Premier appealed to raise Aafia issue in general assemblySeptember 7, 2015
Islamabad: Aafia Movement Pakistan convener Dr Fowzia Siddiqui has demanded of the Prime Minister, Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, to raise the issue of the daughter of the nation, Dr Aafia Siddiqui in the general assembly of United Nations.
Addressing a protest demo in front of Islamabad Press Club here Tuesday, she said Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif should fulfill his promise with the nation about the release of Aafia. She said the brilliant daughter of this nation, Aafia, has been braving American brutalities for last 12 years and undergoing a cruel and unjust 86-year prison term. She said the prime minister during his address to the general assembly of the United Nations should raise this human rights issue in a befitting manner.
She said the Pakistani nation is compelled to think that how the rulers who cannot resolve the issue of Aafia Siddiqui could resolve the bigger issues of the nation and country. She reminded that Mian Nawaz Sharif after becoming the Prime Minister of Pakistan had called on the mother of Aafia along with his cabinet members in Karachi and assured her that the matter of the release of Aafia would be resolved in a few days; however, more than two and half years had passed but the ground realities are still unchanged. She said Aafia has endured immense brutalities during her long detention. She said for past one year they knew nothing about Aafia. They have not communicated to her via telephone for last one year.
Dr Fowzia said the Pakistani nation demands an early return of Aafia. Every Pakistani is her well-wisher. People have been protesting for Aafia release but the rulers are ignoring their frequent protests. She said she has already knocked every door for the release of her sister.
She appealed to the prime minister to fulfill his promise about the release of Dr Aafia. She said if he raised the Aafia issue in the general assembly the Pakistani nation would give him a historic welcome on his return.
Defense of Human Rights leader Amina Janjua, PTI leader Sobia Niazi and a large number of human right activists and civil society members was present.