Karachi, Altaf Shakoor, Chairman of the Pasban Democratic Party, has strongly condemned the silence over the alleged physical, mental, and sexual abuse of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui in an American prison. He described the inaction on this issue as a ‘historical crime’ and called for immediate steps to address her situation.
According to Pasban Democratic Party, Shakoor highlighted the severity of the allegations brought forth by Clive Stafford Smith, a lawyer with 43 years of experience. Smith’s revelation of the abuse suffered by Dr. Aafia has, Shakoor brought shame to humanity. He criticized the Pakistani government’s response to the situation, describing it as insufficient and akin to past administrations’ rhetoric.
Shakoor argued that if Dr. Aafia were a citizen of another country, there would be a significant diplomatic uproar. He expressed disappointment in the current Prime Minister’s approach, urging the government to include Dr. Aafia’s case in its daily agenda and work towards her return through coordination with various ministries.
The Pasban Democratic Party Chairman emphasized that Dr. Aafia’s treatment in prison represents not only a severe case of sexual abuse but also a challenge to America’s stance as a champion of human rights. He lamented the Pakistani government’s silence on the issue, considering it an affront to national honor and dignity.
Reacting to Clive Stafford Smith’s disclosure, Shakoor appealed to political and religious parties, human rights leaders, and student organizations to prioritize Dr. Aafia’s release and return to Pakistan. He urged the nation to collectively raise its voice for her cause and called on the government to engage in talks with the American government to ensure the return of “the nation’s daughter.”