The Secret Behind The Silence Of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
Introduction Of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
It has been so long anyone has heard about Aafia Siddiqui, she was the Pakistani neuroscientist, by some as ” Lady al-Qaeda “, who is incarcerated at a prison medical center in the US state of Texas.
She was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1990 Aafia Siddiqui moved to the United States for the education. in 2003, after completing her study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology she married a Pakistani man in Boston.
After some period, she returned to Pakistan, Siddiqui disappeared while routed to Islamabad with her 3 children. Her family members say, she was abducted by the Pakistani intelligence agencies.
Siddiqui was arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 and flown to the United States, where she was sentenced to 86 years in prison for the case of the murder of 2 US soldiers. But how she came to be in Afghanistan its a very strange story.
Little is known about what happened to her until she surfaced five years later in Ghazni, Afghanistan when Afghan police arrested her on a suicide bomber.
As FBI agents and US military personnel arrived to interrogate her, they said she gained control of a rifle belonging to one of the army officers. In the struggle that ensued, the service member fired on Siddiqui, hitting her at least once in the torso.
After the next few days, Siddiqui underwent surgery, she was transferred to a prison in the United States, where she has been ever since.
The last that was heard from the 43-year-old came in July 2014, when, in a surprising turn of events, Siddiqui withdrew what would likely have been the final appeal against her conviction.
In the letter she wrote to Judge Richard Berman, she stated that she had no faith in the American legal system and that she refused “to participate in this system of total injustice that has punished me”.
Her family and lawyers fear the worst.
“Letters also have not got through,” said Stephen Downs, her new defense attorney, who took over from Tina M Foster in January.
“Her family is mystified that what is happen.
The alleged jihadi has a pattern of looking askance at her legal team, which is paid for by the Pakistani government. Ever since her trial began, Siddiqui has gone through many lawyers, leery of some due to their Jewish ancestry.
The sister of Siddiqui is a Harvard-trained neurologist and now she lives in Karachi, and she has been recently starting a campaign to seek her sister’s release, but she said she is now losing all hope.
Fozia also spoke to her younger sister on the telephone for the last time in April 2014.
“Then Aafia had agreed to the appeal,” Fozia also said
“I remember her telling us that she never want to refuse any chance to talk to her family or anyone who could help her to release her from the cell. She said we have not any idea what goes on at that prison.” Fowzia said also.
On both occasions, a woman enveloped in a burqa sat with her back to the embassy officers. She refused to show her face and did not utter a word, making it difficult for the embassy officials to say they had definitely met Siddiqui.
“We are present a person who is already represented to be her, but we don’t even know if that really is the case.
‘I have met Siddiqui recently’
But US officials dispelled any suspicions of Siddiqui dying in American custody.
“I can confirm that Aafia Siddiqui is still alive,” was the single-sentence email that Patrick Rodenbush, a Justice Department spokesman, sent on July 6, 2015 in response to Al Jazeera’s queries about Siddiqui. Rodenbush divulged no additional details.
Authorities at the Federal Medical Centre, Carswell in Texas, where Siddiqui has been held since 2010, contend that the inmate is free to make her own choices.
“Recently when I met with her,” Patricia Comstock is a person that is, the public information officer, told Al Jazeera.
“She has also the authority to refuse or accept all the affairs if she wants to. That is all we can disclose about her,” Comstock stated.
Yet, it is still unclear why Siddiqui is unreachable.
Early in the trial process in November 2008, a court psychiatrist said she was hallucinating and unfit to stand trial – a determination the psychiatrist later retracted.
Now Afia has been in solitary confinement for the last 12 years, and we also know that this kind of confinement can do a lot of things to the human mind.
Stephen Downs, defense attorney
Siddiqui’s children, who are now 17 and 19 years old, and living with their aunt in Karachi, have never traveled to the US to visit their mother.
The Afghan government also handed over Ahmed, Siddiqui’s son, to her sister whos live in Karachi in 2010. The same year, Siddiqui’s daughter, Maryam, also mysteriously appeared out of the family home.
Siddiqui’s third child, Suleiman, who was six months old at the time of her disappearance, is still missing and presumed dead.
According to 2012 media reports, there have been talks between Pakistani authorities with the United States to swap her for Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track down an Osama bin Laden, and who is currently serving from a 23-year prison.
There are many reasons why the prisoner exchange never materialized. First, it recently drafted from the treaty between Pakistan and the United States and it is still awaiting approval from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
while all the legal proceedings are closed for now, Siddiqui’s new team of lawyers is hoping to bring new evidence for her by the end of this year 2020 and also want to open the case reopened – they declined to go into further detail.
she said sown “She does not want to meet with us,”. “We are really not sure what is real issues are involved in it.
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