Victim’s family ‘open’ to Aafia’s repatriation in ‘exchange’ for Davis

Published: March 1, 2011
A man holds an image of U.S. national Raymond Davis while chanting slogans during a rally against Davis in Islamabad February 28, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

A man holds an image of U.S. national Raymond Davis while chanting slogans during a rally against Davis in Islamabad February 28, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS


Family members of one of Raymond Davis’ victims, Faheem, said they are open to exchanging Davis for Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

Faheem’s family, including his brother Waseem, father and uncle, were addressing the media at the residence of Siddiqui’s sister Dr Fauzia’s residence in Karachi. They had arrived in the city to meet with Siddiqui’s family.

Faheem and Faizan, killed by Davis in Lahore, were neither robbers nor had any criminal record, said Waseem while addressing the media. The weapons had been planted on them later to implicate them, he asserted.

Before the Americans can even talk about repatriating Davis, they need to release Aafia, said Dr Fauzia.

Meanwhile, Siddiqui’s mother added that it was the right of the families of Davis’ victims to ask for monetary compensation or demand Siddiqui’s release.

Faheem’s family, however, said they would resist pressure by the US and Pakistan government to accept blood money as compensation.

Earlier, Faheem’s family was received at Karachi airport by supporters of a rightwing political party that had invited Faheem’s family to Karachi.

The supporters chanted slogans against Davis and demanded he be hanged.

The government’s efforts to release Davis will be resisted at every level, said Pasban president Altaf Shakoor while addressing the gathering at the airport. He condemned the US authorities for ‘falsifying facts to get the killer released.’

Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2011.

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  • Aqeel Ahmed Khan Sherwani
    Feb 28, 2011 - 6:53PM

    Aafia hasn’t killed any one – he killed two and caused to killed the 3rd one!Recommend

  • Feb 28, 2011 - 7:08PM

    Not a bad option, if the victims family are agreed!Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Feb 28, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Afia should be exchanged for dead body of Davis lolRecommend

  • Syed Kashif Nawaz
    Feb 28, 2011 - 7:16PM

    Though, it will not compensate the loss of three Pakistanis killed in the incident, but atleast we are in a position to trade-off Dr. Afia Siddiqui against Raymond Davis!

    Thank you Quaid-e-Tehreek Altaf Hussain for suggesting the best opportunity to get her released from US. Recommend

  • Hamood
    Feb 28, 2011 - 7:19PM

    We don’t want another terrorist back in Pakistan. Aafia left her husband and ran away to Afghanistan with Al-Qaeda number 3’s nephew and was caught around a military base doing suspicious activities. We have enough terrorists in the country, we don’t need another one Thank you very much.Recommend

  • Ashraf R
    Feb 28, 2011 - 7:21PM

    This is the only way out of this mess. This would be a face-saving option for both nations. I don’t think it will help Pakistan to escalate this issue any further. The only winners would be the religious parties. Maybe also extract a sizable compensation for the victims’ families. Recommend

  • Malik
    Feb 28, 2011 - 7:23PM

    Why do we want to exchange one terrorist for another?Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Feb 28, 2011 - 7:32PM

    The deal does not sound right. Somehow!!!Recommend

  • Feb 28, 2011 - 7:33PM

    @ Malik: Dr. Aafia is not a terrorist. I would advise you take your comments back or apologize for such an infamous remark.

    Dr. Aafia is our sister, a fellow Muslim Pakistani lady and her honor needs to be respected at any cost.Recommend

  • Abdul Qadir
    Feb 28, 2011 - 7:56PM

    They say Aafia Siddiqui has been sexually abused by black guards at the prison she is being keptRecommend

  • Majid Nasim Ahmad
    Feb 28, 2011 - 8:10PM

    I do not think it is a fair deal to trade Raymond Davis, who is guilty of killing 2 people directly and 2 people indirectly (i.e. Ibad-ur-Rahman and Faheem’s wife, Shumaila), for Aafia Siddiqui, who is innocent of any wrongdoing. They didn’t even find her fingerprints on the gun that the US alleges her to have used against the US officers in Afghanistan and they wrongly sentenced her to 86 years in prison, after already torturing her for 7 years. However, if trading Raymond Davis is the only way to get Aafia Siddiqui back, then I say go for it.Recommend

  • Asim
    Feb 28, 2011 - 8:18PM

    Anyone noticed how drone attacks and “terrorist” attacks have stopped since the capture of Davis. Let Davis grow old in Pakistani jails and a few others like him , Pakistan may very well become the safest country on the face of the earth ! Recommend

  • Amjad
    Feb 28, 2011 - 8:44PM

    Do people really beleive this??

    Davis will be released in a matter of weeks and will be in america by next month.

    Pakistan is a poor and corrupt. What law are they talking about?? all the leaders are corrupt and walking free. If pakistan was a country of law and order 90% of the current policticans would be behind bars.

    When a country is corrupt what can you expect in this davis saga? He will be released and nothing will happen.Recommend

  • ahk
    Feb 28, 2011 - 8:45PM

    hahahaha wishful thinking aafia for the americans is a ‘proven’ criminal whereas davis enjoys diplomatic immunity. this is a far far fetched idea!!Recommend

  • liyaqat
    Feb 28, 2011 - 8:55PM

    good bargaining…Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 28, 2011 - 9:00PM

    Both are terrorists and both have intelligence links… NONE is a saint, not Afia nor Raymond… dahl meiN kuch kaala hi nahii, balke sari dahl hi kaali haiN!Recommend

  • Quadar
    Feb 28, 2011 - 9:00PM

    @Abdul Qadir:
    who THEY?Recommend

  • Mah jabeen
    Feb 28, 2011 - 9:05PM

    Mr. Malik and Mr. Hamood I am so sorry to see your insensitivity.
    May Allah swt bring the same circumstances on you to understan if you dont learn from others.
    Do you know that Sister Aafia;s 6 month old is still lost ( might be dead) daughter and son 4 and 7 year old spent 5 n 7 years in jail for what crime on earth???
    So please do some research before opening your mouth. we all have to face Allah swt one day.

  • Malik
    Feb 28, 2011 - 9:06PM

    @H Q:

    A court has decided her to be a terrorist. You do believe in rule of law or you don’t? Afia had full opportunity to clear her name but she wasted it on irrelevant issues. A sure sign she was guilty. No wonder we are going downhill; every jihadi terrorist automatically becomes our brother or sister.Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Feb 28, 2011 - 9:12PM

    Such stupid deal is not possible. No one in America, except courts and that too on long process of appeal or on mercy plea can give some benefit to Dr. Afia, everything else is just politics and make fools to those who are already enough fools. There was a time in the begining, when these families of confirmed robbers could get some money, because Americans did not want to go through any hassel, but that time has been passed, now everything is disclosed, maximum harm has been done to America. The brother of killed robber has been fooled by terrorists. He and other robber’s family will not get anything, instead in future they will face the consequences of having contacts and support of terrorist organizations. On the other hand Davis will be paid a hunge amount and unconditional apology by Pakistan government for kindnapping, torchering, humiliating, defaming and unjustly confining a diplomat. Just wait few more days.Recommend

  • Hamood
    Feb 28, 2011 - 9:32PM

    @HQ, Aafia may be your sister but she is not mine. I do not have terrorists in my family.Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 28, 2011 - 9:44PM

    @H Q

    What about Asia Bibi, is she not our sister?

    Dr Aafia is a convicted terrorist, her background is known and all and we would be better off without such a person in our nation.Recommend

  • Malik
    Feb 28, 2011 - 9:58PM

    @Mah jabeen:

    You sound like you were with Afia when all this happened and you know for sure that she is innocent. Can you disclose you sources how you know she is innocent despite court’s verdict?

    Civilised societies work on rule of law dictated by court rulings. If you don’t like the ruling, appeal. Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 28, 2011 - 10:22PM

    US should return Aafia Siddiqui unconditionally.

    If US want Raymond Davis back then it should pay One Hundred Million US Dollars for each of the person killed by Raymond Davis, as well as for the motorcyclist and Shumaila.

    For four dead people, the deal should not be less then four hundred million US Dollars. If US agree to pay this amount then the nation will try to convince the family members of deceased people. Recommend

  • Imran
    Feb 28, 2011 - 10:25PM

    Aafia is a terrorist, raymond a terrorist-killer. Return raymond but dont ask for her. Check her history on for aafia siddiqui..Recommend

  • This is what we(me and my fellows) thought of before. However, it is not necessary that the two countries agree on this point. Our government is not interested in Afia I believe and our military may not want Raymond to go home so soon. He shall fully enjoy our hospitality :)Recommend

  • Anon
    Feb 28, 2011 - 10:32PM

    @ Mah Jabeen – Will you be as sensitive to the Christian lady Aasia in jail here for blashphemy as you are to Aafia since she also has children (as if having young kids proves one’s innocence) ? As you said we will all face Allah swt one day. Hope you remember this for all Aasia s behind bars in our jails.Recommend

  • puzlica
    Feb 28, 2011 - 10:32PM

    yea. Aafia is not my sister. and if she is the nations daughter or whatever, then so is veena Malik. who i would much rather call my sister than some terrorist with shady links to al -qaeda.
    why are we so hypocritical? she covers her head so she she is our sister. Veena doesn’t so she brought us dishonour. Mumtaz Qadri killed our governor in cold blood and hes a hero who should be freed. this guy kills two people, for self-defense or whatever- we’ll find out and we should hang him? why aren’t people rallying to hang the people who beat Hafeez Mughees and muneeb brothers in sialkot, or those who killed the two Christians in Faisalabad. seriously …Recommend

    Feb 28, 2011 - 10:34PM

    we are all with afia siddiqui and hope that she will must come back to pakistan with the help of ALLAH INSHA ALLAHRecommend

  • khan
    Feb 28, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Aafia is a heroine to many in Pakistan, but once one tries dig deeper into the whole story, particularly the trial record one begins to suspect that the whole issue has been used by some local masterminds. The same applies to Taseer’s killer Qadri.

    In the end facts tend to belie what is being pandered about to raise the Pakistani people’s emotions to a fever pitch.

    Who benefits? Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 28, 2011 - 10:58PM

    The two should not be linked.

    Raymond Davis should be tried independently; and , if the merits of the case warrant, be sentenced to death.

    We canot be seen to be making oily deals. Everyone needs to be equal before the law. Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Feb 28, 2011 - 11:04PM

    Why should anybody think of exchanging criminals, both are guilty of crimes and both should do the times. Here they will make her a hero and there they will make him hero, they both are simply criminals. It’s a No Deal

    I do not like to associate stranger as my sister, Get real Mr. HQRecommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Feb 28, 2011 - 11:05PM

    Lets see first Court’s decision. Of course Dr. Aafia Siddiqi is our honour, (a very heartless comment @ Malik) she and her family has suffered a lot with simply a baseless case. Very sad and shameful that we could not do anything concrete for her and family. Let her arrive free and safely then as her sister says.Recommend

  • Amer
    Feb 28, 2011 - 11:16PM

    The Americans are not as foolish as the Pakistanis who are suggesting for this exchange. They know how to use their bargaining power and will never even start talking of an exchange like this, how naive can people in Pakistan become sometimes!!Recommend

  • Bangash
    Feb 28, 2011 - 11:22PM

    What idiotic ideas Pakistanis come up with.Recommend

    Feb 28, 2011 - 11:26PM

    How wonder, how can you ask Dr. Afia a terreriost, even the american citizens protested against the court’s decisionRecommend

  • inam
    Feb 28, 2011 - 11:45PM

    This CIA agent is no diplomat.

    a clear article on why davis does not have immunity

  • zeruk
    Feb 28, 2011 - 11:54PM

    may Allah bless dr Aafia,Pakistan and every muslim.Recommend

  • 10th
    Feb 28, 2011 - 11:56PM

    I don’t see how exchanging 2 terrorists makes any sense. Two wrongs do not make a right.Recommend

  • Majid Nasim Ahmad
    Mar 1, 2011 - 12:20AM

    @ Imran:
    Your comment that Aafia Siddiqui is a terrorist disgusts me. She is not a terrorist. Everything was framed upon her by the Americans, who are the real terrorists. Don’t trust everything you read on Wikipedia. They are run by the Americans, who are masters in spreading lies. For true information on Aafia Siddiqui, go to or http://www.freeaafia.orgRecommend

  • Momin
    Mar 1, 2011 - 12:41AM

    @ Mah Jabeen,

    Is cursing an innocent person part of your religious practise??Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 1:27AM

    lets play russian roulette with afia and davis… and shoot the surviver for not being sporting enoughRecommend

  • Imran
    Mar 1, 2011 - 2:33AM

    If Aafia is not a terrorist why is the USA so keen to keep her? Why did they take her n not me or u. Ever thought about it? Why has the religious right worked so hard on this case to make her an icon? Dont believe wikipedia and believe u? Tell me who has a history of telling truth, u guys or goras? When a gora product says its contains this, it always does. They r often honest in thier dealings and objective in thier history. We always take a one sided view of things and we seldom tell the truth. Aafia is comfortably kept in a mental health facility, she is not in a real jail. The government of pakistan has spent 2 million dollars hiring lawyers for her. She has a long history of helping terrorists, though in the end they didnt try her for that, they chose the easy path.
    Believe u and ur fake websites and lies? First establish credibility and develop history of telling truth. I have seen Lal masjid moulvis on TV saying thier were no weapons there, still they fought for 3 days. kept kids as hostage, managed to kill 17 soldiers whose bodies a friend of mine and people of that areas saw ? Look at the lies told about Salman Taseer , look at ur silence when bombs explode is mosques, killing worshippers and destroying the Qurans inside? Our moulllvis misuse Islam to gaim power and play politics, they tell lies on ur face when it suits them. I am sorry Majid bhai but ur websites carry absolutely zero credibility with me. Aafia is not innocent at all and I resent the fact that our government spent 2 million $ for her lawyers. Ask her ex husband about her activities.Recommend

  • Amir
    Mar 1, 2011 - 3:19AM

    The bargain should be weather Raymond be executed or life-imprisoned. If US wants him to be alive then exchange with Afia but he will be life imprisoned.
    Otherwise hang himRecommend

  • Amir
    Mar 1, 2011 - 3:21AM

    If shooting by US to our beloved one is allowed then our religion allowed us to retaliate.Recommend

  • Amir
    Mar 1, 2011 - 3:24AM

    I would rather put your name into exchange list who cannot distingush who is terroist who is innocentRecommend

  • Saulat
    Mar 1, 2011 - 3:31AM

    @Aqeel Ahmed Khan Sherwani:

    Aafia is a terrorist. Left her husband, got her son killed somewhere. And then took a teenage son to Kabul for bombingRecommend

  • Cosmo
    Mar 1, 2011 - 3:47AM

    @H Q:
    Aafia tried to kill American soldiers whereas Davis tried to killed armed robbers. Well, she’s a terrorist in my view.Recommend

  • Cosmo
    Mar 1, 2011 - 3:52AM

    By calling Aafia a “sister” you are demeaning all the sisters of the world.
    You should have no sympathy for convicted terrorists.Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 1, 2011 - 5:05AM

    Two questions to all the participants of this thread. What is US’ gain in keeping Dr Afia even if she is innocent ? What is Pakistan’s gain releasing Mr Davis even if he is a murderer?Recommend

  • Singh
    Mar 1, 2011 - 5:43AM

    US Law does not allow bargaing with terrorist. Some one was saying for 400 million. US will not pay even 4 cent for any exchange. US court work well then pak court. Higher goo attorny and go to supreme court. No politics paly in US court. Period.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Mar 1, 2011 - 6:49AM

    ahhh…how could i forget about the daughter of the nation…..Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 7:40AM

    The USA thinks it can get away with murder. The example of the daylight murderer, Raymond Davis is in front of all of us. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a frail woman, could not have had the strength to take on US soldiers with a weapon. It was a complete fabrication.

    If the bereaved families have agreed to the swap then the GoP should go ahead with adequate compensation being coughed up by the US and paid to the bereaved families without any bureaucratic dely. Plus all CIA agents in Pakistan should exit as fast as possible. Salams for 2011 and ever. Recommend

  • Ashraf R
    Mar 1, 2011 - 8:03AM

    I have to agree with some of the posts here about Dr.Aafia. She left her family on a terror mission to Afghanistan. Problem was she failed and got caught. Having a Ph.D, does not make her an angel. But the swap has to be made. It is the only way forward.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Mar 1, 2011 - 2:05PM

    I thought almost all pakistanis were religious fanatics, good to see that is not the case. Indians are thrilled when we see pakistanis always supporting suspicious cases like Qadri, aafia, these two who were shot etc. It is so obviously wrong to the rest of the world but only a small minority in Pakistan recognizes it.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Mar 1, 2011 - 2:15PM

    You guys have hopes. US pays for all your leader’s fun and they can’t kill a few people, c’mon, how is that fair?Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Mar 1, 2011 - 5:51PM

    @Malik: Please look into her past? Who she was married to & then join the dots & get the full picture, that is if not from TI or JI.

    If you are then God help you cause common sense is not so common among supporters of both these parties. Recommend

  • ainee
    Mar 1, 2011 - 6:24PM

    when there was time to take stand on aafia case the whole nation and authorities did nothing and now they are feeling pain of aafia just to ascape this situation.this is just a cowardly idea.we must wait for the decision of the court.Recommend

  • Malik
    Mar 1, 2011 - 8:57PM

    @Majid Nasim Ahmad:

    Why don’t you pleade Afia’s case in a court of law if you have such a strong case? Recommend

  • Mastishhk
    Mar 1, 2011 - 10:58PM

    ((((Victim’s family ‘open’ to Aafia’s repatriation in ‘exchange’ for Davis))))..
    Are these guys even aware of who “Affia Siddiqui ” is or what are her credentials. Agreed that they are family of the two people who were shot by Raymond Davis. But does that raise their intellect to a level where they are able to decide matters of international importance ????? The family is clearly under pressure due to this unwelcome limelight they find themselves under….They need to be left alone or else we would be listening to more ridiculous potential deals.Recommend

  • Umair Savul
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:21AM

    Couldn’t Pakistan get a more awe-inspiring option than that.

    Afia and Davis are two different chapters and Davis must enjoy the merriment of Paki cellsRecommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 4:17AM

    This is how it’s always done in a wartime situation. Even though I believe that the exchange of Davis in return of Aafia is not balanced — Davis is a killer spy — we will at least be able to get back our daughter. The cowardly Pak gov needs to push this matter strongly.


  • abdul
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:22PM

    Dr Afia is a not killer, she is innocent women,she is not terrorist,meanwhile Mr Devis is a killer of our 3 Pakistanis this is open record and how many others he kill i dont know then US said he is not killer have a license(astshana) of killing a innocent person. Recommend

  • Sabina
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:55PM

    Aafia Siddiqui is in prison, that’s it, nothing can be done. I don’t care, she deserves it, she is a Terrorist, just like David is.
    As of Raymond Davis, he should be prisoned for killing three Pakistanis, not hanged. Would the Americans hang a Pakistan if he killed Americans, no, he would be sentenced to jail, so why hang him? Hanging him would caused more hatred, more problems, for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Sabina
    Mar 8, 2011 - 3:58PM

    So, I think clearly you haven’t read the news, sir. Drone attacks have increased, and just today Faislabad was bombed, 31 killed, over 100 injured. So, they’ve stopped, have they? You can blame it on the Americans to escape the truth, but clearly, Taliban done this bomb. Anyways, stop trying to cause more hatred, you ignorant man. Recommend

  • Sabina
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:03PM

    Thank you, perfect answer, when will us Pakistanis learn the truth. We blame on others, and never learn the actual truth behind it. Everyday I put on the news, Pakistan is the problem around the world. The Taliban, which are Muslims, are bombing mosques, they are in charge of the stuff happening. And for thinking Aafia Siddiqui, is not a terrorist, your the terrorist. Trust me, she is treated so well there. Recommend

  • Navin
    Mar 13, 2011 - 5:15PM

    Oh… now isn’t this all too convenient for the US administration! ha ha ha… seems like somebody found a scapegoat at last!Recommend

  • Akbar
    Mar 17, 2011 - 12:36PM

    What is this really we are Pakistanis Shame on us.on our govr. Raymont goes …Recommend

  • Faizan
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:35AM

    Afia is a true Muslim, her Religion is Islam n america on war against Islam , actually america planed to kill all Muslims , but Allah has already planed that how america will be destroyed by itself , for its destruction he will collect hate from all human, and by the thanks of Allah whole world understood in Americas thinking, and its end time come earlier Insha allahRecommend

  • Faizan
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:39AM

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