Sunday, July 21, 2013

Extradition of Aafia Siddiqui from US

So the news has it that Aafiaa Siddiqui from Pakistan ,who on the accusation of grabbing a rifle of a US marine and shooting at a group of FBI agents and soldiers was sentenced to 86 years in prison, is now to be handed over to Pakistan. This is a part of a deal between the two allies according to which they are to release other's their inmates.

Since her capture her sister Dr. Fouzia Siddiqui has led an active movement all across the country for the extradition of her sib and this demand for her release has been put forth internationally as well.

 It should be kept in mind that US claim of Aafia being an Al Qaeda agent is denied and scorned upon by the Pakistanis who deem this idea as preposterous. Aafia had also denied all the charges put up against her.

The part of US deal requires that Aafia is to complete remainder of her sentence in her own country. We still have to wait and see how this news is to be received in Pakistan, i have thoughts that her continuing imprisonment in her own country is not to be welcomed wholeheartedly and many will be having qualms at this.

Meanwhile the Interior Ministry's task force is considering the US offer.
A recent development shows that Pakistani nation is strongly opposed to terms of Aafia's release as Shireen Mazari of PTI declred it unacceptable.