Fowzia thanks nation for success of Aafia Jirga

Karachi: Aafia Movement Pakistan leader Dr Fowzia Siddiqui here Monday thanked the Pakistani nation, particularly, Karachiites for making their national Jirga a big success.

A Grand National Jirga here in front of the Mausoleum of the father of the nation on Sunday was arranged by the Aafia Movement which unanimously demanded of the State of Pakistan to take urgent interventions for the release and repatriation of the daughter of the nation, Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

The moot discussed in detail the issue of the repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui from the United States of America to Pakistan, and after thorough deliberation agreed upon a Karachi Declaration, comprised suggested for early release and repatriation of the Pakistani mother.

It said an early release and repatriation of Dr Aafia is a must on moral, social, religious and legal grounds,

It said moral values are the foundations of any civilized society and they give the society its peculiar distinction and identification. For any society it is an integral part of the morality not to leave its citizens hapless at any cost, particularly when they are in a foreign country.

Every society provides its citizens a social contract that the State would act like a mother to take utmost care of them. Under this social agreement every citizen thinks that he or she has got an importance at some level in the society and this feeling helps in a lasting integration of the society. If a society does not feel concern for any of its citizens, it creates a dangerous social void which can destroy the very fabric with which the society is woven, because this feeling of being ignored affects the high social values, the society loses the confidence of the ignored citizen.

The teachings of Islam and the Sunnah of Holy Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) highly stress defending the rights of citizens. Ummah is like a whole body and its people like its organs. This message of unity amongst Muslims stresses that not a single Muslim could be ignored and isolated, and his or her assistance and rescue is the individual and collective responsibility of all Muslims. This responsibility even increases when the affected person is a female. All religious scholars agree that if a Muslim woman is in the imprisonment of non-Muslims it would be the duty of every Muslim man and woman to take utmost efforts for her release.

This is the most important point of the Karachi Declaration, and it asserts that the Government of Pakistan is legally and constitutionally responsible to ensure the safety of life, property and honor of its every citizen, irrespective of where they are. It is the responsibility of the State of Pakistan to defend and assist its citizens if they are trapped outside the country and safeguard their rights effectively.

This Jirga demanded of the government of Pakistan to discharge its moral, social, religious and legal responsibilities in the case of the daughter of the nation, Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who has been imprisoned for a long time and the nation could no more tolerate this disgrace. Therefore, the Government of Pakistan should take solid steps to bring home Dr Aafia Siddiqui. It should urgently manage communication and meeting of Dr Aafia Siddiqui with her mother, children and family members. The government should fulfill all its promises regarding the release of Aafia Siddiqui and respect the verdicts and directives of the Pakistani courts.

The Jirga has established a committee which would meet the Prime Minister, Chief or Army Staff and Foreign Minister and assist the government in the release and repatriation of Aafia Siddiqui. It stressed that now is the time that we should as a proud nation stop playing with words and take solid steps and formulate our future strategy for the release of Aafia in the light of Islamic teaching and the Constitution of Pakistan.

Fowzia also thanked media for giving extensive coverage to the moot.

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