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Dr. Aafia Siddiqui (Uncle’s Letters)

August 16, 2008

These two letters are said to be written by Dr. Aafia’s maternal uncle, published in Dawn newspaper in 2004…

Publisher: DAWN – daily English newspaper – Karachi, Pakistan:

 

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s Disappearance

 

(DAWN.com) – In the first week of April 2003, several news items were published in [Pakistan’s] national dailies and broadcast from private TV channel regarding the sudden disappearance of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui from Karachi as of other Pakistanis who have been [illegally] handed over to the Americans. The following is a chronological account of Dr. Siddiqui’s disappearance and the current status of the situation:

 

(1) Dr. [Aafia] Siddiqui, who studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT], U.S., for about 10 years and did her PhD in genetics, returned to Pakistan in 2002. Having failed to get a suitable job, she again visited the U.S. on a valid visa in February 2003 to search for a job and to submit an application to the U.S.

Immigration authorities. She moved there freely and came back to Karachi by the end of February 2003 after renting a post office box in her name in Maryland for the receipt of her mail. It has been claimed by the FBI, June 23, 2003, issue) that the box was hired for one Mr. Majid Khan, an alleged member of Al-Qaeda residing in Baltimore [Maryland, USA].

 

(2) Throughout March 2003, flashes of the particulars of Dr. [Aafia] Siddiqui were telecast/relayed, with her photo on American TV channels and radios, painting her as a dangerous [imaginary] Al-Qaeda person needed by the FBI for interrogation.

 

(3) On learning of the above [illegal] campaign of the FBI about her, she went underground in Karachi and remained so till her [unlawful] kidnapping, apparently by FBI-hired intelligence personnel, at the end of March [2003].

 

(4) Between March 25 and March 31 [2003], she rang up her mother from some location in Karachi informing her about her intention to go to Rawalpindi. The following day an Urdu daily published the news of her [illegal] arrest by the police while she was on her way to Karachi airport. At the time of her [unlawful] kidnapping she was accompanied by her three children, aged three-and-a-half months to seven years.

 

(5) On April 1, 2003, a small news item was published in an Urdu daily with reference to a press conference of Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat when, in reply to a question regarding the arrest of Dr. [Aafia] Siddiqui, he said: “She has not been arrested.”

 

(6) There was another news item in an Urdu daily on April 2 [2003] regarding another press conference when the Interior Minister said Dr. Siddiqui was connected to Al-Qaeda and that she had not been arrested as she was absconding. He added: “You will be astonished to know about the activities of Dr. Aafia (Siddiqui).”

 

(7) A motorcyclist in plainclothes knocked at the door of the mother of Dr. [Aafia] Siddiqui (Mrs. Ismat Siddiqui) and told her: “We know that you are connected to higher-ups. But it would be better for you if you keep quiet regarding your daughter. She and her children are OK with us.”

 

( 8 ) The June 23, 2003 issue of Newsweek International has been exclusively devoted to the so-called Al-Qaeda. The core of the issue is an [idiotic and illegitimate] article “Al Qaeda’s Network in America”. The [false and fraudulent] article has three photographs of so-called Al-Qaeda members – Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and Ali S. Al Marri of Qatar who has studied in the U.S. like Dr. Siddiqui and had long gone back to his homeland. In this article, which has been authored by eight journalists who had access to FBI records, the only charge leveled against Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is that “she rented a post-office box to help a former resident of Baltimore named Majid Khan (alleged Al-Qaeda suspect) to help establish his U.S. identity. She was also ‘supposed’ to support other Al-Qaeda operatives as they entered the United States.”

 

(9) The article states that Dr. [Aafia] Siddiqui was arrested in Pakistan contrary to the repeated statements of our Interior Minister.

 

(10) On 30-12-2003, Dr. Fawzia Siddiqui, elder sister of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, saw Mr. Faisal Saleh Hayat at Islamabad with Mr. Ejaz ul Haq, MNA, regarding the whereabouts of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. Dr. Fawzia Siddiqui is a neurologist, studied at and did her doctorate in the U.S. She was head of the neurology department at Johns Hopkins.

 

Mr. Faisal Saleh Hayat told Dr. Fawzia and Mr. Ejaz ul Haq that according to his information, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui had already been released and that Dr. Fawzia Siddiqui should go home and wait for some phone call from her sister. But, alas, that phone call has not yet come (third week of March [2004]) and the whole family of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, including the author of these lines, are in a state of severe mental torture.

 

S.H. FARUQI

Tuesday, 30 March 2004

Islamabad, Pakistan

 

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s Disappearance

 

(DAWN.com) – This is with reference to my earlier letter under the above caption (March 30 [2004]). I had written in the earnest expectation that something positive would come out and there would be some progress towards ending the miseries of my family related to the disappearance of my niece, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, more than a year ago.

 

But instead of arranging for the release of the illegally detained doctor, the [Pakistan] authorities have apparently opted to punish the remaining members (Dr. Aafia’s mother and elder sister Dr. Fawzia Siddiqui with her two children) for protesting against the injustice.

 

After the publication of my March 30 [2004] letter, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s mother and sister (along with her two children) have apparently been put under [illegal] house-arrest and are not allowed to have any physical or telephonic contact even with their family members. After failing to talk to my younger sister (mother of Dr.

Aafia Siddiqui) on the phone from Islamabad since March 30 till April 20 [2004], I rushed to Karachi and visited her house (140-E, Block-7, Gulshan-i-Iqbal) on April 22 [2004] only to find a big lock on the main gate of the house. I knocked on the gate for quite some time, first mildly, then strongly but there was no response.

 

Then I contacted my sister’s next-door neighbour, who happens to be the younger brother of [Pakistan Army’s ex-Chief] Gen. Mirza Aslam Beg. The lady (Mrs. Beg) was kind enough to tell me that Mrs. Ismat Siddiqui and her daughter Dr. Fawzia were inside the house, but for some time they had not been coming out or responding to the doorbell.

 

After trying to see my sister in vain from April 22 to 25 [2004], I returned to Islamabad. With this state of affairs, I doubt we are free citizens of a free country.

 

S.H. FARUQI

Sunday, 2 May 2004

Islamabad, Pakistan

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. riskability permalink
    May 26, 2009 5:48 am

    in the main stream USA media (Important, well connected, highly educated, very capable .. found information on explosives, chemical weapons, and other weapons involving biological material and radiological agents being researched by al-Qaida)
    How you know it’s an absolute lie
    simply, because it’s so big , don’t you see
    I am absolutely sure she is a victim , and my deep sympathy goes to her , her kids and her family
    there a petition out there to free her , please sign it
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/6/Petition

  2. ykhan permalink
    June 30, 2009 4:50 pm

    like every paki my prays are for her. May ALLAH help her.

  3. sonia permalink
    July 6, 2009 5:04 am

    She is not the innocent victim she plays to be. Read her husband’s letter to Dawn
    and his interview with the news.
    She was engaged in deplorable activities with Al Qaeda and when a global hunt for her started in 2003, she went underground. Aside from playing party to terrorist activities, she put the lives and safety of her own children at stake. Her husband described her as a short tempered and aggressive woman who used to physically and verbally abuse him and demanded a divorce when he refused to move to Afghanistan with him to pursue Jihad.
    The only victims in the sordid tale are her children and her ex husband. shame on her!!

  4. sonia permalink
    July 6, 2009 5:06 am

    The interview of her ex husband to The News can be read here:
    thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=20404

    and his letter to dawn here:
    dawn.com/2008/12/12/letted.htm#1

    ( this blog won’t let me post links)

  5. ykhan permalink
    July 6, 2009 10:51 am

    Sonia you might be right. but no Religion and Law in the world allows to treat a woman in a manner alike, which she had been treated.
    Kind Regards.

  6. sis permalink
    August 30, 2009 12:54 am

    Sonia,

    http://yvonneridley.org/yvonne-ridley/articles/the-intriguing-case-of-dr-aafiya-siddiqui.html

    Also theres 2 many flaws in the husbands story

  7. sis permalink
    August 30, 2009 12:56 am

    May Allaah hasten sis Aafias release, I pray her younger two are safe and I hope she is reunited with them soon.
    May Allaah forgive me as dor not being able to do more for the sister.

  8. January 4, 2010 8:43 pm

    i pray 4 affia my all family pray 4 affia.
    she’s innocent .
    i request 4 pakistan gov plz hlp to affia she needs to help
    dr dont wory sub thek ho jye ga

  9. zeeshan saeed permalink
    February 4, 2010 10:33 am

    DOCTOR AAFIA MERI DUA AP K SATH HAI . ALLAH TALA AP KI MUSHKILON KO ASAN KARE ,

    MUGHE PAKISTAN KI GOVERMENT PR GOSA ATA HAI SUB KO PAISON KI PARI HAI , PAKISTAN KA KOE NAE SOCHTA ,

    GOVERMENT OF PAKISATN SE MERI APPEAL HAI K PLEASE DOCTOR AAFIA KO PAKISTAN WAPIS ON K GHAR LAEN,
    THANKS

  10. kashan permalink
    February 7, 2010 2:39 pm

    As-salam-o-alikum
    yahan pay chahain log kuch b kahain Dr.Aafia siddiqui ko mord-e-ilzam tehrain un k husband kay letters publish karain ya kuch bhi main her surat Aafia k sath hoon agar un kay husband nay 6 saal tak apna mouh band rakha to kia wajah thi k 6 saal baad us shaks nay apna mouh khol dia kia agar aafia k al qaeda say talukat thay to usay yeh dar nahi tha k woh us ka kia haal karain gay kher yeh to sab paison ka khel hai werna jahan woh 6 saal chup raha aur bhi reh leta agar aisa kuch hota. baqi yeh k hamari hakumat na ehal hai is mamlay main k woh aafia ko laa sakain to ab waqt hai k hamain hi kuch karna paray ga beshak unhon nay koi ghalti hi kyun na ki ho magar kisi b mulk ya koi bhi law yeh ijazat nahi detay k 1 islami khatoon ko barhana(naked)us ki talashi li jaye. as a student main apna yeh farz daikhta hoon k agar aj main aafia k lie kuch nahi bola to maybe k kal meri apni sagi behan ya un main say jo aafia ki mukhalfat karti nazar aati hain un k sath kuch aisa na ho k unhain apni nazrain sharam say jhukani parain aur woh pori dunya k samnay bay abro hoti rahen. Khuda ra hum pay reham farma aur hamari behan betion ki hifazat apnay zimay lay lay werna na janay kal aur kitni hi aafia siddiqui hamain daikhni par jayen

  11. February 12, 2010 11:05 am

    AAFIA SIDDIQUI’S TRUE AND DIRTY FACE UNCOVERED!
    WELL, AL QAEDA TURNED MY PAKISTAN INTO A DANGEROUS JUNK YARD. ANY PERSON SUPPORTING THAT ORG BETTER BE EXECUTED RIGHT AWAY, BETTER IT BE U.S. COURT RATHER IFTIKHAR CHAUDRY’S COURT THAT COULDN’T EVEN DECIDE ON MUKHTARAN MAI’S CASE FOR LAST FIVE CASE. TO HAVE AN OBJECTIVE VIEW OF THE CASE, REFER TO THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE:-

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=20404

    • February 12, 2010 11:11 am

      Dear, its a little bit exaggerated but the article proved very resourceful. I had similar info on aafia’s activities with al qaida. aafia is by no means innocent.

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