KARACHI: British journalist Maryam, earlier known as Yvonne Ridley, on Friday expressed her dissatisfaction over Pakistan government’s efforts to bring back Dr Aafia Siddiqui, serving 88-year sentence in US prison.
Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club along with Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, the British journalist said that she was not ready to believe Pakistani government on their efforts as several lies had come from government over efforts being made to bring back Dr Aafia.
She said that US and Pakistani governments had neglected the matter of Dr Aafia. “It is not only a matter of human rights but also a matter of women rights and the voice raised for her safe return to Pakistan has also gained momentum in other parts of the world,” she said.
Maryam announced to revive a massive campaign in Pakistan for Aafia’s return and said that unless Dr Aafia would reach her home, they would not stop protest against this injustice.
To a query regarding health conditions of Dr Aafia, Maryam said that she was not in a good condition as the facilities provided to her were not satisfactory. “The US prison where Aafia is being kept had witnessed deaths of 100 female detainees in one decade while several incidents of sexual and mental assault had also occurred,” she said.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Fauzia said that interior minister and advisors to prime minister on foreign affairs had assured them of their sincerity in bringing back Dr Aafia, however, they failed to take concrete steps to assure her return.
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