Aafia Siddiqui 'miserable and terrified of jail torture': Senator Mushtaq Ahmed

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Dr Aafia Siddiqui earlier  her incarceration. — Twitter/@FarazKhanDawar1 Dr Aafia Siddiqui earlier her incarceration. — Twitter/@FarazKhanDawar1
  • Senator says Dr Aafia Siddiqui is successful mediocre wellness with watery eyes. 
  • Ahmed says Dr Aafia's information reflected years of maltreatment and pain.
  • He says Dr Aafia repeatedly demanded being taken "out of this hell".

Pakistani neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui — who has been jailed successful the United States for implicit a decennary — looked "miserable and terrified" of the torture she has been suffering successful imprisonment, said Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Senator Mushtaq Ahmed.

Senator Ahmed met Dr Aafia a time aft she met her younger sister Dr Fauzia Siddiqui aft 20 years, astatine the Federal Medical Center, Carswell successful Texas connected Wednesday.

In Thursday's meeting, the legislator was accompanied by Clive Stafford-Smith — a salient quality rights activistic who besides helped liberate Abdul Rabbani and Ahmed Rabbani from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison.

Sharing little details of the meeting, Senator Ahmed described the miserable information of the incarcerated doc which helium observed successful the three-hour-long telephonic speech from down a solid shield.

"Dressed successful off-white scarf, khaki dress, achromatic joggers, Dr Aafia [held] a three-hour agelong telephonic meeting/conversation — which was being continuously recorded — successful a tiny country partitioned with a solid shield," helium wrote connected Twitter.

He said that Dr Aafia, who was successful mediocre wellness and her eyes watering again and again, reflected the maltreatment and symptom inflicted upon her during each these years successful imprisonment.

"[Her] beforehand 4 teeth were breached and is having trouble successful proceeding owed to a caput injury. She was continuously saying 'take maine retired of this hell'," helium wrote.

At the extremity of the meeting, Dr Aafia was taken successful chains.

The legislator said they tried to support Dr Aafia's caput diverted by discussing books, literature, poesy and different topics.

"She showed bonzer verbal skills successful speech astir Ghalib, Iqbal and Hafeez Jalandhri and philosophical, technological discourses erstwhile talked connected the topics of books, literature, poetry, but abruptly she would retrieve her children, mother, and the symptom [suffured] successful imprisonment and the unspeakable aboriginal of the prison, and say, 'take maine retired of this hell' with sadness."

Senator Ahmed past called connected the politicians to get Dr Aafia released, saying that "the cardinal to Dr Aafia's merchandise is contiguous successful Islamabad, not successful Washington."

Who is Dr Aafia?

A US-educated Pakistani scientist, Dr Aafia Siddiqui was convicted successful 2010 for 86 years by a New York national territory tribunal connected charges of attempted execution and assault, stemming from an incidental during an interrogation with the US authorities successful Ghazni, Afghanistan — charges that she denied.

She was the archetypal pistillate to beryllium suspected of Al-Qaeda links by the US, but ne'er convicted of it.

At 18 years old, Siddiqui travelled to the US, wherever her member lived, to survey astatine Boston's prestigious MIT, aboriginal earning a PhD successful neuroscience astatine Brandeis University.

But aft the 9/11 panic attacks of 2001, she came up connected the FBI's radar for donations to Islamic organisations and was linked to the acquisition of $10,000 worthy of night-vision goggles and books connected warfare.

The US suspected she joined Al-Qaeda from America, returning to Pakistan wherever she joined into the household of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — an designer of the 9/11 attacks.

She disappeared successful astir 2003, on with her 3 children, successful Karachi.

Five years aboriginal she turned up successful Pakistan's war-torn neighbour Afghanistan, wherever she was arrested by section forces successful the restive southeastern state of Ghazni.

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