Comments on: The case of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui Perspectives on Pakistan Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:31:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: paul siemering Thu, 26 Mar 2009 05:37:20 +0000 Aafia has been disappeared and this is not just about the brutal injustice system this country uses anymore. Hell yes, they have captured and tortured another innocent woman, and I do not believe one word of what the say.

but I was looking for news of her tonight and can not find a trace of what’s happened since they locked her up in Texas. most reports are from last august, and the very latest is a scary report that she was mentally unfit to stand trial in november of last year. How can all the reporters in the world ignore her like this? is there some reason for it? if they go to the jail in Texas and ask to see her, what happens?

we need answers.

By: paul siemering Sun, 08 Mar 2009 05:23:05 +0000 Aafia’s case is something like many others who find themselves detained by u.s. military, except that she is a woman and a mother.
Also there are glaring holes in the stories they are trying to sell about her. None of it makes much sense,and there is no continuous narrative.

Actually being arrested and jailed by the u.s. military should be accepted of proof of innocence.

I am very sorry for what has been done to her.

the last news i heard is she was supposed to stand trial in fort worth texas. why texas i don’t know- maybe so one of bush’s judges would hear the case?

then she was pronounced unfit to go to trial. psychiatric problems they said. In other words, after hounding her all these years, torturing her in Bagram, they have finally driven her crazy. Will they finally let the poor woman go now? I do hope so.

By: aleena Fri, 05 Sep 2008 07:56:41 +0000 plzzzzz protest against america..leave aafia for god say she can’t be killer

By: aleena Fri, 05 Sep 2008 07:55:29 +0000 i hate america..please please protest against america how can a mother of 3 children kill.please please proest againt america

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By: A. Miller Fri, 29 Aug 2008 05:00:21 +0000 Hey ignorant Bill, Can you prove she had a “thumb drive”? Can you prove she was going to blow up buildings? No you can’t. ALL you have is an ACCUSATION, a WORD. A Complaint. This is why our Founding Fathers instituted due process and “innocent until proven guilty” so as to prevent the European style torture-inquisition where one Party A accuses Party B and Party B is tortured and put to death based on Party A’s finger-pointing. That is NOT what America is about. I can sit here and say your mama raped your two year old neighbor. That is an accusation. There is no proof for it. Perhaps America is not the place for you. You need to go either back in time to medieval Europe or the Spanish Inquisition, or some other country that doesn’t believe in due process.

By: facethetruth Fri, 29 Aug 2008 03:01:32 +0000 Bill Jenkins,
Lets say that everything you said is correct and the so called “US war on terror” (what abt. the US claims of Iraqi weapons of Mass desturction) is justified. Still i would like you or anybody who thinks that the poeple held in secret detentions are terrorists explain the captivity of Mozzam Baig.
He was held at secret detention centers and then at the Guantanamo Bay for 3-4 years and finally released without being charged for anything.
Can the US army or the US authorities give him back the three years of his life?
If you go back in history you fill find that the terrorists are those people who were trained by the US in its war aginst Russia.

By: Amirali Wed, 20 Aug 2008 17:32:05 +0000 First of all, Bill Jenkins, I don’t understand why you say Islamic moderates don’t condemn terrorists. What do you base the assertion on? Pakistan is conducting a military campaign against terrorists in it’s Northern areas. We’ve lost 3000 of our own people to suicide bombers in the last year. I assure you, come to Pakistan and you will see plenty of public condemnation and moderates who hate terrorists who blow up innocents.

Aafia has been missing from Pakistan in 2003. Before anyone blithely assumes she joined a terrorist camp,her family and human rights activists have been claiming for years that the government abducted her and handed her over to American custody(alongwith with many other terror suspects).

The Supreme court of Pakistan gave the accounts of forced disappearances enough credence to investigate and demand the government produce scores of individuals (2007). Indeed these events played no small part in the fallout between judiciary and government, which eventually led to the downfall of the military regime of Musharraf.

There are many troubling details here. The revelation Aafia’s lawyer that she claims she has indeed been in detention in Afghanistan for years. The gun-shot wounds. Her horrible medical condition and kidney problems. Her 3 missing children. Testimony by her family that they’ve been repeatedly threatened by Pakistani government officials over the last 4 years not to probe too much into her case or whereabouts.

If she was not under official custody, why would the government threaten family who pushed her case? Why would the Supreme Court give claims of widespread forced disappearances credence? Why would the government feel such discomfort on these charges, that they had the Supreme Court chief justice arrested on trumped up charges?

To be clear, public opinion in Pakistan is NOT springing to the defence of someone they believe to be a terrorist. Rather, people here believe that the government handed her over to American custody in 2003 out of over-eagerness to please(on the basis that her husband was a relative of Khalid Sheikh) and that the current charges are a fabrication and cover up.

Much as I hate to say this, US credibility over here (and in my eyes) has dipped since WMD never showed up in Iraq and with the horrors that came to light of Abu-Ghraib. More importantly, consider the suspicious behavior of Pakistani authorities covering up her case for years, and obviously people will doubt this latest account which portrays her as a super-terrorist.

It may simply be that people in Pakistan have the wrong version of events, and that there are innocent explanations of all the troubling details I mention (and many more I forget). I’m reserving judgment on whether Aafia is indeed a terrorist or not. If she is, and the American version is accurate, then she deserves punishment.

However, I (and the people of Pakistan) will continue to hold grave doubts that she is being victimized unfairly until evidence shows otherwise. For Bill Jenkins to suggest that such concern for a Pakistani citizen is because we “are either supporting terrorism or excusing it” is rooted in a lack of understanding of the full context of the case, or local opinion.

I’m sure no Pakistani would call for Aafia’s release if she was indeed a terrorist. Nor would any American support her being held if it was a frameup/cover-up. Before coming to any conclusions or name-calling, I simply want to see all the troubling discrepancies and unanswered questions dealt with.
I’m not sure if I have confidence in either American or Pakistani authorities to give her a fair trial, and I’d much prefer an international body such as the ICJ to deal with her case.

By: Cq Sat, 16 Aug 2008 16:09:15 +0000 i think that the time has come for the pakistani government to make a decision whether we want to continue our alliance with the US on tne war or terror or not, american people call pakistanis terrorists inspite of all the stuff pakistan has done for them.we have handed over the most terrorists, hundreds of thousands of innocent pakistanis have lost their lives for the costly war of terror. americans are filthy scumbags. american aid is poisoning the pakistani nation. americans render support to the dictators for killing people and most of them are innocent, and call themselves the supporters of democracy. shame on you………….

By: John Sat, 16 Aug 2008 10:41:52 +0000 I am totaly disgusted at US tactics of fighting the so called war on terror! its creating terror all across. We all know 9/11 was an inside job! Islam is a beautiful religion, first it was the Nazi, than cold war came and now this war on terror! US Governement has never seriously worked on resolving issues of muslim countries, remember Kashmir.

Global domination has gone way to far for America, I am ashamed to be an American!