Family questions silence of government in Aafia case

KARACHI: Aafia family has questioned the silence of the Pakistani government on the abrupt closing of Aafia Siddiqui case under mysterious circumstances.

Dr Fowzia Siddiqui of Aafia Movement in a statement on Monday no one can believe that a brave lady like Dr Aafia would withdraw her appeal. She said mystery shrouds the circumstances under which the US District Judge Richard Berman ordered the closure of case. She said keeping in mind the brave character of Aafia no one can believe that she could opt for withdrawal of what could be her last appeal against her conviction.

She said Aafia is jailed in a special jailing facility in strict solitary confinement. She is even not allowed to communicate with her family. She said Aafia family is convinced that coercion tactics might be used to ensure the withdrawal of her appeal. She reminded that US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan had already in his order made it clear that even if the appeal had continued, he likely would have ruled against her.

Dr Fowzia said she had a recorded voice of her sister during their last communication in which she was determined to fight her case and clearly indicated that she is 100% behind any action taken by Dr Fowzia, also not to believe any statement coming on her behalf if there is no contact with her. The abrupt closure of her case has cleared a lot of doubts regarding the biased judge and American Justice system. She said had Aafia appeal reached its logical end, many hidden facts would have come to light, and many important people unmasked. This just proves Aafia is a victim of international power politics and her captives have a lot to hide and will revert to any length to keep her behind bars.

Dr Fowzia questioned the silence of the Pakistani government on the issue of abrupt closure of Aafia case, saying no government functionary has yet showed concern on this serious issue. She demanded of the government to take steps so that telephonic communication of Aafia is resumed with her family, as Aafia had told her family that in case her communication with her family is stopped they should not believe on any statement attributed to her.

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