US promises to review Dr Aafia Siddiqui imprisonment
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