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« on: Aug 05, 2008 10:27 PM »


US hearing for 'al-Qaeda' woman
Aafia Siddiqui, pictured in custody
Accounts differ as to how Aafia Siddiqui ended up in American custody

A Pakistani woman scientist accused of links to the al-Qaeda leadership is to appear in a US court after being transferred there from Afghanistan.

Mother-of-three Aafia Siddiqui, 36, an ex-student at the elite Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), faces charges of trying to kill US agents.

The US military says it took custody of Ms Siddiqui in Afghanistan last month.

However, her family and rights groups say she has spent the last five years in jails secretly run by the US.

At a news conference on Tuesday in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, Ms Siddiqui's sister said: "Aafia was tortured for five years until one day US authorities announce that they have found her in Afghanistan."

Fauzia Siddiqui said her sister had spent "five years in detention" despite being "innocent of any crime".

'Tall story'

US authorities say Ms Siddiqui was taken into American custody in July.

A statement by the FBI says Mrs Siddiqui was apprehended on 17 July in the Afghan province of Ghazni by local security forces.

According to the statement, US army officers and FBI agents visited her in detention on 18 July.

Aafia Siddiqui's sister, Fauzia, calls for a fair trial

During the visit, Ms Siddiqui reportedly attempted to kill US officers with a weapon she had snatched.

The attempt failed and she was reportedly overpowered after being shot in the chest by the Americans.

Ms Siddiqui appears in court in New York on Tuesday to face charges of assaulting and attempting to kill US personnel.

If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each charge.

Ms Siddiqui's lawyer, Elaine Whitfield Sharp, called the charges "a tall story" and disputed claims by the US that her client had been in hiding for several years before her alleged capture in July.

According to her family, she has not been seen since returning to Pakistan on a visit from the US in 2003.

A statement from Pakistan's foreign ministry said that embassy staff in Washington are seeking consular access to Ms Siddiqui and the government is "committed to bringing back all Pakistani detainees".

"Our efforts in this regard will continue," the statement said.

US authorities say Ms Siddiqui was married to a nephew of the man accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

However, Ms Siddiqui's family denies this.


After five years of being tortured by Americans.
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44894000/jpg/_44894636_aafia_ap226b.jpg


Background:

Aafia Siddiqui was born in Karachi, Pakistan, on March 2, 1972.  She was one of three children of Mohammad Siddiqui, a doctor trained in England, and Ismet.  She is a mother of three.

Aafia moved to Texas in 1990 to be near her brother, and after spending a year at the University of Houston, transferred to MIT. Aafia then married Mohammed Amjad Khan, a medical student, and subsequently entered Brandeis University as a graduate student in cognitive neuroscience.

Citing the difficulty of living as Muslims in the United States after 9/11, Aafia and her husband returned to Pakistan.  They stayed in Pakistan for a short time, and then returned to the United States. They remained there until 2002, and then moved back to Pakistan.

Some problems developed in their marriage, and Aafia was eight months pregnant with their third child when she and Khan were estranged. She and the children stayed at her mother's house, while Khan lived elsewhere in Karachi.

After giving birth to her son, Aafia stayed at her mother's house for the rest of the year, returning to the US without her children around December 2002 to look for a job in the Baltimore area, where her sister had begun working at Sinai Hospital.

Soon after Pakistani authorities arrested Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Aafia and her children disappeared.  A report in the Pakistani Urdu press said that Aafiai and her kids had been seen being picked up by Pakistani authorities and taken into custody.

According to Mrs. Siddiqui, Aafia left her mother's house in Gulshan-e-Iqbal in a Metro-cab on March 30, to catch a flight for Rawalpindi, but never reached the airport. Inside sources claim that Afia had been "picked-up" by intelligence agencies while on her way to the airport and initial reports suggest she was handed over to the FBI.

Aafia Siddiqui had been missing for more than a year when the FBI put her photographs on its website.  The press was told that she was an Al Qaeda facilitator.  After an FBI conference, a newspaper broke the story linking the woman involved in the 2001 diamond trade in Liberia to Aafia.   The family's attorney, Elaine Whitfield Sharp, says the allegation was a blessing in disguise because it places Siddiqui somewhere at a specific time. She says she can prove Siddiqui was in Boston that week.

In Pakistan, there has been no official report registered with the police regarding her disappearance, and the police are doing nothing to trace her.  Mrs. Siddiqui alleges that an intelligence agency official came to her house a week after the incident, and warned her not to make an issue out of her daughter's disappearance and threatened her with dire consequences.

Both the Pakistan government as well as US officials in Washington denied any knowledge of Aafia's custody.

Aafia and her three young children remain missing.

Before five years of torture:
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 05, 2008 11:10 PM »

Dr. Afia Siddiqui remains missing with her three children five years after her arrest. A report by Asian Human Rights Commission suggests that she has been tortured to the point where she has lost her mental balance. Britain's Lord Nazeer Ahmed (of the House of Lords), asked questions in the House about the condition of Prisoner 650 who, according to him, is physically tortured and continuously raped by the prison officers at Bagram prison, Afghanistan. Lord Nazeer has also submitted that Prisoner 650 has no separate toilet facilities and has to attend to her bathing and movements in full-view of everyone.

British journalist Yvonne Ridley flew to Pakistan on a whirlwind trip this week to highlight the plight of a woman who has been held in US custody for more than four years.

She referred to the woman, known only by her prisoner number 650, as The Grey Lady of Bagram.

More than 100 journalists attended the press conference hosted by Pakistan political leader Imran Khan who pledged his full support to Ridley's mission, which is part of a Cage Prisoner Campaign to help the female detainee.

A statement of support from British MP and RESPECT Party leader George Galloway was also read out during the conference.

Details of Prisoner 650 are being kept secret by the U.S. military.

On Monday night she said, “I think everyone was shocked to hear that the Americans were holding this woman at Bagram in Afghanistan. From the information coming through I am told she is being held in exactly the same conditions as the men and has absolutely no privacy when it comes to toilet and shower facilities.

“This would never happen to a Western woman and it shows just how women are viewed by the US military. There is even a suggestion she has been molested and sexually abused by her captors. We need to demand the truth,” added Ridley who was held captive herself in Afghanistan for 11 days in September 2001.

“I was released on humanitarian grounds. Mercifully my treatment was good, respectful and decent, although still terrifying,” she added.

Ridley, also a patron of the organization Cage Prisoner, revealed how she first read about the woman in a book written by ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg called Enemy Combatant.

“I remembered Moazzam telling me about the woman's screams and how he first imagined they could be from his wife. In truth, I thought maybe he had just been listening to a tape recorder as part of a form of mental torture.

“However, we now know the screams came from a woman who has been held in Bagram for some years. And without compromising anyone, we can also reveal from impeccable sources that her prison number is 650.

“This information has been enough to scramble the Pakistan media into action by demanding the return of this woman to her homeland immediately,” added Ridley.

Joining her at the open air press conference in Islamabad at the headquarters of Khan's PTI party was Saghir Hussain, a lawyer and member of Cage.

He handed over a dossier prepared by Cage which reveals the full extent of the Disappeared from Pakistan… individuals who have been literally kidnapped from the streets.

“Prisoner 650 is just the tip of a very nasty iceberg of human rights abuses, illegal detentions and rendition flights. It is a shameful episode in Pakistan's history which must be put right

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 06, 2008 02:13 AM »

May Allah Ta'ala shower His Infinite Rains of Mercy on all those who are oppressed...
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 07, 2008 04:05 AM »

ws,

5 years ago FBI agents all over the U.S. were "supposedly" looking for her. They even went to people's houses who's last name was Siddiqui just randomly again "supposedly" looking for her. I wonder if those agents used this as an excuse for more fishing expeditions.

Anyway here is the cracked out "official" story being circulated: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/05/world/asia/05detain.html?ref=world

That makes no sense... yeah like in hiding for 5 years she's going to go around loitering in front of the GOVERNORS HOUSE with her young son and then arrested grabs a RIFLE and shoots twice and MISSES and then yells IN ENGLISH "I WANT TO KILL AMERICANS" before being shot in the stomach. Yeah all that makes a lot of sense.

God help her. Make dua for her. That the truth comes out and there is some small tiny shred of real justice and truth is exposed in this world.


Best quote from the Boston paper:

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"It strains the imagination that [Siddiqui] jumped out from behind a curtain, grabbed a gun, flipped off the safety, wrestled the men away, fired off some shots, and could then be subdued only after being shot in the torso," said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International's Asia director. "It speaks either of serious incompetence or we're not getting the full story."

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2008/08/06/afghans_suspected_scientist_of_a_suicide_plot/


the most recent picture of her in jail in afghanistan

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« Reply #4 on: Aug 07, 2008 06:10 AM »

Holy Quran 85:8
They tortured them for no other reason than that they believed in Allah, the All-Mighty, the Praise Worthy,

Holy Quran 85:9
the One to Whom belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and earth, and Allah is Witness to all things.

Holy Quran 85:10
Those who persecute the believing men and believing women and do not repent, shall receive the punishment of hell, wherein they shall have the punishment of conflagration.

Holy Quran 85:11
As for those who believe and do good deeds, they shall have gardens beneath which rivers flow; which will be the greatest success.

Holy Quran 85:12
Surely, the seizure of your Rabb is very severe.

May Allah give her sabr and high status in Jannah inshallah.

How and where are her children?
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« Reply #5 on: Aug 19, 2008 07:17 PM »

Assalamo elikuim
Another article.

http://muslimmatters.org/2008/08/19/the-aafia-siddiqui-that-i-knew/

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« Reply #6 on: Aug 28, 2008 10:00 PM »

 salaam
What happend to her children? I didn't read the links, but last I heard they were still missing and presumed to be held in custody also? Anyone know. May Allah relieve her suffering with his infinite mercy, Ameen.
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« Reply #7 on: Aug 30, 2008 01:13 AM »

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I think if you read the two articles posted on muslimatters, on one of the comments it is written that  they are all planning to show up the next hearing I think. sept 3 in nyc, check it out!

I think when we listen to her story we can remember not to complain , if anyone has been through hell, and back it looks like it has been her.

May Allah ease the suffering of the oppressed and protect us all
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« Reply #8 on: Aug 30, 2008 11:21 AM »

Alleged al-Qa’ida suspect denied medical treatment

By Amara Hashmi and Hajira Talbot

Wheelchair-bound and only able to communicate with her lawyer through a hole at the bottom of her cell door, Dr Aafia Siddiqui is a ghost of the vibrant woman she was six years ago, and looks a far cry from the stark picture painted by US authorities as the vicious al-Qa’ida suspect charged with assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder on FBI officers while in custody.
Siddiqui was last seen getting into a taxi with her three young children in 2003, and rights groups have claimed that she was “prisoner 650” or the “grey lady of Bagram”, held for years in solitary confinement at the notorious US base in Afghanistan where she was consistently raped and tortured.
However, US authorities claim Siddiqui was apprehended in the Afghan provenance of Ghazni on July 17, 2008, by local security forces.
Siddiqui had obtained a degree at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before moving on to complete her PhD in cognitive neuroscience from Brandeis University. She returned to Pakistan in 2002, where her marriage broke down following disagreements over how the couple’s children were to be educated.
She first came under the intelligence spotlight in 2001 due to a series of donations to an Islamic charity now banned by the US Government, Benevolence International. However, after the capture of the alleged 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Muhammed, in 2003, she was allegedly named by him under interrogation.
US authorities have also claimed Siddiqui had married Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, known as Ammar alBaluchi, a nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a charge which her legal counsel says is absolutely untrue.
Initially, she was confirmed by Pakistani and US officials to be in detention in Kabul, Afghanistan, but in 2004 her name was released on a “wanted” list of seven Al-Qa’ida suspects.
Concerns regarding Siddiqui’s whereabouts grew when a group of Arab escapees from Bagram, Afghanistan, reported seeing a woman being taken to the toilet at the base. This was confirmed by former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Moazzam Begg, who was also initially held at Bagram. According to reports, the woman cried and screamed constantly.
According to US authorities’ version of events, however, Siddiqui was arrested outside the governor’s compound in the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni on July 17. Guards allegedly found Siddiqui in possession of documents containing information on how to make biological weapons and a list of major New York landmarks as well as glass jars apparently containing “chemical substances”.
While in custody, Siddiqui is alleged to have taken an M-4 assault rifle from where it lay at the feet of a security officer and opened fire on the officers present, during which she was shot in the torso. According to the report, none of the security personnel sustained any injuries.
Speaking to The Muslim News, Siddiqui’s lawyer, Elaine Whitefield Sharp, dismissed the charges as implausible and said that Siddiqui was an educated woman and furthermore, would have been too weak and small to snatch the rifle from a group of trained security officials.
Siddiqui appeared in court in New York on August 11 but her bail hearing has been postponed until September 3. Thus far she has only been charged with assaulting and attempting to kill US personnel while in detention in Afghanistan.
Siddiqui’s condition has shocked and concerned her legal counsel. The judge demanded that Siddiqui receive medical attention immediately, asking the US authorities to arrange a physician to see her within 24 hours. Her lawyer claims that the previous week, the judge had ordered a similar request, but that she had only been attended to by a physician’s assistant. According to the lawyer, Siddiqui is being denied medical treatment because she has been classed as an “extremely dangerous” prisoner.
Subsequently, there are fears that her wound may have become infected, given the putrid appearance of the dressing at the court hearing.
Whitfield Sharp’s only way of communicating with the accused is by kneeling next to a small hole at the foot of the cell door.
Whitfield Sharp is unable to accurately confirm her client’s condition as she is still awaiting the medical report, but says Siddiqui’s condition bears evidence of prolonged torture.
When asked if Siddiqui had been kept in detention from Bagram, Whitfield Sharp said, “She was abducted in Karachi in 2003 and had not been seen since. Everything we can understand about her detention in the last five and a half years leads us to believe that she was at Bagram, a US detention camp which is notorious for torture.”
Siddiqui has requested a fair trial, a copy of the Qur’an, halal food and her rights to be respected as a prisoner. Pakistani diplomats have asked the US to respond to her requests as soon as possible.
Siddiqui’s mother has told The Muslim News that injustice is being done to her daughter. Highly emotional, Siddiqui’s mother sobbed “have you seen her face?”
Siddiqui’s sister, Dr Fouzia Siddiqui, has stated that a human rights lawyer recently filed a petition in a Pakistani High Court to free Aafia from US custody at the Bagram military base.
“As media pressure mounted here in Pakistan, my family received news of the alleged sudden ‘discovery’ of Aafia in Afghanistan,” said Fouzia in a speech. “After five years of detention, Aafia was suddenly ‘discovered’? I am not that much of a believer in coincidence.”
The whereabouts of Siddiqui’s three children remain a mystery. According to the official complaint, Siddiqui was arrested with a teenage boy, but Whitfield Sharp cannot yet confirm whether this could be Siddiqui’s son. “We are hoping and praying that they are all safe,” she said. “The real shame is that the children are innocent - they haven’t committed any crime.”
Pakistan on August 13 protested against detention of Siddiqui’s three children by the US and demanded their immediate repatriation. Pakistan also urged US authorities to respect Dr Siddiqui’s rights as an under-trial prisoner.


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America is clearly taking its orders straight from Dejjal.
American tax payers are paying Dejjal.


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« Reply #9 on: Sep 03, 2008 05:57 AM »

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AAFIA SADDIQUI HEARING RESCHEDULED

Attention Brothers and Sisters the Hearing for Aafia Saddiaqui has been rescheduled for 10AM, we will inshallah be meeting at 9:30 am. There is, inshallah a huge reward in this as it coincides with the first days of Ramadan and we ask that you please go out of your way to show up being that we were unaware of the time change we promoted the wrong time for the hearing please feel free to forward time changes to all who may be concerned, Jazakallah Khairun!!!

Protest - NYC Court Hearing for Aafia Siddiqui (Time Changed)



Date:    
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Time:    
9:30am- 11am
Location:    
Magistrates Court, 5th Floor, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Street:    
500 Pearl Street
City/Town:    
Manhattan, NY
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Please tell everyone you know to attend. I think if the demo is big enough it will cause Dejals gang to think twice before they do this again.

People who believe in peaceful means, have to attend that demonstration: If you don’t it means your dislike of violence is due to your love of this oppression.

Please spam this event everywhere while there is still time.

Yvonne Ridley's Statement - see CagePrisoners.com for comprehensive information on the case.



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« Reply #10 on: Sep 05, 2008 07:31 PM »

[Edited by Admin: I live in America, am I dejjal too?]


No, not unless you are a one eyed Jew.
But you are paying your taxes to Dejjal.




I’ll clarify. Jews are waiting for the Messiah, Muslims and Christians believe that the Messiah has already been here. So who is that man the Jews are waiting for?
Who will they follow when he arrives?
Dejjal!
Israel was made for Dejjal, and the Jews went there to serve Dejjal. Jews all over the world send money there so it can be used by Dejjal.

Most of the politicians in both Parties that rule America are Zionist Jews who are in their positions of power to serve Israel to benefit Dejjal. The Few that are not amongst the self proclaimed Chosen People (Master race) are their Gentile puppets who are all Christian Zionists. Christian Zionists knowing serve Dejjal, knowing he is the antichrist that they were warned against.
Satan has confused them and the Jews have infiltrated them to such an extent that they knowingly serve their enemy with the most silliest of excuses.
They like us know that Esa (as) will come to kill Dejjal. But these fools believe that they should help the Worshipers of Dejjal, the Zionist Jews, because if they help them, Dejjal will come, their help will strengthen Dejjal and his Jewish Army, so Esa will come faster.
So they knowing serve Dejjal, so Muslim tax payers in America knowing pay their taxes to Dejjal. The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are wars the Jews are fighting for Dejjal. Go to Jewish Christian Zionist websites and they will state this is what the fight is about. So this is what your taxes are about.

So if you insist on living there and working to finance these wars.
Work less; pray more, that would be better for you. And that would be better for the Muslims, because the less taxes you pay, the less Dejjals slaves have to buy bullets to kill your brothers and the less they have to pay soldiers to rape your sisters.
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 08, 2008 05:23 PM »

salaam

from washington post:

Pakistani Tortured, Her Attorney Says
Lawyer Calls for Mental Evaluation
 
Aafia Siddiqui, who had disappeared for five years, is accused of trying to shoot U.S. personnel in Afghanistan. (AP)
 
By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 5, 2008; Page A04

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 -- The attorney for an American-trained behavioral scientist charged with trying to kill U.S. personnel in July said in court Thursday that she believes that her client was imprisoned and tortured for several years before the incident and now could be mentally incompetent.

Lawyer Elizabeth Fink told a federal judge in New York that Aafia Siddiqui, who disappeared in Pakistan with her three children in March 2003, needs a full psychological evaluation to determine whether she has post-traumatic stress disorder and is competent to help in her own defense. Fink also urged that Siddiqui, 36, be examined by experts on the effects of torture.

According to the government, which previously labeled her an al-Qaeda operative, Siddiqui surfaced July 17 with her eldest son, now 11, in an Afghanistan province after a five-year absence. The two were arrested by Afghan police, who said they received an anonymous tip that Siddiqui and her son were planning suicide bombings.

The next day, when a team of U.S. Army and FBI officials came to interview her, Siddiqui grabbed a team member's M-4 rifle and shot at the group, prosecutors said. She was wounded when one of the Americans returned fire.

Now in U.S. custody in New York, Siddiqui faces a possible life sentence if convicted of attempted murder and firearms charges. She does not currently face any charges related to terrorism, though U.S. authorities have claimed since 2004 that she was a facilitator for top al-Qaeda figures and linked her to Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the professed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Siddiqui did not appear in court for Thursday's arraignment. Her lawyer said that because of serious abdominal wounds, Siddiqui has refused to submit to a painful strip search that is required before she can leave federal prison. Federal prosecutor David Raskin told U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman that prison staff must impose appropriate security measures on Siddiqui.


But Fink asserted that Siddiqui shows signs of having been imprisoned and treated inhumanely for a long period of time.

"She's on the borderline," Fink said. "I believe this woman was kidnapped with her children and she's been held in custody -- either the Pakistani intelligence officials or some arm of our government. . . . I believe she was released in July and set up for this confrontation."

According to documents described in court by Fink, Siddiqui told prison staff that she feared her son was being starved and tortured, and asked them to take food off her tray and send it to her son in Afghanistan.

Siddiqui's son is a U.S. citizen but remains in the custody of Afghan authorities. An Afghan Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday that he will be released shortly, probably to Siddiqui's sister.

Fink read in court a portion of a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) evaluation of Siddiqui's behavior, which includes constant crying in her cell.

"Although her concerns about [her son] being starved and tortured sound somewhat paranoid on the surface, it is also possible that they represent an accurate portrayal of Ms. Siddiqui's experiences with detainment prior to arrival into BOP custody," a prison psychologist wrote. "Furthermore, Ms. Siddiqui's history of exposure to traumatic events is unknown. Therefore, PTSD and other acute Axis I disorders cannot be ruled out."

Siddiqui disappeared outside her parents' home in Karachi in late March 2003, weeks after the FBI sent out a global alert indicating that it was seeking to question her. The U.S. government has alleged that she had ties to major al-Qaeda figures, and later asserted that she helped open post office boxes and provide travel documents for terrorist plotters and had knowledge of chemical and biological weapons.

But friends and relatives say those claims do not fit with what they know about Siddiqui, who lived in the United States for 12 years, started a family here and did graduate work in social sciences at MIT and Brandeis. Her doctoral thesis explored how children learn.

Her disappearance -- and activists' claims that she was detained by Pakistani authorities and interrogated for a time by the CIA -- have sparked protests in Pakistan against the administration of former president Pervez Musharraf. The Justice Department and the CIA have said they knew nothing about Siddiqui's whereabouts before her arrest in July.

Correspondent Candace Rondeaux in Islamabad, Pakistan, and staff researcher Julie Tate in Washington contributed to this report.



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« Reply #12 on: Sep 08, 2008 06:03 PM »

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The Justice Department and the CIA have said they knew nothing about Siddiqui's whereabouts before her arrest in July.

Biggest lie I've ever heard in my life. And I say that quite openly. They knew exactly where she was and what they were doing it to her.

She represents all that we've done wrong in this Ummah coming back to us. Our choosing dunya over everything. Our lack of unity. Our lack of morality. Our lack of strength. Our lack of education. Our lack of wisdom. Our lack of practice and ignorance. She's payed dearly for it. Poor, poor woman. I can't even imagine what she has been through. What a travesty and joke the world's thin veil of humanity is. She will never have any justice in this world. I feel ashamed even to make dua for her for we've failed her in every way. I can only leave her in God's care.
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« Reply #13 on: Sep 09, 2008 07:31 PM »

Assalamo elikuim
Recent article on Dr.Aafia Siddiqui - please pray for her.

 http://muslimmatters.org/2008/09/09/dr-aafias-sister-the-american-ambassador-is-lying/
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« Reply #14 on: Sep 16, 2008 02:38 AM »

Afghanistan frees young son of al-Qaida suspect
12-year-old captured with mother who is accused of firing on U.S. soldiers

EPA
Fauzia Siddiqui hugs her nephew Ali Hassan after Pakistan authorities handed him over to her family on Monday. Siddiqui is the sister of Hassan's mother, a suspected al-Qaida member.
 

 
updated 3:22 p.m. CT, Mon., Sept. 15, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The 12-year-old son of a woman suspected of links to al-Qaida and facing charges in New York was freed Monday by Afghanistan and sent to his family in Pakistan, two months after he was detained with his mother.

Officials say the boy, Ali Hassan, and his mother, Aafia Siddiqui, were detained outside the governor's house in Afghanistan's Ghazni province in July. The American-educated Pakistani woman was then handed over to U.S. custody and flown to New York where she was accused of trying to kill U.S. personnel.

The U.S. indictment alleges that during Siddiqui's interrogation in Ghazni, the 36-year-old picked up a soldier's rifle, announced her "desire to kill Americans" and fired at U.S. soldiers and FBI agents. She was wounded by return fire.

American prosecutors say that when taken into custody in Afghanistan, she was carrying handwritten notes referring to a "mass casualty attack" and listing the Empire State Building and other New York landmarks. However, the indictment contains no charges of terrorism.

Ali was with his mother at the time of her arrest and had been in Afghan custody ever since, officials said.

A spokesman for Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry, Sultan Ahmed Baheen, said Ali had spent the previous 10 days in a "guest house" of Afghanistan's intelligence service. Before that, he was in the custody of a prosecutor who deals with minors, the ministry said.

Baheen said Ali is a dual American-Pakistani citizen because he was born in the United States.

Afghan authorities handed him over to Pakistani diplomats, who flew him to Islamabad on Monday evening. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said he had been handed over to relatives of his mother.

Pakistan's Express News television channel showed footage of Ali, a round-faced boy with dark hair, smiling shyly beneath a white prayer cap as an aunt kissed and embraced him at a house in the capital, Islamabad.

Boy 'very traumatized'
Fauzia Siddiqui told reporters her nephew was "very traumatized."

"He is like a dead body. They fed him and tried to make his look healthy, but he is disturbed," she said. "Thank God he is grown. He is a big boy now."

She said Ali told his relatives Monday that his name had been changed several times and that each change was followed by a change of location. But she did not elaborate.

Aafia Siddiqui came to the United States in 1990 and studied at the University of Houston and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she got a bachelor's degree in biology in 1995. She later studied neuroscience as a graduate student at Brandeis University.

She vanished in Pakistan in 2003.

In 2004, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller III identified Siddiqui as one of seven people the FBI wanted to question about suspected ties to al-Qaida. Her family has vehemently denied any link.

Fauzia Siddiqui said she didn't want to blame anyone for Ali's ordeal and expressed hope that the embrace of his relatives would allow her nephew to forget.

She dodged a question about the circumstances of her sister and nephew's detentions in Afghanistan.

U.S. following developments
In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters the U.S. was following the latest developments closely.

Aafia Siddiqui's lawyers claim that before she was arrested and brought to New York, she was kidnapped by U.S. operatives and kept in secret captivity in Pakistan. The ordeal, they said, left her with severe physical and mental problems.

Last week, a warden at a federal prison in Brooklyn notified a judge that Siddiqui is suffering from major depression.

U.S. officials deny she was ever in their captivity before she surfaced in Afghanistan in July.

Baheen said Ali was adopted by Siddiqui after his parents were killed in an earthquake that struck Kashmir in 2005. However, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Sadiq said DNA tests done by U.S. authorities showed that the boy was Siddiqui's biological son.

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« Reply #15 on: Sep 23, 2008 10:39 AM »

wsalam,

please pray for her and her family and her (missing) children these last 10 days.


new website: http://www.aafiasiddiqui.org

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The News of Pakistan reports that Siddiqui's health is very frail, over and above her recent gun-shot wound.[28] The report quoted concerns of the Co-chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Iqbal Haider, who felt the images of Siddiqui showing that her health had been so badly damaged her life was in imminent risk. The report stated that the following, though Aafia's lawyer has not communicated a confirmation, other than the note linked[31]:

    * one of her kidneys had been removed while in captivity;
    * her teeth had been removed;
    * her nose had been broken, and improperly reset;
    * that her recent gun-shot wound had been incompetently dressed, was oozing blood, leaving her clothes soaked with blood.

An August 11, 2008 Reuters report stated that she had appeared at her hearing in a wheelchair, and that her lawyers pleaded with the judge to make sure she received medical care.[32]
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« Reply #16 on: Sep 24, 2008 01:42 PM »

Assalamo elikuim

from :  http://muslimmatters.org/2008/09/22/dr-aafia-hearing-tomorrow-september-23/


Dr. Aafia’s court hearing is tomorrow. Tuesday, September 23rd at 2:00 PM. Please try your best to attend. If you do attend, please let us know how it went in the comments.

Protest - NYC Court Hearing for Aafia Siddiqui

Location:
Court Room 21D, US District Court (U.S.D.C.) for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y)
Street:   500 Pearl Street, Manhattan, NY

The hearing on 23rd September is at the United States District Court (U.S.D.C.) for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y), located at 500 Pearl Street, Manhattan.

The hearing will start at 2pm in the courtroom of United States District Judge Richard Berman (21D).

Source: aafiasiddiqui.org

UPDATE FROM MM READER (jazakillahkhair Sr. Hidaya):

She didn’t voluntarily come to the court, so Judge pleaded not-guilty on her behalf.

Her lawyer kept demanding for her to be treated medically in some specific location. As per her lawyer, Afiya is mentally ill hence refusing to cooperate (judge mentioned several instances where Afiya refused to cooperate with psychologists, her own attorney etc) ..Defense attorney also mentioned on how Afiya, for the first time, called her attorney and spoke to her for 15 minutes (to inquire about her son)..

Prosecutor is saying to ‘evaluate’ her condition, meaning do her examination before the treatment is offered…

Next court hearing is on Dec 17th @ 10:00 am only after doctors certify that Afiya is mentally stable to go through a trial and if she is stable then her trial will begin on March 9, 2009 inshaAllah…

Alhamdulillah the court was full, a lot of bearded brothers, many Desi uncles, about 4-5 Hijabi sisters, many white women and alot of journalists.
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 07, 2009 07:31 AM »

Article originally posted at www.freeaafia.org

A Brown Box on the Doorstep

By Dr. Aafia's brother.

Unexpected postage is a cause for caution when your Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's family


This is the true story of a Brown Box.  An ordinary cardboard box. Not too big, not too small. Nothing special. It was the kind of an everyday box used to package every thing from priceless objects to toilet paper.

A few months ago, I came home one evening to find this box waiting at my front door. It was odd.  I had not ordered anything by mail and was not expecting any other delivery. Unfortunately, these days, finding an unexpected box is more cause for fear than curious excitement.

But then I noticed on the side it had printed in large writing a name and a number in one of the best examples of penmanship I have seen in years.  The name was one I recognized. I was momentarily paralyzed.  How or why would someone send this package to me.

I took the Box inside and did not know what to do with it.  I was both apprehensive and curious.  I checked with lawyers and friends. But for some time I just let it sit there in the entry way in my home and every day when I came home the box stared at me and I knew I wanted to open it.  I mention this dilemma this only to illustrate how the events of the past 6 ½ years have shaped our lives and how routine, simple actions can become a complex ordeal filled with suspicion, apprehension, anxiety and anticipation all rolled into one.
A decision is made - Open it

Getting back to the box. Finally, one day I decided to open the box.  Nothing special or auspicious about the day.  Just another day but it seemed that it was time.  With camera and video in witness, the tape sealing the box was cut and the lids carefully opened.

Inside the box the contents were sloppily thrown in – a marked contrast to the neatness of the handwriting that adorned the front of the box.  Surely different people must have handled the contents and the labeling.  No one could be both that rash and sensitive at the same time.

As I slowly removed the contents, one by one, my hands trembled.  There were two folded white scarves, several envelopes, writing pads with half written thoughts as if the pads were snatched in mid sentence.  There were letters from people from as far afield as Australia and Hawaii, from Pakistan and Arkansas.  And there were partially written letters to people who would now never get them even though the stamps were right there. And incomplete poems for which we would not know the ending. There were articles from magazines carefully clipped to highlight what? It would not be known. In the middle of this there was a Quran thrown in the pile.  It had been meticulously tagged by its reader who would no longer be able to use these references.

The rest of the box contained items of food – from tea bags to cookies, sealed fish and snacks. Sustenance no longer destined for the person who stored it.

I went through the items carefully at first, almost scientifically, as if handling a lost treasure, cataloging what I found.  But soon, as the items became personal, the reality of what I had in my hands hit me – and it hit hard.
A realization strikes home

You see the box had come from Carswell Medical Center in Fort Worth Texas and the name on the side was that of my sister Aafia, # 90279-054

This box contained all that remained of the worldly belongings of Aafia’s life. This is what she accumulated during the 8 months at the institution known as the “House of Horrors”. It hit me that without warning, one day someone took her away.  She had no time to complete tasks, letters, consume a special treat or send a last letter.  All her belongings, both of her scarves and her beloved Quran were all left behind.

She was strip searched naked and taken away with nothing but her body.

And I was reminded of what it must be like to die.  All the things that are left undone.  The things we think we will finish the next moment or the next day.  The favorite clothes, the favorite book, the favorite meal. In the end when they take you, it is you alone they take.

For a while, I could think of nothing else.  And then I realized that for Aafia, this was probably just another case of dé jà vu.

Back in March 2003, Aafia had her whole life snatched away when she and her three young children were summarily disappeared from the streets of Karachi.  How must that have felt?  You lose the “things” most precious to you – even more precious than your own life? – Your children, the youngest only 6 months old.

We don’t know much of what Aafia endured between then and when she suddenly emerged in Ghazni in July last year.  But there again, she was shot and everything in her possession taken from her –  and for a second time she lost her son – a son whom she was not sure was even alive anymore and had been reunited with only a short time earlier – and who did not recognize her as his mother.
A lesson on life, death and time

So you see, Aafia has experienced the feeling of “death” over and over again. No wonder she says they have “killed” me. Every time they “transfer” her, it is akin to dying. Only she is forced to wake up and the nightmare continues. So, I wonder – is God a sadist that He puts Aafia through this agony over and over again? When is it enough? Or is this all a lesson for others to see?

I used to think Aafia meant the phrase “killed me” in a metaphorical sense but now I see it as a much more physical expression. Just imagine how many times this may have happened over the years of her captivity when we have witnessed it at least three times in the “open” non-secret captivity of the past year. And there is the brown box that testifies to it.

Yes, back to the Brown Box.  Because the story does not end here.  That Box stayed in the entry, contents placed back inside. Then one day I saw the box and thought of the Pharaohs and how they built Pyramids to carefully store the contents of the world that they would take with them on the journey beyond death.  How meticulous the exterior architecture but equally haphazard the interior chambers and the storing of the food… clothes… ornaments…

So too the brown box – simple clean exterior with meticulous writing and an interior haphazardly packed with the tools of life.

But there was a difference – a big difference between the pyramids of the pharaohs and the Brown Box of Aafia.  The one was planned. The other reflects reality of how life ends abruptly.  In reality, even the Pharaohs would have had a brown box that collected their daily unfinished business because while they could prepare for death, they could not predict its time.

By now the Brown Box was becoming an eyesore in the entry and the kids were asking too many questions so I took it up to the attic to store it. Here it found company among many other brown boxes that contained pieces of my life, forgotten memories and material possessions that I had not seen in years and probably will not even remember until and if I see them again.  But I hang on to them as if they and I will someday re-live the “good old days.”

And it struck me that I had dozens of brown boxes and they only filled the forgotten pieces of my life and here was Aafia’s one Brown box that was now representative of her entire life. But she is alive so she will accumulate more “stuff”.  But how many more times will these be taken away? How many more deaths? How many more Brown boxes?

I left the Brown Box in the Attic but had trouble sleeping until one morning I woke up and brought it back down and placed it in my study – out of the way but in full view of where I sit every day.  You see, I could not just put away Aafia’s life in the Attic and let it become another forgotten piece of my life.  I have to see it every day because my sister is in my thoughts every day and as long as she is alive the Brown Box will be waiting so she may complete those letters, those poems and drink that tea.

So, for now, the story remains incomplete, waiting for an ending… with a prayer that God will make it a happy one.
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 07, 2009 07:54 PM »

SO SAD
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 28, 2009 08:04 AM »

I found this picture of Aafia probably from her college days. She looks so normal and young.

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