US Will Consider Releasing Aafia But Pakistan Has to Ask!
US can consider releasing Aafia in exchange for Afridi: Hoagland Friday, August 31, 2012
The NEWS By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir
ISLAMABAD: Acting US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Hoagland on Thursday revealed that Pakistan had never formally sought the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Dr Shakil Afridi, who is convicted of treason charges, but added that the United States can consider the release of Dr Aafia in exchange for Dr Afridi and is prepared to provide him shelter in the United States. In an exclusive chat with The News at a diplomatic reception, Richard Hoagland said during the cold-war, his country had exchanged prisoners with the defunct Soviet Union, which was done through backdoor interactions. Like with Russia, the US has no formal agreement with Pakistan for the exchange of prisoners. “But everything is possible in this world, if the will exists,” he said with a broad smile...
Suleman pictured shortly before being disappeared in 2003.
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed the ministries of interior and foreign affairs to file comments on a petition requesting that the whereabouts of Dr Aafia Siddiqui's son, who along with his mother and two siblings, had been allegedly picked up by security agencies...
The petitioners alleged that US agencies — CIA and FBI — were also involved in the operation, and submitted that threats were issued to Dr Aafia's family to remain silent over the abduction; otherwise, their lives could be in danger. They said the detainees were handed over to the US agencies by Pakistan's law enforcement agencies in violation of the Constitution.
The petitioners also pleaded that those involved in the kidnapping of Dr Aafia and her children be tried in a court of law.
A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, observed that the whereabouts of one son of Dr Aafia were still unknown...
The bench further observed that queries raised above were to be answered by the ministries of foreign affairs and interior.
Issuing notices to the secretaries of interior and foreign affairs, the bench directed both ministries to respond to queries with regard to the whereabouts of the missing son of Dr Aafia, and observed that in case no reply was received then it would be compelled to order the secretaries of the ministries concerned to appear.