Black sheep’ sabotaging Aafia releaseAugust 4, 2013
Karachi: The Pakistani government showed weakness by not raising the issue of Aafia release with US Secretary of State John Kerry, which seems some black sheep in the foreign affairs ministry are sabotaging the release of the daughter of the nation, said Pasban Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor.
In a statement here Sunday, he wondered why our rulers act browbeaten in front of the man with white skin. He asked why our politicians meet them behind the curtain and avoid bravely talking them openly on the national issues like drone attacks and Aafia release.
He asked why the officers of the foreign affairs department remained in deep slumber. Did they not know the recommendations of the taskforce formed by the prime minister for Aafia release He apprehended that these black sheep want to waste the sincere efforts of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. He said this is a criminal negligence, which the nation would not forgive.
Altaf Shakoor said the government of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz is better than the previous regime because it at least started sincere efforts for the release of Pakistani mother Dr Aafia Siddiqui and formed a taskforce. Commenting on the stance of the foreign office that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after returning from Saudi Arabia would sign the prisoners’ exchange treaty and the whole process may take up to six months, he said the foreign office also in past had tried its best to put hurdles in way of Aafia release. He regretted that FO officials have been showing apathy and lack of conscience on important Aafia issue.
He said that Prime Minister should have signed the treaty of prisoners’ exchange before proceeding to Saudi Arabia for Umrah, because safeguarding the honour of the daughters is also a sacred duty. He said for the release of killer spy Raymond Davis whole American machinery, from the president to an office boy, came in swift action but the Pakistani rulers, generals, politicians and bureaucracy have still failed to show the sense of national honour and duty on the issue of Aafia release.