Dr Aafia Siddiqui “does not have any desire to return to Pakistan” and reports of her conceivable repatriation are “insignificant prattle”, as indicated by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal.
Dr Faisal, in a meeting with Independent Urdu, said that “she (Dr Aafia) won’t return. She wouldn’t like to return herself, according to the information I have.”
The FO representative said that the only possibility of Dr Aafia’s arrival could emerge is if Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump met later on.
All things considered, “the trading of Aafia Siddiqui for Shakeel Afridi could go under exchange,” he included.
Dr Aafia’s sister Dr Fouzia challenged the FO representative explanation, revealing to Independent Urdu that “on the off chance that anybody says that Aafia herself does not have any desire to come to
Pakistan, it is totally false.” She likewise affirmed that the department office in Houston had met Aafia a month ago.
Dr Fouzia further said that “at one point it had appeared as though Aafia was going to come to Pakistan any minute.” She said that she had been consoled by the legislature that exchanges with the US were progressing and that “there will be uplifting news among January and March, however at this point quiet has set in once more.”
“Aafia let me know on the telephone that she is prepared to sign any document and that she just needs to escape jail some way or another,” Dr Fouzia was cited as saying.
It is relevant to mention here that last year, Dr Aafia’s sister, Dr Fouzia, had mentioned Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to take up the issue with the US.
The foreign minister had said that the issue of Dr Aafia’s repatriation was “being considered”, after which Consul General in Houston Aisha Farooqui had met Dr Aafia and asked the US to “regard her human and legitimate rights”.