IHC asks FO to take up Aafia’s release issue with US ambassador

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday asked the foreign office to take up Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s release case with the United States (US) Ambassador to Pakistan.

The MIT-trained neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui is serving an 86-year prison sentence after being convicted by the US court on seven counts over attempted murder and assault on US military personnel in Afghanistan.

Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan heard a petition filed by Dr Fauzia Siddiqui for the release and repatriation of her sister Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

The FO counsel submitted the communication record with the US regarding the repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui to the IHC.

The Judge expressed dissatisfaction and said that the FO secretary should appear before the court and state that he cannot do anything in this case then the court will dismiss this case as there is no proceeding in this case since October 17.

The foreign ministry counsel informed the court that there was no satisfactory response from the US regarding the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui yet and Dr Fauzia’s visa request has also been rejected by the US.

Justice Sardar Aijaz directed the foreign office to take up Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s release case with the United States (US) ambassador to Pakistan.

The court also asked to submit the report after signing it from the foreign ministry and foreign secretary. Later, the hearing was adjourned till December 20.




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