Aafia Siddiqui was handed to Pakistani agencies in 2003, new tape reveals

Published: February 15, 2011
Alleged conversation with police officer released by Aafia’s representatives.

Alleged conversation with police officer released by Aafia’s representatives.

KARACHI: A new recording of an alleged conversation with a high-ranking police officer suggests that Aafia Siddiqui was handed over to Pakistani intelligence agencies in 2003.

The recording has been released by the International Justice Network (IJN), which represents Siddiqui’s family. While campaigners for Siddiqui have consistently said that she was arrested and handed over to intelligence agencies that then transferred her into US custody, the charge has been denied by the previous government and US officials.

The conversation, which was reportedly recorded by a Pakistani-American man, is of a meeting with an individual who identifies himself as the head of counter-terrorism for Sindh, Imran Shaukat. The recording cannot be independently verified by The Express Tribune. According to police officials, Shaukat is currently in the US for a two-year training course. They were unable to provide any contact information for him in the US.

According to the transcript and recording released by the IJN and the voices identified by their source, Shaukat says Siddiqui – whose face he had not seen before – was caught as she was travelling to Islamabad. He says she was handed over to the Pakistani intelligence agencies. “That’s what they were saying that the machinery was purchased and Osama bin Laden … that she was one with him …” he is heard saying, and that Siddiqui was a “minor facilitator”. The source (who recorded the conversation) is heard asking, “Why couldn’t she help them snag him, miscellaneous interrogations notwithstanding?” Shaukat replies, “Well, they are not fools. They wouldn’t inform her of their forwarding address.”

When the source asks Shaukat about Maryam, Siddiqui’s daughter, being recovered “yesterday”, he replies that this news is “two or three-months old”. Shaukat also says that Siddiqui’s daughters “were picked up from somewhere” and “we took them with us. They were American nationals. They were all born there.”

Former interior minister Faisal Saleh Hayat told The Express Tribune that he stands by his earlier statements that the government, police and intelligence agencies had no role in the alleged abduction of Aafia Siddiqui.

On the tape, Shaukat is heard describing the modus operandi of the intelligence agencies. “They come, they pick up a person (and keep him) for two to three months … someone files a civil rights petition and we say that we don’t have this person. The intelligence agencies then bring a person to us and say now do an entry and keep him. We say, ‘We’ve already told the court that we don’t have this person, now the court will catch us’”.

Siddiqui, on the other hand, is believed to have told the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that “she was aware that various law enforcement agencies had been looking for her, and that she therefore was in ‘hiding’ for the last five years.”

IJN’s Project Director Tina Foster told The Express Tribune that the recording, which the IJN is reassured is real, “certainly warrants a new investigation.” When asked why the recording – which was received by IJN in April 2010 – was not brought up earlier, Foster said the case Siddiqui was convicted of was very specific (i.e. the incident in Ghazni) and the IJN needed time to verify the content. They felt that now – in light of the Raymond Davis case – the government should take a stand on Siddiqui’s case.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • muhammad umar akhtar
    Feb 15, 2011 - 11:43AM

    afia is no saint as the religious barbarians are trying to portray in their propaganda.She married khalid sheikh muhammad’s nephew.Howsoever she ended up in america is irrelevant as good riddance to bad rubbish.
    i wish america or britain or any other country would take the rest of our religious barbarians as they’ve polluted our country to an intolerable extent.They want to take us back to the society of the stone age & want us to live as uncivilised fanatics.They wish to impose barbaric & misogynistic laws,rituals & beliefs in the name of religion.

    So please if anyone can do the sane & rational people of this country a favour & deport all our religious barbarians it would be a big help.Recommend

  • shanil ahmed
    Feb 15, 2011 - 11:47AM

    This religious fanatic is not a ‘qaum ki beti’.

    The real ” QAUM KI BETIS” are women like sherry rehman,sheharbano taseer,asma jehangir,mukhtara mai,marvi sirmed,naveen naqvi & sana saleem.

    They are women of substance who courageously are standing up publicly for what is right & aren’t surrendering before the religious barbarians.
    Our society would be a better place if we had more women like them.Recommend

  • tanvir khan
    Feb 15, 2011 - 12:22PM

    @shanil ahmed:

    i agree.women like tazeen,mehmal,marvi sirmed,beena sarwar,mehreen kasana have bravely stood up & been counted when it matters in the current hostile climate.

    It’s a bit surprising though to see our women who grow up in a climate where the public,the text books,the tv drams & media in general brainwash our girls into thinking they are inferior to men,that they must be docile,submissive,self effacing & sacrificing vis a vis the men in their family & in society at large.

    To find such outspoken,intelligent & self confident women in our country is most encouraging for the future of our society but we need a lot more women like them if pakistan is to progress.Recommend

  • vasan
    Feb 15, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Aha: Now the story of Dr Afia is emerging slowly. There was a news item in Pakistani press sometime back that she was linked to Alqaeda and related to 9/11 terrorist and that is why her husband divorced her. Now what will the honour seeking Pakistanis do? Retrieve the honor surrendered by their Army? What will happen to the honor of Pak Army if Pakistanis want to trade RD for Dr Afia. It is all really confusing friends, much like Indian TV Serials. Dont know who is doing what and who is capturing whom and who is handing over to whom and who gets killed in the process. I believe Col Imam is alive . Is that true. These can only happen in Pakistan..Recommend

  • Feb 15, 2011 - 12:37PM

    Open and Fair Trial by un-biased authorities may reveal whether she was culprit or not.

    On the face of it, and in accordance with the allegation, she just picked up revolver at an American and sentenced to 85 years of punishment.

    Looks like Dr. Afia is victim of blind justice and partial trial.

    Let us see if US Citizen Davis caught red-handedly in Lahore for grusome multiple murders receives the same / equal treatment or is flown out from Pakistan scot free.

    Let us also see and observe how independent our Judiciary is and if it takes a suo moto action if he is released.Recommend

  • Abdul Gilani
    Feb 15, 2011 - 12:57PM

    @Mohammad umar Akhtar

    Maybe you should be sent to Bagram and then when your tortured then even you’ll admit your a terrorist.

    Liberal fascists(who suffer from inferiority complex) get a life and some brains as well.Recommend

  • Abdul Gilani
    Feb 15, 2011 - 12:58PM


    Exactly “Qaum kee Baytee” which you quote are for US Qaum, Liberal Fascist Qaum, Drinker secular Qaum etc. :DRecommend

  • umad akhter
    Feb 15, 2011 - 1:02PM

    Im really shocked after reading the comments of Umar and Shanil.. yes i agree wid u to the extent of these molas but plz try to change ur mind abt Dr. Afia saddique.. the question is not of his captivity the main issue is tht America is now intereferenig in our home issues.. tell me one thing wht if the next victim is ur sister or mother??? nd i give the same comment as u giv tht who these ladies are i hvnt heard the name of these ladies????/ THINKRecommend

  • Dr. Ali Ahmed
    Feb 15, 2011 - 1:17PM

    you need to ask highups at J.I who screwed her life and left her when she was caught…

    focus on her last statement.. it was for the JI.. her regrets that she trusted them and later came to know about their game, until it was too late.Recommend

  • Zubair Kamal
    Feb 15, 2011 - 1:36PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    But why should He take Suo Moto action? it means after this CJ will be judged whether he is True muslim or not. Recommend

  • usman bajwa
    Feb 15, 2011 - 2:17PM

    Afia’s case proves that no matter how much of academic education a person can get it doesn’t make him/her an educated or a ‘civilised’ person.There’s this misconception in our society that religious fanaticism & mindnumbing attachment to dogmatic rituals can be removed by education.

    No amount of rattafying maths,medical,finance or marketing books can make a person a better human being.Look at this religious fanatic afia,she got an American degree but her delusions didn’t go away.

    There are innumerable examples one can see in our own society,highly educated doctors,CFA’s,MBA’s,ACCA’s,engineers all very well educated academically but with the mentality & belief systems of the cave men.

    You’ll see thousands of our socalled ‘well educated professionals’ who think of women as being inferior to them simply because of their gender,husbands who’ll make their MBBS wives sit & rot at home,chartered accountants who think of women as nothing more than baby producing factories.
    Just because someone has a degree doesn’t make him a ‘good’ human being.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Feb 15, 2011 - 3:10PM

    Two major Wikileaks – one from the Pentagon – one from the State Dept. Both leaks totally confirm everything the USA has said on this subject – both leaks considered authentic by the entire World.Recommend

  • Pak Beacon
    Feb 15, 2011 - 4:16PM

    Musharraf was a soldier therefore he should be court martialed for his deeds.Recommend

  • Peace International
    Feb 15, 2011 - 4:20PM

    A fresh security clearance of all is required who were posted to ISI and Pakistan Atomic Energy commission during the dictatorship of Musharraf.Recommend

  • Human Rights Foundation
    Feb 15, 2011 - 4:25PM

    All hunman rights activists should demand a full in depth investigation of this tape and disclosures. Recommend

  • Feb 15, 2011 - 4:33PM

    @muhammad umar akhtar:
    very well said!!! my hats off!!Recommend

  • Abdul Gilani
    Feb 15, 2011 - 5:17PM

    And Usman Bajwa,

    If your sent to Bagram or Guantanamo and have to suffer even half the torture MIT Graduate Aafia did, even you would admit your a terrorist.

    Liberal Fascists, get a life and some intelligence as well…. :DRecommend

  • Feb 15, 2011 - 9:34PM

    @Zubair Kamal:
    Suo Moto Notice is not to decide about Muslim or Kaafir. This is just to wake up Government if she is not taking any administrative action.Recommend

  • Joe Riebeeck
    Feb 17, 2011 - 11:24PM

    Being an American muslim, I am ashamed by the comments made by Muhammad Umar Akhtar and Shanil Ahmed. Just like the evil arresting officer of Aafia Siddiqui in 2003 who ended up killing her youngest American child by snatching him and droping him on concrete during the arrest and now he adimits it on this secret recording. Then the officer handed her and her children over to CIA, ISI, and FBI controled secret prisons to torture her in to further abuse. Pakistani, muslim, christian, hindu, or any person with a conscience should realize that this MIT graduate Dr Aafia Siddiqui is innocent of overpowering and taking a rifle away from her seven FBI and US Army agents who were in the middle of torturing her in Ghazni Afghanistan two years ago. Even the government witnesses said that they could not find any bullet holes in the interogation room or Dr Aaafia’s fingerprints on the gun. If the bullets did not hit anyone then where did they go? These very same secret agencies who had Dr Aafia in secret prisons later had a reporter killed two years ago when he received similar information from the officer’s colleagues and went public about it. So people before you make any comments please check the facts.Recommend

  • norman finklestein
    Feb 18, 2011 - 5:32AM

    What a shame on Pakistan’s government for their betrayal and its people for not being able or WILLING to protect even their own women folk. Let no nation on earth take an example from them by handing over our mothers, sister and daughters. We Jews say: it is better to die on our feet than to live on our knees – Never to forgive, never to forget. I am not saying that Pakistan is on its knees, that would be a compliment to them and a disgrace to those who kneel. Instead Pakistan is crawling on its belly. Even i have sympathy for this women and she is not of my religion.


  • umad akhter
    Feb 18, 2011 - 12:42PM

    @Joe Riebeeck… ohh Brother i loved wht u wrote… I really appreciate ur comments bcz u told the reality which we all know but our few brothers who r pretending to be so called moderate people are not thinking the same way as u said… although we all know that Dr. Afia is innocent and why her baby son was killed but we are not accepting it bcz our brothers wants to portray them as liberal and socalled moderate citizen.. and neglecting the reality.. once again thankyou soo much Joe Riebeeck Recommend

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