No decision on Aafia Siddiqui’s release yet: Foreign Office

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The Foreign Office said Pakistan has raised with the United States the issue of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three jailed in the US for almost a decade, but no decision has been taken regarding her release as yet.

During his weekly press briefing in Islamabad, FO spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said, “We have spoken to the US about Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s issue. However, no decision has been taken regarding her release as yet.”

“Since a decision has not been taken regarding her release, we cannot say when she will be freed,” he asserted.

The Pakistani government raised the issue of “respecting the human and legal rights” of Dr Aafia Siddiqui with US Ambassador Alice Wells who visited Islamabad on Tuesday.

“Government of Pakistan has been raising the issue of Dr Aafia Siddiqui with US authorities regularly. Pakistan’s CG (consul general) in Houston pays Consular visits to Dr Aafia, periodically, to inquire about her well-being and conveys her messages to Dr Afia’s family if any,” the Foreign Office said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The issue of respecting the human and legal rights of Dr Aafia Siddiqui was also raised in the meeting at MoFA with Ambassador Alice Wells on November 6,” it confirmed. “The US side has promised to look into our request.”