According to foreign office sources, Pakistani neuroscientist jailed in the US, handed the letter for Prime Minister Imran Khan, asking for help to ensure her release. Pakistan’s Consul General in Houston Aisha Farooqui who visited her on October 9, received the letter from her.
“I want to get out of prison, my imprisonment in the US is illegal as I was kidnapped and taken to the US, Imran Khan had supported me in the past also. I have always considered him as one of my biggest heroes and wish to see him as the Khalifa of all Muslims. He should be careful of the munafiq around him,” Aafia wrote.
“All those who criticise Imran Khan for his past mistakes should stop doing that because under Islamic law he is innocent. Even the Sahaba with the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had made mistakes in their lives and when they embraced Islam their past mistakes were forgiven and they became innocent. It is the same with Imran Khan. He had once stated himself that he came to learn about Islam much later in his life. If anyone has doubts on this, I can debate about this.”
As revealed by diplomatic sources, the foreign minister will meet Aafia Siddiqui’s sister Dr Fouzia Siddiqui on her request next week.
The Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three has been in prison since 2010 on charges of attempted murder and assault on a US military personnel. She was awarded sentence for to 86 years in prison at the Federal Medical Centre, Carswell, Fort Worth in Texas. Siddiqui was born in Pakistan. In 1990, she went to study in the United States and obtained a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Brandeis University in 2001. She returned to Pakistan for a time following the 9/11 attacks and again in 2003 during the war in Afghanistan. Khalid Sheikh Muhammad reportedly named her a courier and financier for Al-Qaeda, after his arrest and interrogation, and she was placed on the FBI Seeking Information – Terrorism list; she remains the only woman to have been featured on the list.
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17 November, 2019