Dr. Aafia Siddiqui: A ‘Missing Person’ With A Name

Posted on August 5, 2008
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Aafia Siddiqui

Dr. Aafia’s Siddiqui story has been haunting most Pakistanis for months now. Famously known as ‘Prisoner 650′ at Bagram Base in Afghanistan, she is one of the missing persons of Pakistan, wanted by FBI on alleged links with Al-Qaeda.

Dr. Afia Siddiqui, a highly educated researcher who studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, for about 10 years and did her PhD in genetics, mysteriously disappeared from Karachi in March 2003 along with her three children. Since then, US and Pakistani officials have continuously denied any knowledge about her.

It was only after British prisoner Moazzam Begg mentioned her in his book The Enemy Combatant that Human Rights Organizations and activists, British journalist Yvonne Ridley and MP Lord Nazir in particular, raised voice for Dr. Aafia kept in solitary confinement and her three children. A specially disturbing part of this story is that fate of her three children, aged between one month and 7 years at the time of her kidnapping, is still unknown.

Aafia SiddiquiIn 2007, the media started giving Dr. Aafia’s case more serious attention and several reports were published about her tragic fate. Amnesty International included her on a June 2007 list as someone for whom there was “evidence of secret detention by the United States and whose fate and whereabouts remain unknown.”

Britain’s Lord Nazir Ahmed, (of the House of Lords), asked questions in the House about the condition of Prisoner 650. According to one news story, “He [Lord Nazir] said she is physically tortured and continuously raped by the officers at the prison.” Lord Nazir has also submitted that Prisoner 650 has no separate toilet facilities and has to attend to her bathing and movements in full view of the other prisoners.

And it was on July 6, 2008, when a British journalist, Yvonne Ridley, called for help for a Pakistani woman she believes has been held in isolation by the Americans in their Bagram detention centre in Afghanistan, for over four years. “I call her the ‘grey lady’ because she is almost a ghost, a spectre whose cries and screams continues to haunt those who heard her. This would never happen to a Western Woman,” Ms Ridley said at a press conference.

Ms Ridley, who came to Pakistan to appeal for help, said the case came to her attention when she read the book, The Enemy Combatant, by a former Guantanamo detainee, Moazzam Begg. After being seized in February 2002 in Islamabad, Mr. Begg was held in detention centres in Kandahar and Bagram for about a year before he was transferred to Guantanamo Bay. He recounted his experiences in the book after his release in 2005. Imran Khan, leader of Justice Party (PTI) has also been raising voice, held a joint press conference with Ms. Ridley on this issue, and criticised government of Pakistan for not doing anything and hiding facts about Prisoner 650.

After these reports in media, the US and Pakistani authorities were forced to admit just last week that Dr. Aafia was indeed in US captivity, the Prisoner 650 at Bagram Base.

CNN has released the official version of US Government today and according to Dr. Aafia’s attorney, Elaine Whitfield Sharp, “a lot of the allegations implausible” and argued that the charges “don’t pass the sniff test.” According to CNN:

A Pakistani scientist accused of shooting at U.S. officers while in Afghan custody last month was due to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge Tuesday morning in New York.

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Aafia Siddiqui-FBI Notice Aafia Siddiqui, whom the FBI had sought for several years for terrorism, faces federal charges of attempted murder and assault of a U.S. officer and U.S. employees, federal authorities said.

The 36-year-old American-educated neuroscientist is a suspected member of al Qaeda. If convicted, she faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each charge. On July 18 Siddiqui shot at two FBI special agents, a U.S. Army warrant officer, an Army captain and military interpreters who unknowingly entered a room where she was being held unsecured at an Afghan facility, officials said.

Siddiqui was behind a curtain when she used an officer’s rifle to shoot at the group, officials said. She shot twice but hit no one, they said. The warrant officer returned fire with a pistol, shooting Siddiqui at least once. She struggled with the officers before she lost consciousness and was then given medical attention. The day before the shootings, Afghan police arrested Siddiqui outside the Ghazni governor’s compound where they found bomb-making instructions, excerpts from the “Anarchist’s Arsenal,” papers with descriptions of U.S. landmarks, and substances sealed in bottles and glass jars, U.S. officials said Monday.

Responding to these allegation, Elaine Whitfield Sharp told DAWN, Geo and CNN:

“This is a very intelligent woman. What is she doing outside of the governor’s residence? The woman is a Ph.D. Is a woman like this really that stupid? There is an incongruity and I have trouble accepting the government’s claims,” the attorney said.

“If she was carrying fluids and was considered dangerous, then why was she left unattended in a room behind a curtain? And this dangerous, hardened criminal picks up a gun and misses?”

Dr. Aafia’s sister, Dr. Fauzia, held a press conference today along with Human Rights Activist Iqbal Haider and she urged authorities to presume her sister is innocent and is demanding that the government be required to prove any charges against her “beyond a reasonable doubt.” She appealed to the government of Pakistan, all religious, political parties and human rights organizations to play their active role in bringing her sister back home. At least, they should immediately hand over the children to the family as no law on earth allows that. This is one of the most serious violation of human rights. “I fear a political prosecution to protect the United States from embarrassment, rather than from ‘terrorism,’” Fouzia Siddiqui said. Iqbal Haider severely criticised US and Pakistani Governments and said that they promoting terrorism by doing inhuman acts like this.

I don’t know if Dr. Aafia has done anything illegal or not but the way she has been picked and handed over to US authorities along with three innocent children is a violation of even basic human rights and human dignity. What happened to the moral values, respect for law and Human Rights? If she has done something wrong, she should have been held accountable in the court of law and punished. But why detaining her illegally, along with 3 children, with any charge whatsoever for 5 years?

It should not be forgotten that the missing persons case was a turning point in recent Pakistan politics where Pervez Musharraf had a severe falling out with the then CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry who was investigating this case. After much public agitation on the issue, the Chief Justice ordered that EVERYONE to be produced in court and then charged so that a free and fair trial could be held. Something which couldn’t be done at that time as many of the missing were already handed over to US authorities secretly.

Dr. Aafia’s case reminds us that how important the rule of law and justice is if we are to survive as a nation. Pakistan should immediately demand US Government to release 3 innocent children picked up with Dr. Aafia and hand them over to her family. Whatever the allegations on her may be, there is no justification whatsoever for kidnapping and detaining three innocent children and keeping them away from their family for 5 years.

Additional information about Dr. Aafia can be found here, here, here and here. For more info about Missing in Pakistan, watch these 3-part video by Ziad Zafar.

173 Comments on “Dr. Aafia Siddiqui: A ‘Missing Person’ With A Name”

  1. Ayjay says:
    August 5th, 2008 2:50 pm

    This story makes you cry. if not from your eyes, then from from your heart. No court of law can give justice to a grief so immense.

    This is just one highlighted case.

  2. lidaliqa says:
    August 5th, 2008 3:35 pm


    here is some more info on her

  3. rahman says:
    August 5th, 2008 4:22 pm

    I dont know what to say but i realy feel ashamed being a citizen of such a coward country which sold its own citizen and its president openly admit about that what a shame? also i dont know what happened to people of islamic republic of pakistan they dont even protest about their basic right. May Allah Protect Ummah.

  4. Adnan says:
    August 5th, 2008 4:51 pm

    This post was much needed on ATP. The Urdu newspapers in India are publishing this story and everybody is stunned with the revelations.

    I wonder, why there is no popular anger still on the streets. Aren’t news channels asking hard questions to politicians and bureaucrats, how they let this happen and what they were doing to get her back. Where are her kids?

    When an Indian doctor, Hanif, was wrongly caught in Australia, the whole nation stood up for him. What are Pakistani ministers doing?

  5. Ibrahim says:
    August 5th, 2008 5:49 pm

    Thanks but no thanks. This is too little too late. This post would have worth something when it was needed a month or so ago from the time Yvonne Ridley came to Pakistan to raise awareness for prisoner 650. I wondered many times how those who love to browse through the images of Dawn didn’t make a post out of Ridlely’s press conference picture in Dawn. And, there were other opportunities to pick the story when BBC followed Ridlely’s conference and picked up the story besides other blogs and forums. Now BBC, CNN, etc. have all covered this story, here comes the post on ATP. Well done. But, I would like to know how it took so long for the shame to materialize into this post?!!

    Also, where is all the emotion that is usually seen in tragic posts here on ATP. Where are the words cowardly, horrific, etc, etc? This post only merely list facts rather than make a point and is emotionless. In fact, it goes on to imply that Aafia Siddiqi actually could be guilty.

    And, not surprisingly the ‘woman’ angle was not raised here. I thought this site specialized in women’s issues! Where are this woman’s rights?

    Too much could be said, but too much is still too little for a pathetic site like this and for a pathetic administration of ATP.

    Adnan…when the govt. itself catches people and hand it over to others, why would it care about them? Secondly, there have been protests for her release in Pakistan, mainly by Jamat-e-Islami and other organizations. But, all this is too little.

  6. Tariq says:
    August 5th, 2008 7:21 pm

    Ibrahim, I was wondering myself, when this site would write about the plight of Dr. Aafia as well. I can only assume, some things are not “politically correct” and Dr. Aafia falls into that category. Do not be harsh with ATP, for many of us are confused by this situation of how to respond. You can call our iman weak but within our hearts, all of us feel for this woman and her children.

    Make a prayer for us Ibrahim, that our iman becomes stronger.


  7. Saadia says:
    August 5th, 2008 7:28 pm

    Thank you Darwaish for this heartfelt and powerful post. Your point about looking on the human side of this woman’s plight and highlighting the fact that she has small kids who have also disappeared is very very important. Whatever she may or may not have done, those kids are just kids and their disappearance is also totally inhuman. It is a pity that many others who are trying to make political points with this are not focusing that Aafia is a mother also and this mother’s children are also now “missing people.”

  8. Muslim Iqbal says:
    August 5th, 2008 7:33 pm

    Dear Ibrahim, are you Aafia Siddiqui’s lawyer. Why are you speaking on her behalf to thank or not thank.

    If you think that ATP should not carry a post on this because it feeds your silly biases then don’t read it. WHy make all teh fuss about it and highjack an important post for some personal fetish and making a petty (chotta) point.

  9. Hassan Abbas says:
    August 5th, 2008 8:07 pm

    Muslim Iqbal,Ibrahim is right…..and to make up for the neglect much more needs to be done….and yes if we all can’t be Aasia’s soldiers we can at least be her lawyers.All blogs should have started persuing this long ago,only a very few did so in time.

  10. Moeen says:
    August 5th, 2008 8:12 pm

    Can anyone tell that all the charges on this lady are wrong/fake?
    The role of Paki Gov isn’t new though.

  11. ASLAM says:
    August 5th, 2008 8:14 pm

    I agree that the Pakistan government should take a strong stand on this. The worst legacy of the Musharraf government is the way this so called “missing people” was treated and the disrespect of Pakistanis against whom nothing was proved in these cases.

    The irony is that the government’s partners in this crime were the religious parties who were in the ruling alliance in this period. Especially the Jamaat and JUI were the ones abetting and assisting the worst of these abuses as government partners. I woudl think that the PPP government would be well advised to make the reversal fo this policy into their big issue now and push on the return of these persons as a matter of principle to undo the work that Musharraf and his allies in PML-Q, Jamaat, JUI, MQM and PML-Q have done.

  12. Qudrat says:
    August 5th, 2008 8:23 pm

    I also appreciate that you have treated this as a human issue and one of human dignity and human rights of this mother as well as of her kids. Too many other places I see that she is used only as a political slogan to make a point but we must remember that this is a mother and her kids are also missing. I can only dread to think of what she and her family must be going through thinking of those kids.

    In her case the legal process IN PAKISTAN should decide whether she has done something wrong or not, but her kids must be set free immediately and I can only think of the mental trauma they would have gone through.

  13. sidhas says:
    August 5th, 2008 8:31 pm

    It is sad that in one of the most illusterious nation in the world, the United States of America, the democratic rights of individuals are not only being compromised but abused, as well.

    Again and again, the government and state triumphs over and abuses the rights of people. Seems like for open society to degenerate it only takes few extermists.

    This raises a question whether or not democracy is a strong as we have to come to believe. Is it as strong as people who make up democratic society.

  14. Ibrahim says:
    August 5th, 2008 9:14 pm

    Bro. Tariq…I’m not calling anybody’s iman weak. But, if people feel that way after reading my comments, then this is guilt speaking, and that’s better than having no guilt and being like Muslim Iqbal who thinks there is a motive. Iqbal: I’m speaking on her behalf because she cannot; her sister is speaking on her behalf because Aafia cannot; the other blogs and forums for weeks are speaking on her behalf because she cannot. Do you get the point?!

    Don’t fancy yourself that this late post on ATP will somehow raise awareness on this issue. Thankfully, other blogs, forums and newspapers have picked up this issue, and it partly due to their pressure that suddenly after so many years the sister has been discovered.

    Those who want to read some analysis on this issue and what to make of it rather than basic facts copied from news wire:



  15. Saira says:
    August 5th, 2008 9:14 pm

    Despicable beyond belief. The actions of the Pakistani government in giving her up for such atrocities is beyond forgiveness. You know you cannot go lower when you start selling your mothers and daughters for green bucks.

  16. Moeen says:
    August 5th, 2008 9:33 pm

    I’m not sure whats the big deal about it. This woman could have been disappeared, instaed, she was presented in the court and charged. When we the great Muslims were in power, we used to invade the countries, used to ask them either become Muslims or pay us the money; on top of that, we used to fill our ‘harams’ with thousands of women for pleasure only. Americans are still better than the way we were.

  17. Confused says:
    August 5th, 2008 9:34 pm

    Ibrahim Bahi, aap itnay bitter kiyoun hain? Would you rather if people did not care about this poor woman and her children? Baat samajh mein nahin aati. It seems that you would have preferred if her plight and that of her kids was ignored.

  18. iceCube says:
    August 5th, 2008 10:49 pm

    I’ve been following news/blogs on Aafia Siddiqui’s plight for a week or so now… and I find it utterly tragic.

    The following news article was published on BBC yesterday. It shows a shocking recent photo of Aafia near the middle of the page.

    Mysterious Case

    No human being should have to go through this. Government is supposed to protect its people by whatever means,,, ours isn’t even prepared to talk about her.

  19. Riaz Haq says:
    August 6th, 2008 12:46 am

    Regardless of guilt or innocence of Afia on terrorism charges, it is becoming clear that she has been subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment and held without due process for a long time. Unfortunately, incidents such as these fuel resentment against the US and strengthen the extreme elements in Pakistan to go out and commit more acts of terror claiming more innocent lives of mostly Muslims. No wonder the US and moderate Muslims are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of the average Muslim, Afghani and Pakistani.

  20. August 6th, 2008 1:56 am

    In this world, the human rights are a tool of suppression in the hands of the western powers. Even if Dr Aafia has links with the so called Al Qaeda network, does she not have any human rights like any other US citizen?

    There is no difference between the Pakistani police and the FBI and a host of other US agencies. It is unfortunate that she was kept incommunicado for more than five years. Had her presence not been disclosed in the book, she would have remained untraced as yet.

    The charges brought against her are comical. FBI has outsmarted Pakistan Police.

  21. Kashif Mirza says:
    August 6th, 2008 2:02 am

    These kind of news are simply pushing moderate muslims towards extreme actions against current rule of law. The sense of insecurity , injustice and lawlessness will certainly boils down to civil-war against present setup of Pakistani Ruling Mafia.

  22. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    August 6th, 2008 2:04 am

    @ Urgent Message to :

    Pakistan’s Human Rights (leftist),
    Mr Haider Iqbal or Iqbal Haider,
    All Human Right NGOs
    Madame Asma Jehanghir & Co
    Intellectuals, Profs, Tajzia Nigars,
    TV Channels


    Rafay Kashmiri

  23. Greywolf says:
    August 6th, 2008 2:37 am

    1. Everyone has the right to due process. This is only valid argument in those who are pleading Afia Siddiqui’s case.

    2. Afia Siddiqui was- and there is incontrovertible evidence for it- part of Al Qaeda and her trips to Liberia were in this spirit.

    3. I find it strange that people who have supported some of the world’s worst human rights abuses over the last two decades against women and minorities in this country have suddenly become the “defenders” of “human rights”.


  24. Mazhar says:
    August 6th, 2008 3:30 am

    I am just wondering why would the US agencies be interested in small kids. I am pretty sure they didn’t take the kids to torture them. Could it be that taking the small kids with the mother was a small consideration US authorities would have allowed on the request of the mother?

  25. jusathot says:
    August 6th, 2008 4:28 am

    For those familiar with Umreeka

  26. Anwar says:
    August 6th, 2008 6:39 am

    Other countries pride in protecting their citizen all over the world, Pakistan on the other hand sold them for money. Problem is not with the Americans who unfortunately are operating with a blind vengeance but with the GOP – so, while Pakistanis may not be able to influence the course of events in the US, they can certainly bring to justice within Pakistan those responsible for this body trade

  27. ahsan says:
    August 6th, 2008 6:43 am

    As grey wolf has put it, we have let dr.shazia and mukhtaran mai happen in this Islamic Republic of ours. More recently another army “jawan” was let go scot free after raping and murdering a female athlete from Faisalabad. It is hypocrisy at its best/worst when we talk of human rights, women rights, dignity and any other of the civilized values norms. Having said that, the case of Dr.Afia is the worst kind of human rights abuse by the very champions of democracy and human rights.

  28. Hussain says:
    August 6th, 2008 8:10 am

    Rafay Kashmiri. It is actually your leftist Iqbal Haider that is fighting for Aafia Siddiqui. And it is your leftist Amnesty International and also teh HRCP that has been constantly raising her caise and case for many years now. Guess who has been silent in all of this: a) Jamaat, b) JUI, c) Tehrik i Taliban Pakistan !!!

    Your guys sold her to Umreeka!

  29. Shehla Arif says:
    August 6th, 2008 10:53 am

    I don’t have words to describe how I feel about Aafia and her family. For heavens sake, where are her kids? Knowing little bit about US Justice system, I am confident that at least they will do something good for the kids and we should expect them back with family soon. As far as Aafia herself is concerned, it can take years before she gets some justice. Please, can we write hundreds of thousands of emails to US authorities. It might help if we know the right email addresses? Anyone?

    I am also disappointed after reading some ‘typical Pakistani mentality comments’ by Mr. Ibrahim and a certain Kashmiri fellow. Instead of thinking collectively what can we do to help her and put pressure on our government to force US government to allow a free and fair trial, here we are playing dirty leg pulling games. May I ask why none of you wrote on this issue if you knew about this for so long (which w’d have been great and much better option)? I believe ATP is open for everyone to express their views.

    Since we didn’t do the right thing before, for whatever reasons, we should not do it now too? Yea, right!! Brilliant thinking my friends.

  30. Nisar says:
    August 6th, 2008 10:58 am

    I totally agree with Anwar and Shehla’s comments. Why not write to US Attorney General and Justice Department? I will make a difference!


    I have just written to him appealing for a fair trial and release of her kids immediately.

  31. Ayjay says:
    August 6th, 2008 11:26 am


    Well said.

  32. Jalal HB says:
    August 6th, 2008 11:50 am

    One reads about Dr Afia with a very heart which bleeds at this merciless world where a helpless woamn with her three children undergoes solitary confinement for over five years at the hand of the men of biggest democracy of the world. If she was a convict, why was she moved to a court five years earlier – why subject her to torture and rape (as has been known through newspapers) and forcing her to use men’s toilet.

    I suppose the ICJ needs to intervene and come to the rescue of countless innocent people languishing in jails all over the world in the name of War against Terror. When this war would finish anyway?

  33. August 6th, 2008 12:09 pm

    I also played my role to highlight the issue on my blog in Urdu http://www.mypakistan.com/?p=1244 http://www.mypakistan.com/?p=1148
    and hope rest of us will try to push US to release our Dr Aafia soon.

  34. Pakistani Patriot! says:
    August 6th, 2008 2:19 pm

    Rafay kashmiri,

    You do know that Iqbal Haider was one of the first people to raise the issue. Shame on you for dragging that guy in.

    Btw I am not a leftist but I don’t have any sympathy for this woman.

    Ofcourse I’d like her kids to be alright and fair trial for her.

    If convicted, she should be given the harshest possible punishment.

    And she is not our Dr. Afia. She is Al-qaeda’s Dr. Afia allegedly.

    I mean think about it people – why would anyone go so far as to kidnap someone and put them up boarding and lodging if there wasn’t something there.

  35. Humaira says:
    August 6th, 2008 2:28 pm

    Interesting to note that it is the international and Pakistani human rights groups that have taken up the cause of Aafia and her children.

    Interesting also that some people are more worried about the own ‘ghairat’ and US bashing than caring about this poor woman and his children.

    I have read many recent stories about this issue and most of them just use her for their anti-America views, Dear (Mr. / Ms.) Darwaish thank you for your humanity. You are one of teh few ones that actually puts the focus on teh human side and specially on her children.

  36. Pakistani Patriot! says:
    August 6th, 2008 2:34 pm

    Well said Humaira. Kids are the only worthwhile issue here and that justice must be done.

    As for treatment meted out to her- she should have thought of that when she was making biological weapons in Liberia for Al Qaeda. I suppose she was doing Islam a service.

    Btw it is a grave tragedy that three innocent children have been ruined all thanks to their mother’s terror activities.

  37. S.M.K. says:
    August 6th, 2008 2:40 pm

    I think what we are seeing here is quite clear. There are some people who are interested in Aafia Siddiqui’s case only because it is a way to bash America (I think American needs some bashing!) while others are interested really in the human side of teh story and what is happening to this poor woman and her kids. The question is whether the first group are equally pained when teh Taliban kill innocent women or use kids as bomb carriers. To me the government part of this (Pakistan or USA) is important but the real tragedy is the waste of a human being in the name of politics and the messing of the lives of her children.

  38. S. Magsi says:
    August 6th, 2008 2:49 pm

    Question, do we know from any of the reports where the kids are, or may be. In Pakistan? Afghanistan? USA?

    Has Aafia Siddiqui’s sister or family said anything about where they think the children might be.

  39. Pakistani Patriot! says:
    August 6th, 2008 3:00 pm

    PS: will somebody point out that Yvonne Ridley is a crazy Islamic fundamentalist from Britain and her testimony doesn’t matter.

  40. Musalmaan says:
    August 6th, 2008 3:37 pm

    Interesting how some people who have been berating the human rights agenda and were supporting Taliban and fundamentalists when they were killing innocent women or murdering female politicians or stopping kids from being vaccinated against polio. Well, suddenly they have now discovered human rights. I cry for Aafia and her kids. But then I also cried for the murdered woman politician and for women and children and human rights of everyone else. Howcome some people here were not pained by that but are up in arms on this.

    By the way, I am abhored and angry at the disrespect of the rights of Aafia Siddiqui and her kids but that has nothing to do with what I think about America. It has to do with what I think of human rights, They are sacred always and for everyone. Funny how some of our mullah types think that human rights are important only for some and not for others!

  41. Ash says:
    August 6th, 2008 5:26 pm

    She appeared before a US judge who ordered her medical examination. Decision on granting her bail is expected on Monday according to US media.

    More here

    Please pray for her and her children who are still missing.

  42. Abhilash Shastry says:
    August 6th, 2008 7:17 pm

    I find it very strange that many people here have jumped to the conclusion of her guilt even before her conviction. By all means hang her if she supplied biological weapons to terrorists. However, till now this is only police’s version. Her guilt is not yet established. So why has she been subjected to this elongated ignominy?

  43. Kolya says:
    August 6th, 2008 11:41 pm

    I would point out several things – noone has presented any credible evidence that this women was held by the Americans at Bagram (or anywhere else for that matter) before now.

    Given the prediliction for the folks to believe all sorts of conspiracy theories why would the USA go out of its way to manufacture such a story about the capture of this woman?

    If we were as evil as so many of you think we would just fly her to some hole and put a bullet in her head. (Kind of like those jihadi types would)

    Perhaps she was being held by some other country – perhaps an intelligence agency that fears what she might divulge about their own connections to terrorism – like the ISI?

    In any case she is in NYC so the FBI will finally get a chance to talk with her and she will be afforded the same protections as any other defendant.

  44. Rasheed says:
    August 6th, 2008 11:45 pm

    Please, please, anyone who has any influence or say, please, do something to get some comfort to this poor soul and especially to her children, regardless of her guilt or innocence. It’s an American principle to consider innocent until proven guilty. I, for one, would have a hard time believing a single word that comes out of the mouths of US FBI agents, whom I’ve heard lying with my own ears. As one who is on the receiving end of what I feel is FBI harrassment for eight years, I know how she must have felt. There are lots of reports about the Boston FBI being corrupt is a case in point — the case of John Connoly in connection with dozens of murders through one James Bulger and others, where they let murderers go free and locked up innocent people for thirty years, yes, two guyhs just got released after THIRTY YEARS. I can feel what Dr. Siddiqui went through; what Dr. Ivins went through; what Dr. Hatfill went through. Please do something. Shabash to Imran Khan; to Yvonne Ridley; to Amnesty International and others who shone light on the case; and shame on Musharraf; Gilani; Haqqani; US and British leaders, for letting such abominations happen, or to not demand answers more forcefully. Thanks, Hasan Abbas, for getting involved in this conversation. There’s no time to waste – let’s get to work calling newspapers and elected officials in the US and Britain. Today it’s her. Tomorrow it could be you. You can’t change your brown skin; your Muslim name; your country of origin, can you?

  45. Greywolf says:
    August 7th, 2008 12:03 am

    Yvonne Ridley is a strange character… almost fictitious. Methinks there is more to her than a simple convert to Islam. She sounds like a very dangerous woman on an agenda.

    Don’t you find it strange how this story broke at a very interesting time in Pakistan’s politics? This is a betting game played for the highest stakes….

    Ridley and others including afia siddiqui are the cards…

  46. auk says:
    August 7th, 2008 1:01 am


    How ironic. For someone on CIA’s wanted list to appear in Afghanistan with material evidence on July 17th (when the whole world was looking for her) is too good to believe. Americans couldn’t come up with a better story to hide the facts of this case. And yes, her alleged crime is that when surrounded by US agents for interrogation, this 90 lb woman grabbed a gun and tried to kill them. This sure is stuff made in Hollywood.

  47. Greywolf says:
    August 7th, 2008 1:30 am

    Here is a bit of information that ought to open the eyes of many good Muslims…

    Yvonne Ridley was married to a Mossad Agent. How about that…

  48. Greywolf says:
    August 7th, 2008 1:31 am

    Not that I have anything against Mossad etc… but it certainly adds to the mystique of Ms. Ridley doesn’t it?

  49. Dr. Shahid (HOUSTON) says:
    August 7th, 2008 1:34 am

    What a tragedy, no matter what allegations stand on Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, pertaining to collecting bloody diamonds from liberia, (an allegation without any proof), detention since 2003 in Bagram Air Base and being subjected to inhumane treatment is indeed very sad and highly deplorable.
    In the statement by the FBI Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was captured on 17 July (which). two FBI agents escorted by US soldiers interrogated her the following day. The soldiers were unaware that she was being held behind a curtain and a warrant officer put his M4 rifle on the ground.

    Ms Siddiqui allegedly grabbed the rifle and fired two shots at a US army captain but an interpreter pushed the gun away as she fired. As the soldiers returned fire, she was hit at least once.

  50. Ali Dada says:
    August 7th, 2008 1:35 am

    All things aside – she was working for a terrorist organization. She was caught with evidences. I have no sympathy towards her or other terrorists. Haven’t people learnt anything from all the innocent people being killed around the World day in, day out? Her plans were evil, they were bent on creating widows, orphans, and economic mess for many families – and yet you want mercy for her?

    She got herself into trouble. Intelligence agencies are not our enemies. Governments are not our enemies. They know exactly who is bad. They are not fools. Alhamdolillah, she was caught.

    Regarding her kids, it is the saddest of all tragedies but I am sure they were put up for adoption at foundations like Edhi – sad but the reality for an evil parent like Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.

    Pakistani government should revoke her citizenship. She threw away all her education she could have used to make World a more friendly, beautiful place – what a waste.

  51. Muhammed Zafir Zia says:
    August 7th, 2008 2:30 am

    just for the sake for dollars we sold our sister……..I am so ashamed …………..This is just one case which has been in the limelight…………I wonder how many innocent brothers and sisters like Dr Afia have been handed over to the FBI for money….

    Musharraf in his book has accepted selling of Pakistanis to the USA by him……..such a shameful act……..Musharraf has been reponsible for all the debacle country has faced during the last few yrs…………

    Musharraf have to pay for his deed…if not in this world then in the life hereafter……………..

    May ALLAH help Dr Afia …………………

  52. jood says:
    August 7th, 2008 3:04 am

    Monday, August 4, 2008
    Raise the issue of Dr. Afia :Make a difference

    Dr. Afia Siddiqui, was arrested along with her three children by a Pakistani intelligence agency in early 2003 and has been missing since then. American and Pakistani intelligence agencies confirmed that she had been arrested in connection with Al-Qaeda, the terrorist organisation run by Osama Bin Laden. However, later both agencies denied that she had been arrested. Dr. Afia’s whereabouts remain unknown but it is suspected that she is being held in an American detention centre.


    The press reports claimed that Dr. Afia had been picked-up by Pakistani intelligence agencies while on her way to the airport and initial reports suggested that she was handed over to the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). At the time of her arrest she was 30 years and the mother of three sons the oldest of which was four and the youngest only one month.

    A Monthly English magazine of Karachi in a special coverage on Dr. Afia reported that one week after her disappearance, a plain clothed intelligence went to her mother’s house and warned her, “We know that you are connected to higher-ups but do not make an issue out of your daughter’s disappearance.” According to the report the mother was threatened her with ‘dire consequences’ if she made a fuss.

    Whilst Dr. Afia’s whereabouts remain unknown, there are reports of a woman called ‘Prisoner 650′ is being detained in Afghanistan’s Bagram prison and that she has been tortured to the point where she has lost her mind. Britain’s Lord Nazeer Ahmed, (of the House of Lords), asked questions in the House about the condition of Prisoner 650 who, according to him is physically tortured and continuously raped by the officers at prison. Lord Nazeer has also submitted that Prisoner 650 has no separate toilet facilities and has to attend to her bathing and movements in full view of the other prisoners.

    Also, on July 6, 2008 a British journalist, Yvonne Ridley, called for help for a Pakistani woman she believes has been held in isolation by the Americans in their Bagram detention centre in Afghanistan, for over four years. “I call her the ‘grey lady’ because she is almost a ghost, a spectre whose cries and screams continues to haunt those who heard her,” Ms Ridley said at a press conference.

    Ms Ridley, who went to Pakistan to appeal for help, said the case came to her attention when she read the book, The Enemy Combatant, by a former Guantanamo detainee, Moazzam Begg. After being seized in February 2002 in Islamabad, Mr Begg was held in detention centres in Kandahar and Bagram for about a year before he was transferred to Guantanamo Bay. He recounted his experiences in the book after his release in 2005. Mr. Imran Khan, leader of Justice Party (T.I) suspects that prisoner 650 is the Dr. Afia Siddiqui and USA and Pakistani authorities are hiding facts of ‘Prisoner 650′.

    Please write to the relevant authorities listed below and request them to investigate immediately. Dr. Afia

  53. pakistani says:
    August 7th, 2008 6:08 am


  54. Nauman says:
    August 7th, 2008 6:09 am

    What a shame? first on Musharaf and those responsible for handing over our sister and her kids to Americans, and then on this super power that claims to be the custodian of human rights.
    You keep her under mental, physical torture for 5 years in an Afghanistan military jail (the details of which will be known only if she remains alive) and when you are getting exposed, on one nice morning you find her outside governer’s residence in Ghazni carrying chemicals and bomb making formulas. Than she attacks innocent FBI agents and they shoot her in self defence. What a Story? I am surprised that a court even accepted such a weak case for hearing.. (seriously, I expected something smarter from them).
    Anyways! assume that you are able to prove in an american court that a weak and frail lady is in reality a dangerous and trained al-qaida member, do you think you will be able to justify this in front of millions of muslims to whom nothing is more important and sacred than the honour of their sister.
    And are we forgetting something here? what happens to the 3 innocent children Mr. America? one of whom was a one month infant.. Human Rights… remember!

  55. MQ says:
    August 7th, 2008 7:08 am

    We still do not know the true story , but If, as alleged, Afia Siddiqui had committed committed a crime, she should have been brought before a court of law. Not kidnapped!

    However, to those “brothers” whose “ghairat” has suddenly been aroused for their “sister”, may one ask where were they for 5 years when the HRCP, Amenesty International, Iqbal Haiders, Asma Jahangirs, and Imran Khans were protesting about Afia’s disappearance and that of other missing persons?

    And, sadly, one may address the same question to Chief Justice Chaudhry. Where was he before 2008?

  56. Greywolf says:
    August 7th, 2008 7:53 am

    Well said MQ….

  57. Hiram says:
    August 7th, 2008 8:31 am

    Greywolf, there is no shortage of people who believe in conspiracy theories. Nice job done for implanting one !

  58. August 7th, 2008 10:37 am

    @Patriot Pakistani: So you were enlightened by your education that if Afia is a criminal then she should be humilated?

  59. Pakistani Patriot! says:
    August 7th, 2008 1:37 pm


    I know the English language is not your strongest point but atleast try and read what I have said. There is no excuse for kidnapping etc but all we have so far are allegations and nothing concrete except for claims by what is a dubious source as shown by Greywolf.

  60. Maira Zaffar says:
    August 7th, 2008 1:38 pm

    I totally agree. At least release her children IMMEDIATELY.

    And yet President Bush was criticizing China for their human rights record. In my humble opinion, it would be more helpful if we stage peaceful protests in front of US Embassy in Islamabad and their local consulates in Lahore and Karachi.

    I heard that Dr. Aafi has refused any help from Pakistan Embassy in Washington? Not surprising if its true. It were Pakistani agencies who picked her up from Karachi and handed over to FBI.

  61. JattPunjabi says:
    August 7th, 2008 2:12 pm

    I don’t think she gonna get a fair trial. In US terror suspect is treated just like Blasphemy suspect in Pakistan. Most probably she gonna face very hostile jury.
    Maria, you are absolutely right. I also read on BBC Urdu, her lawyer told judge that her client doesn’t want to see any official from Pakistan embassy. This again indicatse she indeed was kidnapped by Pakistani authorities and handed over. If she had gone to Afghanistan on her own, she would have been desperate to get help from Pakistani Embassy.
    On same note, it also confuses me, if FBI really fabricated a case, why they fabricated a case that look so poor circumstantially. Why didn’t they just got rid of her and told the world we never had her.

    Allah knows best.

  62. Khurrum says:
    August 7th, 2008 3:38 pm

    Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s case is so sad and tragic, its a shame to Pakistani and American agencies, and all those involved in her and her childeren’s kidnapping


  63. Ayaz says:
    August 7th, 2008 3:59 pm

    Aafia may or may not be guilty of attacking her captors with a gun but mounting evidence against her over the years does not really provide exonerating circumstances. The following facts may kindly be considered :

    1. Aafia was an excellent student who studied at MIT and got a PhD from Brandeis University.

    2. Newsweek has reported that in 2001, her Fleet Bank account was regularly recieving money from the Saudi channel and payments were being made to “under FBI investigation” organisations like Benevolence international and Al Kifah refugee centre.

    3. Till August 2001 she stayed in a flat(#2008) in a particular building in Boston. ANother Fleet Bank Customer, a Saudi, who was investigated by FBI had also given his address as #2008 in the same building during the same period.

    4. Subsequent to the Fleet Bank investigation, Aafia Siddiqui was found to be purchasing high-tech military equipment, items that seemed unusual for her occupation as a microbiologist. According to Newsweek, FBI documents also stated that Khan, Siddiqui

  64. JattPunjabi says:
    August 7th, 2008 8:11 pm

    Even if US guarantees, prisoner won’t be tortured/raped, Pakistan has absolutely no reason to kidnap an indivdual and put him/her at secret detention run by whoever for years.

    There should be a proper and legal process for that and it should be disclosed where individual is imprisoned.

    If she was involved in blowing up something somewhere I would have no sympathy if she gets impronsed on those charges. I will still only feel sorry for the ordeal she has possibly gone through.

    However most of these stories are media hype. If FBI had real sold evidences of this other stuff, then her X-husband would have been in US prison for years, since he was party in almost all of these. Her X husband is freely practicing anesthesiology in Karachi

    Only solid proof FBI has against her is helping Majid Khan.
    Even that doesn’t prove she was party/ wanna be party in anticipated Majid’s crime.
    According to her fellow students, her profile was of a religious female always busy in Islamic activies and helping Muslims/Pakistanis students in US. This very thing also was the cause the of rift between her and her X husband.
    Any wolf in sheep clothing can take advantage of such individual.

  65. Tasawwar says:
    August 7th, 2008 9:00 pm

    My heart goes out to this woman’s kids. Whatever she may or may not have done let us not punish them for this. Ultimately we are all human and that is teh only thing that counts, not nationality, not religion, not anything else.

  66. Very concerned says:
    August 8th, 2008 12:29 am

    this is indeed a very disturbing incident. it merely reflects that no one has any regard for human life. the mighty rule and oppress the weak. There is no fear of god left in ppl. I dont know whether Afia is guilty or not or even those ppl still held as prisoners in various camps around the world as a result of 9/11 but all of them should be brought to trial and given a sentence or let free. Such practices are shameful to the countries who uphold freedom and democracy. These practices will only breed more hatred and extremism something which the world can surely do without.

  67. True facts says:
    August 8th, 2008 3:51 am
  68. Mrs. Sajida Ikram says:
    August 8th, 2008 8:49 am

    I have spent nearly an hour reading through the comments.

    I also feel hurt and sad at the plight of a poor woman and specially for her children. I would also like to know where they are?

    Also, I also am surprised that some people are more concerned about saving Islam or bashing USA rather than worrying or praying for Aafia Siddiqui’s and her childrens safety. Talk about messed up priorities!

  69. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    August 8th, 2008 10:19 am

    @Mrs Sajida Ikram,

    you sound like V.President of Women’s Freedom,Association.
    Oh what a poor woman (Dr Aafia) and with three kids,
    Oh what a misery , Oh !Oh how sad !! if it was an actress
    or PPP woman with 4 kg of thicj make-up try to speak
    pinglish, of course all 50 Musharraf freed TV channel
    would have worn black ribbon. How could you be so
    indifferent to another woman like you ??
    and that we must not bash USA because you have a
    green card waiting for you, or every thing Gora does is
    HOLY. Pacifi”cist” neutralists but necessarily backward
    Islam-bashing !

  70. Amina Hussain says:
    August 8th, 2008 11:30 am

    Is this Rafay guy for real?
    So what is he saying that feeling for Aafia as a woman is “Islam Bashing”? Of is talking about kids “Islam bashing”?
    I guess in his version of Islam women and children are not equal to “him”…. well that is not my Islam and nor do crazies like Mr. Kashmiri speak for us Muslims.

  71. Dr. Shahid (HOUSTON) says:
    August 8th, 2008 1:59 pm

    Did Aafia Siddiqui smuggle gems for Al Qaeda?

    Aafia Siddiqui, who is to be arraigned in a federal court on Monday for a bail hearing, was the subject of a detailed report filed by this correspondent and published in Daily Times on November 11, 2004. That report is being reproduced below to give readers a wider perspective on what remains a perplexing case.

    Aafia Siddiqi, the highly qualified 29-year old Pakistani cognitive neuroscientist wanted by the FBI for her alleged membership of Al Qaeda, once flew from Quetta to Monrovia, Liberia

  72. Sara Hassan says:
    August 8th, 2008 2:02 pm

    I am glad that this forum is not attempting to write stories with namak mirch and stay focused on the human side. Very nicely written darwaish sahab. I hope Dr. Aafia and her children get some justice after all those years. Let’s hope US justice system works.

    I totally agree with Mrs. Sajida Ikram here. Some people are just taking this opportunity to promote their agenda of hatred. These people have no concern for the human life and suffering she has gone through.

    Mr. Kashmiri, may I ask which country do you live in (US or UK)? Just curious.

  73. Dr. Shahid (HOUSTON) says:
    August 8th, 2008 2:33 pm

    Douglas Farah writes:
    Recently, two people on whom I did extensive reporting because of their ties to al Qaeda in West Africa have again surfaced in the news, a useful reminder that sub-Saharan Africa was and is a target of opportunity for radical Islamist movements.
    In Kenya, there is an an intense manhunt underway for Fazul Adallah, one of the masterminds of 1998 East Africa embassy bombings.
    The second is Aafia Siddiqui, who may have been involved in the West African diamond trade as well.
    My own research showed that a woman had arrived to collect diamonds from al Qaeda operatives in Monrovia, and had returned, with two men, to Karachi, Pakistan, and then moved on to Quetta, where police and intelligence lost her trace. It was not clear to me at the time of the reporting that the woman was Siddiqui.

  74. Aslam says:
    August 8th, 2008 7:09 pm

    There seem to be too many people here who are trying to just plant stories that seem to much like lies, either to show that she is innocent or that she is guilty. Eiether to show now nice the US is or how nasty. I must say both types of propagandists make me quite sick. What about teh person, teh human being, her children. Can you think of her or is the only thing important to you is your political agenda. This disregard for human feelings by govt of Pakistan, govt of USA and so many commentators here is really depressing.

  75. Aslam says:
    August 8th, 2008 7:11 pm

    Also, thank you ATP for writing about Aafia Siddique as a human being, a woman and a mother, rather than just a slogan and a poster for some political cause.

  76. faheem shah says:
    August 8th, 2008 7:15 pm

    I think no body disagree on the punishment for the people who commit crime. But to consider someone guilty is also a crime. So we need to be careful about sentencing someone. Even US establishment is coming up with innovative ideas to somehow prove her guilty of something. Even after her arrest they did not charge with terrorism, how can we then say that ‘she mus pay for this’.

  77. ahsan says:
    August 9th, 2008 5:07 am

    I totaly agree with Dr.Shahid. She should be dealt with as any other terrorist suspect. If the charges are proven, she should be punished. God did give her the oppurtunity to study at the very best instutions in America and this is what she had to offer in return….working for the murderous Al-Qaeda. Americans must be really “stupid” to single out and hunt without any reason for a “woman” amongst so many other muslim americans. As for her children, we all feel sorry and pray for their safety and also pray that they find better role models than their mother who alone is to be blamed for their ordeal.

  78. August 9th, 2008 6:28 am

    I am not surprised to see that some people interested in sepearting human rights / women rights / justice & religion.

    USA agents kidnapped an inncocent Muslim laday & we are looking this matter just on humanitarian grounds.

    No, Not at all. we can’t keep our lives & religion seperate.

  79. Muhammad says:
    August 9th, 2008 6:46 am

    Dear Mr Shahid,
    Thanks for your wonderful comments and really surprised by your last verdict,

  80. Fatima Ali says:
    August 9th, 2008 9:53 am

    I must give credit to the writer here for presenting the human side of the story (which is most important here) and not something based on speculations and someone’s agenda of hatred (against Americans or Mullahs).

    I also agree with Faheem Shah and Aslam that some of the comments here, this guy Dr. Shahid for example, are really disgusting. May be its a result of watching too much Fox News. It is sad to see some people trying to frame her like some kind of super agent (too many james bond movies i guess) who were doing wonders for this so-called al qaeda (which nobody ever knew and seen till now except Mr. Bush). This poor woman had a on month, 4 years and a 7 years old kid with her and she was doing terrorism? WOW, what a brilliant logic I must say.

    The most important question is, where are her kids? Why they were picked up in first place? And why these champions of Human Rights are not saying a word about her son at least, who has been seen in several photographs with Dr. Aafia in prison? This kind of inhumane treatment is not even done to POWs when you know if given a chance, they will kill you without waiting a second.

    It seems that the universal law that everyone is innocent until proven guilty is NOT applicable for Muslims these days? Muslims are guilty until proven innocent.

    It is a well known fact that she was running a play group in Boston the same week she is alleged to have been seen in Liberia. Her lawyers have already said they have dozens of witnesses and proof (unfortunately, the trial has finally when she has suffered for more than 5 years).

    But hold on, let the trial begin and see what evidence both sides have. If only Dr. Aafia’s lawyers can prove that she never went to Liberia, the whole drama will come to an end. Until then, we should avoid speculations and stupid baseless stories (I know some of us are just too worried about green cards and $$ they are earning in US).

  81. Nauman says:
    August 9th, 2008 11:48 am

    The most important question is that, ‘what should we pakistani muslims do to bring her back to pakistan?’. A protest should be launched by all pakistani muslims in the form of a long march toward prime minister house and press pakistan government to break all military and ambassador relations with united states, until Dr. Aafia is returned to pakistan authorities.
    All muslim ulema in pakistan (including those in assemblies) should be asked to resign. Unless we all get on streets to pressurize our weak and dead leaders understand that we mean what we are saying, this matter will not be taken seriously.

  82. THS says:
    August 9th, 2008 12:14 pm

    Nauman asks :

  83. August 9th, 2008 2:17 pm

    Very sad indeed. I feel sorry for her kids and family. Even if that poor woman has done anything illegal, she doesn’t deserve to go through this horrific treatment. If she was an American woman, her lawyers would have sued US government for billions of dollars. Trust me.

  84. faheem shah says:
    August 9th, 2008 2:25 pm

    another assumption !!!!
    (Americans must be really

  85. Jalal Ahmad says:
    August 9th, 2008 3:55 pm

    Latest on Afia Siddiqui case: http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=51245

  86. Omer says:
    August 9th, 2008 4:57 pm

    To Mr THS

    When will you realize that what the mainstream media propagates is just a pack of lies. Nothing more than plain old BS. Whatever you have heard about Taliban or Mullahs is just lies. Please let the hate go. Give these people a chance and you will realize that they are much better than the “civilised society” of today. There is no real proof against these mullahs or saddam’s weapons of mass destruction or Dr Aafia’s guilt but there is proof regarding Abu Gharib and Guantanomo and Baghram and thousands of US detention centers around the globe. My friend, rome and egypt were also once super powers. Its time US faded into history just like them. It will succumb to its blatant disregard for human rights and freedom. Its time for another superpower.

  87. Poalee says:
    August 9th, 2008 5:16 pm

    My thought and prayers are with Dr. Afia’s kids. I hope they return to their family soon…US Agencies and Afghan government totally mishandled this case …

    I don’t know how much of the case against dr. Afia is true…my hunch is that most of it is not…but I do know the there are plenty of characters in the USA and other western countries who follow some twisted interpretation of Islam and are constantly hoping and planning the demise of countries and cultures that have protected them Mullah infested societies of so called Muslim countries. America needs to learn a better way of getting rid of the cancer called Islamic fundamentalism…what they have tried so far is not working and resulting in Human Rights tragedies like the one we are seeing in dr. Afia’s case…May God save Pakistan from turning into ‘planet of the Apes (read Mullahs)’

  88. americandesi says:
    August 9th, 2008 7:02 pm

    “My friend, rome and egypt were also once super powers. Its time US faded into history just like them”.

    I somehow find these kind of hopes/prayers amusing. I guess the Almighty also finds them amusing. Maybe a more appropriate thought would be to strive for making our own society more competitive rather than waste effort to yearn for the demise of other progressive societies. Funny.

  89. Another_bleeding_heart says:
    August 9th, 2008 11:54 pm

    As sad as her situation is I find it truly shameful that she was “nabbed” by pakistani jawans to hand her over to afghan mujahideen. Adding insult to the injury pak media is reporting this most awful news as a “matter of fact” style. Where is the national pride? I know they are in no position to put hard questions to US, but how about asking the local agencies? I do not blame US authorities as much as the despicable pakistani agencies who are actively ‘selling out’ the very people they are suppose to be protecting.
    I am being rhetorical, I know! I wonder if this is what they can do to our best talents imagine what they are capable of doing to ordinary citizens. But then again who can forget Dr. Qadeer Khan!
    I wish I could let Dr. Aafia and her family know that I pray for them, and ask Allah Subhanahu Wataala to ease their pain and suffering. Ameen!

  90. Harris Siddiqui says:
    August 10th, 2008 12:05 am

    I just spent almost half an hour reading through the post and could only shake my head in disbelief after reading through most of the replies.

    America haters, Muslim brotherhood dreamers and conspiracy theorists come out of the woodworks whenever a news like this hits the wire. Now most of that crowd is also acting as the flag bearers of human rights and “ghairat”.

    I hope that her kids are well. As for the “innocent until proven guilty” crowd, that term is only valid in the western justice system of today. In reality you will never let a person babysit your kids who is accused of child molestation even if he is never proven guilty.

  91. Omer says:
    August 10th, 2008 5:59 am

    This is not a hope or a prayer. I was merely commenting on the fact that the arrogance of the Americans has blindfolded them from the fact that they are hurling towards utter destruction. It doesn’t mean that the demise of America will automatically mean the rise of Islam. The fall of the United States will bring a power struggle between the powerful nations like china, the European union, Israel and Russia. This can mean either a dawn of a new era of freedom and prosperity for the Muslims or a return to greater oppression and humiliation. The outcome as you said depends on what we do to strengthen ourselves. And we are not strengthening ourselves by sidelining the mullahs and labeling them as extremists. As I see it we have to break down the barriers and bring them into the mainstream. We need to integrate the extreme left and the extreme right of our society into one whole. This is how we can defeat hatred, ignorance and intolerance and not by importing some culture from abroad as our mainstream media seems intent on doing these days.

  92. Mustafa says:
    August 10th, 2008 9:26 am

    Horrific crimes by Pakistani and American agencies.

    I am deeply saddened and disturbed after knowing this story. My prayers are with Siddiqui family.

  93. Mike says:
    August 10th, 2008 2:33 pm

    Aafia Siddiqui story is eerily similarly to travails of Charlie Manson Girls. Academically smart girls became blind followers of men of hellish cults/philosophy. They became pawns and in the end they all ruined their lives.

  94. faheem shah says:
    August 10th, 2008 6:46 pm

    I agree with child molestation analogy. But I didnt even see any official accusation against her (not some articles from some biased reporter without supporting evidence), except attack on marine.

  95. August 11th, 2008 4:39 am

    Please for heavens sake, use your mind! If Aafia is involved in diamond smuggling for this so called al qaeda and terrorists and she was supplying them with financial aid then why didn’t the charges against her has anything BUT assault on US soldiers and agents?? Why didn’t they charge her on terrorism? Can somebody explain that to me?

    Carefully go through the charges against her again. They are enough to explain the truth. It is sad to see some people coming up with fantasy (james bond) stories which are completely baseless.

    The whole thing is a drama and after 5 years, the best they could come up with is assault charges against a woman who can hardly walk on her feet.

  96. Mike says:
    August 11th, 2008 1:41 pm

    Some people on this forum do not seem understand how the US prosecution system works.

    In many instances, a few charges are used to indict and hold a person and at future date some more charges are added. I won

  97. abdullah says:
    August 11th, 2008 3:41 pm

    I have got nothing to say about Dr. Aaafia. Much has been already said and a lot is pouring. Every person has a right to express his/her opinion and we should try not to criticize others to assert our own opinion. This one thing which is very rampant amongst we PAKISTANI’s who believe that we are only RIGHT as we have the only right to be right in this whole universe. Any other person who tries to contradict us is either disgusting or a moron. (Bol magar payar se).

  98. Sad says:
    August 11th, 2008 4:43 pm

    There are too many things in this case, from the US side as well as from this woman’s side that do not make sense. I have a feeling that a lot is yet to come out on just who she is, what she was doing, why the US is so interested in her, and all the ways in which this war on terror has gone terribly wrong and is messing the lives to too many people.

  99. Dr.Shahid (Houston) says:
    August 11th, 2008 5:52 pm

    Two interesting comments are really worth commenting upon.


    Well I appreciate and admire your feelings that we as Pakistani’s should regard others feelings too and while posting our comments we have the right to put forward our feelings and others should be least critical or atleast if they are critical should not point out by name. BUT this is a wish and a wish cannot come true. Because we Pakistani’s are illusionary people and we prefer to live in a fantasy world of our own where no one is allowed to disturb us.

    Mr. Omar
    I have all the sympathies with you. True you are while reminding us that great civilizations like Greeks and Romans have vanished and now its US turn to vanish. A true Pakistani mentality ” tera bera gharaq ho” tere jism main kera parian”
    and like that.
    Keep it up and keep us reminding frequently till we all Pakistani’s are wearing a black (malasia) shalwar kameez, putting a rocket launcher on our shoulders and eating roti with piyaz . WITH mullah umar as the next president of Pakistan.

  100. SUFYAN AHMAD says:
    August 12th, 2008 12:42 am

    I appriciate the courageness of Dr. Aafia. As she is our sister just we imagine for a second that such behave is attending with our real sister. (Astaghfirullah).
    I appeal to President of Pakistan & Prime Minister of Pakistan that they just think over it for a moment, in the place of Dr. Afia Siddiqui they place her own real daughters, same attitude of rape & tortured then think about Dr. Afia as she is respect & daughter of our nation. But where is our self respect. Just think, think & think.
    Wish YOu Good Luck Dr. Afia.

  101. Shahzad Khan says:
    August 12th, 2008 4:11 am

    Dr. Shahid, you should not be ashamed of being a Pakistani (as your comments and tone suggest). Rather than being confrontational, it would be much better idea to help and teach others through dialogue and live-by-example approach. It is the ‘Ikhlaq’ that makes others follow and listen to us.

  102. Saeed Ahmed says:
    August 12th, 2008 6:31 am

    This news item from daily Dawn dated 29 May 2004 is worth reading. Its a confirmation from Pakistan Government that Dr. Aafia was handed over to US.
    Also see Interior Minister’s assurance to her sister Dr. Fouzia when she met her about his missing sister.
    “According to my information, Dr Aafia has already been released and Dr Fowzia should wait for her sister’s call at home.”
    Who did it over to US is self explanatory…!!!

  103. sundus khan says:
    August 12th, 2008 3:30 pm

    all this and soo much more is happening in our own country and we cant do anything about it?
    i mean i have read all the comments here and from what i understand most of these are sympathetic but seriously isnt there anything we can do to actually help her in some way rather than just posting comments here and commenting again on other’s posts???
    there has to be some way through which we can actually get our messages across to those who have the power to make a difference

  104. Mike says:
    August 12th, 2008 9:23 pm


  105. bushra says:
    August 13th, 2008 12:16 am

    i feel so sorry for dr afia …its the u.s insecurity with muslim scientists….poor female has to go through the worst of all conditions…i wish they release her soon..if only wishes come true inthe real world

  106. Baleegh says:
    August 13th, 2008 2:18 am


  107. M. Imran says:
    August 13th, 2008 7:39 am

    At least now Pakistani Embassy in Washington trying to help her. I am hearing that Hussain Haqani has officially requested US State Department to hand over Dr. Aafia and her three children to Pakistani authorities. I wonder if US agrees to send her back, wouldn’t they be asking for money paid to fellow Pakistanis for who sold her 5 years ago.

    Musharraf’s son, Bilal, is being mentioned in media for allegedly receiving money for turning Aafia in.

    Here is latest from Geo:
    Pakistani detainee, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, the wounded Pakistani neuroscientist, was on Tuesday examined by a medical doctor at the Metropolitan Detention Centre where she is being held since August 4, according to informed sources.

    The order for providing a doctor to examine Ms. Siddiqui within 24 hours was given by a U.S. judge at her bail hearing in the Federal District Court in New York on Monday.

    Judge Henry Pitman was reacting to her defence lawyers pleas for immediate medical attention for their client, who is suffering from gunshot wounds she sustained on July 18 during, what the prosecution claims, was an encounter with FBI agents and U.S. troops.

    They pointed out that she has not seen a doctor since arriving here a week ago and said that her health is worsening since she sustained bullet wounds July 18 during what the prosecution claims was an encounter with FBI agents and U.S. troops.

    The lawyers also listed other potential health problems including brain damage and loss of a kidney and said she lacked painkillers.

    Pakistan’s Ambassador Husain Haqqani also sought U.S. State Department intervention in seeking medical facilities for Ms. Siddiqi, whose bail hearing was postponed by the judge till September 3 while she undergoes treatment.

    The sources said Ms. Siddqui’s defence was informed that a medical doctor had seen her. The doctor will advise whether she can remain in prison, or should be moved, as requested by her lawyers, to a hospital.

    A Pakistani diplomat, Saqib Rauf, Vice Consul at the Pakistani Consulate General in New York, also attended the bail hearing.

  108. Salma Hussain says:
    August 13th, 2008 4:49 pm

    Mike: Please refrain from false and baseless allegations. Do you have any proof to support your fantasy theories? I think Americans should now be able to come out of this national security and al qaeda phobia. We all have had enough of it already.

    This case is also a BIG TEST for US justice system. Lets wait and see what comes out.

  109. americandesi says:
    August 14th, 2008 2:48 am

    Guys check out the top headline on yahoo today. Aafia had been named the most wanted woman of the world by FBI. They say they found hard-drives and documents in her handbag that is proof against her.

    www dot yahoo dot com/s/934394

  110. Mujtaba Hasan says:
    August 14th, 2008 7:56 am

    @americandesi: its all typical American style propaganda. Cheap networks like Fox and ABC hardly give any coverage to Dr. Aafia’s side of story. If I am not mistaken, most Americans have no clue that this so called terrorist woman had three little kids too and we still have no information about them. Who can forget they kept on making tall claims on WMD in Iraq and what happened later.

    Its funny that they are saying this woman was wandering around American Base in Bagram with hard drives, chemical weapons, maps and God knows what else in her hand bag when she got arrested a MONTH AGO!!!.

    Looking at her medical condition, no sane person can believe that she was even capable of carrying these things (she can’t even walk on her feet).

  111. Confused says:
    August 14th, 2008 10:59 am

    I am worried about her and it seems to me that the US media is just warming up to demonize Aafia, even the NPR, none of the reporters, the one I heard, were not even willing to bring up her children and when they had to they did not mention their ages. I usually refrain from stating my opinion, but whats being done in the name of securing the nation is really gone too far. I asked people of common decency to say something against this kind of brutality, whoever is responsible of mistreating an innocent mother of infant and children should be brought to justice. She is innocent until proven otherwise, and she should be treated with basic human dignity, especially here in the US.

  112. Kamram says:
    August 14th, 2008 11:58 am

    i feel depressed when read shocking news on inhuman treatment to Sister Aafia and her 3 childeren , US media is anti-aafia, its so shameful, just because she is a Muslim,

  113. Irum says:
    August 14th, 2008 12:42 pm

    This poor woman is being tried in the media by her opponents as well as her supporters. In the middle of all of this politics being played by her supporters and opponents a poor woman and her children are being wasted. I do not know if she is innocent or guilty. And I now have no faith in what either side is saying. But this I know, as a human being, no matter if she is guiity or not she and her children need to be treated with dignity. That dignity is being trampled by the US as well as her supporters who have turned a woman into a poster and a slogan only. That is what is traggic.

  114. Vault Dweller says:
    August 14th, 2008 1:31 pm

    There you have it……for all of those who beleive in the “ammreecan” way of life, system of justice, freedom of blah blah blah………
    Just wait till the next corner and perhaps you’ll see yourself in this ugly mirror.

  115. Mohammed Asad says:
    August 14th, 2008 1:49 pm

    This case certainly seems to be an example of the agencies in Pakistan and USA getting carried away and there are certainly indications that this is an example of excess. But, please, freinds, lets not get carried away either. We all know that there are people who ARE blowing up Pakistanis and planning and carrying out tasks for terrorism, in Pakistan and outside. Lets not deny that because if we do we will only create more problems. Even if she is innocent, and if she is then justice must be done and she should be released and compensated, but we all do know that there are many who are not innocent and we as a nation should be capturing and punishing them ourselves.

    Some people here seem to be arguing that this one case proves that everyone captured is innocent. I am not convinced at all that is the case. If it were, then who have been doing the bombings in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Swat, everywhere. Please, don’t say “outside hand”. It sounds silly now even to us Pakistanis.

    If she is innocent then let us work to get the innocent released but please let us also work to get the real guilty parties punished. Otherwise we will be just hypocrites.

  116. Ayesha Salman says:
    August 14th, 2008 2:56 pm

    We must give credit to author here for focusing on the humane side of the story. Thank you darwaish for informing us about Dr. Aafia.

    I also agree with Irum but the question is, what can we do to pressurize GOP to take it more seriously?

  117. Adeel Zaheer says:
    August 15th, 2008 6:18 am

    well in my opinion we don’t need to blame USA or anyone else as they have proved by their actions that according to them no one’s life has any value.
    they can kill millions and then say sorry that they got wrong intelligence reports and even by using the media they can make you think what they want you to think.
    well the only one’s that we should blame is Pak government.
    Through out my life i have said that i am proud to be a Paki despite all the wrong things going on here in Pak.
    but really i am not proud to be a Paki now, i am ashamed of it………………………..

  118. Aisam Bhatti says:
    August 15th, 2008 2:27 pm

    Shame on the people who did this act. Very sad indeed.

  119. August 15th, 2008 3:52 pm

    Hajan bin Yousaf sends Mohammad Bin Qasim from the desert of arab to indus valley along with his army to help a muslim lady who called upon him for her protection. Here we see a five star general who is also a SSG commando named Mr. Musharraf. What has he done, sends out his secret army to catch a muslim lady who too is from Indus and handed over to US army.What a contrast?
    Allah is punishing muslims by awarding them president like Mr.Musharraf. We need to correct ourself by pleasing Allah not American.American won’t come to rescue Mr.Musharraf but Allah did rescue Abrahim.
    This is true for all of my Ummah leaders.
    My Allah protect our sister Aafia. I cried every time i see or hear about her or her children.
    May Allah save her children.

  120. Jamal Ahmed says:
    August 16th, 2008 10:35 am

    Khalil Jibran wrote this in 1920s but I think its very relevant to current situation of Pakistan.

    My Countrymen by Gibran Khalil

    What do you seek, my countrymen?
    Do you desire that I build for
    You gorgeous palaces, decorated
    With words of empty meaning, or
    Temples roofed with dreams? Or
    Do you command me to destroy what
    The liars and tyrants have built?
    Shall I uproot with my fingers
    What the hypocrites and the wicked
    Have implanted? Speak your insane
    What is it you would have me do,
    My countrymen? Shall I purr like
    The kitten to satisfy you, or roar
    Like the lion to please myself? I
    Have sung for you, but you did not
    Dance; I have wept before you, but
    You did not cry. Shall I sing and
    Weep at the same time?

    Your souls are suffering the pangs
    Of hunger, and yet the fruit of
    Knowledge is more plentiful than
    The stones of the valleys.
    Your hearts are withering from
    Thirst, and yet the springs of
    Life are streaming about your
    Homes — why do you not drink?

    The sea has its ebb and flow,
    The moon has its fullness and
    Crescents, and the ages have
    Their winter and summer, and all
    Things vary like the shadow of
    An unborn god moving between
    Earth and sun, but truth cannot
    Be changed, nor will it pass away;
    Why, then, do you endeavour to
    Disfigure its countenance?

    I have called you in the silence
    Of the night to point out the
    Glory of the moon and the dignity
    Of the stars, but you startled
    From your slumber and clutched
    Your swords in fear, crying,
    “Where is the enemy? We must kill
    Him first!” At morningtide, when
    The enemy came, I called to you
    Again, but now you did not wake
    From your slumber, for you were
    Locked in fear, wrestling with
    The processions of spectres in
    Your dreams.

    And I said unto you, “Let us climb
    To the mountain top and view the
    Beauty of the world.” And you
    Answered me, saying, “In the depths
    Of this valley our fathers lived,
    And in its shadows they died, and in
    Its caves they were buried. How can
    We depart this place for one which
    They failed to honour?”

    And I said unto you, “Let us go to
    The plain that gives its bounty to
    The sea.” And you spoke timidly to
    Me, saying, “The uproar of the abyss
    Will frighten our spirits, and the
    Terror of the depths will deaden
    Our bodies.”

    I have loved you, my countrymen, but
    My love for you is painful to me
    And useless to you; and today I
    Hate you, and hatred is a flood
    That sweeps away the dry branches
    And quavering houses.

    I have pitied your weakness, my
    Countrymen, but my pity has but
    Increased your feebleness, exalting
    And nourishing slothfulness which
    Is vain to life. And today I see
    Your infirmity which my soul loathes
    And fears.

    I have cried over your humiliation
    And submission, and my tears streamed
    Like crystalline, but could not sear
    Away your stagnant weakness; yet they
    Removed the veil from my eyes.
    My tears have never reached your
    Petrified hearts, but they cleansed
    The darkness from my inner self.

    Today I am mocking at your suffering,
    For laughter is a raging thunder that
    Precedes the tempest and never comes
    After it.

    What do you desire, my countrymen?
    Do you wish for me to show you
    The ghost of your countenance on
    The face of still water? Come,
    Now, and see how ugly you are!

    Look and meditate! Fear has
    Turned your hair grey as the
    Ashes, and dissipation has grown
    Over your eyes and made them into
    Obscured hollows, and cowardice
    Has touched your cheeks that now
    Appear as dismal pits in the
    Valley, and death has kissed
    Your lips and left them yellow
    As the autumn leaves.

    What is it that you seek, my
    Countrymen? What ask you from
    Life, who does not any longer
    Count you among her children?
    Your souls are freezing in the
    Clutches of the priests and
    Sorcerers, and your bodies
    Tremble between the paws of the
    Despots and the shedders of
    Blood, and your country quakes
    Under the marching feet of the
    Conquering enemy; what may you
    Expect even though you stand
    Proudly before the face of the
    Sun? Your swords are sheathed
    With rust, and your spears are
    Broken, and your shields are
    Laden with gaps, why, then, do
    You stand in the field of battle?

    Hypocrisy is your religion, and
    Falsehood is your life, and
    Nothingness is your ending; why,
    Then, are you living? Is not
    Death the sole comfort of the

    Life is a resolution that
    Accompanies youth, and a diligence
    That follows maturity, and a
    Wisdom that pursues senility; but
    You, my countrymen, were born old
    And weak. And your skins withered
    And your heads shrank, whereupon
    You become as children, running
    Into the mire and casting stones
    Upon each other.

    Knowledge is a light, enriching
    The warmth of life, and all may
    Partake who seek it out; but you,
    My countrymen, seek out darkness
    And flee the light, awaiting the
    Coming of water from the rock,
    And your nation’s misery is your
    Crime. I do not forgive you
    Your sins, for you know what you
    Are doing.

    Humanity is a brilliant river
    Singing its way and carrying with
    It the mountains’ secrets into
    The heart of the sea; but you,
    My countrymen, are stagnant
    Marshes infested with insects
    And vipers.

    The spirit is a sacred blue
    Torch, burning and devouring
    The dry plants, and growing
    With the storm and illuminating
    The faces of the goddesses; but
    You, my countrymen, your souls
    Are like ashes which the winds
    Scatter upon the snow, and which
    The tempests disperse forever in
    The valleys.

    Fear not the phantom of death,
    My countrymen, for his greatness
    And mercy will refuse to approach
    Your smallness; and dread not the
    Dagger, for it will decline to be
    Lodged in your shallow hearts.

    I hate you, my countrymen, because
    You hate glory and greatness. I
    Despise you because you despise
    Yourselves. I am your enemy, for
    You refuse to realize that you are
    The enemies of the goddesses.

  121. Gouhar Nayab says:
    August 16th, 2008 11:15 am

    I wonder where is our human right champion who struggled hard to get Kashmir Singh Free?…………..anyone?

  122. ZAFAR says:
    August 16th, 2008 11:17 am

    I hope that once Musharraf leaves one of the first things will be to clear up these “missing persons” cases. Those who are actually terrorists and guilty of crimes should be prosecuted and those who are innocent and were wrongly framed must be accounted for and released. The tragedy of the innocent ones is great and cannot be tolerated. But what also happens because of this is that the extremist forces are able to get sympathy through them even for those who are actually guilty.

    I pray that justice will be done to all. Guilty as well as innocent.

  123. Amna says:
    August 17th, 2008 3:33 pm

    I agree. The missing persons case should be dealt with as soon as possible now. Enough is enough.

    But if we are to move forward as a nation and stop these things from happening in future, Musharraf should NOT be allowed to get away. That man and his team should be tried in public and punished.

  124. Hizbullah Ansari says:
    August 19th, 2008 12:59 pm

    These rulers dont know the dignity of muslim blood? Prophet SAW in his hadith has regarded the blood of a muslim that has fallen unjust to be more sacred than Ka’ba. Still there are lots of our muslim brothers and sisters who are being tortured all around the world. There is no ruler to take care of them and help them. but we still remember Mohd bin Qasim who was sent on the call of only one muslim sister. That was really the power of the Caliphate that protected the honor and lives of muslims. This seems to be the only ultimate solution.

  125. Sardar Ahmed says:
    August 19th, 2008 1:02 pm

    @Zafar: Mushrraf is history now. So what has changed, if anything? I am surprised that people here think that Musharraf’s departure from the scene would make much difference. Just wait and see what your beloved Zardari does with Judges Restoration issue!!

    Reminds me of Manto’s short story “Naya Qanoon” :).

  126. Anmol says:
    August 21st, 2008 6:21 am

    I read the story of Dr.AAfia Siddiqi i want to say that a woman can’t do that specially when she is mother and Dr. Affia is an educated lady and mother of three childern i am sure for this she can’t do this we people shopuld help her atleast we should figurout what happend with her childer and her husband Dr. khan what is he doing shamed on him he does not try to do some thing for his childer.

  127. Rehan says:
    August 24th, 2008 11:00 am

    I must say that we all are shameless because our sister was sold and no one from humen rights and governments even talk on this issue. If she is assocaited with Al-qaida she must be trailed in court and punished in a proper way. raping women is shamefull even american people must not support it and I ask American courts to ba proved again not to be cangroo courts as in Pakistan.

  128. aysha says:
    August 30th, 2008 4:28 pm

    It’s rather ironic and sad to see the so called champions of human rights treat a woman and her children with such brutality. If she was guilty then she should have had a fair trial and the children should have been with the family and not in the custody of animals. No matter what no woman deserves to face continous mental and physical torture that Dr. Aafia has faced.
    The guilty walk free while the innocent are victamised. There is very little to bring Dr. Afia’s life back to normal but the least what can be done is to stand up against the unfair government policy so that no innocent person has to go through what Dr. Aafia and countless others have been through.

  129. August 30th, 2008 11:48 pm

    It is the most shamefull thing happend to us inlast 51 years, and an opend evidence saying the people raising slogan of “fight agianst terrorism” are actual terrorist. First time I heared about this incident make me cry , on what we have done. We not only sold our faith but our dignity for a piece of chair. Shall Allah let us wake up before some more cuel time then this.

  130. Muhammad Raza says:
    August 31st, 2008 7:32 am

    This story really curshed my heart, our leaders can’t be the muslims, as they handed over a duaghter of muslim to the non muslims, GOD is watching everything, soon they will b punished by ALLAH, i dont know what i should do in this matter, but i must committ to all of you, if INKLAABB raised, i will b the first person to stand strong against theses kind of human violations.

  131. NAVAL says:
    August 31st, 2008 7:12 pm

    I can just say about Dr.Aafia Siddiqui that she is a women and if someone who can help is God. but i feel very sorry about Aafia Siddiqui and her kids and family, by the way there is no proof that anyone can prove that is was involve with “AL QAEDA” , if those people have any proof or any details against Aafia Siddiqui, than show to the world on face to face and if she is guilty give her punishment but thats not a way to treat the women without any proof,

    Im Indian and i Requested to the People of Pakistan please come together and help Dr.Aafia Siddiqui and her 1 month kids and 11 yrs daughter and her Family and there Feature.

    Just keep yourself on her place and think if its happend to you than what will happend to you and your familys feature

  132. saba says:
    September 2nd, 2008 11:51 am

    what can we do to help…..what will actually make a difference??why doesnt anyone tell us that?

  133. Sheharyar Arshad says:
    September 2nd, 2008 11:10 pm

    I must say that we all are shameless because our sister was sold and no one from human rights and governments even talk on this issue. If she is assocaited with Al-qaida she must be trailed in court and punished in a proper way. raping women is shamefull even american people must not support it and I ask American courts to ba proved again not to be cangroo courts as in Pakistan.

  134. Asif Mirza says:
    September 3rd, 2008 6:51 am

    “If she is assocaited with Al-qaida she must be trailed in court and punished in a proper way. ”

    She has been tried in a court and found guilty:


  135. Sahreen Tanvir says:
    September 3rd, 2008 6:56 am

    Dr Aafia belong to our country.Its really very shameful that our government is hesitating to take any appropriate action to recover Dr Aafia and her innocent children.
    If she is involved in any illegal activity then this matter should be solved in a proper manner. The way in which Dr Aafia and her children are treated is against the human rights.
    We all pakistanis should raise voice for her recovery.

  136. Salman says:
    September 3rd, 2008 7:18 am

    @ asif mirza,

    Please learn to read. If you do not understand a word, do consult a dictionary. Here let me help you out:


    1. To accuse of wrongdoing; charge: a book that indicts modern values.
    2. Law To make a formal accusation or indictment against (a party) by the findings of a jury, especially a grand jury.

    This is just a formality to be “indicted” and long ways from being convicted.

  137. Sadia Alvi says:
    September 4th, 2008 6:09 pm

    Pakistani government now refuse to accept Aafia’s 3 children. Read this latest news. Really sad.

  138. afifa tariq says:
    September 6th, 2008 3:34 am

    It is very shame ful for us that we cant save our daughters and sisters in our own independent country.Dr aafia siddique is our sister and today we cannot do something 4 her while is passing from great pain and trouble.we can only pray to Allah for her return as soon as possible but it will always a very gillty for us that we waste the knowledge of very able pakistani scientist.The most shame ful thing is that she kidnaped from pakistan and our leaders remain quite and continuously telling alie on the matter of missing people.Iwant to ask DO COUNTIES SELL THEIR OWN PEOPLE?Now ite time to get our sister aafia and other pakistani from america.IT is the month of ramzan and i request to every muslim brother and sister to pray for aafia.she needs our prayers and support.

    jago muslim or apnay deen ,mulkor is mein rahney wallon ki hifazat karo.Awaz buland karo apni sister aafia kay lia.because hamary leaders iqtadar ka nashay mein choor hein

  139. Tasleem says:
    September 7th, 2008 12:56 am

    In this case the law should take its course, if she is guilty then let the proof be presented but if she is not then this treatment of her and her kids is inhuman. But let things be proved in court and not decided by public opinion either in USA or in Pakistan.

  140. September 7th, 2008 7:07 am

    I agree. The missing persons case should be dealt with as soon as possible now. Enough is enough.

    But if we are to move forward as a nation and stop these things from happening in future, Musharraf should NOT be allowed to get away. That man and his team should be tried in public and punished.

  141. ali raza says:
    September 8th, 2008 12:30 am

    When will our nation rise up???????? See at the innocent lady. My eyes are filled with tears …….. How much she iz tortured!!!!! I have nothing to make request with our govt as our Govt. is a loyal DOG of americans. They bastured. I pray may the daughter of Asif Zardari suffer the same then he will recognise DR Aafia’s Pain..

  142. Masood says:
    September 11th, 2008 12:12 am

    Guys y u people r waisting ur time, this is not a small issue, ghee jab seedhi ongli se na nikle toh ongli terhi karni parti hai, this is the time to terhi ur ongli. only paki nation can solve this issue, come out to the roads, steerts and bazars. show the slave government that paki nation is still awaken. Dr. Aafia is the Daughter of paki nation and is a legend for us. US wants to eliminate muslims but they don’t know that its imposible.

  143. September 16th, 2008 7:12 am

    Why is everyone after Muslims?
    This is not done…
    What is happening with Dr.Aafia cannot be overlooked!
    this is a serious matter…she is a intelligent women and i along with every other pakistani believes that she is innocent…we dont believe she is innocent ….. but we KNOW she is innocent and no one inthe the world…has the right to behave or treat a women so terribly.
    She is apart from her kids
    of which one is safely in Pakistan but the other two are no where in sight
    and each day she is tourtured and she is in constant pain…
    We have to pray for her safety and welbeing
    WE cannot just pray but we must take strict actions against this…..

  144. Darwaish says:
    September 17th, 2008 1:06 pm

    Some encouraging news finally regarding Dr. Aafia’s 12 years old son Muhammad Ahmed. Ahmed has been handed over to his aunt Dr. Fauzia yesterday. Details here

    Hopefully other two sons would also be found now, IF they are alive.

  145. Ayesha says:
    September 18th, 2008 10:06 am

    I am so glad that her son has been returned to the family. I hope the other children and she herself will also be returned soon.

  146. Kahan Nazir says:
    September 18th, 2008 12:44 pm

    I want to say who has given the right to previous dictator Mr Musharaf to hand over the innocent Dr Aafia to US.

  147. Fatimah says:
    September 20th, 2008 12:00 pm

    I am so glad to see that her child, Ali, is back with his grandmother. I pray also for her and the other children.

  148. Muhammad Abid says:
    September 23rd, 2008 1:16 pm

    dr.afia is not supporting allqedda .musraff said america to help in war then amreca will say that there are talibani and what erver then america will restirk our country dr.afia zindabad bush is a lol person amrican are shit

    more news about dr aafia


  149. noman says:
    December 10th, 2008 3:35 pm

    i think mr musharraf is not aware of about the day of judgment and i think we should feel shame that in pak we are having leaders like musharraf who are supposed to called so called moderate and in real they are the black sheep for the country.

  150. Sajid says:
    December 16th, 2008 1:09 pm

    Pakistani politicians are just concerned about looting this country called Pakistan. I dont know when they will think about Sister Aafia.

  151. Ali Ahsan says:
    February 18th, 2009 6:17 pm

    Dr. Aafia is a terrosist and only facing consequences of her misguided actions. Putting her children in harm

  152. Hashmi says:
    March 31st, 2009 4:02 am

    I am hoping someone else will say to Mr Ali Ahsan all that I would like to say.. Having said that, I feel ATP should not let the matter rest. Rake it up at every possibility, create an awareness.. I am sure you have contributed already to educate people like myself who did not know much before. Just carry on. There should never be another Dr Afia in our country. Shame on us – Muslims and Pakistanis alike. Unable to save one woman and hunky dory with her tormentors. I cannot even begin to imagine the misery she must be in. May Allah have mercy on her.

  153. paul siemering says:
    March 31st, 2009 10:19 pm

    There’s not much I can add to all that’s been said. I only hope that someday Aafia will be able t sit back in some quiet and peaceful place, and read these expressions of love and support.

    My Dear Aafia, I write from the darkness of the country where you are at this moment being held prisoner. I cry with you and all your friends and supporters, and I scream for you to be set free from the long nightmare you have suffered for so long.

    love and peace


  154. Eyisha says:
    July 15th, 2009 6:32 am

    Why Pakistani Government is not taking any serious action for her case?Why this issue is not touched when our delegations visits USA or their dignitries visit our country.
    Pakistani Nation is also not showing any noticable response.
    Wake up Muslims,she is your sister.
    Show that you care!

  155. Saman Ali says:
    August 12th, 2009 2:31 am

    Shame on you Mr.Musharraf……….. dr.aafia we all luve u dear! god blesss you

  156. Farm Boy says:
    November 22nd, 2009 12:28 pm

    Dr Afia Siddiqui, the brilliance of Pakistan was “Misguided” by religious terrorists islamists of Pakistan which led to this once enlightened woman to where is she now, she was indoctrinated into becoming the extremist, the head scarf is the turning point in her life.

    lets take the example of “Naeem Noor Khan” the guy who was picked up by the authorities when plot to bomb several locations in Uk was caught from his laptop, Naeem was like any other ‘normal’ kid from karachi, studying from most prestigious institutions of Pakistan.
    His ”Head took a Spin” th day he & his family joined JAMAT E ISLAMI, & he became the “post 9/11 born again pious muslim” he was caught up as the Terrorist for Al Qaeeda, which shows the hidden face of JAMAT E ISLAMI, which is connected to terrorists groups & likes of Taliban in name of Muslim Brotherhood.

    Another case of the “Waheed Brothers”, Medical Doctors by profession, who were rounded up from “Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre” karachi, by the authorities with alleged links to Terrorists/Talibans, after which the people of JAMAT E ISLAMI spray painted the walls of the Hospital demanding the brothers release. & one of the brother died last year in conflict zone of Waziristan while treating injured taliban Terrorists, why would a Doctors Leave a high end hospital & suffering population & go in the wild to treat taliban??? indoctrination by the JAMAT E ISLAMI!

    Nowadays, Jamat e Islami is seen on the streets of Pakistan doing anti USA Rally by the name of “GO AMERICA GO” when one of their own renowned “Ex Member of National Assembly” & daughter of “ex Ammer JAMAT E ISLAMI Qazi Hussain Ahmeds own Daughter “RAHEELA QAZI” Acquired the Nationality of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA>
    Such height of Hypocrisy!!!

  157. wajeeha zafar says:
    December 28th, 2009 10:39 am

    As freedom is a right of everyone of us, similarly its her too.we all want her self to b free n release very soon……………
    keep praying for Dr.Aafia…….. she waill be soon released

  158. Ki5ran Afzal says:
    January 14th, 2010 9:18 am

    Dr. Afia Siddique………may Allah bless her and make her diificulties to be easy because as far as Pakistan’s government is concerned, they will do nothing in this case …Goverment knows each and everything about this case but they are helpless infront of USA …….shame on Pakistan’s government… but remember Allah is watching everything and each and every person who are involve in this big sin will pay for this ….

  159. January 30th, 2010 7:52 am

    Pleas wake up and fight for Dr. Aafia

  160. Muslim says:
    January 31st, 2010 3:07 pm

    people like “Ali Ahsan” are either blinded with American love or just plain stupid!! i am not going to defend whether she is terrorist or not, i am telling you this:
    “if this happened to an American women in a Muslim country, you would have yelled to save her from her savage captives, coz if this is not racism, i don’t know what that word means”
    even if some people like u or in USA saw her as a criminal, that doesn’t strip her from her rights, i mean even rapists, cold blooded murders and serial killers get more human treatment than some one who is “accused” and yet to have “trial”
    Shame on… really.

  161. February 3rd, 2010 3:35 pm

    I am terribly grieved at

  162. Shakeel says:
    February 3rd, 2010 4:42 pm

    The jury finds her guilty – news just coming out now.

  163. fatima says:
    February 4th, 2010 8:13 am

    its really really very terrible news that americans did like that to our sister dr afia.i m just shocked when i heared abour dr afia’s life imprisionment.thats not fair,that she was just firstly handeover to us government n than charged of member of al-qaida.whats this cant understand that whats wrong with them she is highly educated women.why americans did like that with her n also with her innocent little kids?i have very strong feelings with her not due to this that i have any relation with her but as a human being really its very strange case fore me.i just thinking that YA ALLAH plz give me such power whome that i can help her plz plz.i cant do anything but i can pray to ALLAH plz taht plz “YA ALLAH PLZ HELP HER N ALSO HER INNOCENT CHILDREN PLZ YA MERE MOLA PLZ PL”YA MERY MOLA HUM MEIN SE KISI KO B US K GHAR WALON SE KBHI DOOR MAT KRNA PLZ AMEEN”

  164. Anees says:
    February 9th, 2010 4:05 pm

    Now that she has been given a public trial and been judged to be guilty we should stop trying to convert these Jihadis in heroes. She has messed up not only her own life but that of her children and brought shame on her country and her religion.

  165. Obaid says:
    February 9th, 2010 7:41 pm

    Some of the achievement of Dr Aafia Siddiqui;

    1. She was married to a person who bought night-vision goggles and body armour worth $10,000 allegedly for “big game hunting” in Pakistan. He himself subsequently narrates Aafia’s violent personality, extremist views and concerns over her involvement in Jihadi activities.

    2. Her second marriage a mere 6 months after her divorce, was to Ammar al-Baluchi, also known as Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali who happens to be the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (the 9/11 Conspirator) and a cousin of Ramzi Yousef who was convicted of the 1993 WTC Bombing. Al-Baluchi will be put on trail in New York for his involvement in mass terrorism.

    3. During her stay in the US, the charities she was involved with were subsequently linked to the 1998 US Embassy bombings such as the Mercy International Relief Agency. She herself ran an Islamic Charity called Islamic Research and Teaching from her flat. These activities gained her access to criminals in local prisons.

    4. During the jury selection process Dr Siddiqui insisted on having all the jury members “DNA tested” to ensure that there were no Jews on the jury bench. Her similar statements in court are equally anti-Semitic.


  166. Asad says:
    February 11th, 2010 4:14 pm

    The curious case of Aafia Siddui and the conspiracy theorists!

    By: Ahmed Naqvi

    Aafia Siddiqui’s legal case has done its round in Pakistan’s media. From the anti-government newspaper The Nation, to the relatively liberal and seemingly unbiased Dawn, everyone has taken a swipe at this jaw-dropping, mind-numbing political situation. Yes, political situation. Though her curious case may have been shrouded under a dark cloud, the manner in which the opponents of this government have turned her case into a ticking time bomb is truly disgusting.

    Recently a protest was carried out in Gujranwala at the behest of the Jamaat-e-Islami. Why? They wanted to “condemn” the jury decision made by a US court, which went against their wishes. I have no complaints with holding a protest, it is a privilege we all share given by our constitution, but tell me, how many of the protestors knew the details surrounding the case? Is it not ironic that people argue for the supremacy and sovereignty of courts in their own country, but “condemn” the courts of another? Furthermore, you want the United States to be respectful, but all you can do is burn the US Flag and effigies of their political leaders. Practice what you preach; it is really not that hard.

    It is unfortunate that whenever Pakistan is mentioned in the media, we seem to be under a cloud of negative news stories. With the amount of media covering the case, one would think that Mrs. Siddiqui would take the opportunity and prove her innocence on an emotional front. What did she end up doing? Much to the delight of Zaid Hamid, Aafia Siddiqui lambasted Israel and Zionism (which has nothing to do with her legal case) and refused assistance provided by her government. I find it truly amazing that the MIT graduate did not take a smarter route and ended up looking like well – not innocent.

    What is more regrettable in such situations is not the outcry we witness in Pakistan but the instigators who enjoy making the situation a political mountain. These nincompoops play with the emotions and sentiments of the Pakistani nation. One of them seems to be enjoying the spotlight with a fashion designer, while the other is nothing short of a brilliant fable writer. You guessed them – Zaid Hamid and Ahmed Quraishi. Zaid Hamid is a comic story and it is hilarious to see how he is making rounds in schools and colleges promoting the Pakistan Allama Iqbal envisioned. It is an insult, that a character as shady and repulsive as Hamid’s, is trying to create parallels with one of our most noble and revered leaders.

    To truly understand the fable writing of Ahmed Quraishi, one only needs to go through his website and find all the predictions he has made. Sadly, none of them have come true. How I wish they had, it would have saved me some research and allowed me to concentrate elsewhere! Working in collaboration with The Nation, Mr. Quraishi has gone to great lengths slinging mud on diplomats, bureaucrats and elected officials. Singing a populist tone, he lambasts the United States for constant drone attacks, but refuses to pen a single word against the Pakistan Army who has sanctioned such strikes. He loathes Anne Patterson and the United States with a passion, but had no issues applying for employment opportunities with US companies. Does he truly think that he is our messiah by making himself look like a fool?

    The Nation enjoyed the verdict against Aafia Siddiqui. Using the political storm created by the case, the paper blasted their favorite punching bag, Ambassador Haqqani and the federal government for not securing the release of Aafia Siddiqui. It is strange that they would think that an Ambassador has the ability to give an innocent verdict and advocate a criminal case. It was the same logic that led them to believe Mr. Haqqani wrote the Kerry-Lugar Bill!

    In a recent article, Kaswar Klasara articulates that Mr. Haqqani flew all the way from the United States to the PM Secretariat in order to clear his position after he badly failed to pursue Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s case efficiently. Mr. Klasara believes we live in a day and age without any telephones or emails. Surely, Mr. Haqqani could have made a simple phone call to PM Gilani instead of enduring a grueling fifteen hour flight?

    Also, how could The Nation possibly publish an article without calling for the Ambassador’s resignation? Using information from his beloved “source”, Klasara states the Presidency and PM Secretariat were proposed by certain quarters to replace Hussain Haqqani by a suitable career-diplomat. Now this rings a bell! Oh yes, it was Ahmed Quraishi and his little gang sitting at their writers cubicle in The Nation offices some time ago, creating a rumor where Mr. Haqqani was being removed within 48 hours. That “time ago” was October last year.

    Stop the hate Mr. Quraishi and Mr. Hamid! Nothing good can possibly come out of it. All you guys are doing is taking advantage of the gossip and drawing room politic culture present in Pakistan by instigating downright lies. Fuelling conspiracy theories is not the solution to the problems we face today. It is not going to help anyone’s cause. This path of destruction that you two are leading conservatives on is not going to stop the militants from blowing up another school in Peshawar or them killing a few innocent civilians in Karachi. Too many lives have been lost; too many politics have been played. Stop indulging in these malicious activities; it is time you two started acting with some maturity and dignity.

  167. Obaid says:
    February 12th, 2010 9:40 am

    Nadeem Paracha;

    From Maududi to Aafia

  168. GULAM MUSTAFA says:
    March 8th, 2010 4:54 pm


  169. SHAHID says:
    May 2nd, 2010 1:09 am

    Aafia Siddiqui (born March 2, 1972, in Karachi, Pakistan) is a Pakistani Muslim neuroscientist, accused of being an al-Qaeda member.[6] A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumna and Brandeis University Ph.D., and mother of three, she had disappeared in March 2003.[1][4][6] Her disappearance followed the arrest of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, alleged chief planner of the September 11 attacks and the uncle of her second husband, and the subsequent issue by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of a global “wanted for questioning” alert for her.[1] In 2004, witnesses in a UN war-crimes-tribunal meeting held in Serria Leone identified her as an al-Qaeda member.[1] The charges against her stem solely from the shooting incident itself, not from any alleged act of terrorism, nor from conspiring with or giving comfort to terrorists.[7][8]

    According to the FBI, she resurfaced when she was arrested July 17, 2008, by the Afghan National Police.[9] They report that a police search of her handbag after the arrest produced a number of documents written in Urdu and English describing the creation of explosives, chemical weapons, Ebola, dirty bombs, and radiological agents (which discussed mortality rates of certain of the weapons), and handwritten notes referring to a “mass casualty attack”.[10]

    Siddiqui was charged with two counts of attempted murder, armed assault, using and carrying a firearm, and three counts of assault on U.S. officers and employees which all took place following her arrest,[4][10] and during which she was very severely wounded.[11] The Federal judge declared her fit to stand trial, despite witnesses disagreeing on her mental state.[12] She was convicted in February 2010, in a Manhattan court, on all counts.[4][5][11][13] She will be sentenced on May 6, 2010, and faces a minimum sentence of 30 years and a maximum of life in prison on the firearm charge, and could also get up to 20 years for each attempted murder and firearms charge, and up to 8 years on each of the remaining assault counts.

    She has not to date been charged with or prosecuted for any terrorism-related offences.[14] Many of Siddiqui’s supporters, including international human rights organizations have claimed that Siddiqui was no extremist and that she, along with her young children, was illegally detained and interrogated by Pakistani intelligence, likely at the behest of the U.S. while Siddiqui’s family said she was abducted and tortured by US intelligence[15] all claims that the U.S. and Pakistan deny.[16][17] This prompted Amnesty International to monitor the trial “to assess the fairness of the proceedings, given many unresolved questions surrounding the case.[18]
    Early life

    Siddiqui is the youngest of three siblings.[1] She attended school in Zambia until the age of eight, and then subsequently in Karachi, Pakistan.[19] Her father, Muhammad Salay Siddiqui, was a British-trained neurosurgeon, and her mother, Ismet (née Faroochi), is a now-retired Islamic teacher and social worker, who was prominent in political-religious circles.[1][9][20][21][22] She has one brother Mohammad Azi Siddiqui, an architect, who lives in Texas;[19] her sister, Fowzia, is a Harvard-trained neurologist who lives and works in Pakistan.[1][21][19][23]
    [edit] Undergraduate education

    Siddiqui moved to Texas in the United States on a student visa in 1990, joining her brother.[16][19][24] After attending the University of Houston for three semesters, she transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[21][19] In 1992, as a sophomore, Siddiqui received a Carroll L. Wilson Award for her research proposal “Islamization in Pakistan and its Effects on Women”.[1][19][25] As a junior, she received a $1,200 City Days fellowship through MIT’s program to help clean up Cambridge elementary school playgrounds.[1]

    She was regarded as religious by her fellow MIT students, but not unusually so: Marnie Biando, a former student who lived in the dorm at the time said “She was just nice and soft-spoken, [and not] terribly assertive.”[21] She joined the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA),[1][26] and a fellow Pakistani recalls her recruiting for association meetings and distributing pamphlets.[14] Journalist Deborah Scroggins believes Siddiqui may have been drawn Siddiqui into the world of terrorism through her contacts made there:

    At MIT, several of the MSA’s most active members had fallen under the spell of Abdullah Azzam, a Muslim Brother who was Osama bin Laden’s mentor…. [Azzam] had established the Al Kifah Refugee Center to function as its worldwide recruiting post, propaganda office, and fund-raising center for the mujahideen fighting in Afghanistan… It would become the nucleus of the al-Qaeda organization.[1]

    Siddiqui solicited money for the Al Kifah Refugee Center, which advocated armed violence, one of its members had just killed Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990, and it was tied to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.[1][27] Through the MAS she met several committed Islamists, including Suheil Laher, its imam, who publicly advocated Islamization and jihad before 9/11.[9] Fox News, citing Brandeis records, reported that Siddiqui taught General Biology Lab, a course required for undergraduate biology majors, pre-med and pre-dental students, in early 1999.[27]

    When Pakistan asked the U.S. for help in 2003 in combating religious extremism, Siddiqui circulated the announcement with a scornful note deriding Pakistan for “officially” joining “the typical gang of our contemporary Muslim governments”, closing her email with a quote from the Quran warning Muslims not to take Jews and Christians as friends.[1] She wrote three guides for teaching Islam, expressing the hope in one: “that our humble effort continues … and more and more people come to the [religion] of Allah until America becomes a Muslim land.”[1] She also took a 12-hour pistol training course at the Braintree Rifle and Pistol Club.[28]

    While she initially majored in Biochemical and Biophysical Studies at MIT, she graduated in 1995 with a BS in Biology.[4][6][19][29] In February 1996, she wrote an article for the MIT information systems newsletter I/S entitled “Four Ways to get MITnet Applications for Macs and PCs”.[30]
    [edit] Postgraduate, work and marriage
    headshot of dark-haired man with a small moustache
    Amjad Mohammed Khan, Siddiqui’s first husband

    In 1995 she had an arranged marriage to anesthesiologist Amjad Mohammed Khan from Karachi, just out of medical school, whom she had never seen.[9][16] They were married over the phone.[31] Her husband came to the U.S., and they lived first in Lexington, Massachusetts, and then in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Roxbury (in Boston), as he worked as an anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.[1][16] She gave birth to a son in 1996 (Mohammad Ahmed/Ali Hassan), and in September 1998 had a daughter (Maram Bint Muhammad); both are American citizens.[9][32]

    Siddiqui studied cognitive neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at Brandeis University.[4][16][33] She received a Ph.D. degree in 2001 for her dissertation, entitled “Separating the Components of Imitation”,[19][34] and also co-authored a journal article.[35]

    In 1999, while living in Boston, Siddiqui (as president), her husband (as treasurer), and her sister (as resident agent) founded the Institute of Islamic Research and Teaching as a nonprofit organization.[19][36][37] On October 3, 2005, the Internal Revenue Service revoked the organization’s charitable status.[38]

    She attended a mosque outside the city where she stored copies of the Quran and other Islamic literature for distribution.[39] She also helped establish the Dawa Resource Center, a program that distributed Qurans and offered Islam-based advice to prison inmates.[32]
    [edit] Divorce, remarriage, and al-Qaeda allegations

    According to a dossier prepared by U.N. investigators for the 9/11 Commission, Siddiqui was one of six alleged al-Qaeda members who bought blood diamonds in Liberia immediately prior to the September 11, 2001, attacks.[40] Alan White, former chief investigator of a U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Liberia, said she was the woman who called herself ‘Fahrem’[9] (alternative seems to be ‘Feriel Shahin’) who was in Monrovia on June 16, 2001 to buy blood diamonds – easily transportable, convertible, and untraceable assets – worth $19 million which her accusers believe were for funding al-Qaeda operations.[1][9][21][41] Three years later, in May 2004, one of the go-betweens in the deal identified Siddiqui as Shahin. However, her family and that of her husband say it is impossible. Siddiquis’ lawyer says there are credit-card receipts and other records which show that she was in Boston at the time;[1] FBI agent Dennis Lormel, who investigated terrorism financing, said the agency quickly ruled out her involvement, although she remained suspected of money laundering.[8]

    In the summer of 2001, the couple moved to Malden, Massachusetts.[1] According to Khan, after the September 11 attacks Siddiqui insisted on leaving the U.S., saying that it was unsafe for them and their children to remain.[42] He also said that she wanted him to move to Afghanistan, and work as a medic for the mujahideen.[8][16]

    In May 2002, the FBI questioned Siddiqui and her husband regarding their purchase over the internet of $10,000 worth of night vision equipment, body armor, and military manuals including The Anarchist’s Arsenal, Fugitive, Advanced Fugitive, and How to Make C-4.[8][21][31] Khan claimed that these were for hunting and camping expeditions. On June 26, 2002, the couple and their children returned to Pakistan.[1][4][9][31]

    In August 2002, Khan said Siddiqui was abusive and manipulative throughout their seven years of marriage; her violent personality and extremist views lead him to suspect her of involvement in jihadi activities.[42] Khan went to Siddiqui’s parents’ home, and announced his intention to divorce her and argued with her father. The latter died of a heart attack on August 15, 2002.[1][21] In September 2002, Siddiqui gave birth to the last of their three children, Suleman.[1] The couple’s divorce was finalized on October 21, 2002.[1][8]

    The BBC reported that Siddiqui worked briefly in Baltimore after the birth, and returned to Pakistan in December.[14] She left again for the US on December 25, 2002, informing her ex-husband that she was looking for a job;[1] she returned on January 2, 2003.[1][4] Amjad later said he was suspicious of her explanation as universities were on winter break.[42] The FBI linked her to an alleged al-Qaeda operative, Majid Khan, who they suspected of having planned attacks on gas stations and underground fuel-storage tanks in the Baltimore/Washington area. They said that the real purpose of her trip was to open a post office box, to make it appear that Majid was still in the US.[9][20][21][43][44] Siddiqui listed Majid Khan as a co-owner of the P.O. box, falsely identified him as her husband.[6][8] The P.O. box key was later found in the possession of Uzair Paracha, who was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in 2006 of providing material support to al-Qaeda.[1][45]

    Approximately six months after her first marriage ended, she married accused al-Qaeda member Ammar al-Baluchi in Karachi.[16][19][31][43] Al Baluchi, also known as Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, is a nephew of al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,[6][16][43] and a cousin of Ramzi Yousef, convicted of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.[6][43][46] Although Siddiqui’s family denied her marriage to al-Baluchi, it was confirmed by Pakistani and US intelligence, a defense psychologist,[47] and by Mohammed’s family.[14] Siddiqui herself confirmed it in court,[citation needed] but she disavowed his connections to al Qaeda.[47] Al-Baluchi was arrested on April 29, 2003, and taken to the Guantanamo Bay military prison;[43] he faces the death penalty in his upcoming trial in the U.S., for aiding the 9/11 hijackers.[16]
    [edit] Disappearance

    In early 2003, while Siddiqui was working at Aga Khan University in Karachi, she emailed a former professor at Brandeis and expressed interest in working in the U.S., citing lack of options in Karachi for women of her academic background.[9][31]
    Bedraggled man with heavy chest hair and tousled hair wearing a white t-shirt
    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Siddiqui’s second husband’s uncle, who reportedly revealed her name during his interrogation.

    According to the media, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, alleged al-Qaeda chief planner of the September 11 attacks, was interrogated by the CIA after his arrest on March 1, 2003.[48] Mohammed was tortured by waterboarding 183 times,[8][49] and his confessions triggered a series of related arrests shortly thereafter.[1] The press reported Mohammed naming Siddiqui as an al-Qaeda operative;[48] On March 25, 2003, the FBI issued a global “wanted for questioning” alert for Siddiqui and her ex-husband, Amjad Khan.[1] Khan was questioned by the FBI, and released.[31]

    Afraid the FBI would find her in Karachi, she left her parents’ house along with her three children[50] on March 30.[14] She took a taxi to the airport, ostensibly to catch a morning flight to Islamabad to visit her uncle, but disappeared.[9][31] Siddiqui’s and her children’s whereabouts and activities from March 2003 to July 2008 are a matter of dispute.

    On April 1, 2003, local newspapers reported, and Pakistan interior ministry confirmed, that a woman had been taken into custody on terrorism charges.[14] The Boston Globe described “sketchy” Pakistani news reports saying Pakistani authorities had detained Siddiqui, and had questioned her with FBI agents.[32][48] However, a couple of days later, both the Pakistan government and the FBI publicly denied having anything to do with her disappearance.[14] On April 22, 2003, two U.S. federal law enforcement officials anonymously said Siddiqui had been taken into custody by Pakistani authorities. Pakistani officials never confirmed the arrest, however, and later that day the U.S. officials amended their earlier statements, saying new information made it “doubtful” she was in custody.[51] Her sister Fauzia claimed Interior Minister Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat said that her sister had been released and would be returning home “shortly”.[14]

    In 2003–04, the FBI and the Pakistani government said they did not know where Siddiqui was.[29][31][52] U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft called her the most wanted woman in the world, an al-Qaeda “facilitator” who posed a “clear and present danger to the U.S.” On May 26, 2004, the U.S. listed her among the seven “most wanted” al-Qaeda fugitives.[48][53] One day before the announcement, The New York Times cited the Department of Homeland Security saying there were no current risks; American Democrats accused the Bush administration of attempting to divert attention from plummeting poll numbers and to push the failings of the Invasion of Iraq off the front pages.[54]

    “Lady Al-Qaeda”[55]
    —Headline reference to Siddiqui in New York Daily News

    “Prisoner 650″[56]
    —Headline reference to Siddiqui in Tehran Times

    According to her ex-husband, after the global alert for her was issued Siddiqui went into hiding, and worked for al-Qaeda.[31][42][57] During her disappearance Khan said he saw her at Islamabad airport in April 2003, as she disembarked from a flight with their son, and said he helped Inter-Services Intelligence identify her. He said he again saw her two years later, in a Karachi traffic jam.[8][31]

    Media reports Siddiqui having told the FBI that she worked at the Karachi Institute of Technology in 2005, was in Afghanistan in the winter of 2007; she stayed for a time during her disappearance in Quetta, Pakistan, and was sheltered by various people.[6][16][58] According to an intelligence official in the Afghan Ministry of the Interior, her son Ahmad, who was with her when she was arrested, said he and Siddiqui had worked in an office in Pakistan, collecting money for poor people.[16] He told Afghan investigators that on August 14, 2008, they had traveled by road from Quetta, Pakistan, to Afghanistan.[23] Amjad Khan, who unsuccessfully sought custody of his eldest son, Ahmad, said most of the claims of the family in the Pakistani media relating to her and their children were to garner public support and sympathy for her; he said they were one-sided and in mostly false.[23][42] An Afghan intelligence official said he believes that Siddiqui was working with Jaish-e-Mohammed (the “Army of Muhammad), a Pakistani Islamic mujahedeen military group that fights in Kashmir and Afghanistan.[16]

    Siddiqui’s maternal uncle, Shams ul-Hassan Faruqi, said that on January 22, 2008, she visited him in Islamabad.[8][31] She said she had been held by Pakistani agencies, and asked for his help in order to cross into Afghanistan, where she thought she would be safe in the hands of the Taliban.[8][31] He had worked in Afghanistan, and made contact with the Taliban in 1999, but told her he was no longer in touch with them. He notified his sister, Siddiqui’s mother, who came the next day to see her daughter. He said that Siddiqui stayed with them for two days.[59] Her uncle has signed an affidavit swearing to these facts.[23]

    Ahmad and Siddiqui reappeared in 2008.[16] Afghan authorities handed the boy over to Pakistan in September 2008, and he now lives with his aunt in Karachi, who has prohibited him from talking to the press.[16][16][31] In April 2010, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that a 12-year-old girl who was found outside a house in Karachi was identified by a DNA test as Siddiqui’s daughter Mariyam, and that she had been returned to her family.[60]
    [edit] Alternative scenarios

    Siddiqui’s sister and mother denied that she had any connections to al-Qaeda, and that the U.S. detained her secretly in Afghanistan after she disappeared in Pakistan in March 2003 with her three children. They point to comments by former Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, detainees who say they believe a woman held at the prison while they were there was Siddiqui.[48] Her sister said that Siddiqui had been raped, and tortured for five years.[61][62] According to Islamic convert and former Taliban-captive, Yvonne Ridley, Siddiqui spent those years in solitary confinement at Bagram as Prisoner 650. Six human rights groups, including Amnesty International, listed her as possibly being a “ghost prisoner” held by the U.S.[6][32] Siddiqui herself gave conflicting explanations.[6] She alternately claimed that she had been kidnapped by U.S. intelligence and Pakistani intelligence, while also claiming that she was working for Pakistani intelligence during this time.[6]

    Siddiqui has not explained clearly what happened to her two other missing children.[6] She has alternated between saying that the two youngest children are dead, and that they are with her sister Fowzia, according to a psychiatric exam.[19] She told one FBI agent that sometimes one has to take up a cause that is more important than one’s children.[58] Khan said he believed that the missing children were in Karachi, either with or in contact with Siddiqui’s family, and not in U.S. detention.[23][42][63] He said that they were seen in her sister’s house in Karachi and in Islamabad on several occasions since their alleged disappearance in 2003.[23][42][64]

    The U.S. government said it did not hold Siddiqui during that time period, and had no knowledge of her whereabouts from March 2003 until July 2008.[65] The US ambassador to Islamabad, Anne Patterson, categorically stated that Siddiqui had not been in US custody “at any time” prior to July 2008.[31] A U.S. Justice Department spokesman called the allegations “absolutely baseless and false”, a Central Intelligence Agency spokesman also denied that she had been detained by the U.S., and Gregory Sullivan, a State Department spokesman, said: “For several years, we have had no information regarding her whereabouts whatsoever. It is our belief that she … has all this time been concealed from the public view by her own choosing.”[32] Assistant U.S. Attorney David Raskin said in 2008 that U.S. agencies had searched for evidence to support allegations that Siddiqui was detained in 2003, and held for years, but found “zero evidence” that Ms. Siddiqui was abducted, kidnapped, tortured. He added: “A more plausible inference is that she went into hiding because people around her started to get arrested, and at least two of those people ended up at Guantanamo Bay.[66] According to some U.S. officials, she went underground after the FBI alert for her was issued, and was at large working on behalf of al-Qaeda.[31][57] The Guardian cites an anonymous senior Pakistani official suggesting an ‘invaluable asset’ like Siddiqui may have been “flipped” – turned against militant sympathisers – by Pakistani or American intelligence.[31]
    [edit] Arrest
    An aerial view of a compound, tree-filled terrain, and blue sea
    The Plum Island Animal Disease Center, one of the locations listed in Siddiqui’s notes with regard to a “mass casualty” attack

    According to court documents, Siddiqui was encountered on the evening of July 17, 2008, by officers of the police in Ghazni Province outside the Ghazni governor’s compound.[10][16] A man who feared she might be concealing a bomb under the burqua that she was wearing called the police.[6][9] She said her name was Saliha, that she was from Multan in Pakistan, and that the boy’s name was Ali Hassan.[9] Discovering that she did not speak either of Afghanistan’s main dialects, Pashtu or Dari, the officers regarded her as suspicious.[10]

    In a bag she was carrying, the police found that she had a number of documents written in Urdu and English describing the creation of explosives, chemical weapons, Ebola, dirty bombs, and radiological agents (which discussed mortality rates of certain of the weapons), and handwritten notes referring to a “mass casualty attack” that listed various U.S. locations and landmarks (including the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the New York City subway system), according to her indictment.[4][9][10][67][68] The Globe also mentioned one document about a ‘theoretical’ biological weapon that did not harm children.[16] She also reportedly had documents detailing U.S. “military assets”, excerpts from The Anarchist’s Arsenal, a one-gigabyte digital media storage device that contained over 500 electronic documents (including correspondence referring to attacks by “cells”, describing the U.S. as an enemy, and discussing recruitment of jihadists and training), maps of Ghazni and the provincial governor’s compounds and the mosques he prayed in, and photos of Pakistani military people.[4][6][9][10][31][69][70] Other notes described various ways to attack enemies, including by destroying reconnaissance drones, using underwater bombs, and using gliders.[4][6]

    She also had “numerous chemical substances in gel and liquid form that were sealed in bottles and glass jars”, according to the later complaint against her,[4][9][10][31][69][71] and about two pounds of sodium cyanide, a highly toxic poison.[6][72] Abdul Ghani, Ghazni’s deputy police chief, said she later confessed that she intended to carry out a suicide attack against the provincial governor.[73]

    The officers arrested her, as she cursed them, and took her to a police station. She said that the boy found with her was her stepson, Ali Hasan; Siddiqui subsequently admitted he was her biological son when DNA testing proved that the boy to be Ahmed.[9][19]

    There are conflicting accounts of the events following her arrest which led to her being sent to the United States for trial – American authorities say that the following day, on July 18, two FBI agents, a U.S. Army warrant officer, a U.S. Army captain, and their U.S. military interpreters arrived in Ghazni to interview Siddiqui at the Afghan National Police facility where she was being held.[4][10][69][74]

    The Americans witnesses reported they congregated in a meeting room that was partitioned by a curtain, but did not realize that Siddiqui was standing unsecured behind the curtain.[4][10][74] The warrant officer sat down adjacent to the curtain, and put his loaded M-4 assault rifle on the floor by his feet, next to the curtain.[10][74] Siddiqui, drew back the curtain, picked up the rifle, and pointed it at the captain.[69][74] Then, the situation became very chaotic,[75] An Afghan interpreter who was seated closest to her lunged, grabbed and pushed the rifle, and tried to wrest it from her.[4][10][69][74][76] At that point the warrant officer shot at her with a 9-millimeter pistol, hitting her in the torso, and one of the interpreters managed to wrestle the rifle away from her.[6][10][74][77]

    According to Pakistani senators who later visited her in jail, Siddiqui related a different version of events. She denied touching a gun, shouting, or threatening anyone. She said that she stood up so she could see who was on the other side of the curtain, and that after one of the startled soldiers shouted, “She is loose”, she was shot. On regaining consciousness, she said someone said “We could lose our jobs.”[8]

    Afghan police offered a third version of the events, telling Reuters that U.S. troops had demanded that she be handed over, disarmed the Afghans when they refused, and then shot Siddiqui mistakenly thinking she was a suicide bomber.[78]

    She was taken to Bagram Air Base by helicopter in critical condition. When she arrived at the hospital she was 3 on Glasgow Coma Scale, but she underwent emergency surgery without complication while hospitalized at the Craig Theater Joint Hospital, and recovered over the next two weeks.[8][19] Once she was in a stable condition, the Pakistani government allowed the Americans to transport her to the United States for trial; at no time did she have legal counsel. The day after landing, Siddiqui was arraigned in a Manhattan courtroom on charges of attempted murder. Her three-person defense team was hired by the Pakistani embassy to supplement her two existing public defenders, but Siddiqui refused to cooperate with them.[8]
    [edit] Trial
    [edit] Charges

    Siddiqui was charged on July 31, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, with assault with a deadly weapon, and with attempting to kill U.S. personnel.[10][31] She was flown to New York on August 6, and indicted on September 3, 2008, on two counts of attempted murder of U.S. nationals, officers, and employees, assault with a deadly weapon, carrying and using a firearm, and three counts of assault on U.S. officers and employees.[4][79][80] Bruce Hoffman, professor of security studies at Georgetown University, said the decision considerably simplified the case, without needing to rely on intelligence data or exposing sources and methods: “It’s a good old-fashioned crime; it’s the equivalent of a 1920s gangster with a tommy gun.”[81]
    [edit] Medical treatment and psychological assessments

    According to FBI reports prepared shortly after July 18, 2008, Siddiqui repeatedly denied shooting anyone.[82] On August 11, after her counsel informed the court that Siddiqui had not seen a doctor since arriving in the U.S. the previous week, U.S. magistrate judge Henry B. Pitman ordered that she be examined by a medical doctor within 24 hours.[83] Prosecutors maintained that Siddiqui had been provided with adequate medical care. The judge postponed her bail hearing until September 3.[84] An examination by a doctor the following day found no visible signs of infection; she also received a CAT scan.[85]

    Siddiqui was provided care for her wound while incarcerated in the U.S.[19] In September 2008, a prosecutor reported to the court that Siddiqui had refused to be examined by a female doctor, despite the doctor’s extensive efforts.[82] On September 9, 2008, she underwent a forced medical exam.[19] In a March 2009 report, Dr. Saathoff noted that Siddiqui frequently verbally and physically refused to allow the medical staff to check her vital signs and weight, attempted to refuse medical care once it was apparent that her wound had largely healed, and refused to take antibiotics.[19] At the same time, Siddiqui claimed to her brother that when she needed medical treatment she did not get it, which Saathoff said he found no support for in his review of documents and interviews with medical and security personnel, and his interviews with Siddiqui.[19]

    Siddiqui’s trial was subject to delays, the longest being six months in order to perform psychiatric evaluations.[31] She had been given routine mental health check-ups ten times in August and six times in September. Prison psychologist Dr. Diane McLean diagnosed Siddiqui with psychosis on September 2. One week later, Dr. McLean diagnosed that her condition was chronic.[86] Forensic psychologist Leslie Powers initially determined Siddiqui mentally unfit to stand trial. After reviewing portions of FBI reports, she told the pre-trial judge she believed Siddiqui was faking mental illness.[16]

    However, in psychological assessments for the prosecution, three of four psychiatrists concluded that she was faking her symptoms . One suggested that this was to prevent criminal prosecution, and to improve her chances of being returned to Pakistan.[31][82] In April 2009, Manhattan federal judge Richard Berman held that she “may have some mental health issues” but was competent to stand trial.[31][82]
    [edit] Jury selection controversy; threatened boycott

    Siddiqui said she did not want Jews on the jury. She demanded that all prospective jurors be DNA-tested, and excluded from the jury at her trial:

    if they have a Zionist or Israeli background … they are all mad at me … I have a feeling everyone here is them—subject to genetic testing. They should be excluded, if you want to be fair.[87]

    Siddiqui’s legal team said, in regard to her comments, that her incarceration had damaged her mind.[6][88]

    Prior to her trial, Siddiqui said she was innocent of all charges. She maintained she could prove she was innocent, but refused to do so in court.[89] On January 11, 2010, Siddiqui told the Judge that she would not cooperate with her attorneys, and wanted to fire them.[90] She also said she did not trust the Judge, and that she was “boycotting the trial … there are too many injustices. I’m out of this”.[citation needed] Following her outburst she was removed from the court, though the Judge said she would be allowed back, as she was entitled to be present at her trial.[citation needed]
    [edit] Trial proceedings

    Siddiqui’s trial began in New York City on January 19, 2010.[91][92][93][94] Prior to the jury entering the courtroom, Siddiqui told onlookers that she would not work with her lawyers because the court was not fair[95] She also said: “I have information about attacks, more than 9/11! … I want to help the President to end this group, to finish them … They are a domestic, U.S. group; they are not Muslim.”[96][97]

    Nine government witnesses were called by the prosecution: Army Captain Robert Snyder, John Threadcraft, a former army officer, and John Jefferson, an FBI agent testified first.[13] As Snyder testified that Siddiqui had been arrested with a handwritten note outlining plans to attack various U.S. sites, she retorted: “If you were in a secret prison … where children were tortured … This is no list of targets against New York. I was never planning to bomb it. You’re lying.”[3][98][99][100] The court also heard from FBI agent John Jefferson and Ahmed Gul, an army interpreter, who recounted their struggle with her.[101]

    The defense said there was no forensic evidence that the rifle was fired in the interrogation room.[102] They noted the nine government witnesses offered conflicting accounts of how many people were in the room, where they were positioned and how many shots were fired.[13] It said it her handbag contents were not credible as evidence because they were sloppily handled.[103] According to the Associated Press of Pakistan, Carlo Rosati, an FBI firearms expert witness in the federal court doubted whether the M-4 rifle was ever fired at the crime scene.; an FBI agent testified that Siddiqui’s fingerprints were not found on the rifle.[104] The prosecution argued that it was not unusual to fail to get fingerprints off a gun. “This is a crime that was committed in a war zone, a chaotic and uncontrolled environment 6,000 miles away from here.”[99] Gul’s testimony appeared, according to the defense, to differ from that given by Snyder with regard to whether Siddiqui was standing or on her knees as she fired the rifle.[105] When Siddiqui testified, though she admitted trying to escape, she denied that she had grabbed the rifle and said she had been tortured in secret prisons before her arrest by a “group of people pretending to be Americans, doing bad things in America’s name.”[106]

    During the trial, Siddiqui was removed from the court several times for repeatedly interrupting the proceedings with shouting; on being ejected, she was told by the judge that she could watch the proceedings on closed-circuit television in an adjacent holding cell. A request by the defense lawyers to declare a mistrial was turned down by the judge.[107]
    [edit] Conviction

    The trial lasted 14 days, and the jury deliberated for 3 days before reaching a verdict.[5][13]

    On February 3, 2010, she was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder, armed assault, using and carrying a firearm, and three counts of assault on U.S. officers and employees.[5][11][13] She faces a minimum sentence of 30 years and a maximum of life in prison on the firearm charge, and could also receive a sentence of up to 20 years for each attempted murder and armed assault charge, and up to 8 years on each of the remaining assault counts.[5][108][109] Sentence will be passed on May 6, 2010.[11] After jurors found Siddiqui guilty, Siddiqui exclaimed: “This is a verdict coming from Israel, not America. That’s where the anger belongs.”[110]
    [edit] Reaction in Pakistan

    In August 2009, Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani met with Siddiqui’s sister at his residence, and assured her that Pakistan would seek Siddiqui’s release from the U.S.[111] The Pakistani government paid $2 million for the services of three lawyers to defend Siddiqui during her trial.[112] Many Siddiqui supporters were present during the proceedings, and outside the court dozens of people rallied to demand her release.[113]

    A petition was filed seeking action against the Pakistani government for it having not approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to have Siddiqui released from the United States. Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffree said the CIA arrested Siddiqui in Karachi in 2003, and one of her sons was killed during her arrest. On January 21, 2010, he submitted documents allegedly proving the arrest to the Lahore High Court.[114]

    In Pakistan, Siddiqui’s February 2010 conviction was followed with expressions of support by many Pakistanis, who appeared increasingly anti-American, as well as by politicians and the news media, who characterized her as a symbol of victimization by the United States.[23] Her ex-husband, Amjad Khan, was one of the few who expressed a different view, saying that Siddiqui was “reaping the fruit of her own decision. Her family has been portraying Aafia as a victim. We would like the truth to come out.”[115]

    After Siddiqui’s conviction, she sent a message through her lawyer, saying that “she doesn’t want there to be violent protests or violent reprisals in Pakistan over this verdict.”[13] Thousands of students, political and social activists protested in Pakistan.[48] Some shouted anti-American slogans, while burning the American flag and effigies of President Obama in the streets.[116][117] Her sister has spoken frequently and passionately on her behalf at rallies.[23][117][118] Echoing her family’s comments, and anti-U.S. sentiment, many believe she was picked up in Karachi in 2003, detained at the U.S. Bagram Airbase, and tortured, and that the charges against her were fabricated.[48][119]

    The Pakistani Embassy in Washington, DC, expressed its diplomats’ dismay over the verdict, which followed “intense diplomatic and legal efforts on her behalf. [We] will consult the family of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and the team of defense lawyers to determine the future course of action.”[120] Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani described Siddiqui as a “daughter of the nation,” and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif promised to push for her release.[23] On February 18, President Asif Ali Zardari requested of Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, that the U.S. consider repatriating Siddiqui to Pakistan under the Pakistan-U.S. Prisoner Exchange Agreement.[121][122] On February 22, the Pakistani Senate passed a resolution expressing its grave concern over Siddiqui’s sentence, and demanding that the government take effective steps including diplomatic measures to secure her immediate release.[123]

    Shireen Mazari, editor of the right-wing Pakistani newspaper The Nation, wrote that the verdict “did not really surprise anyone familiar with the vindictive mindset of the U.S. public post-9/11″.[124] Foreign Policy reported that rumors about her alleged sexual molestation and sexual abuse by captors, fuelled by constant stories in the Pakistani press, had made her a folk hero, and “become part of the legend that surrounds her, so much so that they are repeated as established facts by her supporters, who have helped build her iconic status”.[117]

    Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio noted on March 1 that while when Siddiqui’s case has been covered in the U.S., it has mostly been described as a straightforward case of terrorism, in contrast when “the Pakistani media described this very same woman, this very same case, the assumptions are all very different”.[125] The News International, Pakistan’s largest circulation English tabloid, carried a March 3 letter from Talat Farooq, the executive editor of the magazine Criterion in Islamabad, in which she wrote:

    The media has highlighted her ordeal without debating the downside of her story in objective detail. A whole generation of Pakistanis, grown up in an environment that discourages critical analysis and dispassionate objectivity … has … allowed their emotions to be exploited. The Aafia case is complex… The grey lady is grey precisely because of her murky past and the question mark hanging over her alleged links to militants…. Her family’s silence during the years of her disappearance, and her ex-husband’s side of the story, certainly provide fodder to the opposing point of view…. The right-wing parties … have once again played the card of anti-Americanism to attain their own political ends…. Our hatred of America, based on some very real grievances, also serves as a readily available smokescreen to avoid any rational thinking…. The response of the religious political lobby to Aafia’s plight is symbolic of our social mindset.[126]

    A New York Times article reviewing the Pakistani reaction noted: “All of this has taken place with little national soul-searching about the contradictory and frequently damning circumstances surrounding Ms. Siddiqui, who is suspected of having had links to Al Qaeda and the banned jihadi group Jaish-e-Muhammad. Instead, the Pakistani news media have broadly portrayed her trial as a “farce”, and an example of the injustices meted out to Muslims by the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.”[23]

    Jessica Eve Stern, a terrorism specialist and lecturer at Harvard Law School, observed: “Whatever the truth is, this case is of great political importance because of how people [in Pakistan] view her.”[16]
    [edit] Taliban threat

    According to the Pakistani newspaper The News International, the Taliban has threatened to execute captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, whom they have held since June 2009, in retaliation for Siddiqui’s conviction.[127][128] They claim members of Siddiqui’s family requested their help. A Taliban spokesman said:

    We tried our best to make the family understand that our role may create more troubles for the hapless woman, who was already in trouble. On their persistent requests, we have now decided to include Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s name in the list of our prisoners in US custody that we delivered to Americans in Afghanistan for swap of their soldier in our custody.[17]

  170. Abid Ali Durrani says:
    September 23rd, 2010 12:50 pm

    Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, is Innocent, and Sincere Muslim and Human Being. America is dealing her as a model case to threaten and warn all the people who have soft heart and great courage to not surrender before any DEVIL or JADDAL.

    It looks, America is calling the Curse of Allah and is gradually proceeding to its self-started end with its own hands and acts.

  171. Abdullah Shaikh says:
    September 24th, 2010 12:42 am

    This story again gives evidences, information and real picture of americans, their so called justice system, reality of american civilized and human rights provocative face, strength, services and loyalty of so called pakistani defense and intelligence institutes to their american bosses, poor performance /capability of pakistani foreign office. If aafia can be proved guilty on charges raised in her case then all false stories, lies and blunders on evil grounds becomes justified.

  172. Aslam Mian says:
    October 9th, 2010 6:07 pm

    Here is her true face, described by her husband:

    Aafia Siddiqui : the other side of the story ..
    The News – Wednesday, February 18, 2009

    Claims most reports in the local media are false, suspects his two
    ‘missing’ children are in Karachi

    KARACHI : After six years of silence, Dr Muhammad Amjad Khan,
    ex-husband of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, has finally spoken up and says that
    most of the press reports that relate to his former wife as well as
    his children are false. In an exclusive talk with The News, he said
    that most claims are being propagated to garner public support and
    sympathy for Dr Aafia but are one-sided and in most instances untrue.

    Dr Aafia Siddiqui, suspected of having links to terrorist
    organizations, has been charged in a criminal complaint filed in a
    court of New York on account of attempting to kill US personnel during
    interrogation and on a charge of assaulting US officers and employees
    in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 17, 2008. Subsequently Dr Aafia was
    imprisoned in Bagram for 18 days before being taken to the US for a

    Due to pressure from Aafia Siddiqui’s family, the Pakistan government
    has been trying to secure her release from the US claiming her to be
    innocent. Although the US government has guaranteed Aafia the best
    legal assistance and a fair trial, her family is adamant that she be
    sent back on grounds that the US authorities have been consistently
    torturing her for years.

    “Aafia’s release cannot be secured by propagating stories based on
    falsehood and deception,” commented Dr Amjad Khan, in an interview
    with The News. Dr Amjad, who was married to Dr Aafia for seven years
    until their divorce in October 2002, said Aafia’s family and
    supporters should not believe that truth will not be revealed and mere
    lies will help in securing Aafia’s repatriation.

    He added that he is disappointed with the government’s disregard for
    the law when officials handed over his eldest son, Ahmad, to his aunt
    Dr Fowzia Siddiqui on his return from Afghanistan last year instead of
    his legal guardian, his father. “The government made no effort to
    locate me despite the fact that I am Ahmad’s real and legal guardian.
    My address in Karachi has not changed for the past 30 years. Ever
    since I returned from the US after our divorce, I have been living
    with my family,” he said adding: “Both the Minister for Interior
    Rehman Malik and Dr Fowzia have been taking credit for obtaining
    Ahmad’s release even though there was not a stone I left unturned to
    locate my missing children and obtain their custody according to law.”

    Providing documentary proof of the legal agreement between him and Dr
    Aafia following their divorce, Dr Amjad said that he had been
    financially supporting his three children Ahmed, Marium and Suleiman
    until the family stopped accepting the cheques he had been mailing.
    “After the agreement they accepted my cheques till March 2003. After
    that my cheques were being returned from Aafia’s home and that got me
    worried. Soon after I learnt that in April 2003, Aafia and our
    children had been ‘picked up’ by agencies.” Meanwhile, he received
    disturbing reports from the family that Aafia chose to leave Karachi
    with her children as she feared an attack from him.

    Curious to locate the whereabouts of his children, Dr Amjad sought the
    help of the police and government officials to find them. “I was aware
    of Aafia’s violent personality and extremist views and suspected her
    involvement in Jihadi activities. My fear later proved to be true when
    during Uzair Paracha’s trial in the US in 2004, the real purpose of
    Aafia’s trip to the US (between December 23, 2002 and January 3, 2003)
    was revealed.”

    Elaborating, Dr Amjad disclosed that he later learnt from media
    reports that Aafia’s family claimed she made this trip to the US for
    job interviews in December at a time when universities were closed for
    winter holidays. “I also found it very odd that on the one hand Aafia
    insisted on leaving the US after September 11, 2001, claiming the
    country was unsafe for us and our children because the US government
    was abducting Muslim children, and on the other hand took the risk of
    travelling to that country again without fearing that she may be
    captured and may never see our children again.”

    While Dr Aafia was in the US , the authorities had been closely
    watching her, added Amjad. They soon issued the first global “wanted
    for questioning” alert for the couple in March 2003. “At that time,
    the agencies did not know we were divorced and I was also unaware of
    Aafia’s involvement with two other terror suspects, Majid Khan and
    Ammar Al-Baluchi. They wanted me to persuade Aafia to appear for the
    interview with them and clear the charges leveled against her just as
    I had done. That is when she went underground and it later became
    apparent why she chose to ‘disappear’,” disclosed Dr Amjad.

    Sharing details of his unsuccessful marriage with Dr Aafia, Dr Amjad
    told The News that since their marriage was arranged, he was unaware
    of Aafia’s violent behaviour. “She got hysterical fits when she became
    angry and would physically attack me, but I put up with it for the
    sake of our children.”

    Although Amjad and Aafia both were inclined towards religion, he found
    her opinion towards Jihad to be of an extreme nature that sometimes
    made him uncomfortable. He became particularly suspicious of his
    wife’s intentions when soon after the 9/11 attacks, she compelled
    Amjad to leave Boston (where Amjad was completing his residency) and
    move to Afghanistan where she claimed “he would be more useful”.

    The couple, however, chose to come to Pakistan instead for a vacation
    and discuss the matter with Amjad’s family. It was here that his
    parents noticed Aafia’s violent behaviour towards their son on several
    occasions, particularly when she openly asked for khula (divorce) when
    Amjad declined to go to Afghanistan . Therefore Amjad decided to file
    for a divorce as Aafia was adamant she wanted to go. “I tried my best
    to save our marriage, but divorce was inevitable,” he recalls.

    However, after mutual consent, the couple signed a legal agreement
    whereby the custody of the three minors was given to Aafia, while
    Amjad was required to pay for their education and maintenance.
    “Although the agreement says I am permitted to meet my children once a
    week, I was not allowed to do so,” claimed Amjad sharing a copy of the
    agreement during the interview.

    Based on his past experience, Amjad says he had reason to worry about
    his children. “I feared Aafia might pursue her political ambitions to
    the detriment of our children’s welfare so I couldn’t help following
    her case after her family claimed she had been abducted.” Amjad added
    that he was tempted to use other means to try and rescue his children
    in these past five years especially since he had evidence that were
    missing or kidnapped, he claimed. “But I chose to be patient and
    pursued the case according to the law.” He also filed a case in court
    against Aafia to obtain the custody of his children.

    “When the Court was unsuccessful, I requested the HRCP to include my
    children’s names in their missing persons petition in the Supreme
    Court and also appealed to the Chief Justice for Suo Moto action as
    this was the only case where three minors were involved.”

    However, after Ahmad was released and handed over to Dr Fowzia last
    year, Dr Amjad requested her to allow him to visit his son, but she
    refused. “At first she said Ahmed was mentally unfit to talk, and then
    claimed that he was not my son but an orphan adopted by Aafia and US
    reports that his DNA matched Aafia’s were also ‘cooked’. I refused to
    accept any of that as I had identified my son as soon as I saw a
    report on the electronic media of his arrest in Afghanistan .”

    When questioned on what basis was Aafia’s family†denying a meeting
    with his son, Amjad stated that the family is punishing him for
    divorcing Aafia. “Aafia’s mother and Dr Fowzia had warned me at the
    time of our divorce that they would take revenge†by not letting me
    meet the children,” he said adding “But now they are discouraging a
    meeting with Ahmad because they fear Ahmad will reveal the truth about
    Aafia’s activities and whereabouts of his siblings over these years.”

    He added that Dr Fowzia had similarly threatened him several years ago
    by taking a picture of Aafia while she was asleep after she injured
    her upper lip (by a milk bottle)†in an accident. Dr Fowzia warned
    Amjad that if he tried to divorce Aafia, she would use the picture
    against him alleging him to be an abusive husband. “It was made to
    appear in the picture that Aafia was badly injured. Today, the same
    picture is being circulated in the media to claim that Aafia was
    tortured for years in Bagram,” he revealed.†

    Furthermore, Amjad listed the several allegations leveled against him
    over the years to justify his not meeting his children: First they
    accused him of kidnapping his three children soon after his divorce
    with Aafia. To deny this accusation, he lodged a complaint against the
    family with the Sindh Police and requested officials to help him
    locate his children, but to no avail.

    Later, Aafia’s family accused him of being an abusive husband and
    father preventing the children from meeting their father. “Aafia’s
    mother has also accused me in the media of changing the children’s
    names whereas in reality they had resorted to these tactics to conceal
    the children.”

    He alleged that Dr Fowzia also used the Asian Human Rights Commission,
    an NGO based in Honk Kong, to mislead the government about his two
    missing children. “The AHRC received the information about my two
    missing children being in an orphanage in Afghanistan from Dr Fowzia,
    who was diverting attention away from the place where the children
    really are.” claimed Amjad.

    Earlier, when Aafia’s father died, the family held Amjad responsible
    for his death too claiming he suffered a stroke after he saw the
    divorce document. “That is simply not true because I mailed the
    document two days after Aafia’s father died and that too because I was
    unaware of the unfortunate incident. Their family never kept me posted
    on anything in the six-week period between our verbal and written
    divorce. I was just as shocked at his death.”

    Moreover, the family alleged that Aafia was in trouble and had been
    kidnapped because her former husband (Dr Amjad) handed over her
    personal diary to the FBI. “After this, false reports about Aafia’s
    arrest and Pakistani government’s involvement in handing her over to
    the US despite repeated denials by the Minister of Interior and other
    officials, started making headlines” claims the doctor, who has now

    It is the whereabouts of his two children ñ Marium now aged 10, and
    six-year-old Suleiman ñ that worries him now, said Amjad. Like the
    coordinates of Dr Aafia Siddiqui remained a mystery after she was
    allegedly ‘picked up’ in March 2003, Dr Amjad believes Aafia’s family
    may be using the same tactics in the case of his two children, who are
    reportedly ‘missing’.

    “I am sure they are around Karachi and in contact with their maternal
    family as both Aafia and the children were seen around their house
    here and in Islamabad on multiple occasions since their alleged
    disappearance in 2003. They may be living under an assumed identity
    just like Aafia and Ahmed had been living [as Saliha and Ali Ahsan]
    for five years before they got arrested,” believes the father. He said
    Dr Fowzia’s claim that the children are missing after being removed
    from the Bagram prison in Afghanistan ‘may be an attempt to attract
    sympathy of the government and the people and distract its attention
    from the real location.’

  173. November 20th, 2010 2:25 am

    Many years passed, she is still not back home and USA now wants Pakistan to forget her?

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