Dr. Aafia Siddique, release details report submitted to IHC

A report pertaining to the case of Dr. Aafia Siddique’s presence in a US prison, by the Foreign Office has come to light. According to Baaghi TV reports, the report has been submitted to the Islamabad High Court (IHC). 

According to details, the United States (US) State Department has alleged that Dr. Aafia Siddique has access to the telephone at the US Federal Medical Facility and that she has the complete freedom to communicate with her family. The report states that at the time of the consular access, Dr. Aafia Siddique was perfectly healthy. 

The Pakistani Consul informs Dr. Siddique’s family regarding her health and that the information is obtained based on access provided to the Consul. 

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According to Baaghi TV reports, the Pakistani Consulate requested consular access to Dr. Aafia Siddique who has remained imprisoned in the US state of Texas, since as early as 2008. Although efforts have been made by the government to secure the release of Aafia Siddique, Pakistani officials have repeatedly raised the issue with US officials at all levels. 

Likewise, Dr. Aafia Siddique’s legal and human rights issues are also being raised with the US authorities, in Islamabad and Washington. 

According to details, the Pakistani Embassy and the Consulate General in Houston have kept in touch with Dr. Siddique during her trial, sentence, and imprisonment, and meet with her every three months. They are in “complete contact” with the Federal Medical Center to ensure Dr. Siddique’s safety. 

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The Pakistani Consul was last given access to Dr. Aafia Siddique on the 28th of January, 2022, however, she refused to speak with the Consul. In the case of Dr. Aafia Siddique’s release, the Foreign Office submitted a report to the Islamabad High Court (IHC). 

 It is pertinent to note that Dr. Siddique is sentenced to eighty years and is currently serving time in a US prison. Her mother and other close family members have repeatedly appealed to the government to play a role in securing her release. 

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