip me naked and then ask me walk over Quran to get the clothes, shouldn’t I resist. These are ordered by judge, is there anyone who can pass this info to outside”. That’s what she appealed.
One of the person who attended the hearing said this what I told you and another have just said that she complained that they throw Quran in my feet and strip her naked.
These are the messages we got from others as they did not allow my son to be there.
Only those people who were in court room, were able to listen, others were in observation room where all American technology got failed and audio was a kind that in observation room they could only see. But there are people inside court room, including two journalists from Pakistan who in the break reported her complaint that “they put Quran in her feet and strip her naked” in media live from there, and I recorded and uploaded on internet.
Dr Amir Liaquat
Viewers, how they do strip search, its not a new phenomena or surprising, We show you a video released by Channel 3 News in which an American woman is strip searched by police. If they can treat an American woman in such a way, you can easily imagine how they would be treating a muslim woman, whom they have already labled terrorist.
Ms Fouzia Siddiqui! we would like to know that all efforts done uptill now, have shown any result, Is government itself is serious about this issue, or want to keep the issue pending like other issues?
As you know, that I have been meeting all high ups in government, and I appreciate that atleast they meet, if they refuse what will I do. But in meeting everybody gave us hope and showed sympathy. But now when I look back, it seems all it was a drama and formality, but without any result. My objective is just simple, that Afia comes home and her mother could see her and hug her again.
Dr Amir Liaquat
Right and whatsoever legal proceedings are, it should go on here.
I think the pain and helplessness our family has gone through in last 6 years, nothing can be done to bring back these six years or do justice for it. All we want is to just pickup the broken pieces and go on. Example of diplomatic efforts can bee seen in case, when Iranian authorities caught one American Spy woman, and USA made all diplomatic efforts, even their allies supported them to bring back their spy woman on goodwill gesture. And what Americans did with Iran after that, it shows the difference.
Ten to eleven months time is enough for diplomatic efforts, specially whey you are key partner, you are an ally in their war on terror. You say, we have good friendship ties. All I want to ask from them, that Friends treats their friend’s innocent daughters like this, they humiliate, they make fun of their religion. Now its not just a matter of my sister only. Now they have insulted us by throwing Quran in Feet. Afia for whom there is noting valuable other than Quran, they threw Quran in her feet, and our government not even said a single word in protest, for which I really feel sad. Before court hearing every 3 or 4 days from foreign office, even Mr Hussain Haqqaani used to call my mother to give her hope, which I was always thankful to him that atleast he is giving hope to my mother which sometimes I failed to do so. But after recent hearing in court there is no phone call from Foreign office.
Dr Amir Liaquat
We have heard that in the beginning from government side, Molana Fazlurehman came to meet you to give hope? And then they never contacted?
Their representatives are here nearby who often contact us to show sympathy. They also showed us their letters which foreign office has sent to secretary of state etc.
Dr Amir Liaquat
Yes everbody has sympathy but on this issue no one in the government is willing to step down, or leave his chair. In other cases, many will come out to threat to leave the government but on this issue, none of the ally is willing to leave his place.
I think whenever anybody raises the issue, they say we are doing efforts. They always give us hope of few days, that within 10 or 15 days, we will braught her back. They never gave more than 14 / 15 days wait and we stick to the hope that where we have waited years, few days more.
Mr Haqaani have also assured us many times, that I will bring her back, He also said that her mother has strictly warned her to let Afia back to her home.
Dr Amir Liaquat
How many times Mr Haqqani has said that?
Around 15 to 20 times. He always says that he is doing it for his own self. He says to me that I am his mother and his heaven is under my feet. To get this heaven I will bring her back. He assures me that he is sincere for Afia. eHe He HHh fLike this when he gives me hope I really become hopeful. He said that he will see this personally and no one can harm her now, but now she is in a painful condition. People have told us that when she showed her arms in the courtroom blood and wounds can be easily seen.
Dr Amir Liaquat
Did you meet Interior Minister Abdul Rehman Lik also? What did he say?
Yes I met with him, he also said that he is raising this issue and doing efforts.
Dr Amir Liaquat
Did he ever give you hope that he will bring back Afia, or any timeperiod?
No, I think he is the person who never lied, and said only that he is trying at his level and then he tried to avoid us. He is the one person who never lied, that we will bring her back in few days. Prime Minister has said that I will do it on my level, so please do not go to lower levels. His words were, Now you are on highest level of the Democratic government, now you will not need to meet at lower levels on this issue. When we met him, Hoolbrook was there, He also said that if you want we can talk to Hoolbrook but I want to deal on my level.
Dr Amir Liaquat
Yes its right, he will deal at his level…. Whatever his level is.
Ms Fouzia, Have you consulted any Scholar to take Fatwa, that If a muslim woman , whatever her age is, she is in imprisoned by non muslim country or soldiers, what should be done by govnerment or by people of his country.
Yes we have sent this case to many scholars. We have received one fax, today, its from Seven muftis which states, “ if any woman is imprisoned in non muslim country, in that case, every muslim who has knowledge about her imprisonment, should do his best on individual as well as collective level to get her rescued from the imprisonment of non muslims. In that regard, Government has more responsibility to bring back its citizens, from Islamic point of view.”
Dr Amir Liaquat
Viewers, Professor Mufti Muneeburehman who is head of the Union of Madaris, and is head of the Madaris Ehle Sunnat, also chairman of Hilal Committee, and is also Mufti Azam Pakistan. Lets hear from him what would be the responsibility of Govnerment and people of the country whose woman is imprisoned by non muslim soldiers or State. We would also like to hear form him what would be the responsibility of Muslim Ummah in this regard.
In todays world it is general principle, that wherever crime is committed, or if he is charged for some crime, then in the same country, same place, or at nearest court it is trialed. Even at our city level, whenever crime is committed, it is seen under which police station’s jurisdiction it lies. The same police station registers fir in whose jurisdiction crime is committed. So according to this principle if Afia has committed any crime then its trial should be in Pakistan. Because crime is not commited in USA. Similarly people who were detained from Afghanistan, and then shifted to Guantanamobay Prison. The main reason for setting up Guantanamobay Prison was that setting up trials for those detained people was not possible according to US Justice Sytem. So it is naturally questionable that why the system of justice which they have made for their own citizien, they are not allowing it to give it to other human beings. If American government had asked Pakistani to hand over Dr Afia, then it was responsibility of Government to ask from US government proofs, and then It should have trialed in Pakistani courts. Just live after Mumbai Attack, Indian government handed over a list of wanted persons. But Pakistani Government did not hand over any person to India and asked Indian government to provide proofs and information on the basis of which their suspects will be trialed and punished in Pakistan if they found guilty of doing so. So my question is, why this criteria was not put forward in the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.
Dr Amir Liaquat
We have heard in newspaper that in last hearing, Afia said few words for the judge, so we would like to know what atmosphere was in courtroom and what did she say.
It was 6 hours long court hearing and I was getting first hand information from people who were coming out from the court room. What happened in court, obviously lawyer will tell us, but I was concerned about afia, in which condition she was, what she said. One of the person who attended the hearing, he told me, when this process was going on, and when Judge gave remarks about her that she is delusional. She stoodup and very politely said “ I am not crazy, I have not hurt anybody and have no intentions to doing so, I want to bring peace justice and light to this world, and I am not against America, She also said, I am not against Israel, I am not against America, I am not against any religion. I am a muslim and I believe in peace. I am an educated woman and I know what is going on, and may be I can help in creating peace, doesn’t every one want peace. Against this judge says its delusional, she is imprisoned, what she can do for peace. Then there was complete silence. Judge says to her, Yes I am on your side, and I believe in the presumption of your innocence. As previously we had raised this issue that they have made slogan for her that she is guilty and is not allowed to prove her innocene. But this time judge clarified. In response Afia says, if you believe in my innocence, they why did they show me your orders of forces strip search, it was done on your orders, and they torture me and they torture me every single day and they strip me naked. Then she turns to audience and told them about the Quran issue. She turned back again to the judge to say to him, that these were your orders and that is why I do not believe in your system, or your court. The interesting thing to note, that every body in the court has tear in his eyes, there was pin drop silence in the court, and the prosecutor who usually always trying to object everything to rule out and make her silent, he himself was motionless.
Dr Amir Liaquat
Ismat Khala! Whole nation is hearing you, would you to say last few words from your brothers and muslim ummah. Where I am sitting now in this home, Aafia was here before, was in front of your eyes, and there is a her fragrance. No one can snatch from mother fragrance of her daughter, and not from daughter even fragrance of her mother.
What would you like to say.
My son! When I see you, past memories very quickly comes in my mind, when everybody used to say, that if there is competition in boys, Amir will lead, and if there is competition in girls, Aafia will lead. When you both are coming with prizes, and your mother is sitting beside me. That moment I can never forget. Today you are in front of my eyes, but only Afia and your mother is not here.
But Here I Would also like to mention that after hearing, one of the person who attended the hearing called me from America , and said today I became Muslim, He said I had heard that one Momin will overcome 100 person but today I saw that one Momina leading over Whole Muslim World. The way she was speaking, every body said that she is the greatest women of the world. So he said to me that your daughter has made me Muslim and I don’t know how many other became Muslim from their hearts. Because everybody has tears in his eyes, and American women there were literally weeping like children. So now I would like to appeal the Muslim Ummah, to do something for her release
She lived there, fifteen years, but she has only Pakistani nationality.
Dr Amir Liaquat
Yes and we have some ministers here who have American nationality.
:So I appeal to the muslim Ummah its now matter of Quran.
Its not new, they have done same things with other muslims and in guantanamobay.
Dr Amir Liaquat
Yes its true, and look at our government that the person who teared off pages of Quran Pak (Naozubillah) and flushed in toilet, to the same person General Hood we are giving position of Defence Attache in Pakistan. This is how we are lyaing down ourselves in their slavery.
Dr Amir Liaquat
I would like to thank you Ismat Khala and Dr Fouzia Siddiqui, for talking with us. We are praying to Almighty Allah that our sister, Nation’s daughter and daughter of Whole Mulsim Ummah, she may released soon.
But I am sad only for one thing that Afia is in American Jail, If she would be in prison of Taliban and her name would be Chand Bibi, and she would be beaten by lashes ( for which I don’t know whether the video is fake or not) but the storm came in media after that video and NGO’s geared up to take revenge of every single lash, rallies were arranged, just to take care of chand bibi’s. I wish Dr Afia to be Chand Bibi, from Swat, and to be in Taliban Prison instead of US prison. Because to be in US Prison its not a noticeable things for the high ups in the government. For them only noticeable are those women who are beaten by Talibans. I wish if our Sister Afia was Chand Bibi.
Dec 12, 2009
By Irfan Bukhari Daily Times
* Acting foreign secretary says FO working for release of Pakistani neuroscientist
ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior on Friday passed a unanimous resolution demanding the government take measures for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.
The resolution also asked the Foreign Office (FO) to convey the people’s concern to the United Nations and other human rights organisations. The committee, chaired by Senator Talha Mehmood, reviewed the status of Dr Aafia’s case and the efforts being made by the government to secure her release.
“The Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior urges the Government of Pakistan to ensure the prompt repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani citizen, from the government of the United States where she is being detained and tried on the basis of questionable facts and unfounded charges,” the resolution read. The resolution also reads, “… the committee is deeply concerned about the plight of Dr Aafia’s three dependent children, two of whom are still missing since March 2003.”
Release: Acting Foreign Secretary Haroon Shaukat told the body that the FO was taking measures in this regard.
“The prime minister and the foreign minister have requested US authorities and US Congress in this connection and our government is defending Dr Aafia in a US court,” he said, adding that the government had hired three veteran lawyers for this purpose. Former secretary interior Tasneem Noorani told the committee that no first information report (FIR) had been registered against the kidnapping of Dr Aafia since 2003. Sindh Additional Inspector General Zafar Farooqui told the committee the FIR had been lodged after six and a half years of the incident.