In a remarkable turn of events, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui finally met her elder sister after two decades of separation. Read more.
The emotional reunion occurred in Fort Worth Town, United States, where Dr. Siddiqui was detained. Accompanied by British attorney Clive Stafford Smith, Dr. Fauzia Siddiqui, and Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan made the journey to meet her sister.
Aafia Siddiqui is being held at the notorious FMC Carswell prison, but this meeting signifies a significant breakthrough as she has been granted the right to meet her family. The meeting between the two sisters lasted over two and a half hours, providing them with a precious opportunity to reconnect after such a long time.
However, the meeting was not without its restrictions. Dr. Fauzia was not allowed to physically touch her sister or show her pictures of Dr. Aafia’s children. The meeting took place in a room separated by a thick glass wall. Dr. Fauzia described Dr. Aafia as wearing a beige jail dress and a white scarf.
During the meeting, Dr. Fauzia learned of her sister’s hardships. Dr. Aafia’s condition was far from optimal, and it took nearly an hour for her to share her daily struggles. She longed to meet her mother and children, unaware that their mother had passed away almost a year ago.
Dr. Fauzia revealed that Dr. Aafia had lost her front teeth due to an assassination attempt inside the prison and bore a scar on her head. Disturbingly, reports suggest that Dr. Aafia has faced various forms of torture and coercion to reveal information she may not possess.
While some aspects were clarified during the recent meeting, many mysteries remain unsolved. Further meetings, including one with Senator Mushtaq Ahmad, are expected to shed more light on the situation.
Senator Mushtaq Ahmad expressed unwavering determination to secure Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s release, emphasizing that no effort would be spared in pursuing justice. They have been tirelessly engaging with numerous influential figures to raise awareness about Dr. Aafia’s hardships. The senator urged the Pakistani nation to stand united for justice for Dr. Aafia, as the nation would share the consequences of inaction.
Moreover, Senator Mushtaq stressed the need to escalate the issue diplomatically with the US government, recognizing it as a critical avenue for seeking a resolution.
The heartwarming reunion between Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and her sister brings hope for a brighter future. While challenges persist, the relentless efforts of individuals and the nation’s support offer a glimmer of hope for justice and eventual freedom for Dr. Siddiqui.