Dr Aafia should not be linked to Shakil Afridi: Foreign Office

Shakil Afridi’s fate will be decided according to Pakistani law, FO spokesperson says.

Web Desk October 25, 2013
A file photo of Dr Aafia Siddiqui (R) and Shakil Afridi (L). PHOTO: FILE

The Foreign Office spokesperson stated that Dr Aafia Siddiqui's extradition should not be linked with Dr Shakil Afridi’s fate, Express News reported on Friday.

Afridi was sentenced to a 33-year jail term in May 2012 for helping the US CIA determine the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and for his links to a banned militant group.

Aafia is the Pakistani scientist who was sentenced to 86 years on September 23, 2010 after she was found guilty on seven counts, including attempted murder. She is currently being held at an American maximum security prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

The spokesperson said, “The decision regarding Shakil Afridi’s fate will be decided according to Pakistani law. He has broken the law and will be punished accordingly.”

The Foreign Office's comments come against the backdrop of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's official visit to the United States.

To a question about Dr Aafia Siddiqui and Dr Shakil Afridi, the premier had said the United States did raise its concerns, as did Pakistan. “They discussed Dr Shakil, we did Dr Aafia. Now we will review the situation after we reach Pakistan.”

During the visit, Chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce, had urged Nawaz to release Dr Shakil Afridi.

According to a statement, Royce said, “I specifically pressed the prime minister to release Dr Shakil Afridi and encouraged him to ensure that his nation is in fact a responsible and effective partner in countering terrorism, proliferation and violent extremism in the region.”


[poll id="1242"]


Sexton Blake | 8 years ago | Reply

@unbelievable: Dear unbelievable, You may well be correct as to who paid for Dr Aafia Siddiqui's education, but all I can find is that she studied at Houston University for a year, was a brilliant student and was subsequently awarded a scholarship by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is not clear who funded her scholarship. If you have more accurate data your advise would be appreciated.

unbelievable | 8 years ago | Reply


@unbelievable: Free education? In USA ? That’s a laugh

Yeah - education cost are outrageous in the USA - but she received scholarships funded by US taxpayers dedicated to help deserving people in 3'rd World countries. Perhaps the real crime is that Aafia used scholarships that could have been put to good use by a deserving person.

Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ


Most Read