On Wednesday, the IHC requested that the foreign office raise Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s petition for release with the US ambassador to Pakistan.
Aafia Siddiqui, a neuroscientist educated at MIT, was convicted of seven charges of attempted murder and assault on US military troops in Afghanistan and is now serving an 86-year jail term.
Justice Sardar Aijaz Ishaq Khan of the Islamabad High Court heard a petition seeking Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s release and repatriation.
The repatriation paperwork for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was handed to the Islamabad high court by the FO attorney.
Since there has been no proceeding in this matter since October 17, the judge has expressed discontent and ordered the FO secretary to come before the court and say that he can do nothing in this case.
Counsel for the foreign ministry told the court that the United States has not provided a suitable answer to their request to free Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. The United States government declined to grant her a visa as well.
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s plea for release was brought to the attention of the Foreign Office by Justice Sardar Aijaz, who ordered them to meet with the US ambassador to Pakistan to discuss the matter.
The court ordered the report to be submitted, and the foreign ministry and foreign secretary both signed it.
The court hearing was eventually postponed until December 20.
Previously, the Foreign Office (FO) provided the Islamabad High Court with documentation of its discussions with the US government on the return of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui (IHC).