Dr Fowzia Siddiqui, whose sister was jailed for the attempted murder of an FBI official in disputed circumstances in 2008, last night called for British aid worker Alan Henning, journalist John Cantlie and others being held under threat of beheading to be shown mercy and released.
She said her sister, who has become a popular cause throughout the Islamic world, would be “distraught” if she knew a terrorist group like Isil was using her case as an excuse for murdering innocent people.
Case closed: Aafia Siddiqui allowed to end US appeal The Express Tribune Pakistan
US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan said that Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year sentence in a prison medical centre in Texas, had ‘clearly and unequivocally’ stated her intent to end the appeal.
Pakistanis are protesting after Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years for trying to kill US government agents in Afghanistan in 2009.
Pakistan’s prime minister called the sentence unfortunate and said he would take the matter up with US officials. The BBC reports that on Friday a small but vocal groups of demonstrators chanted anti-American slogans and burnt US flags and effigies of US leaders in Islamabad and Lahore, correspondents say. Shots were fired in an attempt to block a march on the US consulate.
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has left Pakistan, saying the floods are the worst disaster he has seen. Estimates run between 3.5 and 6 million children are at risk from cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery, accoreding to Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Estimates are that one-quarter to one-fifth of Pakistan has been ravaged by floods, with 20 million people displaced. Pakistan’s agricultural heartland is under water. via BBC News 8/16/2010
“If the New York Times gives information, it is not a divine truth, it can be wrong. We have joint intelligence sharing and no joint investigation, nor joint raids,” Malik added.
“We are a sovereign state and hence will not allow anybody to come and do any operation. And we will not allow that. So this (report) is propaganda,” he added.
Pakistan’s government is a close US ally in the war on Al-Qaeda and the eight-year conflict against the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan, but the relationship is controversial in an increasingly anti-American country. via Dawn.com
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