Sharif directs Foreign Office to engage with US for Aafia Siddiqui’s release
ISLAMABAD: Shehbaz Sharif steered the Foreign Office to stay absolutely engaged with the United States and Pakistan’s challenge in Washington in regards to the well-being and early release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.
Siddiqui, 51, a neuroscientist and mom of 3, is serving an 86-year sentence in a Texas jail on doubtful fees of making an attempt to kill American infantrymen in Afghanistan.
The instruction was once given after her sister, Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui, referred to as at the high minister to talk about the topic.
During the assembly, Fowzia expressed her gratitude to the federal government for its measures in making sure Siddiqui’s well-being and asked the federal government to double its efforts for her early release.
The high minister confident Fowzia of the federal government’s complete strengthen and lauded her tireless efforts over a number of years within the pursuit of justice for her sister.
According to the Associated Press of Pakistan, Sharif additionally recalled former high minister Nawaz Sharif’s “robust efforts” for the release of Siddiqui and prayed for her excellent well being.
Siddiqui, whose conviction was once extensively criticised in Pakistan, was once sentenced by means of a US court docket in September 2010. She was once convicted of tried homicide, armed attack and different fees.
She was once arrested in July 2008 by means of Afghanistan police of Hamid Karzai, who claimed she was once sporting two kilos (900 grams) of sodium cyanide and crumpled notes referring to mass casualty assaults and New York landmarks, however presented no proof.
The day after her arrest, she allegedly grabbed an M-4 rifle in her interrogation room and began taking pictures whilst yelling “death to America”. No US brokers or infantrymen had been hit, however Siddiqui was once shot and wounded in reaction, in accordance to US prosecutors.
Siddiqui’s protection attorneys, 3 of whom had been paid by means of Islamabad, argued that their shopper had shot on the US officers in a panic and stated the crime lacked any connection to terrorism.
The cases surrounding her interrogation by means of American infantrymen in Afghanistan in 2008 stay unclear to date, because it was once by no means absolutely defined how she had disappeared with her 3 youngsters in Karachi 5 years prior.
— With Reuters