Aafia Awareness 2015: Major campaign push to bring Aafia Siddiqui home to Pakistan

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One of the posters highlighting the plight of Aafia Siddiqui to bring her home

Two events held this last week in Pakistan highlight a major push by supporters of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a prisoner in the US, in the hope of shaking the conscience of the nation to campaign for her return. Siddiqui, a neuroscientist was convicted for attempted murder of American agents in Afghanistan and sentenced to 86 years in prison. Her case was viewed as controversial based on what the Aafia Movement (campaign organization) describe as “weak and flimsy” evidence with allegations of physical and mental torture and that she was “dishonored”.

The first event was a press conference held at Karachi Press Club (KPC) where the Aafia Movement fronted by her sister, Dr Fowzia Siddiqui gave the following statement,

“after an agreement between Pakistan and US for exchange of prisoners now it just needs a formal request from the government of Pakistan to secure release and repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui and the Grand National Jirga would also formulate an action plan in this regard.” 

It was pointed out that an opportunity had been missed to swop Aafia for American agent Raymond Davis who according to the New York Times “shot two young men who approached his car on a black motorcycle, their guns drawn, at an intersection” whilst Davis was in Pakistan. The exchange however was not forthcoming.

The Aafia Movement reported that.

“Dr Fowzia said she was thankful to the Pakistani nation that they felt her pain and as a result of this national solidarity, two children of Aafia were freed from the US prison and reached home. She said it was a miracle that in a country where the dead bodies of the missing persons are sent home, out of the four missing persons of her family, three of them were located. This was a great achievement in a country where either dead bodies of the missing persons were found or buried in unmarked graves.”

The press conference was said to be a renewal of an appeal  “of an ailing mother and a hapless sister” to bring back the daughter of the nation who had been imprisoned for the last 12 years.

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A major awareness drive for release and repatriation of Aafia

A second event, a national jirga was held on Sunday the 8th February 2015 in front of Mazar- e- Quaid led by Dr Fowzia Siddiqui to waken the nation out of its apathy and bring Aafia home. The jirga was attended by civil and political leaders as well as scholars, lawyers, teachers and others. The recommendations of the jirga will be formulated into a plan and presented to government, if government failed to take action, Aafia’s case would be presented to a court of the people who would protest and hold authorities to account.

Aafia’s case has generated a lot of anger with allegations of an unfair trial. The Independent ran a story this week stating that the Islamic State had allegedly sentenced American aid worker Kayla Mueller to death last year and threatened to killer her unless Aafia was released from a US jail. It is believed there was an appeal to stop this happening. Kayla was said to have been killed this week in a Jordanian airstrike on the building where she was held captive by IS.

The Aafia Movement explain how Aafia came to be detained, they state,

“Dr Aafia Siddiqui was kidnapped 12 years ago from Karachi on her way to Karachi airport with her minor children. She was trafficked outside the country and after keeping her in illegal detention for five years, her arrest was shown in a faked attack on American soldiers in Afghanistan at Bagram base. How could anyone believe this fragile girl could take her minor children along with her for attacking American soldiers. 

Aafia is a highly educated girl believing in Islamic Teaching who was busy in research to end the class-based education system from Pakistan.”

The following article on Aafia has been reproduced from the Aafia Movement website and is written by Professor Zia Ur Rehman:-

Doctor Aafia and American senseless brutality

Professor Zia Ur Rahman.  

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“The American senate report on CIA torture has again unmasked the falsehood of claims by the Human Rights champion USA. One year ago I had gone to Afghanistan and visited the province Par-dan. There I met a former Bagram jail prisoner. This 55 year old Afghan gentleman Sohrab Khan spent five years in Bagram jail for a crime not committed. Sohrab Khan described his ordeal that in 2003. He was in his car going towards Kabul when suddenly 4 army vehicles surrounded his car and CIA mercenaries came out and without saying anything pulled him out into their car and took him into a barrack in Bagram jail. Later he found out that due to faulty intelligence they thought he was an informant for the Taliban. Sohrab Khan said when he was dumped in Bagram there were only two blocks named main floor and “Caspian”. These blocks had a capacity of 500 prisoners but there were already eight hundred stuffed like flocks of lamb. Most of these prisoners were innocent Afghans who were captured on suspicion of haveing contact with the Taliban or acting as helpers and informants. Sohrab told me that daily, dozens of people were dumped in the barracks and there was no space.

Later new blocks were built. Then special housing units with tiny cells were also made to accommodate special prisoners including persons from Europe, Arabian countries and Pakistan were kept in suspicion of al-Qaida. Sohrab Khan then told me that in late 2003 in one of the special cells we noticed a woman whom we later identified as Aafia Siddiqui. He told me that during his five years he met Aafia briefly four times and he comforted her as much as he could. Sohrab then told me stuff on how the CIA and American agents treated Aafia. On hearing these my head started constricting and blood pressure rose to dangerously high and I am still not recovered. Though I was familiar with Investigative reports, columns, news features, and TV programs on Dr. Aafia but what I heard from this man who had personally witnessed all this, ripped me apart. Tears swelled in my eyes and my soul subdued. Dr Aafia Siddiqui was put there by no other than her own countryman who had sworn to protect every citizen with his life. Framing and Selling his Own Muslim brothers to American mercenaries, this dictator General Pervez Musharraf will never be forgiven in history.

Responding to one of my questions Sohrab Khan said in 2005 some American soldiers came and took Aafia in a helicopter three days later when she returned she was not on her feet but on a stretcher. We were told she had been taken to an American navy base in the Arabian Sea close to Karachi port, where to gather information she was brutally tortured. Every night we would hear horrifying screams that made us all cry. Sohrab mentioned another episode he witnessed that one day as usual we could hear Aafia was reciting Quran an American lady soldier came and told her to shut up but she continued at this the furious brutal American lady guard grabbed Aafia and tied her to a chair and forced open her mouth and poured beer into her throat till she choked. In retaliation to this shameful act all prisoners went on hunger strike. When a senior officer found out about this incident he announced the transfer of that female guard and we ended the hunger strike.”

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For how you can get involved to free Aafia see the following link.

Link

Aafia Movement website

http://aafiamovement.com/

 

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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5 Responses to Aafia Awareness 2015: Major campaign push to bring Aafia Siddiqui home to Pakistan

  1. John Baptist says:

    A faithful colony ruled through traitors can never make it happen! If it were a free country Anglo American secretary would be bringing her back in his own private jet because the whole Anglo American empire would be made to suffer for this one women!

    The majority of the people just like in other colonies (Muslim countries in particular) hate these traitors to their guts……while….intellectual prostitutes in the colony don’t let that sentiment rise…so these intellectual prostitutes play a very important role in the misery of the colonised people!

    • Yes I hear this most days with many examples sent to me… often from those who are unable to express themselves through local media for fear of reprisals as the media itself is is under the thumb!

      • John Baptist says:

        not under the thumb…it is an organ of the social engineers perpetuating the mind eff. Its like one of the social-engineering-prostitute (secretary of state?) said something like ‘Having absolute control or full spectrum domination is the state of the mind which is the mind of the state’….However, these stooges/traitors blindly follow the orders of those social-engineering-prostitutes and get an immediate blow back because those official intellectual prostitutes never told them the risks and pre-caution or consequences and why those officials have stopped practicing those orders themselves openly……lol…….

        These second-hand brains get bitten bad sometimes despite living off the blood of a common man in highly protected mansions paid for by those poor tax payers!

  2. Shoaib says:

    Wat is the actual story is she safe now

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