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The Floods of Pakistan and Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

Posted by on Sep 15th, 2010 and filed under Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

In his book titled in the line of fire, former Pakistani President Parvez Musharraf makes the following boast:

“We have captured 689 [“Muslim terrorists”] and handed over 369 to the United States.  Various Pakistani individuals have earned bounties totaling millions of dollars. Those who habitually accuse us of “not doing enough” in the war on terror should simply ask the CIA how much prize money it has paid to Pakistanis.”

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was one of those suspected “terrorists”

I am presently working on a commentary that will be entitled (insha’Allah), The Floods of Pakistan: A Message to the Muslim World? The commentary will attempt to examine the question of why ALLAH Almighty would allow such devastation to visit a “Muslim” country.

I believe the aforementioned quote of General Musharraf, coupled with the duplicity imbedded in the report and opinion below, helps to shed some light on some of the answers behind that rhetorical question. Please read and reflect, and then pass it on to others.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/110067

Zardari Government Impedes Repatriation Efforts for Dr. Aafia, Says Pakistan American National Alliance

PR Newswire

ISLAMABAD and WASHINGTON, Sept. 9

ISLAMABAD and WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Government of Pakistan has refused to cooperate with the efforts of an international delegation of prominent experts scheduled to visit Pakistan to advocate for the repatriation of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a U.S.-educated child specialist, being tried in a NY Court for the attempted murder of U.S. soldiers.  Independent journalists like Yvonne Ridley believe that she was illegally kidnapped in 2003 by Pakistani and U.S. agencies and held incommunicado, along with her three children, one of whom might be dead.

The Pakistan American National Alliance (PANA) organized the group’s visit in order to provide expertise to facilitate Dr. Aafia’s repatriation, improve Pakistan-U.S. relations, and lend support to the Pakistan Government in the aftermath of a cataclysmic flood.

The delegation was to be led by former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.  However, Ms. McKinney’s visa application was unreasonably delayed before being denied without explanation by Pakistani authorities.

“I am shocked by the lack of support offered to our delegation by Pakistani authorities; I thought we were on the same side,” McKinney said.  “I know the Pakistani people want Dr. Aafia to come home,” McKinney added.

Other members of the delegation include UK Member of Parliament Lord Nazir Ahmed, as well as world-renowned investigative journalist and expert on Dr. Siddiqui’s case, Ms. Yvonne Ridley.

PANA Founder Dr. Agha Saeed stated, “The denial of visas by Mr. Zardari’s NRO government lends further credence to the popular belief that his government is resisting Dr. Aafia’s repatriation to avoid harrowing revelations about thousands of other missing Pakistanis.”

PANA has urged the government of Pakistan to act now — prior to sentencing — to secure Dr. Siddiqui’s repatriation.  Under applicable U.S. law, once there is a final judgment of conviction entered against Dr. Siddiqui, she cannot be returned to Pakistan unless it is pursuant to a prisoner transfer treaty.  There is currently no such treaty in force between the U.S. and Pakistan.

The government of Pakistan can avoid unnecessary legal impediments, as other governments have done, if it takes serious steps now to repatriate Dr. Siddiqui.  At any time before sentencing, expected to occur on 23 September 2010, U.S. prosecutors have the authority to dismiss the charges if they believe the interests of justice and public policy are advanced.  The Pakistani government has been fully aware of this information since early this year.

SOURCE Pakistan American National Alliance

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A Related Note from Yvonne Ridley

Can someone remind Husain Haqqani, the Pakistani Ambassador in Washington, he is working FOR Pakistan and not the USA – he is deliberately jeopardising moves to repatriate Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

He has deliberately briefed some of my associates in New York’s media village against Dr Aafia Siddiqui while publicly telling people he is doing all in his power to help her.

He’s had at least one private meeting with the trial judge BEFORE the verdict was reached. This man is doing everything behind the scenes to destroy Aafia’s reputation and therefore keep her locked up in the USA.

I’m not sure who he is working for but it is not the Pakistan people. He has now blocked attempts to get Cynthia McKinney a visa to join our international delegation to Pakistan.

Please, if any of you are in a position to expose his duplicity and double dealings please do. You can quote this email. he thinks he has been so subtle in his dealings with the western media but many of them are my friends.

Sr Yvonne Ridley

A closing thought: I once again advise the leaders and organizations in America (esp. the Pakistani leaders and organizations) to STOP aiding and abetting the criminal act committed against this Muslim woman, through (at minimum) SILENCE in the face of this oppression! – MS

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