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Sister rubbishes claims of Aafia Siddiqui not wanting to return

FO says she doesn't want to come back to Pakistan

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal has said that he believes Dr Aafia Siddiqui does not want to return to Pakistan.

Speaking to the Independent Urdu, he said if US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Imran Khan meet in the future they could speak about a prisoner exchange involving Dr Siddiqui and Dr Shakeel Afridi. Dr Siddiqui was convicted in 2010 of seven counts of attempted murder and assault of US personnel and is currently serving an 86-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.

Last year, Dr Siddiqui’s sister Fowzia approached Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and requested him to bring up this matter with the Americans, said Dr Faisal.

In a Tweet, the minister had said that they were looking into ways to facilitate Dr Siddiqui’s return to Pakistan. Houston Consul General Ayesha Farooqui also met Dr Siddiqui on the directives of the minister.

Related: Aafia Siddiqui asks her ‘hero’ Imran Khan to help her get out of prison

But Fowzia told the Independent Urdu that this isn’t true and that Dr Siddiqui wants to return to Pakistan.

There was a time when it seemed like she would come back home at any moment but nothing has happened, she said. The government gave her hope, said talks were under way with America and that she will get some good news between January and March but there is nothing but silence now, she added.

Fowzia said she spoke to her sister on the phone and she said she is ready to sign any kind of document to get out of jail.

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