For years I've struggled to find a reason why Dr Aafia Siddiqui is still languishing in a prison in Texas.
Set aside my views that she is innocent and a victim of a gross miscarriage of justice who epitomises all that is wrong with the War on Terror.
Why has she not been transferred to a prison near her home in Karachi where she can serve the remainder of her sentence near her family and in her country of origin?
I have seen a couple of Pakistani Prime Ministers and their cabinets reduced to tears over the plight of a woman who has become known as 'The Daughter of the Nation.'
Seeing a grown man cry, thumping the table and demanding justice for Aafia was very moving the first time; a little wearing the second and third time; and now I just despair at this charade.
Empty promises have been made to her despairing family
that she will be returned.
I don't even think the Americans are interested in holding on to her anymore; I'm reliably informed they'd be quite happy to let her go. She has, after all, served her purpose and proved to be a useful instrument for the architects who wanted to maintain a fear factor over the War on Terror.
Now that their intelligence agencies have established that a neuroscientist is concerned with the biology of the nervous system and has nothing to do with nuclear weapons and bombs (I kid you not) they are no longer bothered about holding on to her.
So why is Aafia still in Texas? Why has she not been put into a prisoner transfer programme?…
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