KARACHI: As part of countrywide ongoing campaign for release and repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, number of protest demonstrations and rallies were staged outside various mosques after Friday prayers under the banner of Pasban.
The demonstrations were held at Bihar Colony Lyari, Cheel Chowk Chakiwara, Darul Uloom Korangi, Majid-e-Olia Ibrahim Haidary, Masjid Al-Salam Orangi Town, Zia Colony Korangi, Pakhtoon Khuwa Chowk Bilal Colony Korangi, Gizri Flyover and Noorani Masjid Muhammad Colony Keamari.
Addressing the protestors, Pasban Karachi President Syed Ashraf Hussain, General Secretary Naeem Sheikh, Sardar Zulfikar, Akram Aagria, Kamran Raza, Abid Baloch, Zafar Iqbal, Kaleem Ahmed, Matloob Ahmed, Amir Hussain, Salman Nawab and others said Dr Aafia has been in US detention for 2588 days while she was not let to contact with her family for last 418 days.
They regretted that America is committing inhuman crime by detaining innocent Dr Aafia. The leaders charged that our rulers played a condemnable role by not uttering a single word on Dr Aafia issue during their last visit to America. They recalled Prime Minister had promised the nation that the issue of Dr Aafia Siddiqui was included in his agenda.
However, he did not talk about Dr Aafia's issue, they regretted. Ashraf Hussain said the rulers are losing their credibility due to persistence delay in release of hundreds of missing people including Dr Aafia Siddiqui and Saeed Baloch, adding, the rulers have to give up the tradition of bending knees in front of America on their each and every demand.
Meanwhile, the protest demonstration were also held in Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Multan, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Badin, Thatta, Tando Adam, Shadadpur, Chishtian, Bahawal Nagar, Haroonabad, Khushab, Shekhupura, Kunri, Kotri, Nooriabad, Thana Bola Khan and other cities of the country. Dr Fauzia Siddiqui and Pasban Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor and other leaders of civil society addressed a seminar at Quetta Press Club.