People outraged over the conviction in New York of U.S. trained

neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui set U.S. flags alight, in Quetta, 2/4.

 

 

The Nation, Pakistan

U.S. 'Persecution' of Aafia Siddiqui Shames Pakistan

 

"This highly educated woman is being forced to rot in jail because of her views - which the U.S. has branded 'terrorist.' The case serves as a reminder that Pakistan's citizens have been betrayed by their own government and handed over to the United States."

 

EDITORIAL

 

February 8, 2010

 

Pakistan - The Nation - Original Article (English)

Protests broke out across Pakistan, after the conviction in a New York court of Aafia Siddiqui, a neuroscientist thought by the U.S. to be tied to Al-Qaeda.

 

Al-Jazeera TV, Qatar: The case against Aafia Siddiqui, Aug. 6, 2008, 00:03:01RealVideo

THE conviction in the United States of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui for attempted murder has caused more problems for America than it has solved. The U.S. finds itself held responsible for a poor woman, broken in health, deprived of her children, in the past wrongfully imprisoned and now facing more time behind bars. This highly educated woman is being forced to rot in jail because of her views - which the U.S. has branded "terrorist."

 

Dr. Siddiqui is the citizen of a supposed a U.S. ally, which has done little to assist her or recover her missing children. The president [Asif Ali Zardari] may have ordered the family contacted and the government to provide all possible legal aid for her appeal, but it must be noted that he did so only after the entire country erupted in protest.

 

If the verdict doesn't remove any last vestige of trust in the American justice system, then the question of why the government waited until the appellate stage to step in [after the initial trial]. The president has expressed confidence in the American justice system, which one may interpret as saying that Pakistan won't demand, as it should, that Dr. Siddiqui be tried in Pakistan. If she can be tried in the U.S. over events that took place in Afghanistan because she is said to have assaulted American citizens there, she can by the same token be tried in Pakistan. Instead of viewing this demand as reflecting a lack of confidence in American justice, its rejection should be seen as a vote of no-confidence in Pakistanís. But before anything else, the demand must be made.††††

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Among the many prominent voices raised in Siddiqui's favor is that of Lord Nazir Ahmed of Britain [the U.K.'s first Muslim life peer], who has decided to launch a campaign against Siddiqui's unfair trail and flawed case and demand her release. In a letter to President Obama, Lord Nazir warned that unless there is a retrial with independent lawyers and media present, serious questions will be raised about the U.S. judicial system. Her continued detention will also have an adverse effect on the security of U.S. personnel in our region.

 

 

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The case serves as a reminder that Pakistan's citizens have been betrayed by their own government and handed over to the United States. For this surrender of sovereignty combined with putting its own citizens at risk of torture, no one has been punished. There has been no recovery of such people. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has only now ordered the registration of First Information Reports, although the issue has already reached the Supreme Court.

 

It's time for the government to put its citizens first and review relations with the United States, which up to now continues to abuse Pakistanis.

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US February 12, 6:48pm]

 







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