PM Im­ran urged to take up Aafia is­sue dur­ing his US visit

Daily Messenger - - Metropolit­an -

KARACHI: Aafia Move­ment Pak­istan (AMP) leader and noted neu­ro­physi­cian of the coun­try Dr Fowzia Sid­diqui in an open let­ter to the Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan has urged him to take up the is­sue of Aafia Sid­diqui with the US ad­min­is­tra­tion dur­ing his com­ing visit to the US.

In the let­ter, Dr Fowzia wrote: Thir­teen years ago, you took a coura­geous stand for Dr Aafia Sid­diqui, call­ing her the “daugh­ter of the Na­tion” and promis­ing to do all in your power to have her re­turned to Pak­istan. Your stand at the time won the hearts of mil­lions of Pak­ista­nis.

She wrote: Since then you have re­peat­edly chas­tised suc­ces­sive Pak­istani gov­ern­ments and the estab­lish­ment for ne­glect­ing the plight of Dr. Aafia ex­cept as a po­lit­i­cal ploy. Two years ago, Al­lah Almighty gave you the po­si­tion to make good on your prom­ise and erase the fail­ures of those that pre­ceded you.

"While we have not heard any public com­ment from you since as­sum­ing of­fice, I con­tinue to pray that Al­lah will guide you to have the courage to stand up for Dr Aafia now with more en­ergy and zeal than when you launched your po­lit­i­cal ca­reer. You have been blessed with many suc­cesses in your life against tough odds, but you have not shied away from your goals. I pray that your stated goal of bring­ing Dr Aafia home will re­main in your fo­cus as was the cricket world cup, the vi­sion of Shaukat Khanum hos­pi­tal and the goal of lead­ing this na­tion. Ev­ery minute that Aafia re­mains un­justly locked up is a heavy bur­den that will only bring dis­hon­our and shame. I trust if your mother were alive she would have agreed.

"Prime Min­is­ter Khan, you will soon be em­bark­ing on an­other visit to the United States in this pan­demic year know­ing full well that Dr Aafia is be­ing held in con­fine­ment in one of the worst af­fected COVID prisons in the US."

Dr Fowzia Sid­diqui said we know full well that you will be handed an­other de­mean­ing “Do More” list from the US or tempted with hu­mil­i­at­ing aid or sub­ju­gat­ing loans. But, I hope you will do what no other Pak­istani leader in re­cent mem­ory has done and that is to stand tall and also ask that Pak­istan’s griev­ance be ad­dressed, with Dr. Aafia’s re­lease be­ing a pri­or­ity among them. You are the leader of a nu­clear armed na­tion and yet even the state­less Tal­iban did not back down from get­ting their pris­on­ers. May Al­lah give you the back­bone to be the cham­pion that your sup­port­ers have hoped for.

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