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The Siddiqui family offers their prayers and condolences to the family of journalist Najeeb Ahmed

Our heart felt condolences to the family of the respected journalist Najeeb Ahmed (1961 - 2009).   The family of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui would like to express our shock and deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Najeeb Ahmed who passed away suddenly on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 in Karachi.   Ironically, Mr. Ahmed's last public statement (video) on Human Rights Day (Wednesday, Dec 9th) focused ...

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Family Position on Nature of Support for Dr Aafia

December, 2009 As time passes and Aafia remains caught in the shackles of captivity, her plight has not receded into memory. Instead the momentum for her release, the recovery of her missing children and the demands to bring her tormentors to justice has only grown. But as the delays and legalistic games go on, the frustration of the public is approaching rage – at least in many sections of the Pakist ...

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Eid Al-Adha Message, November, 2009

On this occasion of Eid Al-Adha, marking the competition of the rites and rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage, we would like to wish all people and especially our supporters a blessed and happy time. This is an enlightening holiday, Hajj teaches us of the meanings of simplicity, endurance, sacrifice, and humility – among the great tests that God puts us all through.  As we reflect on the trials of the ...

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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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