Former U.S. Congresswoman and prominent activist Sara Flounders of the International Action Center will be in Pakistan this December to voice support for Dr. Aafia and encourage Pakistani leadership to take tangible steps for Dr. Aafia's repatriation.
Ms Sara Flounders is an American political writer. She is a member of the Secretariat of Workers World Party, as well as a principal leader of the International Action Center. She has had several books published on different topics.
Ms.Cynthia Ann McKinney is an American politician, former Congresswoman and activist. As a member of the Democratic Party, she served six terms in the United States House of Representatives.
Sept. 15, 2012
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Former American Senator Mike Gravel has said that convicting Dr Aafia Siddiqui is a crime committed on the American land, adding that she was kept in illegal detention for a long time.He expressed these views at a seminar titled “Implementation of Human Rights at International Level” organised by the Judicial Activism Panel where he was the chief guest.Gravel said Aafia was not allowed to contact her lawyer or her relatives and they had no clue about her whereabouts for a long time.
He said Dr Aafia’s fundamental rights were infringed upon in America and the US government was constantly showing stubbornness over the issue. He said Dr Aafia was kidnapped in 2003 but she was tried in court of law only two years before.
Dr Aafia’s American lawyer, Tina Foster, said she was recently appointed as the counsel for Dr Aafia, adding that the previous lawyers for Dr Aafia did not plead her case well. She said legal requirements were not fulfilled in Aafia’s case.
Former US presidential candidate and two term US Senator, Mike Gravel, said that if the Pakistani Government takes serious and practical steps, Dr. Aafia can be "back in 2 days". He made these remarks after visting with the family of Dr. Aafia at their home in Karachi, Pakistan. The Former Senator is currently visiting Pakistan accompanied by Dr. Aafia's lawyer, Ms. Tina Foster. The delegation is expected to meet with prominent government and opposition leaders and members of the media and legal organizations. The purpose of the visit is to emphasize to the Pakistani government the options availabe to secure Dr. Aafia's release and the simple steps the government has to take to initiate the process. To date, no formal steps have been taken by the Pakistani government despite countless statements to the media by officials ranging from the Prime Minister down to foreign office bureaucrats and diplomats.
Karachi - Aug 27, 2012
Former US Attorney General (AG) Ramsey Clarke stated that the imprisonment of Dr Aafia Siddiqui is an unjustified act. He said this while addressing a seminar, organised by Aafia Movement at a local hotel here.
Addressing the gathering, the former US Attorney General said that the relations between Pakistan and United States would strengthen after the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.
Clark added he will talk to US government for the release of Dr Aafia.
Former Chief Justice, Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui presided the session while former Law Minister Iqbal Haider, Justice (retd) Rasheed A Rizvi, former Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan, President Supreme Court Bar (SCB) Yaseen Azad and Dr Fauzia, sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui attended the session.
Dr Fauzia in her address said that her sister is being victimised by the double standards of the justice system in the US for the last 9 years. She reiterated that the peaceful Aafia Movement will continue till Aafia's release.
Dr Fauzia welcomed the visit of former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark and termed it a positive step for future relations.
PADF Resolution Passed during RC visit - Aug 27, 2012
Below is the text of the Resolution passed by PADF (Pakistan American democratic Forum) during the recent vsisit to pakistan by former US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark.
A New Initiative To Seek Dr Aafia's Release On the Basis of the New Evidence
Whereas, the Upper House of the Pakistani Parliament had unanimously passed a resolution on February 23, 2010, reflecting entire nation's collective demand "that Government should adopt all legal and diplomatic measures to seek her [Dr Aafia's] return to Pakistan," and
Whereas, General Musharraf's Foreign Minister, Mr Khurshid Kasuri, has recently confessed the complicity of the Musharraf regime in kidnapping and handing over Dr Aafia to the US government, and has apologized for his own involvement in this abominable act, stating "I'm so sorry for handing over the innocent Dr Aafia Siddiqui to the Americans. It was my biggest mistake ever," and
Whereas, the Zardari government has not only been negligent in pursuing it's moral and legal duties, the connivance of its ambassador Hussain Haqqani with the US intelligence is a matter of public record, and it's new ambassador had initially refused to issue a visa to the Honorable Ramsey Clark - a great friend of Pakistan and a known benefactor of the Bhutto family, and
Whereas, powerful circles in the US are putting pressure on the Zaradri Government to release Dr Shakeel Afridi to the US, and
Whereas, a number of knowledgeable American activists and legal experts, including Ms Tina Foster, the only US lawyer acceptable to Dr Aafia, believe there is a "small window of opportunity" for negotiating Dr Aafia's release.
Therefore, let it be resolved, that this body demands that
1. The Pakistani Parliament must immediately convene a hearing on the basis of Mr Kasuri's recent confession and the Zardari Government must launch a new, multi-pronged, diplomatic initiative to negotiate Dr Aafia's release.
2. Pakistan's new ambassador Ms Sherry Rahman must be instructed to
a) hold a major press conference at the Pakistani embassy to announce the new initiative based on new evidence.b) convene a meeting of all major Pakistani American organizations,
c) enlist support of all major human rights organizations
d) issue visas to Hon Cynthia McKinney, Hon Mike Gravel, Hon Ako Abdul Samad, Tina Foster, Esq, Sara Flounders, Esq and other known human rights activists to visit Pakistan and
educate the Pakistani public about the reservoirs of goodwill for Dr Aafia that exist even in the United States.
August 14, 2012
Express Tribune, July 27, 2012
... Speaking on condition of anonymity, a US official said that the US and Pakistan did not have a prisoner exchange treaty. The official said that they were not aware of any formal request from Pakistan on such an exchange.
Laura Lucas, a spokesperson for the State Department told The Express Tribune: “Aafia Siddiqui was convicted after trial and is serving her sentence. It is not clear if the US would accept such a request and if the US did accept, Dr Siddiqui would have to serve her sentence in Pakistan.
Foster said they had made a similar offer to then Interior Minister Rehman Malik in 2011 when CIA contractor Raymond Davis was jailed in Pakistan after killing two men in Lahore.
In her letter, Foster wrote, “Pakistan does not have many opportunities to influence US Government decisions regarding Pakistani citizens in its custody. However, the current situation presents the ideal opportunity to achieve what your Government has consistently stated that it desires the repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan.”
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