FORWARDED APPEAL (Pakistan): Appeal to President Zardari to comply with his promises for ensuring the release of Dr. Afia Siddiqui 

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from Aafia Movement regarding Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s Upcoming appeal process, the role of the government, and the broken promises.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui through email:

Thank you.

Urgent Appeals Desk
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

Mr. Asif Ali Zardari,
Islamic republic of Pakistan

Dear President,

PAKISTAN: Appeal to President Zardari to comply with his promises for ensuring the release of Dr. Afia Siddiqui

Re: Aafia’s Upcoming Appeal Process, the Role of Your Government, and Broken promises

This Friday, February 10, 2012, the world will be watching as court-appointed attorneys (who are paid by the US government, and Aafia has repeatedly attempted to fire), will argue before a US Court of Appeals and purport to represent my sister’s interests against her will. This mockery of justice is simply yet another example of how Aafia’s conviction of a crime she did not commit is virtually guaranteed in the US “justice” system. Meanwhile, US agents who have perpetrated crimes against her, including kidnapping, torture, assault, and false imprisonment, have not been called to account.

It has now been three and a half years since agents of the US government shot my sister and the beginning of the 10th year since she was abducted, a Pakistani citizen, abducted from Pakistan through a rendition operation locked up in Afghanistan, and forcibly removed from Afghanistan after an implausible shoot out, and illegally transferred her to the United States.

So-called “high-profile” American criminal defense attorneys convinced the government of Pakistan to pay them millions of dollars, and then refused to resign when Aafia did not accept them. Neither did the Pakistani Government intervene. There can no longer be any doubt that Aafia will never receive justice in the US legal system.

I want to remind you today of the promises that you made, your Prime Minister made, Interior Ministry made and Foreign Ministry made. The promises that said Aafia will be back. Raymond Davis and several other mercenaries have walked free from our land, but innocent citizens are languishing due to the negligence and criminal silence of your administration.

Now, more than ever, the fate of this Daughter of the Nation lies in the hands of the Pakistani government to bring her home.

Signed by

[Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui]
Aafia Movement


1. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
President of Pakistan
President’s Secretariat
Tel: 92-51-9204801-9214171
Fax 92-51-9207458

2. Mr. Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani
Prime Minister
Prime Minister House
Fax: +92 51 922 1596
Tel: +92 51 920 6111
E-mail: or

3. Federal Minister for Human Rights
Ministry of Human Rights
Old US Aid building
Ata Turk Avenue
G-5, Islamabad
Fax: +92 51 9204108

4. Mr. Rehman Malik
Minister for Interior
R Block Pak Secretariat
Tel: +92 51 9212026 +92 51 9212026
Fax: +92 51 9202624
E-mail: or

5. Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Foreign Office Building (near Serena Hotel),
Constitution Avenue,
G-5, Islamabad
Tel: +92 51 9210335
Fax: +92 51 9207600


Thank you.

Urgent Appeals Programme
Asian Human Rights Commission (

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Document Type : Forwarded Urgent Appeal
Document ID : AHRC-FUA-003-2012
Countries : Pakistan,
Issues : Impunity, Military, Right to fair trial, Violence against women,