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Effort urged to awaken world’s conscience on Dr Aafia’s issue

July 05, 2010


Karachi: Dr Aafia Siddiqui case is the biggest human and women rights issue of our times, and there is dire need for targeted steps to raise this pressing matter not only in Pakistan but also abroad, so as to awaken the world conscience on the plight of this innocent mother.
This was said by speakers at a meeting of ‘Release Aafia Committee’ here on Sunday. It was noted that on August 16, 2010, the American court would announce its verdict against Dr Aafia and it is likely that this innocent lady might be handed life imprisonment, though charges against her are fake, flimsy and ridiculous. Sadly, the case of Dr Aafia is not highlighted in the true human and women rights perspectives, and the world conscience is not fully shaken on this sensitive humanitarian matter.
It was felt that Pakistani rulers have not formally taken up the matter of Dr Aafia and her children with their US counterparts and there is no formal request from our government for repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. The main reason behind this is if Dr Aafia’s case is brought to the limelight it would also pave way for the release and return of thousands of innocent Pakistanis who were illegally ‘sold’ by the former dictatorial regime to the US.

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