Pakistan lodges criticism with US to probe assault on Dr Aafia


Pakistan has lodged a proper criticism with the United States authorities to analyze the assault on Dr Aafia Siddiqui in jail, the international workplace spokesperson mentioned on Saturday.

“We lodged a formal complaint with the relevant US authorities to thoroughly investigate the matter and ensure the safety and well-being of Dr Siddiqui,” FO Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri mentioned in response to media queries.

“We learnt of an assault on Dr Aafia Siddiqui by a fellow inmate at FMC Carswell on July 30, 2021,” he mentioned and added that the embassy in Washington DC, in addition to the Consulate General in Houston, instantly took up the matter with the involved US authorities.

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He talked about that Pakistan’s Consul General in Houston visited Dr Siddiqui instantly to establish her well-being. “She had received some minor injuries, but was doing fine.”

Zahid mentioned that each the embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC and the consulate in Houston continued to make each effort to make sure that Dr Siddiqui was correctly taken care of throughout her incarceration at FMC Carswell.

In 2010, a US federal courtroom in Manhattan had sentenced Dr Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years imprisonment for the tried homicide of US navy personnel in Afghanistan. She is serving her sentence on the Federal Medical Centre, Carswell, Fort Worth in Texas.

Incidents of abuse towards Dr Siddiqui have been reported up to now as effectively. In June 2018, a confidential report ready by Pakistan’s consul common in Houston of her go to to Dr Aafia Siddiqui claimed that she was subjected to bodily and sexual abuse throughout her ongoing detention.

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The report had really helpful diplomatic authorities to take up the case on the highest ranges to discover a approach for her repatriation in order that she will serve her remaining sentence in Pakistan, the place her modesty and privateness wouldn’t be interfered with.

Later that yr, Washington had promised to look into the request made by Islamabad to assessment Dr Siddiqui’s detention in view of respecting her human and authorized rights.

Pakistan has been elevating the difficulty with the United States regularly. However, no progress has been made on this regard to this point.

(With further enter from APP)

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