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Pakistani Senator says rulers failed Dr. Aafia

  ‘Rulers are a humiliation for Pakistanis’   By Tahir Niaz   ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s rulers have become a source of humiliation for its citizens worldwide, Senator Talha Mahmood, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, said on Thursday. To a question about Dr Aafia Siddiqui at a press conference, Mahmood said the country’s leaders had failed to protect th ...

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APP – PAK Gov. efforts to release Dr. Aafia

ISLAMABAD, Aug 8 (Associated Press of Pakistan): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday assured Dr Fauzia Siddiqui that his government would make every possible effort for the release of her sister Dr Aafia Siddiqui, detained in the United States. The Prime Minister said the government had already approved US $ two million to hire a three-member panel of lawyers for Dr Aafia Siddiqui in consultat ...

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Yvonne Ridley’s U.S. Tour – Journal Notes

Yvonne Ridley's Diary on her Justice for Aafia U.S. Tour   Day 1 - Brooklyn, New York   Salaam alaikum, What an emotional start to our tour with the Muslim Legal Fund of America. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's brother Muhammad from Texas joined me on a platform with Cageprisoner's Saghir Hussein at Masjid At-Taqwa in Brooklyn, New York. The room fell completely silent as Muhammad began talkin ...

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Ramadan Reflections: Blessings & Hope

Blessings and Hope Amidst Pain and Sorrow The following is a personal account by Dr. Aafia's brother, Mohammad As we come to the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr of 2009, it is the 7th Eid we will celebrate without Aafia being among her friends and family. But we will celebrate. Not because we forget Aafia or because we abandon her but because there are many reasons to celebrate and to be thankful for God ...

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Sept. 02, 2009 – Hearing on Aafia’s new legal team

SUMMARY: On Sept. 2, 2009 a hearing was held in New York to determine whether the lawyers retrained by the Pakistani government can represent Dr. Aafia. Richard Berman, the presiding judge ruled that the new legal team can be admitted into the case. However, he also required that the U.S. government appointed attorneys remain in the case as the lead counsel. Dr. Aafia rejected this development both verbally ...

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Aafia’s Family: A special thanks to all supporters

MESSAGE OF THANKS TO FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS: We would like to personally thank each and every one of you for all the efforts and support you have shown for our sister's case over the past several months. In the hectic pace and focus on events, sometimes one forgets to acknowledge those whose efforts and actions are the real catalysts behind the many successes we have achieved on a very hard journey. Whi ...

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An April Fools’ Coincidence?

Coincidence or a sadistic April Fools' prank on Dr Aafia's mother - 2 years in a row   For the second year in a row, influential persons in Islamabad have chosen April 1 as the day to promise Dr. Aafia's mother a phone call from Aafia. And for two years in a row, she has waited by the phone - but no call came. Maybe this is just coincidence or some in Islamabad and Washington are enjoyin ...

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Who was Dr. Aafia? An eyewitness account.

Posted by MuslimMatters A family friend reacts to the plight and case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. This document began life in October 2008 as an e-mail to the author’s family and friends to explain why he cared so much about what happened to this “terribly dangerous woman.” This story has been getting uneven play in the news in this country. Some of you may not even recognize her name. The FBI ...

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Wikileaks & Dr Aafia

Commenatary By Andrew Purcell Officials at Bagram responded to an inquiry by Ann Patterson, then the American ambassador to Pakistan, with a document denying that they ever had custody of Aafia Siddiqui. "Bagram officials have assured us that they have not been holding Siddiqui for the last four years, as has been alleged" the embassy wrote on July 31, 2008. Does this confirm the United States ...

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