Karachi: Civil society members from different parts of world have decried the closure of Aafia Siddiqui case. Terming the abrupt closure of the appeal case under mysterious circumstance against the norms of impartiality and equity, they demanded justice for the Pakistani mother.
Dr Fowzia Siddiqui of Aafia Movement in a statement on Wednesday said peace activists and supporters of Aafia Movement from 54 countries contacted her and showed concern on the recent development in Aafia Siddiqui case. They said peace activists had already feared slim chances of justice as 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. They said that depriving Aafia from justice would further tarnish the already muddy image of US justice system. They said there should be no double standards when it is matter of justice and equity.
Dr Fowzia Siddiqui told them that no one can believe that a brave lady like Dr Aafia would withdraw her appeal. She said mystery shrouds the whole case from the day one. She said despite all these circumstances Aafia family and supporters are sure that justice would prevail in the last count and Aafia Siddiqui would win freedom and rejoin with her children.
She regretted Aafia has been jailed in strict solitary confinement and not allowed to communicate with her family and children. She said due to this lack of communication, the Aafia family is convinced that coercion tactics might be used to ensure the withdrawal of her appeal.
Dr Fowzia asked the government of Pakistan to play its due role in Aafia Siddiqui case. She thanked the global support of peace activists and civil society to the cause of Aafia Siddiqui and vowed to continue the struggle of Aafia Movement till the Pakistani mother and noted educationalist is released from the US prison.
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