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FM Qureshi affirms all possible diplomatic efforts to bring Aafia back

MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the Pakistani government will put all possible efforts on diplomatic level to bring Dr Aafia Siddiqui back to Pakistan.

While talking to media, the foreign minister vowed,”We will do whatever we could on diplomatic level to bring back Aafia Siddiqui.”

Qureshi suggested that Aafia’s family would be relieved, if she serves rest of her prison term in Pakistan.

Few days earlier, the United States side promised to look into the PTI government’s request, while the issue of respecting the human and legal rights of Dr Aafia Siqqiqui was raised in the meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with US ambassador Alice Wells.

A Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three imprisoned in the US for almost a decade, has written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking his assistance in ensuring her release from the US prison.

Pakistan’s consul general in Houston met Aafia at the prison where she handed him over the letter addressed to Khan.

“I want to get out of the prison, as my imprisonment in the US jail is illegal,” she wrote in the letter.

The MIT-trained neuro-scientist, Aafia Siddiqui, is serving 86-year prison sentence after being convicted by the US court of seven counts of attempted murder and assault on US military personnel in Afghanistan.

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