The government of Pakistan has raised the issue of “respecting the human and legal rights” regarding Pakistan’s neuroscientist Dr. Afia Siddiqui, during a meeting held between Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, and Pakistani officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday (Nov 6), Foreign Ministry said.
The spokesperson for the ministry of foreign affairs said, “Pakistan’s Consul General in Houston pays Consular visits to Dr. Siddiqui, periodically, to inquire about her wellbeing and conveys her messages to Dr. Afia’s family if any.” “[The] US side has promised to look into our request,” FO spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a statement. It is further added that, Pakistani government has been raising Dr Aafia’s issue with US authorities on a regular basis. The Foreign Minister will soon meet with the sister of Dr. Afia Siddique in Islamabad.
Earlier, 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.”
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.
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23 August, 2019