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AAFIA MOVEMENT

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 Pakistani population. We share the agony and pain. After all, we are the most closely connected. However, we are also fearful that some may express their anger in a manner that neither us nor Aafia would endorse.

To be clear, while we welcome all support and encourage Aafia's supporters to actively seek her urgent release from captivity, we ask that all the efforts continue in a manner that is peaceful and does not harm any lives or property. And for those who may seek some measure of revenge for Aafia's suffering, please remember her own words in court when she said that she could not forget but she will forgive.

So, in order to be true to the person whose freedom we seek, we must also strive to forgive BUT we should never ever forget. And at times when frustration boils over into anger, we ask that you please consider the example of Prophet Muhammad (SW) during his journey to Taif. That should be our example, not those who think violence or vengeance offers salvation.

[The blessed are] Those who avoid the greater crimes and shameful deeds, and when they are angry even then forgive (Holy Koran, 42:37)

But indeed if any show patience and forgive, that would truly be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct of affairs. (Holy Koran, 42:43)

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