The Supreme Court docket on Monday ordered to membership a petition in search of the repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui — a neurologist languishing in a United States jail on expenses of attempting to kill US brokers and army officers in Afghanistan — with a petition in search of repatriation of Pakistanis jailed overseas.
Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, sister of Dr Aafia, had moved the courtroom in 2018 requesting it to order the federal government to formulate a complete coverage for safeguarding elementary rights of Pakistanis detained overseas.
Throughout in the present day’s listening to of the case, Justice Shaikh Azmat Saeed, whereas heading a three-judge bench, remarked that the problem of Dr Aafia be raised together with that of different Pakistanis languishing in jails abroad as [approaching the matter in this way] could yield outcomes.
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Deputy Legal professional Basic Ilyas Bhatti knowledgeable the courtroom that Dr Aafia avails a counsellor assembly each three months.
Justice Saeed directed the deputy lawyer normal to assessment the case and discover out if there’s a chance that she will be able to full her jail time period in Pakistan, and adjourned the listening to of the case indefinitely.
Efforts to repatriate Aafia
Final month, Overseas Workplace Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal mentioned that steps to deliver Dr Aafia again have been underway and the matter of her return was repeatedly being raised with Washington.
He added that, with regards Dr Aafia and Shakeel Afridi, Pakistan’s stance was the identical as earlier than and there had been no change in it.
Dr Fouzia had mentioned in April that “at one level it had appeared as if Aafia was going to return to Pakistan any second.”
She mentioned that she had been reassured by the federal government that negotiations with the US have been ongoing and that “there will likely be a excellent news between January and March, however now silence has set in once more.”
It’s pertinent to say right here that final yr, Dr Siddiqui’s sister, Dr Fouzia, had requested Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to take up the matter with the US, and Qureshi mentioned that efforts have been underway to deliver her again.
The overseas minister had mentioned that the problem of Dr Siddiqui’s repatriation was “being thought-about”, following which Consul Basic in Houston Aisha Farooqui had met Dr Aafia and urged the US to “respect her human and authorized rights”.
Case towards Aafia
Neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years of imprisonment by a US federal courtroom in 2010, after she was convicted of firing at US troops in Afghanistan whereas of their custody and different six expenses towards her.
Her attorneys had requested a sentence of 12 years, whereas prosecutors had pressed for a life sentence.
In 2009, a jury discovered had discovered Dr Aafia responsible of seven expenses, together with two counts of tried homicide. The jury discovered there wasn’t premeditation within the tried homicide expenses.
Prosecutors had alleged that Dr Aafia, unbeknownst to some Individuals who travelled to Ghazni, was behind a curtain within the second-floor room the place they gathered.
She burst out from behind a curtain, grabbed an American soldier’s rifle and began firing. She was shot within the stomach by a soldier who returned hearth together with his sidearm, the prosecutors mentioned.
Throughout the trial, she testified that she was merely attempting to flee the room and was shot by somebody who had seen her. She mentioned she was involved on the time about being transferred to a “secret” jail.
Dr Aafia’s household and supporters declare she was arrested in Pakistan and handed over to intelligence businesses, who then transferred her into US custody. Each US and Pakistani officers, nonetheless, declare that she was arrested in Afghanistan.
Dr Aafia, who obtained her commencement levels from the Massachusetts Institute of Know-how and Brandeis College in biology and neuroscience whereas dwelling within the US between 1991 and June 2002, denied grabbing the weapon or having any familiarity with firearms.
She allegedly went lacking for 5 years earlier than she was found in Afghanistan.