Aafia Siddiqui sees yet another birthday in prison

Karachi: Pakistani mother and noted woman scientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui is witnessing her another birthday in illegal detention and counting, but the Pakistani government has just ignored her case, said Aafia Movement Pakistan leader and noted neurophysician of the country, Dr Fowzia Siddiqui here Friday.

In a statement, she said March 02 is the birthday of Aafia, which like her previous 14 birthdays is observing in detention. She said Aafia is away from her family and languishing in the foreign prison, because the government of her country is showing apathy to raise her case on governmental level. She said there were many opportunities to seek her repartition, but our rulers dragged feet and they did not talk to the US administration and also did not send official letter in this regard.

Dr Fowzia said that March 02 is also a festival day in Texas, USA, but the Pakistani embassy in the US is not sending birthday wish to Aafia, and nor taking efforts to arrange her meeting with her family. She reminded that the Pakistani government had given the US embassy in Pakistan full access to killer Raymond Davis. She said the Pakistani government was also generous enough to take care of the human rights of Indian spy Kulbushan, but it does not remember the daughter of the nation, Aafia, and her human rights.

She said due to this sad attitude of our rulers, we are being dubbed as a nation that sells its daughters. She said the politicians who are compromising the rights of the Pakistani daughter for petty political gains should know that the Pakistani nation now is fully aware to reject their false and hollow slogans.

She said the birthday of Aafia is a day of awareness for the Pakistani nation. It is a touchstone to check the patriotism and self-honor of our politicians. She said the release of Aafia would uphold our national pride and honor. She said the Pakistani masses pledge that they would not take a sigh of relief till Aafia returns back home. She said the masses would elect the politicians who believe in preferring national pride and honor to all other considerations.

Dr Fowzia said my sister is being punished for being a patriotic Pakistani citizen. She wanted to bring an educational revolution in Pakistan for its rapid progress and prosperity. She wanted that every child of Pakistan get education to live with honor. She wanted safety and security of every Pakistani. She appealed to the Pakistanis to break their silence and strongly demand of the government to raise the issue of Aafia Siddiqui with the US administration on appropriate level to seek her early and honorable repatriation.

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