Pakistanis lights Asia’s largest torch for Aafia


DAILY TIMES

Pakistanis lights Asia’s largest torch for Aafia

Countrywide campaign to release Aafia announced

By Asad Farooq

KARACHI: People of Karachi on Sunday lit Asia’s largest torch at Mazar-e-Quaid demanding release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

Aafia’s children Mariam and Ahmed had lit the torch. Thousands of people present on the occasion raised placards and chanted slogans in favour of Dr Aafia. While talking to Daily Times Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, sister of Dr Aafia said this torch signifies light of hope and freedom.

She said that 2010 was a very good year for her struggle because the world saw Dr Aafia as a heroin, who was earlier called an alleged criminal. She said that it was a large achievement that a simple campaign to free Aafia has been changed into a movement of honour and dignity of Pakistan.

Responding to a question she said that she is hopeful that 2011 would be the year of repatriation of Dr Aafia. Her children have provided me with inspiration and hope that if they can come then Aafia can come also.

Pasban Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor announced a movement for the repatriation of Dr Aafia. He said that Pasban will motivate public and take them to the roads from Karachi to Peshawar via Islamabad during this movement. He said that Pasban will observe 2011 as the year of Dr Aafia.

Shakoor regretted and said that Pakistani ambassador at US and Foreign Office played a nefarious role during the hearing of Dr Aafia’s case. He held them responsible for the sentence of Dr Aafia. The government mentally tortured the family of Dr Aafia. They asked them to decorate home and remain ready to welcome Aafia, he disclosed.

  New Years Torch Lit for Dr. Aafia.

Press   TV, Jan 03, 2011

KARACHI: Once again, the citizens of Karachi have gathered to show their solidarity with Pakistani scientist Dr. Aafia siddiqui.

Ahmed, the son of Aafia, by putting a match to Asia’s largest torch has marked 2011 as the year of the freedom for his mother.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vodJRa1R194

Demonstrators are demanding Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s imediate relese from US prison who was sentenced to 86 years in prison by the US judicial system and they marked the year 2011 as the year of Aafia’s freedom, here in the city center.

Siddiqui’s family says that they have serious concerns regarding Afia’s health, and that US officials have repeatedly turned down their request to meet Aafia. Her sister Fouzia Siddiqui described the conditions in Carswel prison as inhuman.

Demonstrator and right activist termed Aafia’s trial as partial and biased and urged the Pakistan government to use its position as the US ally to request Siddiqui’s immediate return or cut its logistic support to the US.

The Zardari administration claims they are trying their best to ensure the safe and immediate release of Dr Siddiqui, but they do not pin great hopes on their efforts, as Pakistan does not have any extradition treaty with the United States. She has been named the “daughter of nation” by Premier Gillani, and her release has become one of the national issues in Pakistan. There have been numerous rallies in the country over Aafia’s case, and so far it has attracted the attention of human rights groups across the globe who say she was deprived of the rights a detainee should enjoy according to international law. 

Demonstrators are demanding Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s imediate relese from US prison who was sentenced to 86 years in prison by the US judicial system and they marked the year 2011 as the year of Aafia’s freedom, here in the city center.

Siddiqui’s family says that they have serious concerns regarding Afia’s health, and that US officials have repeatedly turned down their request to meet Aafia. Her sister Fouzia Siddiqui described the conditions in Carswel prison as inhuman.

Demonstrator and right activist termed Aafia’s trial as partial and biased and urged the Pakistan government to use its position as the US ally to request Siddiqui’s immediate return or cut its logistic support to the US.

The Zardari administration claims they are trying their best to ensure the safe and immediate release of Dr Siddiqui, but they do not pin great hopes on their efforts, as Pakistan does not have any extradition treaty with the United States. She has been named the “daughter of nation” by Premier Gillani, and her release has become one of the national issues in Pakistan. There have been numerous rallies in the country over Aafia’s case, and so far it has attracted the attention of human rights groups across the globe who say she was deprived of the rights a detainee should enjoy according to international law.

See Video Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vodJRa1R194

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