Dr Aafia sentenced to 86 years in prison

Published: September 24, 2010
Rights activists clash with police during a protest for the release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. PHOTO: EPA

Rights activists clash with police during a protest for the release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. PHOTO: EPA

This September 23, 2010 courtroom drawing shows Dr Aafia Siddiqui with Judge Richard Berman. AFP PHOTO/SHIRLEY SHEPARD Rights activists clash with police during a protest for the release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. PHOTO: EPA

A federal court in Manhattan on Thursday sentenced Dr Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years of imprisonment for the attempted murder of US officers in Afghanistan.

“It is my judgment that Dr Siddiqui is sentenced to a period of incarceration of 86 years,” said Judge Richard Berman.

Siddiqui, 38, denounced the trial and said an appeal would be “a waste of time. I appeal to God.”

A jury found Siddiqui guilty in February of trying to kill US agents and military officers, after she was detained in 2008 by the Afghan police.

During Siddiqui’s three-week trial, FBI agents and US soldiers testified that when they went to interrogate Siddiqui, she snatched an unattended assault rifle. They claimed that the neuroscientist allegedly shot at them after abusing America.

Siddiqui was arrested in July 2008 by the Afghan police, who said she was carrying containers of chemicals and notes referring to mass-casualty attacks and New York landmarks.

According to a news agency, during the hearings Siddiqui called on Muslims to resist using violence and said she loves American soldiers.

“Don’t get angry,” Siddiqui said in court to her supporters after the sentence was announced. “Forgive Judge Berman.”

Berman responded, saying: “I wish more defendants would feel the way that you do.”

Prosecutors said Siddiqui is a cold-blooded radical who deserves life in prison. “Her conduct was not senseless or thoughtless,” prosecutors wrote. “It was deliberate and premeditated. Siddiqui should be punished accordingly.”

The defence had asked the judge for a sentence closer to 12 years behind bars. Her lawyers argued in court papers that their client’s outburst inside a cramped Afghan outpost was a spontaneous “freak out,” born of mental illness not militancy.

“I do not want any bloodshed. I do not want any misunderstanding. I really want to make peace and end the wars,” Siddiqui said.

Siddiqui said she was particularly upset by overseas reports that she was being tortured in a US prison and added that she was actually being treated well.

“I am not sad. I am not distressed. They are not torturing me,” she said. “This is a myth and lie and its being spread among the Muslims.”

However, Siddiqui’s sister, Dr Fauzia said that Aafia was being forced to make incorrect statements and added that it was evident (in published photographs) that she had been tortured.


During a press conference soon after the verdict was announced, Dr Fauzia vowed that Siddiqui will be brought back, and that from this day onwards “Aafia Movement” will begin. “Mark my words, Aafia will come back. This is not her defeat, this is her victory,” she said.

“We had no better expectations from this Judge. Anything less than a hundred (years) would be clemency on his part.

Fauzia, along with her mother, slammed the government for failing to fulfil their promises to bring Siddiqui back. “Keep increasing the sentence, make it a century or over. This is not a punishment for Aafia, it is a slap on the face of our rulers who were responsible for bringing her back.

“The previous government sold her once; this government has sold her again and again.”

She went on to say that the judgment has proved to the whole world that the justice system that America prides itself on, no longer exists.


Earlier in Karachi on Thursday, about 400 activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and its allied youth group, Pasban, gathered outside the Karachi Press Club carrying pictures of Siddiqui and chanting slogans against the US govt and justice system.

“Free Aafia,” “We want Aafia, not dollars!” the activists chanted, a reference to US aid funds.

(Additional input from news desk)

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (107)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Sep 23, 2010 - 5:54PM

    In order to decrease anti-American sentiments in Pakistan, US Government should release Aafia Siddiqui without any further delay and make sure that she should reach home safely.Recommend

  • Ghani
    Sep 23, 2010 - 6:29PM

    When she has not done anything, then why ask for pardon?
    Ask for justice. Ask for justice only. Not pity. Recommend

  • Bangash
    Sep 23, 2010 - 6:33PM

    What a silly statement. Aafia Siddiqi has been convicted of terrorism in US courts and will serve her sentence. This is not Pakistan where “mai uss kai saath baat karonga” invalidates all rules/procedures.Recommend

  • Sep 23, 2010 - 7:16PM

    You don’t ‘pardon’ an ‘innocent’ person.

    Afia should come back home and speak against the atrocities she went through during her detention – Exposing the papa of justice and democracy like Moazzam Baig did.Recommend

  • Ruhena
    Sep 23, 2010 - 7:39PM

    PARDON HER!!!!!!! she has done nothing wrong!
    Aafia alongside many innocent muslims worldwide were arrested for no reason what so ever, they all wnet through and some still going through toture in the hands of the kuffar! the youngest of them was a 7, 9 and 11 year old boys – who know where they are now.

    Release her not pardon, demand for just not pardon!! and locate her son Suleman, if the older 2 are back where is the younger one! what have they done with him????Recommend

  • Jasmine
    Sep 23, 2010 - 9:53PM

    The media spin has begun. She was not innocent but I am quite sure that 76 years was a bit harsh. I guess she can appeal to the higher court. Recommend

  • Schazad
    Sep 23, 2010 - 9:58PM

    How do we know she is innocent as we didn’t know if she was guilty. Now it is found out that she is guilty, then why would anyone want her back. I mean the lady had something to do with something. Even her uncle had confessed it. She wasn’t picked up for doing nothing. Now what wrong is the alleged atrocities by the authorities while she was in detention. Law doesn’t listen to emotional talk when you commit treason against a country.Recommend

  • ar.m
    Sep 23, 2010 - 10:00PM

    what an injustice
    may Allah destroy the oppressors, ameenRecommend

  • A Suhail
    Sep 23, 2010 - 10:05PM

    Afia Siddiqui’s ex husband who is like her a so called ‘warrior of islam’ has given a wide ranging interview about her ex wife and it’s still available online on jang news website. He has accused her ex of willfully hiding and insists he saw her twice between 2004 and 2007. He also accuses Afia’s family if hiding her three kids from him and says they are lying when they say kids are missing. Her ex is a known Taliban apologist and thus can’t be accused of being an American agent. It’s about time we pakisani’s reconcile to the fact that we have black Sheeps among us and they bring bad name to our country. People like Faisal Shahzad and Afia Sidique does not represent and we shouldn’t waste time trying to convince the world that they are innocent.
    @ Ruhana, more young kids have died at the hands of fellow Taliban than at the hands of Americans. Recommend

  • Samreen A.Khan
    Sep 23, 2010 - 10:08PM

    agree with you!Recommend

  • Aasia Sohail Mian
    Sep 23, 2010 - 10:10PM

    The real face of America Justice for others is exposed.I condemn the sentence given to Aafia Saddiqi and ask the Government of Pakistan that what role they have played for the lady which was accused of false charges and The America has just punished her for nothing and to satisfy her ego. I don’t believe that a women can snatch a gun from an American soldier. absolutely impossible. She was not a six million dollar women. The government has failed to safe guard the human rights.Recommend

  • Usama
    Sep 23, 2010 - 10:11PM

    Well I am pretty sure that if the U.S court found her guilty then she was definitely not innocent…..and on what basis are all of you saying she hasn’t done anything wrong??Recommend

  • Farheen
    Sep 23, 2010 - 10:13PM

    Sentencing one woman won’t stop the inevitable uprise of Islam!!! Haters of Islam will meet their due!Recommend

  • mariyam
    Sep 23, 2010 - 10:14PM

    this is just so stupid!
    76 years?? seriously??

    why is the US acting this way? arent they supposed to be the ‘upholders of justice’?

    a person has been tortured, a muslim woman to be precise for Gods sake! her whole family has been disturbed!

    this is the worst case of prejudice ive seen so far. i just hope to God she gets justice in this life as well and the Hereafter.Recommend

  • Hammad
    Sep 23, 2010 - 10:16PM

    Well it not over we need to raise our voices more than before INSHALLAH we can get her back home, or at least she will get justice in the HereafterRecommend

  • Ali Ahmed
    Sep 23, 2010 - 10:20PM

    I have not access to any proves and witnesses against her. BUT

    I have seen the proves presented by Co. Paul in UN Ge. Assembly against Iraq. I can imagine the proves against her are as childish as those presnted against Irqa to justify Iraq war.Recommend

  • Sep 23, 2010 - 10:22PM

    Judiciary should be respected worldwide. I wonder why Pakistani civil society (so called protectors of Justice) and Jazbati media is against the American court of law. She has proven guilty after thorough judicial process. Rather protesting and abusing, the religious fanatics of Pakistan should stop exporting terror to Afghanistan or any part of the world and engage themselves in constructive activities.

    In fact I held Jamat e Islami responsible for the brainwashing and making arrangements for this lady to send Afghanistan, they should also be brought to court of justice.

    As Afia’s sister submitted the case in Allah’s court — Now they should accept to what Allah did with them through America. justice have been served — now for God sake stop blaming America for whats happening in Pakistan, United States has released lots of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay after inquiry.Recommend

  • faraz
    Sep 23, 2010 - 10:25PM

    So why dont we protest infront of GHQ? Recommend

  • Awais Siddiqui
    Sep 23, 2010 - 10:42PM

    America has no right to arrest pakistani innocent people. In one of them Dr. Aafia Siddiqui has been charged 86 years of imprisonment. In the light of justice america is playing as a redbull wisdom so all pakistani nation should fight against Aafia’s injustice. America kindly send our Aafia safely in to the land of islam otherwise all pakistani nation has an eye on the devils land.Recommend

  • Aasia Sohail Mian
    Sep 23, 2010 - 11:01PM

    The real face of American Justice for others is exposed.I condemn the sentence given to Aafia Saddiqi and ask the Government of Pakistan that what role they have played for the lady which was accused of false charges and The America has just punished her for nothing and to satisfy her ego. I don’t believe that a women can snatch a gun from an American soldier. absolutely impossible. She was not a six million dollar women. The government has failed to safe guard the human rights.Recommend

  • RS
    Sep 23, 2010 - 11:04PM


    For heaven’s sake, please don’t bring religion to this issue. You sound almost barbaric when you say “may Allah destory the oppressors.”

    This is a matter of injustice/justice, and not of Muslims vs. the rest of the world. If the US believed Siddiqui to be guilty, they will imprison her, 8 years or 86 years. Also, in case you have not been keeping up with the news, one WHITE, NON-MUSLIM woman from Virginia is on deathrow for “plotting” the murder of her husband and step-son. The lady has an IQ of 76. Dr. Siddiqui is a neuroscientist. If the US will not grant the lady from Virginia any more appeals, despite her mental health, god knows they will not spare Dr. Siddiqui, a healthy, intelligent woman who may or may not have been at the wrong place at the wrong time. That is justice–they don’t spare wrongdoing citizens of their own country, then why should they spare a Pakistani for allegedly shooting at their troops on foreign soil? Go figure.

    Being patriotic is one thing, but bringing religion to bring down others is another. The US is going through a phase of Islamophobia because Islam is misrepresented all across the world by the al-Qaeda and other pan-Islamic movements. But what about Pakistanis themselves? Do you ignore sectarian violence that kills their own Muslim BROTHERS? Forget the shooting of Ismaelis? How about the oppression of Hindus and the sporadic killings of Christians?

    Stop being ignorant and leave everything in the hands of god.Recommend

  • Shobby
    Sep 23, 2010 - 11:06PM

    The Americans have showed their true colors. Will the Pakistani government stand up and demand her release immediatelyRecommend

  • sap
    Sep 23, 2010 - 11:14PM

    i red all the comment above, use less, you are like your rulers totally useless, there are many Afia/s dieing every day and no one cares and even don’t talk, Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Sep 23, 2010 - 11:23PM

    Well done Americans…let here rot in US jailsRecommend

  • Asad Jamil(mps)
    Sep 23, 2010 - 11:24PM

    tears are from the deep of heart for this heinous barbarism from the champion of human rights, shame on Pakistani government and Musharraf the seller of a nations daughter u go to hell.. may ALLAH give her strength to bear all these hardships Recommend

  • waqas
    Sep 23, 2010 - 11:35PM

    America has no right to arrest pakistani innocent people.Boycott american and europian products destroy their economy….Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 23, 2010 - 11:53PM

    People of Pakistan (general public as well as people in power) have lost their sense of honor, begging Americans like true slaves … ! Shame on every one including my own self.Recommend

  • Boomchika wah wah!!!
    Sep 23, 2010 - 11:56PM

    dont we just love our allies!!Recommend

  • Dars
    Sep 24, 2010 - 12:08AM

    What would America get for sentencing this woman, if she is innocent….she must have done something. guys this is not Pakistan where innocent get convicted and culprits get released..she must have done something but I agree with Jasmine above that the punishment is bit harsh.Recommend

  • Talha
    Sep 24, 2010 - 12:14AM

    She was a naturalised American citizen, her uncle and husband saw her during the times she was supposed to be in detention.

    She obviously has links with intelligence agencies.Recommend

  • nina
    Sep 24, 2010 - 12:15AM

    After having read many articles and news stories regarding Dr. Afia and her “so called disappearance”, I really have my doubts regarding the authenticity of her ordeal as there are so many loopholes in her story. Things just don’t add up. Is she really a sincere and patriotic Pakistani, or is there more to this than meets the eye? Was she really working for the US govt. and ultimately set up? Will we ever know the real truth? To all those readers who are disappointed over her sentence, please use your energy and time elsewhere and raise the issue of the murder of our innocent Muslim children, women/men by US drones (now on an almost daily basis). We are becoming overly obsessed with Dr. Aafia, why don’t we raise the issue of the unlawful detention of our Muslim brothers who are being held in Guantanomo prison!
    We only do what the govt (whether it is the Pak govt or Western govts) expects of us, and they channel these messages through the biased media (by giving much coverage to one story than another which may be more deserving) and then we behave like brainwashed little monkeys and go jump up and down in the streets in protest over the sentence of one single woman!! Recommend

  • Athar
    Sep 24, 2010 - 12:24AM

    [To moderator: a correction made in my comment. Thanks.]

    @A.Suhail & RS& Tanzeel: Well Said!!!’

    Rest of you Shallow Critics – About time that you get your head out of sand, before it is too late. Likes of you are reason Pakistan is on the precipice today. Shame on YOU!!!

    For God Sake – Get some Sanity Pill. For what Damn Reason – do you think, she is innocent.

    There are THOUSANDS of Pakistani and Muslim lady doctors in United States who live as Americans in peace. Why is this DAMN woman made hero for being a Terrorist.

    Get a Nerve, people.. Time may not be too long — – your shallow rhetoric has brought Pakistan to it’s knees in world community.

    Instead of accepting and owning up to black sheep terrorists – like Faisal Shehzad and Afia Siddiqui – and, trying to fix the situation, you hypocrits are lining up your bigoted defense. Shame on You!!!! You are the reason that Islam and Pakistan is maligned in this world of today.

    And, Trust me, by God – if you Don’t mend – GOD’s Justice will be served -the way it is supposed to be served.

    In God’s name- I make strongest appeal to you to stop defending terrorists. Our peaceful religion Islam and Pakistan are great country – like Aisam Qureshi beautifully summarized in his speech at Final in US Open in New York.

    And, American are such a great partner to Pakistan helping millions in Flood affected areas. You should be very proud of what they have done. Is that the way, you show support to your true friends by emotional garbage and baggage.

    Stop being hypocrities. And, if you invoke God’s name to show your bigotry again – Trust me, God’s Justice is coming to Terrorists and Bigots who are malining Islam, Pakistan and et al.


  • Bangash
    Sep 24, 2010 - 12:39AM


    “Boycott American and European product to destroy their economy” eh ? Will you be the first brave one to do so ? I bet you won’t.Recommend

  • Schazad
    Sep 24, 2010 - 12:41AM

    I urge Govt of Pakistan to not bring her back. Please let her stay in US jail where she belongs. Don’t waste energies on this issue. Lets built Pakistan so that we can take care of flood people, poor people, education and so much more. How come we have time for this lady who is nothing but look at all the other problems our country is facing where women are raped and robberies occur on daily basis and where lynch mobs kill innocent people, lets fight against all these evils.Recommend

  • Ghausia
    Sep 24, 2010 - 1:03AM

    Good riddance.Recommend

  • Raul
    Sep 24, 2010 - 1:13AM

    What ever happened to all those people who kill their women in the name of family honor? These women are innocent too. I never hear about any public outcry on this issue. In-fact all these mullahs defend these culprits in the name of Islam. As far as Aafia is concerned, she has committed a crime and she had to face the consequences.Recommend

  • Talha
    Sep 24, 2010 - 1:13AM

    @ waqas

    Do you even realiser how absurd your statement is.

    Even if the whole of Pakistan stops trade with western countries, the only ones who will suffer is us. It would not even put a dent in western countries economies.Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 24, 2010 - 1:22AM

    where are the so called liberals and supporters of Justice who talk about things like “Do as the french do”!!!!!!! these are the true face of people here in west, i have been living here for the last 2 years and can feel the air of tension and racism every second. i wish to go back but i have no choice here. Come on Pakistanis, Muslim brothers wake up and stop being selfish and followers of those people. Allah(SWT) says in the Quran” Un-believers will never be happy of you unless you follow what they believe in and do what they think is right” Recommend

  • Hasan
    Sep 24, 2010 - 1:32AM

    Why is everyone so sure that she is innocent? Anyone here seen the court case?

    In any case all pious afia supporters should immediately call for refusal to accept any aid from America and the West as protest.Recommend

  • Sep 24, 2010 - 2:18AM

    Every pakistani will feel sorry for Dr. Afia’s sentence of 86 years. America has double standards of justice – one for its own citizens and the other for citizens of rest of the world.
    Those who are protesting against this injustice, resulting loss of lives and properties across the country, I may ask them a question. Do these people know Dr. Afia and what she did better than her (former) husband to whom she bore two children and set up a family home and leading a comfortable life in the united states? Obviously not. I don’t want to repeat what he has said about his wife, which appeared in a serialised article in the daily ‘Ummat’ of karachi several months ago. He bitterly criticised her wife’s action. Her ‘jihad’ could not do any harm to America but ruined her entire family. I may mention here, Daily Ummat is pro-JI and pro-religion newspaper. How it was practically possible that a housewife and mother of two children will wage ‘lihad’ single-handedly against America, totally disregarding the advice and dictates of her husband (Was’t it itself against the dictates of islam when she disobeyed her husband and ruined her family)?
    My comments shouldn’t be misconstrued for justifying the sentence. I totally disprove the sentence and bitterly criticise the american-style justice. Recommend

  • Ali Islam
    Sep 24, 2010 - 2:40AM

    Where is Muhammad Bin Qasim??????????Recommend

  • Concerned Omega
    Sep 24, 2010 - 3:20AM

    So is she guilty of killing 4 us army soldiers and 2 fbi agents or is she innocent.
    Lets think about it for a second without compassion for her
    Scenario 1
    US does not just harass every pakistani women who works as a doctor helping people and ship her to Gitmo. Or does it, if it does than I’d have to ask why??? What purpose would US have for hunting a pakistani scientist who studied in US? Did she have any nuclear secrets? None that we know of. Was she in some top secret torture program? I doubt it.
    Scenario 2
    She did exactly what she was accused of and well it might be an accident or mis understanding whatever. Bottom line shes guilty and even if US had to hatch out fake witnesses to convict her hardly matters. No one would go to so much trouble just to get her!

    Why doesn’t her mom go to US. I’m sure they can have a heart to heart and ask her if shes guilty if so there is no way US is letting someone of the hook for killing there people. Wouldn’t we do the same, no we would probably torture the indian girl to death if accused of killing pakistani forces.

    We are not trying to prove her innocence anymore because in the back of our minds we know she’s guilty yet we try to cover it up with anger and rage towards a foreign nation who has done nothing except help us in these long years.

    My opinion she deserves it, it’ll teach a lesson to the rest not to mess with our Pakistan’s image.(If it has one anymore)
    And please don’t call her Pakistan’s daughter thats ridiculous what has she done in the past to uplift Pakistan’s image ? I mean what has she done that has not benefited her in anyway but for Pakistan? NOTHINGRecommend

  • Concerned Omega
    Sep 24, 2010 - 3:26AM

    @waqas boycotting AMERICAN and EUROPEAN products is only going to destroy us. Oh wait whats left of us.
    I’m wondering what kind of nut would say that ingenious indeed.
    Maybe we can copy there products and resell them one thing I’ve known about my people are that they are most predictable when something goes against there foolish desires.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Sep 24, 2010 - 3:53AM

    shame on zionist talibans and zionist alqaeda for killing innocent peopleRecommend

  • Annie
    Sep 24, 2010 - 4:08AM

    Bangash, they found no evidence? No hard evidence whatsoever so what on earth are you claiming? Perhaps if you found yourself in a similar position you’d not appear to be so merciless.Recommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Sep 24, 2010 - 4:15AM

    Excellent verdict. World at large is a better place with her behind the bars.

    The less of the militant minds we have in Pakistan, the better.

    Farewell Aafia..Recommend

  • dawood
    Sep 24, 2010 - 5:07AM

    Crime only pays in pakistan! In Amreeka u go to jail.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Sep 24, 2010 - 6:11AM

    allah knows best.. we should make dua 4 her. the US Wil get hardship pain n nothing but shame, that day will come by allah’s will.
    she is our sister,who is being tortured,abused,raped,left naked, the US DISCUST ME. 9/11 was done by terrorist i agree but u know who dai wa?… George BUSH,THE WHITE HOUSE,CLINTON and many more. please watch THE ARRIVALZ it will open ur eyes. free palestine.Recommend

  • khan
    Sep 24, 2010 - 6:17AM

    allah knows best. all we can do is make dua 4 our sister 2 b strong n have Allah’s protection and guidance.. Recommend

  • kashif
    Sep 24, 2010 - 6:38AM

    This is completely insane. How many afghans and iraqis take potshots at american troops every day? How many of them are taken off to the US and then sentenced to 86 years in Jail. Shameful that the great super power could not catch osama or omar and has only the might to convict a frail woman who killed or injured exactly how many people? ZERO.Recommend

  • moeed
    Sep 24, 2010 - 6:38AM

    we are a nation of hypocrites, in one instance our foriegn minister is seen with seen the american secretary of state sharing jokes and bringing heads together but on the other hand we can allow them to fire drone missiles in our country and kill innocent citizens we can suppport thier war on terrorism at the expense of our citizens blood but we cannot ask them to release our sister who is not captures in the united states so therefore the american court can’t punish her because it is not in thier jurisdication we as a muslim belive in islam who teaches us not to speak lie and do good but we vote for a guy who is a corrupt and is a thief SHAME ON US SHAME ON PAKISTANI PEOPLE Recommend

  • kashif
    Sep 24, 2010 - 6:40AM

    We actually dont want here freed. If most pakistanis boycotted out governmnent and said we will block all roads in Pakistan until Pakistani goverment forces US to release her by stopping all us logistical support she would be free in a jiffy.

    I think we should block all high ways in a organized manner untill she is free.Recommend

  • maheen khan
    Sep 24, 2010 - 6:54AM

    If she was innocent then what she was doing in Afghanistan???? Recommend

  • mario
    Sep 24, 2010 - 6:58AM

    Aafia Siddiqui is clearly guilty. She is no innocent. Most of the people protesting in Pakistan simply don’t even know the true story. I don’t see how burning tyres and American flag will bring awareness to this issue.

    There is so much evidence against her. She should be sentenced to death. She is given life-time imprisonment on humanitarian basis.

    As a Muslim and Pakistani, I am ashamed that people like Aafia are also citizen of our great country.

    To her supporters, don’t worry, America is going to hand her over to Pakistani authorities in few months so she can complete here sentence in Pakistan prison where her family can visit her from time-to-time.

    Oh and when she is handed over to Pakistan in few months, don’t call it a victory for Islam, this is a normal process of prisoners being returned to their home country on humanitarian basis.

    Shame on us for simply supporting this without even understanding the true story behind this issue.

    May Allah Bless Pakistan, Amen.Recommend

  • nina
    Sep 24, 2010 - 7:05AM

    Why is it taking so long to post my comment, as it says “Your comment is awaiting moderation” and it has been over 7 hours now? Recommend

  • Bunty
    Sep 24, 2010 - 7:20AM

    American can now only dream of there being no anti-American sentiment in Pakistan!Recommend

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  • Jasmine
    Sep 24, 2010 - 8:12AM

    Problem with Aafia is (and why Pakistan couldnt get her back) she is an american citizen .. Extradition can’t work .. Plus if she behaves nicely (unlike how she behaved in court) she would at most be in prison for 7 to 10 years .. Jamaat-e-Islami should get a life btw, they have pushed her to an 86 year term.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Sep 24, 2010 - 8:29AM

    Afia is not a ‘Pakistani innocent people’. She’s an American citizen who took their oath. She deserves it.Recommend

  • Aslam
    Sep 24, 2010 - 8:46AM

    The decision has come from American courts not from the Sharief courts in Pakistan. One has to respect the court decision, though I believe 86 year is a bit harsh. Punishment is accumulative of 7 different cases. She has right to apeal.Recommend

  • Corry Francis, Karachi, Pakistan
    Sep 24, 2010 - 8:47AM

    @RS “Beautifully put” Recommend

  • Nael
    Sep 24, 2010 - 8:51AM

    May Allah bless Dr. Aafia with the best in this life and hereafter. Cursed be those who were involved in her arrest in Pakistan and handing her over to Americans without any proof. Cursed be those who have framed her in this case and done gross injustice. This is a slap on the face of Pakistan and Pakistanis. For as long as we will have weak, illegitimate, characterless and faithless leaders we will be subjected to tyranny. We need a revolution which will slaughter the current breed of leaders and politicians right on the road so they can be made an example for generations to come. Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Sep 24, 2010 - 9:51AM

    Well Said Mr. Bangash & A Shuhail & all others who are sane people. Only the insane one’s have created sucha problem for people like us.

    Both people like Ms. Siddiqui & Mr. Shehzad have created a problem for Pakistan & Pakistani’s because of their distorted views. These people along with Talibans & Bin Laden, Zahwari have given Islam a bad name.

  • imran
    Sep 24, 2010 - 10:13AM

    This sentence is too high and definately carries the impression of the extreme inside hatred these people have against muslims. I wonder if they would have inflicted such a harsh punishment against any jew or christian.

    To escape the negative fallout the American Govt must transfer Aafia to Pakistan as they have done in case of other Guntanamo Prisoners.Recommend

  • Dajjal
    Sep 24, 2010 - 10:45AM

    She has already been dishonorably discharged by the Taliban for failing to Kill infidels and wasting ammunition… i think that is punishment enough… Having said that, Even if they sentence her to 86 years in a mental institute she still wont be cured…. In fact she was asked during the trial what she was up to and what her ideology was… she got up and started singing the theme song from Tiny Toons…Recommend

  • Haron
    Sep 24, 2010 - 10:56AM

    What is the problem of this Americans,,they don’t even know know how to respect Dr. Aafia..Recommend

  • Patriot
    Sep 24, 2010 - 11:03AM

    Why doesnt Jamaat-e-Islami and Tehreek-e-Insaaf freaks come out in support of Nurse Magdeline who was raped by an influential jiala in Jinaah Hostpital. Why dont they block roads in support of those poor girls in Baluchistan thrown to hungry dogs in the name of culture and values…why wasting time on an american citizen when we so conviniently ignore our COUNTRYMEN!Recommend

  • Mudassir Ali Khan
    Sep 24, 2010 - 11:16AM

    Can anyone tell me, how many actual years, is Aaafia going to spend, behind the bars?Recommend

  • Aristo
    Sep 24, 2010 - 11:17AM

    A knee jerk reaction as usual from all emotionally charged Pakistani souls. Not one objective comment thus far. Please think critically first, why if not only but mostly Pakistanis out of millions of other Muslim nationals are being arrested and convicted of various crimes of extreme nature in the west. There’s gotta be something wrong. Please start to THINK rationally, critically as God has given us this great faculty of reasoning unlike animals and stop believing on hear se.Recommend

  • Hira Mir
    Sep 24, 2010 - 11:22AM

    Riots in Pakistan and loss of financial dollars by tearing down buildings locally? How does that help the cause? How about for a second we think about the domestic women in the country who are being nailed down in torture jail cells. Speak for peace in country and no hypocrisy.Recommend

  • Jeddy
    Sep 24, 2010 - 11:24AM

    She is not really a Pakistani citizen instead she has always been US citizen. Her parents had stopped being Pakistanis and Aafia was born in the USA and is therefore a citizen of the USA. Just because commits crimes does not make her a friend of Pakistan.Her parents left Pakistan because they hated Pakistan with all their heart, now when their daughter had landed them into trouble she they are appealing to Pakistanis. First her parents should return to Pakistan and revoke their US citizenship to prove that they really care for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Tariq Khan
    Sep 24, 2010 - 11:30AM

    While I am not sure whether the cause of justice has been served or not with this verdict. What is surprising is the level of confusion that has permeated this case thorughout. The fact is clear that Dr. Aafia was arrested from Afghanistan and not Pakistan so the Govt. never sold her off. Why was she there in the first place? What was a so-called celebrated, foreign educated neuroscientist living with her kids in Talibanized Afghanistan? Her Ex-Husband has made less than flattering remarks about her mental state. Then there is the question of what was she doing at the venue of a meeting of armed American troops and her own admission in court that she would be in her own words “be sent to a secret prison” why did she feel that if she was not involved in anything non-kosher. Similarly in the case of her missing children, when the elder son was left outside the sister’s house she deined that he was Aafia’s son, then newstickers gave her sister’s statement as “we don’t know who the boy is but we will raise him as our own” now news media has started refering to the boy as Dr. Aafia’s son.

    I am not suggesting all of the above implicitly spells out her guilt, all I am saying is that there is more to this case than the details that we are led to believe. Then ofcourse there is the possibility of an American government cover-up in this whole issue. The trouble we are now sitting on a explosive situation which can spiral out to become a major law and order problem without people knowing the whole truth or all the facts.

    The reality is that Dr. Aafia is just one Pakistani amongst many that are in a variety of US and International prisons, the Government needs to have a professional diplomatic outlook that respects the rights of citizens overseas and helps them get the required legal and consular assistance. This has unfortunately not happened in this case and has greatly aggratved the situation.Recommend

  • Danish
    Sep 24, 2010 - 11:46AM

    Completely agree with RS and Patriot. She is an Amercian citizen who studied, worked and lived in America. She changed her loyalties later on under the influence of the Alqaeda / Taliban. Early interviews of some of her family members do confirm this. We should be concentrating on our own problems. Families of the two brothers of sialkot who were brutally murdered by police are still awaiting justice, i didn’t come accross a single rally or protest march against that, whereas we are being subjected to endless traffic jams due to ‘free afia’ rallies.
    Once more our opportunistic political parties are using this to misguide the public and score some points against the govt. I am disappointed that Imran Khan is also part of it.Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Sep 24, 2010 - 12:11PM

    Dr Aafia should come out with a believable story to the emotional Pakistanies.
    In first place she can’t be so innocent that she was picked up in Pakistan, unnecessarily taken to Afghanistan and then transported to USA. Pakistan has a female population of over 100 million. Why on God’s earth she was picked up amonst such a large population. Recommend

  • ali
    Sep 24, 2010 - 12:19PM

    After seperation from her first husband, she got married to Amir al Balochi who was the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad(mastermind of 911 attacks). Ofcourse she isnt innocent; Bush and Musharaf didnt have a property dispute with her that they had her arrested! Recommend

  • Truth Hurts
    Sep 24, 2010 - 12:28PM

    In May 2002, the FBI questioned Siddiqui and her husband regarding their purchase over the internet of $10,000 worth of night vision equipment, body armor, and military manuals including The Anarchist’s Arsenal, Fugitive, Advanced Fugitive, and How to Make C-4. Khan claimed that these were for hunting and camping expeditions. On June 26, 2002, the couple and their children returned to PakistanRecommend

  • Z Ali
    Sep 24, 2010 - 12:39PM

    THe “END of Time” for Pakistan is approcahing . to hell with all of our leaders . We are sick of them. IS there any one in this Country who bring justice. I request CJ of Pakistan to hang till all leaders who looted , betrayed, this country .Dont allow them to go any where .If he cant do this then i ask Allah to help us in any ways.

    Shame on on our Govt including all party leaders .We supported US in this war and our leaders cant even ask for Aafia.Recommend

  • Imran Sharif
    Sep 24, 2010 - 12:49PM

    I think Dr. Aafia is a innocent pakistani. And everybody know that America want to destroy
    all Muslims in the world. At this time, I request to all Muslims that everybody pray for Dr. Aafia
    because Allah is Beneficent and Merciful and He is Justice.Recommend

  • gangly khan
    Sep 24, 2010 - 1:07PM

    Prosecution story is not believable. How can a frail woman snatch rifle from soldiers to fire on them. Moreover the prosecution after inspecting the place of occurrence did not find any material evidence like marks on walls left by bullet strike. I think the judge was under pressure of his bosses to pass on such order and judgement. Such judgement is against law and facts of the case. This case was fit for acquittal. Afiia must file appeal against the judgement for seeking justice. Emotional protests and statements will hardly bring any favorable results.Recommend

  • Farukh Sarwar
    Sep 24, 2010 - 1:50PM

    Media is certainly one of the most important institutions in our country; parents must always allow their children to choose their career and media is still expanding so a career in media is not a bad option.Recommend

  • Sep 24, 2010 - 1:55PM

    Dr.Afia Siddiqui is the daughter of East.She is an innocent lady of muslim ummah.But formal president (Rret.)Genral Pervez musharraf sold Dr. Afia for cash and this government is the true follower of his policies.So Zerdari govt also responsible of Afia’s sufferings.America no doubt has become the beast of power.It snatches the life and selfrespect of the muslims.We r ashamed noting doing for Afia.It was Rehman Malik’s responsibility to release her .If he was not in position to do this he should be resigned.Dr.Afia all the nation of islamic ummah is with u.u.r not alone.American’s should no forgive that
    Hazar aei cheera ndustaan Sakht hain Fitrat ki taazireen
    Faheem Akhter HaqqaniRecommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Sep 24, 2010 - 2:06PM

    She is a new born baby whom someone somewhere picked up and later took her to Amreeeqa. Her parents never knew when this toddler opened the main gate of her house and sneaked out. A very innocent family background so we must now come out and start burning what ever comes in our way as we usually do. We must first start burning all motor cycles, private and government properties and in the last start bombing each other out of our wits and wisdom.Recommend

  • Usama
    Sep 24, 2010 - 2:42PM

    I completely and totally stand by what Athar has said. Why the heck do these idiots think that she’s innocent?? What WAS she doing in Afghanistan?? Why the hell is she related to that ‘Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’ fellow, who’s a damned self-confessed terrorist, for god’s sake. Why do you people think that she’s just an innocent woman who accidentally ‘stubmbled’ to Afganistan. We really need to stop being so naive and defend criminals like this and Faisal Shahzad…!Recommend

  • Rao Hamid
    Sep 24, 2010 - 3:11PM

    We should put an American behind bars, accuse that person of illicit activities, and sentence that person to 87 years. Recommend

  • Waqas
    Sep 24, 2010 - 3:11PM

    Justice is served!

    She herself is responsible for what is befalling her, only if she understood that her actions will have consequences for her family. I feel bad for her children, but she asked for this and got it, finally.Recommend

  • Emmad
    Sep 24, 2010 - 5:24PM

    I am not sure whether she is innocent or not but my only concern is if an American commit some crime against Pakistan will he/she be punished in our court? I think all of us know the answer.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Sep 24, 2010 - 5:52PM

    Free Aafia,” “We want Aafia, not dollars!” the activists chanted, a reference to US aid funds

    Mmmm do they really, Try offering them dollars to keep quiet, see what they do.

    They will take dollarsRecommend

  • Nikos Retsos
    Sep 24, 2010 - 6:48PM

    The 86 years in prison sentence is quite preposterous, as is the “Al Qaeda Lady” appellation the U.S. authorities have coined for her. And, actually, that sentence is quite anti-American. After “Guantanamo, Abu Graib, and the news last week that American soldiers in Afghanistan were killing Afghan civilians “for sport,” now our judicial system has swatted Siddiqui, a “fly” Pakistani hater of Americans, with a sledgehammer! Worse yet, we are making headlines with it as if “justice was done,” and claiming the “high morale ground. But is it?

    First, as a former army investigating officer, this question comes to mind: Why a loaded rifle was left next to a hostile person that was being investigated? Wasn’t this “a set-up” to have the person grab the rifle and give interrogators a reason to charge her with “attempted murder?”
    Then, there is this question: She is married to a relative of a former Al Qaeda member, but does this make her “an Al Qaeda Lady?” If my daughter gets married with a gang member, does that make me “a gang-banger?” Does she hates Americans? Sure, who doesn’t in Pakistan? Even
    people who become instant millionaires cooperating in our war with us hate us, and they will stamp us in the back when they get a chance! They don’t like us, but they like to make riches as our stooges. But they feel guilty as Pakistanis, and sinners as Muslims, and they will stamp us in the back to attain ablution with their faith!

    A Few weeks ago, British prime minister David Cameron accused Pakistani officials for not being real friends, a.k.a. ally backstabbers! Sure they are. And if we do such stupids things as giving Siddique a sentence similar to that of the infamous Carlos “the Jackal” terrorist, for an “attempted murder charge” that looks suspicious, they will hate us more! I hope David Cameron call Obama and tell him to wise up.

    Finally, the Inter Service Intelligence, also known as ISI, factor. It is the core of the Pakistani establishment. And we suspect that they hate us, and that actually work against us behind our backs in the war in Afghanistan. They sure do. And when we grab a distraught Pakistani woman, crown her with “the Al Qaeda Lady” label, and treat her like a 9/11 bomber, there is no doubt they will hate us more, because they are above all Pakistanis. And I have no doubt that, in their own way, they will avenge the injustice to Aafia Siddiqui. The Pakistani prime minister Mr. Gilani has already expressed his outrage in order to calm down the Pakistanis.

    Let’s not, therefore, celebrate the 86 years prison term for Siddique. We have just shot our selves in the foot, and I have no doubt the sentence will be reversed or thrown out. The sentence is highly detrimental to bigger American interests, and it may cost American lives in the long term.
    Smashing a fly with a sledgehammer may make us feel good now, but “justice,” like every story, has always two sides! Nikos Retsos, retired professorRecommend

  • Sher Gondal
    Sep 24, 2010 - 7:27PM

    By sentencing Aafia harshly, Americans have paid NAZRANA to tyranny and oppression.Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Sep 24, 2010 - 8:04PM

    I am not sure if she is guilty or not. The fuss we make about her is out of proportion. Hundreds of our citizens are missing and one hopes we generate the same steam to recover them.Recommend

  • Why am I not suprised?
    Sep 24, 2010 - 9:54PM

    This comment is dedicated to the the women prisoners in Pakistan, many of whom have no clue why they are in jail. Burying women alive, parading them naked in the streets, and throwing them in jail without due process are acceptable by this society. Any ‘baa-ghairat’ person out there to stand up against the ‘crime of being a woman in Pakistan’?


    Hypocrites ..Recommend

  • Anoop
    Sep 24, 2010 - 9:58PM

    How come nobody talks of hundreds of fellow Pakistanis sold to the Americans by the Musharaff regime? Mushy had proudly stated in his autobiography that he sold Pakistani members of Al-Qaeda for $500 per head. Recommend

  • Khadim Husain
    Sep 24, 2010 - 10:11PM

    U.S. courts system is not based on Justice, it works under patriotism polluted with racism, sectarianism and ethnicity. Peoples who have a bottle of beer in one hand and a slip of vote in other hand have no sense to elect right persons. Fanatics, extrmists and fascists are ruling U.S. with intervals and peace of entire world is in danger.
    For americans it is a snake and ladder game and anyone who reached to snake head is thrown in darkness. All Muslims or Pakistani’s who are pleading sentence would certainly reach to snake head one day. What has been happening to our military officials at their air ports.
    Americans are a crowd of peoples that choose their enemy, single it out and destroy their own citizens on the basis of race, color, religion or nationality. Historically Japanese, Chinese, Russians, East Europeans and Germans were their target and today Muslims, arabs and Pakistani’s is their target. It is hysteria and nothing to do with law and justice, it is part of their politics to indict peoples in crimes on the basis of hate.
    Talking about puppet and kingroo courts is laughable, justice is not served, sentence is passed on to convict a person on political grounds.
    Everyday only and only americans are involved in killings around the world, each and every act of fascism finally reach to pentagon or CIA. She is not murderer, she did not commit any crime and even engineered alegation is based on self defense. U.S. judges are making joke of their own system of justice and such precedence are nothing except an addition to understand that U.S. justice system is in the hands of war lords and fascists not in the hand of honest judges to protect santity of national prode of law and justice. Recommend

  • Shabbir Bukhari
    Sep 24, 2010 - 11:19PM

    This is a issue of justice vs injustice so please don’t make it a religious issue.Afia is not only a Pakistani she is also an American citizen.How many of all these religious zealots has done any research on the issue be jumping into conclusions that Afia was innocent.There is no place for emotionalism and populism when in come to judiciary decisions in USA.Recommend

  • syed Ejaz Ahmed
    Sep 24, 2010 - 11:49PM

    this is a court verdict of united states,it is very difficult to accept that the honorable judge Bremen
    of USA reached to this extent, 86 years imprisonment,in my opinion benefit of doubt should be given to he..Attempt to murder and other allegation are not so serious.Treason being an american citizen was the most appropriete allegationRecommend

  • Azad
    Sep 24, 2010 - 11:50PM

    “Dr Aafia sentenced to 86 years in prison”

    Good. I hope this is enough time for her to contemplate her past ugly deeds and hope she will be a changed person when she comes out after 86 years. Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 25, 2010 - 12:55AM

    This is also a gift of Musharraf to the nation and he wants a come back now!!! Good on you Pseudo-liberals!Recommend

  • Ahmed Moosa
    Sep 25, 2010 - 9:30AM

    Salaams to everybody,
    Aafia, the Muslim community in Durban daily make dua for you.
    Remember Allah and Allah alone is your protector.

    Remember we love you.

    From Ahmed n familyRecommend

  • SA
    Sep 25, 2010 - 9:54AM

    I agree with Danish.. we’re wasting our energies and time. There’s so much injustice in Pakistan we need to protest over that. Not a single ralley for sialkot lynching victims and dozens of useless pointless protests over a case where the verdict has been given. Media rules!! When there was a time for protests and awareness media’s beaks were shut! Why highlight it now??Recommend

  • rehana
    Sep 25, 2010 - 10:31AM

    The most saddening news yesterday was ''Dr.Afia Siddiqui sentenced to be locked behind the bars for 86 years.''
    She is trialled the American court.According to the media sources she has been charged in 7 different cases.It was claimed of her that she was a member of Al Qaeda group,attempted to fire at the American army personnels and that she was found with explosives outside a compound in Ghazni.
    The world is not shown any proof of any of the allegations against her.This case is entirely an enigma.Where does the justice lie in sending her for life prison for nothing?Has she been a killer?Or has she done something that America doesn't dare to disclose?Was she an American ally earlier?Is she a privy to something that the world ought not know?There are hundreds of such questions which need to be answered.
    This is totally a violation of the human rights.American state is violating human rights for years in many of the muslim countries in the world.How can this country talk of justice?Why is the world closing its eyes on this inhuman act?This is certainly a war against Islam nor against terrorism.
    Isn't there any court in this world where American court could be sued for its biased decision?
    Oh world! Oh the flag-lifters of human rights!Oh the true fighters of terrorism! come forward,have courage and rid this world of such gruesome acts.

  • TL
    Sep 25, 2010 - 10:32AM

    She is a terrorist, for those who are still not aware of it. I am not denying the fact that Americans are the bigger terrorists. But she is not innocent. She is a taliban trainee and killed several American soldiers. She is a murderer just like them and deserves this rightfully. Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 25, 2010 - 12:40PM

    How do you know this TL? based on american given witnesses and stuff? what a jokeRecommend

  • Yousaf
    Sep 25, 2010 - 5:41PM

    She is not Pakistani…she is an American National… !!Recommend

  • Khadim Husain
    Sep 27, 2010 - 7:13AM

    It is great non-sense to talk about her husband, he remained mum for years and even did not talk about his own children, neither he went to any police station. When it was exposed that Dr. Aafia is in prison and peoples started to know about his own character, so for removing his own name from list he used venue to issue a statemnt against his wife. Whereas he enjoyed all facilities, benefits and hospitality of his wife when he was immgrated to US.
    There are certain peoples who did not want release of Aafia and one ambassador wrote 159 pages letter to courts that court referenced.
    She did nothing wrong, US army persons shot and hurt her, none of american was hurt. Then sentence of 86 years is laughing on a woman kidnapped with children. Shame on bogus american justice system and Islamophobic judge.
    It is 100% matter of hate against Muslims and in words of George W Bush crusade against Islam. After 911 to 2007 there was no TTP or Taliban in Pakistan, there no Al Qaida exists, it is a drama of occupying resources of Muslim countries. When Halako Khan entered Baghdad so gates were opened by Ibn Alqami secretly, after victory Halako killed Ibn Alqami by saying that this person was not faithful to his own nation than I can not trust him.
    Some Pakistani’s that are showing more faithfulness with their king would meet fate of Ibn Alqami, Mir Jaffer, Mir Sadiq or Meromal.Recommend

  • Sycamore
    Sep 27, 2010 - 9:29AM

    Its also time to recognize Dr Shazia, Mukhtaran Bibi and other female victims of oppression as “Daughters of Pakistan”Recommend

  • rb
    Sep 27, 2010 - 10:11PM

    Concerned Omega i agree with u 110%.Recommend

  • shahzad
    Sep 28, 2010 - 5:59PM

    I wonder that civil socities and political parties are protesting against the sentence of Dr.Affia. Lont time ago on net on ummat newspaper i read about the D.Affia where she was proved that she involving in somethings. But Pakistani Civil Societies and Political Parties why dont protesting in favour of other Pakistani women who are getting illegal violation like rapes and other unwanted circumstances, still Pakistani dont pay respect in their communities and societie how other will world will pay respect to us and our women ???Recommend

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