US prom­ises to re­view Dr Aafia Sid­diqui im­pris­on­ment

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Wash­ing­ton has promised to look into a re­quest made by Is­lam­abad to re­view Dr Aafia Sid­diqui's de­ten­tion in view of re­spect­ing her hu­man and le­gal rights.

Pak­istan has been rais­ing the is­sue with the United States on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, the For­eign Of­fice said on Wed­nes­day.

Sid­diqui has been be­hind bars since 2010 on charges of at­tempted mur­der and mount­ing an as­sault on US mil­i­tary per­son­nel and is serv­ing an 86year sen­tence at the Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Car­swell, Fort Worth in Texas.

The is­sue was also raised by For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mehmood Qureshi in yes­ter­day's meet­ing with US Prin­ci­pal Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for South and Cen­tral Asian Af­fairs Alice Wells.

the agree­ment was to ini­ti­ate le­gal pro­ceed­ings to add Aa­sia Bibi's name to the ECL. How­ever, the govern­ment has yet to take any ac­tion to do so.

As part of the agree­ment, the govern­ment said "due process will be fol­lowed to im­me­di­ately in­clude the name of Aa­sia Bibi in the ECL". "The govern­ment will up­hold what­ever the Supreme Court de­cides. No le­gal ac­tion will be taken against her [Aa­sia Bibi] and her name will not be added to the ECL [un­less] she is found guilty of a crime," said Afridi.

He re­futed ru­mours stat­ing that she had fled the coun­try. "The ru­mours that are be­ing spread re­gard­ing Aa­sia Bibi go­ing abroad are false," he clar­i­fied.

"Ev­ery Pak­istani who be­longs to any sect or re­li­gion is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the state of Pak­istan and no one can be given the li­cense to play with any­one's life or prop­erty."

The min­is­ter for in­te­rior also ad­dressed the ar­rest of ri­ot­ers and said that they will be dealt with ac­cord­ing to the law. "I as­sure you there will be no com­pro­mise on the supremacy of the law," he said.

He said that the govern­ment had showed footage of the ri­ots to the TLP lead­er­ship, who said they didn't know who the pro­test­ers were. - NNI

IS­LAM­ABAD: Am­bas­sador of Ye­men to Pak­istan, Mo­hammed Mo­ta­har Alashabi calls on PrimeMin­is­ter Im­ran Khan, here at Prime Min­is­ter's Of­fice, Wed­nes­day. - PID photo

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