Parliamentarians demand release of Dr Aafia

Published: September 27, 2010
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Activists of the hardline party Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) hold placards bearing a photo of detained Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui in front of riot police during an anti-US protest rally in Islamabad on September 24, 2010. PHOTO:AFP

Activists of the hardline party Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) hold placards bearing a photo of detained Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui in front of riot police during an anti-US protest rally in Islamabad on September 24, 2010. PHOTO:AFP

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians belonging to the National Assembly and Senate marched outside the parliament house condemning the sentencing of Dr Aafia and demanded her release.

National Assembly’s opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Dr Atia Anayatullah participated in the march. Dr Aafia’s sister Dr Fauzia was also among the participants. Chaudhry Nisar said the verdict of Dr Aafia’s sentence should be challenged.

Dr Aafia cannot be repatriated: Rehman Malik

Interior Minister Rehman Malik revealed that as the neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui did not commit any crime in Pakistan, so the extradition law cannot be used.

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.

Malik said that Pakistan’s goal is to bring back Dr Aafia Siddiqui and that the US court needs to reconsider her case.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he said that the government has written a letter to US authorities regarding Dr Aafia.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Fauzia Siddiqui said she will only be satisfied when her sister returns to Pakistan.

The sentencing of the neuroscientist has received both criticism and demands for her repatriation have been made.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • someone
    Sep 27, 2010 - 6:25PM

    the only way is to fight to bring her back, break her out, and give death to her captors. Locate suleyman now as well. Do the same for all of our missing and murdered.Recommend

  • ADE
    Sep 27, 2010 - 6:26PM

    Looks like Mr.Rehman Malik has some sort of “Amreekee agenda’ tooRecommend

  • S. Ali Raza
    Sep 27, 2010 - 7:18PM

    He must have known this all along.. then why didn’t the lawyers work harder for her case and got the sentence reduced. This 86 years is absurd, just to save the 3 US soldiers from being convicted of the firing on her. Recommend

  • Schazad
    Sep 27, 2010 - 10:03PM

    We don’t want her back at all. End of the story. Let her rot in jail for what she has done.Recommend

  • Schazad
    Sep 27, 2010 - 10:04PM

    We don’t want her back. periodRecommend

  • Anoop
    Sep 27, 2010 - 11:30PM

    Why are the Pakistanis concerned about a US citizen? Recommend

  • MAJEED
    Sep 28, 2010 - 11:20PM

    That’s so stupid. The government can easily drum up a charge against Dr. Afia (as it so often does against innocent civilians), and have her extradited. The courts in Pakistan can then acquit her. Where there is no will, there is no way. Recommend

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