Dr Fauzia ready to compete with Musharraf for NA-250

Published: March 31, 2013
File photo of Dr Fauzia Siddiqui. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

File photo of Dr Fauzia Siddiqui. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, the sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui filed nomination papers from NA 250 Karachi, and is all set to contest the elections against former president Pervez Musharraf.

Filing her papers, Fauzia said she considered Musharraf a symbol of oppression and exploitation, and that is why she is contesting against him.

Predicting that she would beat the former president, Dr Fauzia clarified that she was not just fighting the case for her sister  — Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving a prison sentence in the US for shooting at FBI agents and soldiers after her arrest in Afghanistan.

Dr Fauzia said that she represented those Pakistanis who wanted to eliminate terrorism, kidnapping and human trafficking.

Musharraf had earlier filed nomination papers on Friday to contest elections for the National Assembly from three constituencies – NA-250 (Karachi), NA-32 (Chitral) and NA-48 (Islamabad).

Apart from the former president, Dr Fauzia will also be up against Dr Arif Alvi from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Deputy convener of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Farooq Sattar and former city nazim Niamatullah Khan from the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI).

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Reader Comments (39)

  • shocked!
    Mar 31, 2013 - 8:19PM

    No third option?????


  • Karim
    Mar 31, 2013 - 8:20PM

    who is Ms. Fauzia Siddiqui and what are her contributions and achievements towards this country?


  • Waqar
    Mar 31, 2013 - 8:23PM

    This is cheap. She is using her Sister to gain political milage out of the situation.


  • IZ
    Mar 31, 2013 - 8:43PM

    Does she realize she will probably end up helping Musharraf in NA 250 by running? After all no one who was going to vote for him will vote for her. She will only be drawing away votes from PTI or JI. Probably not enough to make a major difference, but still…


  • Green Tiger
    Mar 31, 2013 - 8:50PM

    I wish PTI Had give the seat to fauzia.


  • m.amin khan
    Mar 31, 2013 - 9:40PM

    it is contest between opressors and opressed. Of course Fouzia represents our concience. i wish PTI and others cud rethink their decision of contesting the same seat.Recommend

  • insaan
    Mar 31, 2013 - 9:41PM

    Arif Alvi (PTI) will most probably win this seat in shaa Allah!!


  • Realistic
    Mar 31, 2013 - 9:54PM

    Dr. Arif Alvi will win this seat most probably in shaa Allah!!


  • Fed up
    Mar 31, 2013 - 10:08PM

    @Green Tiger:
    What exactly has this lady done to deserve a ticket from PTI? Note, I don’t have anything against her, but she really hasn’t done anything while I’ve personally seen Dr. Arif Alvi try and work for the right to the ticket.


  • Fed up
    Mar 31, 2013 - 10:09PM

    You have 5 options if you notice.


  • Straight Forward
    Mar 31, 2013 - 10:12PM

    Dr. Arif Alvi will win this seat most probably!!


  • Sana
    Mar 31, 2013 - 10:18PM

    @Green Tiger:
    Totally agree..


  • Ainee
    Mar 31, 2013 - 10:24PM

    I will vote for her.


  • Mir
    Mar 31, 2013 - 10:36PM

    Despicable, her sister the terrorist has created enough problems for this world and this country. Good thing she isn’t here or she would have been given rose petals for killing my citizens and soldiers. I wasn’t going to vote but now its my civic duty to see her lose.


  • Jibran
    Mar 31, 2013 - 10:55PM

    Terrorists and their sympathizers are given free reign.


  • Imdad Ali Shah Bukhari Dubai
    Mar 31, 2013 - 11:03PM

    3rd candidate is all famous ex nazim karachi Naimat Ul Allah Khan.


  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 31, 2013 - 11:58PM

    Perhaps, I am mistaken, but I am under the impression — I must have read it somewhere — that all siblings of Aafia Siddiqui are naturalized American citizens. If that is true, how can Fauzia Siddiqui run in an election in Pakistan? The oath of American citizenship requires one to break all ties with all other countries.
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.


  • Navaid
    Apr 1, 2013 - 12:37AM

    @Straight Forward:
    He will beat MQM’s Farooq Sattar? Are you on medicine?


  • Khurram
    Apr 1, 2013 - 12:41AM

    Sad to see these people pitting against Naimat Khan


  • B
    Apr 1, 2013 - 12:47AM

    Reading the comments above, I totally see why Pakistan is in such a miserable condition. Can you imagine the courage it must take for a woman who is condemmed never to see her sister again, to oppose the one person whose policies led to her having to face such terrible circumstances? Also, for those who seem unable to decide whether Aafia Siddiqui is a wronged woman or a ciminal, please refer to journalist Yvonne Ridley’s articles which have the facts laid out


  • Akmal Wasim
    Apr 1, 2013 - 12:51AM

    OMG ! If this is going to happen my vote is for Pervez Musharraf


  • sam
    Apr 1, 2013 - 1:33AM

    Musharraf should win this as he may have failures but plenty of successes too. Tell me what Alvi has done? And Afia’s sister?


  • Apr 1, 2013 - 3:27AM

    @Waqar: she will win InshALLAH.


  • insaf
    Apr 1, 2013 - 4:10AM

    PTI should withdraw Dr Alvi to support Fauzia. There may be unexpexted result on this seat.


  • Loki
    Apr 1, 2013 - 5:40AM

    We dont have to look at her acheivments we have to support her cause she is fighting for her sister


  • Irtiza
    Apr 1, 2013 - 8:50AM

    She is marketing her sister’s ‘acievements’ to gain some sympathies and votes. The so called ‘Qoum ki beti’ will face embarrassment and nothing else, inshAllah.


  • Saad
    Apr 1, 2013 - 10:02AM

    only Farooq Sattar could win, if he leaves and gives support for Musharraf than he will win, everyone else is just dreaming.


  • Pappoo
    Apr 1, 2013 - 10:09AM

    After looking into the pathetic kind of candidates, I have started feeling sorry for the voters of NA-250 :(


  • student
    Apr 1, 2013 - 10:39AM

    I think she is appearing for Election just because of the bad faces of such politicians


  • Falcon
    Apr 1, 2013 - 11:05AM

    Dr. Fawzia is seeking sympathy vote of her sister. There are thousands of doctors in Pakistan, why only she was caught by Americans in Afghanistan. Definately, she was with terrorists. She defamed Pakistan’s name on international level, and it is Pervez Musharraf who took out the Country from the hot water.


  • Down with Mush
    Apr 1, 2013 - 12:19PM

    what MUSH has done and what others have done.. don’t wanna get into that but being a voter of this constituency i can tell that Ms. fouzia will only dent PTI and JI’S Vote bank which would ultimately benefit MUSH. Therefore anti Mush parties should think about it beyond their political ideologies because karachites want to get rid of this darkest era of their history. IF MQM+MUSH wins this seat same mess will prevail.


  • altaf shakoor
    Apr 1, 2013 - 4:32PM

    @Siddique Malik: She is a Pakistani citizen. Not even applied for green card. It’s all CIA propaganda.


  • Green Tiger
    Apr 1, 2013 - 5:26PM

    @Fed Up

    Ás your name suggests, you are well fed up & taken care off. You ask what she has done to PTI to get a ticket.

    Let me explain.
    1. It’s all about winning. See has a good chance since people see her as victim of Musharraf & have sympathies for her. People don’t like US & her sister is jailed on militancy charges.
    2. The country has wronged her sister by secretly exporting all militants to US. It’s well known that most of people in gautamano jail are Pakistanis or captured from Pakistan.
    3. Now Musharraf is back in Pakistan & by there are too many anti mush people who will vote for fauzia.


  • salim
    Apr 1, 2013 - 6:10PM

    Afia is not God’s gift to humanity. There are numerous articles and books on her activities from the time she joined MIT as a student to the time she married an Al-Qaeda operative after divorcing her first husband. None of the stuff has ever been denied. There are dates, names etc. I request some of the above to get as much material as they can before forming an opinion.


  • Mugs
    Apr 1, 2013 - 8:32PM

    In previous elections candidate belonging to JI have won most, moreover NAIMATULLAH KHAN is karachiites’ beloved, I think he is the most favourite


  • Mirza
    Apr 1, 2013 - 9:17PM

    He candidature is only going to help the army dictator Mush.


  • Mohammad Ahmed
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:25AM


    As far as this election is concern, Musharraf has made a political party and contesting as all other candidates. It would be injustice to say a dictator. But anything relating for his previous tenure you will justified in some way to say him a dictator. What are you going to say about these civilian dictators who are running in the current elections. Why we should vote for them?


  • shah
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:25PM

    Wake up childs, Na 250 will goes to MQMRecommend

  • Abdul Baseer Khan
    Apr 2, 2013 - 6:21PM

    I think it’s her plain attempt to stand against the wild one, I agree to the fact that she is cashing the popularity she gained from her sister’s name but she is a qualified doctor and isn’t ethically as terrible as the corrupt ones we have got on the list.


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