ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government has raised the issue of “respecting the human and legal rights” of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three jailed in the US for almost a decade, with US Ambassador Alice Wells who visited Islamabad on Tuesday.
“Government of Pakistan has been raising the issue of Dr. Afia Siddiqui with US authorities regularly. Pakistan’s CG (consul general) in Houston pays Consular visits to Dr. Siddiqui, periodically, to inquire about her well-being and conveys her messages to Dr. Afia’s family if any,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
“The issue of respecting the human and legal rights of Dr. Afia Siddiqui was also raised in the meeting at MoFA with Ambassador Alice Wells on 6 November,” it confirmed.
“The US side has promised to look into our request.”
The statement further read that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi would soon meet with the sister of Dr. Afia Siddiqui in Islamabad.
Wells, the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, was in Islamabad on Tuesday to follow up on Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s meetings with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meetings in Washington last month.
A government statement following Wells’ visit said US-Pakistan bilateral agenda including the upcoming Geneva Conference and the Afghan peace process were discussed. There was no official statement by the Pakistani government on discussions regarding Dr Siddiqui.
But diplomatic sources told Geo News that Pakistani officials informed the US officials of its concerns and conveyed position that fundamental human rights be taken into consideration in the case of Dr Siddiqui.
Dr Siddiqui has been in prison since 2010 on charges of attempted murder and assault on US military personnel during an interview with US authorities in Ghazni, charges which Siddiqui denies. She was