Karachi, The spokesman of Aafia Movement, Muhammad Ayub, has urged the Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar Haq Kakar to understand the real situation regarding Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, described as the ‘nation’s daughter,’ who is facing torture and desecration in an American prison. Ayub requested the Prime Minister to grant an appointment to Dr. Aafia’s sister, Dr. Fawzia Siddiqui, and her lawyer Clive Smith, to discuss the case and take effective steps for her release.
According to Aafia Movement, Ayub expressed surprise and sadness over the Prime Minister’s statement about being unaware of the incidents of rape in prison, as reported by Dr. Aafia’s lawyer Clive Smith. He noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Pakistani Embassy have been accused of providing false information and suppressing reports of jail meetings.
The spokesman highlighted that records of Consul General’s meetings with Dr. Aafia were only recently shared with Clive Smith, following the Islamabad High Court’s orders. The Aafia Movement claims that the Pakistani authorities had previously misled Aafia’s family, stating that she had not sent any messages.
Given these facts, Ayub emphasized the need for Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar to meet separately with Dr. Fawzia and Clive Smith to discuss Dr. Aafia’s situation. He argued that her transfer from Afghanistan to the United States violated international laws, and her trial in the US court, resulting in an 86-year sentence, was deemed illegal by world-renowned jurists, including former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
The spokesperson urged the caretaker government to take bold steps, similar to other countries like Iran, India, and Israel, to protect its citizens. The Aafia Movement expects the government to fulfill its national and constitutional obligations for the security, protection, and release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.