Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal on Tuesday (April 23), during an interview with British newspaper, revealed that Pakistani neuroscientist, Aafia Siddiqui, jailed in US, will not come back to Pakistan as she herself does not want to return to Pakistan,
Dr Faisal said “she (Dr Aafia) will not come back. She does not want to come back herself, as per the information I have.” The FO spokesperson said that the only way the possibility of Dr Aafia’s return could arise is if Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump met in the future. In that case, “the exchange of Aafia Siddiqui for Shakeel Afridi could come under discussion,” he added.
Meanwhile Dr Aafia’s sister Dr Fouzia termed the Faisal’s statements as baseless and said “at one point it had seemed as if Aafia was going to come to Pakistan any moment.” She said that she had been reassured by the government that negotiations with the US were ongoing and that “there will be a good news between January and March, but now silence has set in again.” “Aafia told me on the phone that she is ready to sign any document, and that she only wants to get out of jail somehow,” Dr Fouzia was quoted as saying.
its worth mentioning that earlier reports were circulated that Aafia had 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. So the point is that the person who sought help from government to play role in her release, now why she does not want to return or to get bail?
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.
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18 July, 2019