|Family Cautiously Welcomes Pak PM Initiative to Form a Committee to Secure Dr. Aafia's Release|
ISLAMABAD, Aug 28, 2012
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Raja Pervez Ashraf, announced the formation of a special committee headed by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to look into the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. The Prime Minister took the decision in a meeting with Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General of USA and Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, the sister of Dr Afia, who called on him at the PM House here in Islamabad. Other proposed members of the committee include ministers for law, interior and human rights. (for more, see here)
A failure will also further erode confidence in an establishment that unfortunately uses committees, commissions and resolutions only as a means to gloss over serious problems rather than actually work towards actionable solutions and real results. As Mr. Clark reminded us all, Aafia's repatriation is a relatively simple matter if approached confidently and correctly. Yet, if the government is unable to act resolutely on something simple, it will be clear that there is no ability to deal with more complex matters like drones, load shedding, security, law and order, education, healthcare, separation of Baluchistan, fragmentation of a national identity, religious intolerance, abuse of women and minorities and the list goes on...