Insha’Allah our Sister Aafia may be returned to Pakistan in a recently reported (see below) prisoner “exchange” agreement that is alleged to have been reached with the United States. We are hopeful that this is true, however there are still many things left unclear, namely when and if this exchange is to occur and what are the conditions of Dr. Siddiqi’s incarceration in her native country, as it seems one of the conditions of the exchange is that she completes her sentence in Pakistan. How much of that 86 year sentence she would be required to complete, as well in what type of facility she would be detained in all remain to be clarified.
We ask Allah to free her and all of our prisoners, and we are hopeful that this is a step forward to sister Aafia returning to her family, and children free and healthy.
In a major breakthrough, the US has offered Pakistan to sign prisoner swap agreement for the extradition of Dr Aafia Siddiqi, after which the Pakistani scientist will be allowed to serve the remaining part of her imprisonment in homeland.
Talking to a private TV channel, the spokesperson of the foreign office Umar Hameed also confirmed that the US has offered Pakistan to sign prisoner swap agreement after which both countries will release each others prisoners.
According to the documents, the US told Pakistan in writing that the only legal way for the extradition of Dr Aafia Siddiqi was to sign prisoner swap agreement with the US. The US offered two deals that include European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad in this regard.
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that the Interior Ministry had formed a task force following the US offer which held its first session on July 3 to review the agreement.
The task force was established under the directives of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the channel said.
The Pakistani neuroscientist was sentenced to 86 years in prison after she was convicted of grabbing a US soldier s M-4 assault rifle and trying to shoot a group of FBI agents and soldiers at an Afghan police compound in July 2008, a charge she consistently denied during the trial.