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A critical analysis of Aafia Siddiqui’s case – by Anas Abbas

First published on: AA Counter Terror

Aafia Siddiqui was finally convicted on 4rd February 2010 for trying to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.  She is now expected to face a maximum of 60 years in prison.

Below is a study that will analyze some important questions that are related to Aafia Siddiqui’s case. The questions are:

  • What happened to Aafia and her children in 2003?
  • Why is this case so extraordinarily popular in Pakistan?
  • Why are the majority of Pakistanis so adamant about Aafia’s integrity?
  • Why has Pakistani media been creating a mass hysteria from this case?
  • Why is Aafia popularly known as “Sister” and “Daughter” in Pakistan?
  • Why is this case being exploited by Pakistani political parties such as PTI and JI for political rivalries against their opponents?
  • Why Pakistani government paid a hefty sum of $2 million to hire one of the best law firms, Dawn M. Cardi & Associate, to represent this case?
  • Why have people (including Aafia herself) been dragging Israel into this case and calling the ruling of U.S. court as partisan and Zionist influenced?

Brief background of Aafia Siddiqui:

Aafia Siddiqui was born in Karachi, Pakistan on 2nd March 1972. She was one of three children of Mohammad Siddiqui, a British trained doctor, and Ismet. She moved to Texas in 1990 and after studying at University of Houston for a year, she transferred to MIT. After completing her undergraduate degree in biology, she then went to Brandeis University for her doctorate in cognitive neuroscience. Later she married a Pakistani anesthesiologist  Amjad Khan and lived in a flat in Boston that also served as the headquarters of an Islamic charity called the Institute of Islamic Research and Teaching. She later went back to Pakistan with her husband and soon separated.

It is reported that Aafia Siddiqui was involved in providing charity funds to two major charity organizations that were ostensibly working in the U.S. for humanitarian causes but were later banned after 9/11 for having ties to terrorists in Afghanistan. These were Al Kifah refugee center that was based in Brooklyn and Benevolence International. It was later revealed that Al Kifah had ties to Maktab al-Khidamat that was founded by Abdullah Azaam and Osama Bin Laden.

There are numerous other stories that have been verified by FBI officials, Aafia’s husband, some prominent journalists belonging to Newsweek & Guardian and Fleet National Bank Investigators. The investigators later found Aafia’s and her husband’s involvement in transferring large sums of money to mysterious accounts of Saudi nationals and buying night goggles, body armours & military manuals.

Aafia came back to Pakistan in 2002 and later separated from her husband on a dispute in relation to the education of her children. It is also reported that she got married to Ali Abd’al Aziz Ali (aka Amir Al Balochi), a nephew of a dreaded terrorist Khaled Shiekh Mohammad (BBC confirms this from security sources and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s family).

She was on her way to Karachi airport in 2003 but then disappeared and later appeared in Ghazni, Afghanistan in 2008 and was arrested by Americans.  She was then accused of attempting to murder American soldiers while in detention. Later she was extradited to the U.S and eventually faced the 2 week trail that resulted in her conviction.

There are numerous theories on the sudden disappearance of Aafia from Karachi in 2003 and regarding her case. Some of the theories are:

Theory 1

The popular claim here is that she was abducted by FBI and then transferred to the U.S. Bagram facility in Afghanistan. There, she has claimed that she was tortured and raped consistently by soldiers and her two children also died during this time. It is also claimed that after this information was leaked to the public, American soldiers created a story to frame up Aafia by placing her in front of an Afghan police station with her elder son and creating a perfect scenario where she can be charged as a would be suicide bomber.

Theory 2

The second theory is almost similar to the first one except that it claims that it was the ISI (not FBI) who abducted Aafia from Karachi and then transferred her to the Americans.

Theory 3

This section has two scenarios

Scenario 1.

Aafia was abducted briefly in 2003 but was later released and then forced to go undercover by security officials of both America and Pakistan in order to infiltrate Al Qaeda’s sleeper cells.  Later, Aafia visited her uncle Shams ul-Hassan Faruqi (The same person who called Imran Khan to report Aafia’s disappearance in 2003) and pleaded him to hand her over to the Taliban in Afghanistan as she was reluctant to work as double agent. Soon Aafia disappeared again from the guest house where she was staying during the visit to her uncle. The only source for this claim is her uncle himself, who recently gave this account to a Guardian newspaper journalist Declan Walsh and the BBC.

Scenario 2.

This is the official account that the US government and Aafia’s husband Amjad khan maintains. Here they claim that she was an extremist Jihadi who had links with top Al Qaeda operatives. She was also of a violent nature and went into hiding in 2003 after she found out about the FBI investigation. She then appeared in Afghanistan in 2008 and was then arrested by Afghan Police.

So what really happened to Aafia Siddiqui in 2003? Was she really abducted by the security agencies and is her family and the Pakistani media justified in accusing the U.S for extraordinary rendition? Was she abducted by ISI and kept in Pakistani prisons and later sent to Afghanistan? Or did she go into hiding to evade the FBI investigations and worked underground for Al Qaeda?

In any case above, there is no mention of the whereabouts of those innocent children that were with her when she was abducted or disappeared in 2003. What really happened to those children? Were they killed by American or Pakistani agents in the process of torturing Aafia Siddiqui? Or are they still out there somewhere with any Aafia Siddiqui’s aide.

The point is that we will never know about this unless there is a proper investigation on what exactly happened to her in 2003. All available accounts of her life before 2003 shows that she is a devoted extremist; but there is no account of her whereabouts after 2003. Any investigation should account for her mysterious disappearance.

Let’s critically analyse the questions highlighted in bold above. I have divided these questions in two sections:

Section 1 will focus on the Zionist label on Aafia’s verdict and briefly analyze the popular opinion in Pakistan about the so called Israeli/Jewish controlled American investigations, interests and court rulings/verdicts. This theory has a new impetus after the verdict of Aafia Siddiqui’s case and conspiracy theorists are exploiting this case to justify their delusions.

Section 2 will focus on the rest of the 6 questions in relation to Aafia’s popularity, integrity, public, Government, Political Parties and media support.

Section 3 will critically analyze some major misconceptions related to this case that are widely common in Pakistan.

Section 1 Analysis.

During her trail, Aafia Siddiqui expressed serious reservations regarding the Jews.

She demanded that Jews should be excluded from the jury at her trial in New York. She also called for jurors to undergo genetic testing in an outburst in federal court.

“If they have a Zionist or Israeli background . . . they are all mad at me,” Ms Siddiqui, said. “I have a feeling everyone here is them – they should be subject to genetic testing. They should be excluded if you want to be fair,” she told the judge.

In her letter released by law firm Dawn M. Cardi and addressed to all Americans, Aafia blamed the Jews for all the miseries around the world. The entire letter echoes the ideology of Zaid Hamid (A Pakistani racist holding a PHD in deception from Brasstacks University). After the verdict, Siddiqui shouted: “This is a verdict coming from Israel, not America.”

There is a common perception that America is fully controlled by (Jews and Israel) and is fighting the wars against Muslims on their behalf in order to fully exterminate the followers of the Islamic faith. Most of these theories are heavily influenced by white supremacist organizations and the Nazis. This is a lengthy debate of who controls America and plenty of research has been done on this by scholars.  The reference section below provides a detailed list of some articles and research on this issue. For brevity’s sake, in this section I will give examples of some of the court rulings and actions of the Americans that will help in refuting this baseless claim that the Jewish control American policies

If Zionists/Jews control the U.S. as claimed by Aafia Siddiqui and other Pakistanis then what should we make of the following?

  • Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American intelligence analyst was convicted and given a life sentence for spying for Israel in 1987. Influential Israeli politicians such as Benjamin Netanyahu and human rights activist groups lobbied for his release but this pressure had no impact on American juries or policy makers. Pollard was given an Israeli citizenship in 1995 and received massive publicity by Israeli officials who campaigned for his release. Another similar case is of Ben-ami Kadish (A U.S. Army employee) who was an agent of Israel and passed classified American information. He was charged on conspiracy charges and then pleaded guilty.
  • Israel is China’s (A U.S. rival) biggest arms supplier after Russia and was stopped by the U.S. for selling advanced airborne radar system to China. This is because the Americans saw this as a transfer of a US-derived technology that would compromise their strategic and defense interests. Israel faced a similar situation when due to Washington pressure, they were ordered to freeze a major contract with Venezuela to upgrade its 22 U.S.-manufactured F-16 fighter jets. This is because of the strained relations between America and Venezuela.
  • Kobi Alexandar (Jew), founder of Comverse Technology (A Well – known Technology Company) was charged with multiple counts of fraud and irregularities in stock trading. Another influential Jew charged by the United States Department of Justice.
  • Holocaust Denial: this is illegal in 13 countries (mostly in Europe and in Israel). Surprisingly, in U.S., holocaust denial is not a criminal offence. In fact there are numerous propaganda movements that are currently active in promoting their views against Jews. These are KKK Ku Klux Klan, American Nazis and White Aryan Resistance movements. They not only use radio, television or internet for their propaganda but they also hold public marches and demonstrations to express their views. A famous case is of National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie where eventually the US Supreme Court allowed Nazis to stage demonstrations in Chicago area near the village of Skokie (Skokie is a village where holocaust survivors live). Most influential holocaust deniers are in US such as David Duke, a candidate in general election for President in 1988.
  • FBI investigation recently led the arrests of Two New Jersey mayors and dozens of Jewish political and religious figures. This was a part of ten year investigation involving organize crime, corruption and money laundering. Another investigation also resulted in the arrests of 200 Israeli spies.
  • Jewish Defence league was founded by Ultra Nationalist Jewish Rabbi Meir Kahane and was later declared a terrorist group by FBI after it was found out through investigations that the organization was involved in 15 terrorist attacks in U.S

Now where is the Israeli lobby? Why it cannot force the Americans to ban many Neo Nazi movements currently operating in America? Why it is tolerating a racist organization (KKK)? Why it is not able to release its agents from American captivity? Why it is unable to force FBI into not arresting Jews?

Why Holocaust denial is not illegal in America?

It is absurd to believe that Jews control the U.S. after we have gone over the above facts.

This, by no means, is intended to imply that Americans do not support Israel. Israel is an influential ally of America and is an important factor in the American foreign policy. It serves American interests in the Middle East by helping America to keep its hegemony intact and keeping an eye on the other oil producing nations. Here it’s about mutual interests. This is just like Pakistan relations with Sudan and China which Pakistan maintains for defense and strategic reasons and quietly tolerates the massacre of thousands of Muslims in Darfur and the oppression of Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province. (Note that China is Sudan’s largest trade partner and exports 40% of oil). Is Pakistan in a position to raise a concern on Darfur issue with Sudan without annoying China?

Section 2 Analysis.

As of 4th February 2010, social networking website Facebook has 15 fan pages and 22 groups of Aafia Siddiqui with 34,000 and 40,000 members respectively. She has been the highlight of across the electronic and online media including popular talk shows, newspapers and magazines, blogs, forums and chat rooms.

There have also been rallies, protests and demonstrations involving 1000s of people in support for her in all big cities of Pakistan.

Let’s assume that Aafia is completely innocent and she was tortured and kept in prison by U.S soldiers and then framed for false shooting attempt.

Is all the above hysteria justified to get Aafia Siddiqui justice?

Well I have no problems with this hysteria but why did we not see this in the case of two other missing Pakistani women?

One is Zarina Mari and the other is Dr Shazia Khalid. Majority of Pakistanis do not even know their names, considering how Aafia Siddiquee is a popular enough figure in Pakistan that even the Taliban are now demanding her release from the U.S.

Zarina Mari, similar to Aafia Siddiqui in relation to abduction, rape and torture allegations, was abducted by the Pakistani army from Baluchistan in 2005 and is believed to be kept in an army torture cell in Karachi. She is a 23 year old school teacher and according to human rights organizations (Asian Human Rights Commission, HRCP Pakistan), Baluchistan Political Parties, Baluch and other activists, she has been kept in cells and forced to work as a sex slave. Former prisoners from the torture cells also narrated her stories. Mr. Munir Mengal, the managing director of a Balochi-language television channel, claims to have witnessed this sexual slavery in a Karachi based torture cell. According to Asian Human rights commission of Pakistan, “the current whereabouts of the young woman are not known. It has been asserted that women who are fighting for the greater autonomy of Baluchistan are being arrested by the state agencies and being forced into their custody as sex slaves”.

Dr Shazia Khalid, a medical doctor and an employee of Pakistan Petroleum Limited, was brutally beaten and raped by an army officer named Captain Hammad at Sui Hospital in 2005. Subsequently she was denied by the officials to contact her husband and other family members and instead of providing her treatment for her wounds; the officials drugged her and then transferred her to a psychiatric hospital in Karachi. Later she was put under house arrest and was denied access to lawyers, doctors and human right officials of her choice.

She later left Pakistan with her family after repeated threats to her life. According to her BBC interview, Dr. Shazia said that she was threatened many times. “I cannot tell you how many times I was threatened. My life was made impossible. I am still terrified.” “My whole career was destroyed, as was my husband’s. That was why we left our country.” “Instead of getting justice, I was hounded out of Pakistan. I never wanted to leave Pakistan, but had no choice”. The video interview is in the reference section and I earnestly request every Pakistani to listen to that interview.

Few questions come to my mind when I go through the stories of these women:

Why are Zarina Mari and Shazia Khalid, like Aafia, not called the “Daughters” and “Sisters” of Pakistan by its hyperbolic media, politicians and public?

Why have Imran khan (Former Playboy and Aka Neo Taliban) and Jamate Islami never voiced their concerns about these women with the same intensity as for Aafia Siddiqui. Remember that Imran’s party warned to go for mass demonstrations after Aafia’s conviction?

Why was Shazia Khalid’s and Zarina Mari’s families never interviewed by Pakistani TV channels?

Why was Shazia Khalid’s interview to the BBC never aired by the so called “free” Pakistani electronic media?

Why have we not seen mass scale demonstrations in Pakistan for the justice for these two women?

Why are pictures of Shazia Khalid not the highlight of every newspaper, TV channel and Pakistani activist’s blogs as pictures of Aafia are?

Why there is not a single group or fan page of either Zarina Mari or Shazia Khalid on Face book?

To summarize, why do people in Pakistan worry more about Aafia than these women?

The reason is quite simple and its not that Pakistanis genuinely care about Aafia or any other women for that matter. They don’t give a damn about how many women get oppressed or suffer from torture in extra judicial detentions. Fortunately for Aafia, she was abducted by United States of America. This is the core reason why we have witnessed the massive difference of reaction in the Pakistani media, among political parties and public between the cases of Aafia and the other two women. The elements in Pakistan who choose to stay silent on Zarina Mari’s issue but not on Aafia Siddiqui’s case were not actually expressing concerns about her detention or some abuse by the U.S forces. They were simply exploiting this case to express their political hatred against the U.S.

United States, thanks to its policies, is the most despised country in Pakistan after India. Unfortunately for Zarina Mari and Shazia Khalid, the culprit who is accused of being responsible for their problems is the Pakistan army who is trusted by Pakistani nationalists and media; the public consider the army as the infallible savior of Islam. Political parties are not in a position to use any issue directly against the army because they won’t be able to mobilize any support.

To sum up, the reason why we have witnessed mass hysteria in Aafia Siddiqui’s case is not because the people really have sentiments for Aafia Siddiqui but it’s because they had anti U.S sentiments.

Can any Pakistani TV channel today play the BBC interview of DR. Shazia Khalid?

Imagine if Shazia and Zarina were victims of the U.S instead of the Pak army, the reactions of Pakistanis would have been completely different and they very likely would have gone to the streets.

There are many Pakistani prisoners languishing mostly in Saudi Arabia and UAE prisons but there is no hype for them and all attention is always on Aafia Siddiqui as if she is the only Pakistani women to have been tortured and kept in illegal detention. Recently, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis claimed that approximately 6,431 Pakistanis are jailed abroad, mostly in UAE and Saudi Arabia. But again this news will not sell in Pakistan.

Another issue that went largely unnoticed in Pakistan is the issue of child camel jockeys where small children from Pakistan and other poor Muslim countries were trafficked for use as jockeys in the rich camel racing industry in the Middle East.

In 2004, Ansar Burney (A Pakistani Activist), said that more than 40,000 children – mostly from countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia – are being used in the Middle East and North Africa as camel jockeys.

“During training races they often fall down and are badly injured… Because it is illegal to keep underage jockeys, they never receive medical treatment and often suffer prolonged pain and some of them even die,”

Does the “Free media” of Pakistan have any balls to raise their voice against this camel industry?

Did we have a single mass protest in Pakistan ever condemning this child abuse?

The answer is no and this is because the camel industry is unfortunately in the Middle East which is predominantly a Muslim region.

Had the same industry been in the US or Israel, the reactions would have been mind blowing.

Section 3 Analysis.

Perception 1.

Aafia weighs less than 100 pounds hence she cannot lift an M4 rifle which proves that she has been falsely charged.

Critical Analysis:

An M4 rifle is a US made weapon whose loaded weight is around 3.4 kg. Is Aafia really is unable to lift a 3.4 kg gun?

Lets look at these child soldiers in the photos below who are holding Ak 47’s (around 5 kg loaded weight) and PK Machine gun (around 9 kg).

Note that child soldiers are currently fighting in Africa, Palestine, Sri – Lanka, Afghanistan, Burma etc.

When these children who are under 10 years old and food deprived can use these weapons then why can’t Aafia Siddiqui?

Although this argument was never used in Aafia’s trial by her lawyers, it became extremely popular in the Pakistani media after her lawyer Elaine Sharp said this in an interview to the press in 2008.

Perception 2.

There were no finger prints and other forensic evidence and therefore to convict Aafia on the basis of testimonies only was not justified. This was the argument of Aafia’s lawyer but in Pakistan the theory is that no finger prints were found and it is unprecedented that a victim is convicted on just testimonies so therefore this proves that Americans deliberately put Aafia behind bars.

Critical Analysis:

This is not true. Although I agree with Aafia’s lawyers that the jury relied solely on testimonies as the forensic evidence was unavailable. Due to lack of forensic evidence, the case turned in Aafia’s favour but eventually her case lost ground when she testified despite repeated warnings from her family and lawyers. At one point during her trail the prosecution questioned her about documents found in her bag which contained blue prints of some locations in the U.S. and had mention of bombing them. Aafia first claimed that they were put there by someone even though her defence had already accepted that they had her handwriting. She later claimed that she had copied everything on the documents from a magazine.

Due to these inconsistencies in Aafia’s testimony, the jury lost confidence in Aafia’s statements. This and the testimonies of 9 witnesses from the prosecution resulted in her conviction.

But is it really the first case where a person is convicted without forensic evidence? There are many cases in the U.S where the jury has convicted without forensic evidence and relied on testimonies or other circumstantial evidence. Please look at the reference section for some examples of those other cases.

Perception 3.

Jews influenced Aafia’s lawyers which led to her loss.

Critical Analysis:

It is absurd to believe that Aafia’s lawyers gave this case away. In fact her lawyers gave an extremely tough time to the prosecution and while following the case I was very much convinced at one stage that Aafia would be exonerated.

The law firm Dawn M Cardi brought a forensic metallurgical consultant William Tobin, who worked at the FBI for 24 years and investigated high profile cases such as the JFK assassination and the crash of TWA flight 800. He testified for Aafia and it was his testimony where the issue of the lack of forensic evidence stirred. By giving examples from his past experience, he tried to convince the court that they should not rely on witnesses to decide Aafia Siddiqui’s fate and forensic evidence must be taken into account. He also highlighted a rather strange point that the investigators were able to recover the 9mm bullets that were fired on Aafia but were unable to recover any SS109 bullets that were fired by Aafia (as claimed by the prosecution). By conducting an experiment in the court, he demonstrated that the holes in the walls were not caused by Aafia’s gun M4.

The defense lawyers of Aafia were also successful in producing a short video of a press conference that was held in the same room previously before Aafia’s incident. The aim of this for the lawyers was to convince the court that the two holes which the prosecution claimed were fired by Aafia were already there before Aafia’s shooting incident.

The lawyers even tried their best to stop Aafia from testifying in the trail that eventually led to her downfall due to the inconsistencies in her statements which helped the prosecution.

It is ridiculous to claim that Aafia’s lawyers were responsible for her loss.

Perception 4.

U.S. had no intention of releasing Aafia, since it could not charge its soldiers for falsely accusing Aafia as this would have tarnished the U.S. Army’s image. The trail was hence planned as a show to give a false impression of the American justice system.

The popular perception is that the Americans are afraid to convict their soldiers for any particular crime.

Critical Analysis:

This is certainly not true

Below is the recent list of incidents and scandals where American courts have convicted their soldiers. Many of them were court-martialed or given heavy sentences for rape, torture, homicide, conspiracy and mass killings. Others were dishonourably discharged, demoted in ranks and or put in solitary confinements.

The list is as follows:

  • Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse (A Well – Known scandal)
  • My Lai Massacre
  • ISKANDRIYA incident (Iraq)
  • Haditha incident (Iraq)
  • Hamdaniya incident (Iraq)
  • Tikrit incident (Iraq)
  • Mahmudiya incident (Iraq)
  • Ishaqi incident (Iraq)
  • Bagram torture and prisoner abuse

This does not mean that the Americans have accounted for all the disputed events they were involved in. There are many incidents of aerial bombings, civilian casualties (Collateral Damage) that are still to be resolved.

Perception 5.

Only Americans were involved in Aafia Siddiqui’s abduction from Karachi in 2003. (If it is assumed that Aafia Siddiqui was actually abducted rather than going into hiding in order to evade FBI investigations).

Critical Analysis.

This is not possible that the Americans can abduct any Al Qaeda suspect from Pakistan without the knowledge of ISI, Military Intelligence (MI) or Intelligence Bearu (IB).

This claim of American involvement in Aafia’s Karachi abduction is actually promoted by Pakistan army/establishment and its media agents. The strategy here is to put the entire blame on U.S. so that the Pakistani public should always remain unaware of its countries agencies wrongdoings.

This is reminiscent of the same strategy that this powerful military establishment uses in the issue of drone attacks where it is fully complicit along with the Americans.

Cases such as those of Khalid Shiekh Mohammad (9/11 Conspirator) and Ramzi Yousef have shown that the operations of arresting suspects are either conducted solely by Pakistani intelligence agencies or along with the collaboration of U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS).

In concluding this short study on Aafia Siddiqui, I would like to stress upon this fact that Pakistani public must put pressure on its army and agencies to find those innocent children of Aafia and a proper investigation should be launched onto what exactly happened to her in 2003.

The mass hysteria in this case is not justified unless the same attention is given to the cases of other missing Pakistani women.

It seems to me that we don’t care about the Muslim sisters, thousands of whom have been brutally oppressed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, Waziristan and Swat and many of them have been jailed in Saudi Arabia after being raped by their nationals. We never publicly expressed any sympathies for them. Why???

The answer is simple: Because U.S, Israel, India and Europe were not involved in their oppression.

References:

Aafia Siddiqui Protests:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=200888\story_8-8-2008_pg11_2

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/16-anger,-protest-over-conviction-of-dr-aafia-hs-05

Aafia Siddiqui’s background including transferring funds to suspected charities, Fleet National Bank Investigations and statement of her uncle.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/24/aafia-siddiqui-al-qaida

http://www.newsweek.com/id/59672

http://www.newsweek.com/id/53487/page/3

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8499322.stm

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_1-11-2004_pg7_47

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7544008.stm (BBC confirmation from Khalid Shiekh Mohammad’s family about Aafia)

http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=20404 (Aafia Siddiqui’s husband statement)

Aafia and the Jews:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6988777.ece

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=117837&sectionid=3510203

America and the Jewish Control.

http://www.engageonline.org.uk/archives/index.php?id=17 (Recommended Articles)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard

http://www.forward.com/articles/2129/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/1387069/US-arrests-200-young-Israelis-in-spying-investigation.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/830609.stm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/23/new-jersey-corruption-money-laundering

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=432&invol=43

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Defense_League

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/court-releases-letter-from-pakistani-scientist/ (Aafia’s Letter to all Americans)

Pakistan Sudan Relations:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-05/13/content_8162843.htm

Zarina Mari and Baloch Missing Persons.

http://www.dawn.com/2009/01/19/nat5.htm

http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2009statements/1843/

http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2009statements/1855/

Taliban Demands Aafia.

http://thenews.com.pk/print3.asp?id=27072

DR. Shazia Khalid.

http://www.sacw.net/Wmov/JACstatement08022005.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/miscellaneous/story/2005/09/050909_dr_shazia_video_int.shtml (Interview)

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA33/002/2005

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4633849.stm

Taliban Khan on Aafia.

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/10-Jan-2010/Imran-warns-of-protests-if-Aafia-convicted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obD25GJAtdc (Taliban Khan’s claims of speaking to Aafia’s Uncle in 2003)

Pakistanis jailed abroad.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-a-total-of-6431-pakistanis-jailed-abroad-ss-01

Child Camel Jockeys.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4063391.stm

http://www.ansarburney.org/news/camel-jockeys.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4236123.stm

M4, AK47 and Child Soldiers.

http://www.army.mil/factfiles/equipment/individual/m4.html

http://www.ak-47.us/AK-47info.php

http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.rawa.org/images/childsoldier.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2007/12/19/child-soldiers-operating-on-several-fronts.phtml&usg=__r1Q_lgewXf8Fx-q596TsVUw5KOM=&h=318&w=210&sz=25&hl=en&start=6&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=SfjAiRVOKKq1lM:&tbnh=118&tbnw=78&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dtaliban%2Bchild%2Bsoldiers%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DM1n%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1

Aafia’s Trail Coverage and examples of other cases.

Examples of other cases.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2009/11/05/man-found-guilty-murdering-bentley/

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/02/28/us/ex-gi-at-fort-bragg-is-convicted-in-killing-of-2-blacks.html?pagewanted=1

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/mar/05/jurors-dossett-leath-trial-see-graphic-video/

Aafia’s Trail Details.

http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=31000

http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=31005

http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=30973

American Army scandals, investigations, trails and convictions.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/5105284.stm#iskandriya

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_torture_and_prisoner_abuse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_Massacre

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagram_torture_and_prisoner_abuse

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  • This is one of the best journalistic writings i have read in my long career as an academic and a journalist.

  • Amazing and very detailed work. We do need such research report to disclose the truth. Not a day passes when a Baloch is not disappeared or Killed but this does not get the Pakistani media attention. Last week, was the death anniversary of Asadullah Mengal(the son of Sardar Attullah Mengal) who was abducted by Pak Army in the year 1972 but our media did not even utter one word.
    Thank you Annas. Keep up the good work. God will reward you for your good work one day.

  • One might be forgiven for thinking this rambling article has been written by the American secret services. Dr Aafia Siddiqui is one of the thousands of missing persons in Pakistan. Her case is identical to that of the many Balochis and other Pakistanis who have disappeared: she was a Pakistani who held beliefs different from those of the majority. If she broke any laws then she should be tried in Pakistan, not become a pawn in the hands of Pakistani and American secret services. What have they done to her? She has been reduced to a physical and mental wreck, a living corpse, painfully edging towards death.

    This cold, dishonest analysis is a dark stain on the face of LUBP – the sooner you wash it away the better. You are severely testing the trust that non-PPP visitors to your website have placed in you. Decent westerners have written honestly and with sympathy (for example, Yvonne Ridley – and I can name others) and so have Pakistanis. Here is a link to Ahmed Quraishi’s comments on Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s case:
    http://aq-lounge.blogspot.com/2010/02/was-head-money-paid-for-aafia-siddiqui.html

  • Sakib: Instead of an ad hominem attack on the author of this article (whose person and views are as respectable as yours or anyone else), it might be useful to refute the assertions in Anas Abbas’s article in a logical and evidence based manner. Reason holds far greater power than rhetoric. Just a thought.

  • Sakib

    No need to panic. Just go through ahmed qureshi theories on the website here aacounterterror.wordpress.com. you will know what falsehood you are living under. let me know and make sure you read the stuff before calling people as dishonests and agents.

  • Dear Sarah and Anas,

    I apologise for any offence I have caused.

    When I read the article the first time I felt physically ill. It appeared to me that the article was too lopsided and, totally disregarding the rights of a Pakistani citizen, it had glossed over the abduction, abuse, torture and humiliation that a Pakistani woman had to endure. Whenever I see the emaciated and wasted image of Dr Siddiqui I am filled with a deep sense of loathing for the civilised barbarians who had reduced her to a zombie-like existence. It is a question of holding up our national honour before the Americans – our own views about Dr Siddiqui’s weird ideas and her foolish acts are quite irrelevant.

    Just imagine for a moment that everything remains the same, only the Pakistani secret agencies are magically substituted for the USA agencies. I am pretty sure, Anas, that you and others supporting your article, would have been baying for the blood of Pakistani military.

    Really, the Americans have no right to try Dr Siddiqui. Our dysfunctional, timid government ought to be asking the Americans to return Dr Siddiqui to Pakistan, where she can be tried under our own laws. If the Americans refuse, a case can be made against them in the International Court of Justice for abuse of human rights.

    Thank you for your comments relating to Ahmed Quraishi. I’ll try to be more discriminating in the future. The fact remains that the way he has put the Aafia Siddiqui case is how I would have done it myself. Two other reports I like are:

    ‘Blinkered justice’ by Babar Sattar: http://www.thenews.com.pk/editorial_detail.asp?id=222711

    and ‘Dr Aafia – savaal hii savaal’ by Dr Mujahid Mansoori
    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/feb2010-daily/09-02-2010/col2.htm

  • Well i believe i have as much of a right to express my views as any one of you here and hopefully would not be judged as a hard headed conservative or some kind of an extremist if i were to say that i quite literally fell sick to my stomach when i finished reading this article , i by no means want to discourage the writer but i do see his need for desperate attention which might get him somewhere(so he think’s) , but my friends lets try and keep on the subject, all i have to say is this, someone as educated as miss Afia and well spoken if i might add would never do something like what she is blamed for , not unless if she were a total ja***ss, and please let me know if your a proud pakistani because if you were you wouldn’t be writing such stuff.
    since we all know how much the author likes to talk about the “facts” ill give you a fact to research about my friend find out how much funds are given to Israel(by the u.s) yearly for development of new weapons and anti-S to A missiles , how is that in the interest of America , last time i checked Israel was somewhere in the middle east and not neigbouring America , i wonder what good it would do to America except for of course how could i have missed it , its incase Ahmadinejad freakin loses it.

  • Why is it so that every key member of any so-called Islamic Militant has a US Background [either educational, professional etc.etc.] either they were in USA, are in USA and had been associated with USA??? Date of kidnapping of Ms. Aafia and Mr KSM is to be noticed while keeping in mind their US background. Who were they working for???

  • Six months after her divorce, she married Ammar al-Baluchi, a nephew of the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, at a small ceremony near Karachi. Siddiqui’s family denies the wedding took place, but it has been confirmed by Pakistani and US intelligence, al-Baluchi’s relatives and, according to FBI interview reports recently filed in court, Siddiqui herself. At any rate, it was a short-lived honeymoon. The mystery of Dr Aafia Siddiqui Declan Walsh The Guardian, Tuesday 24 November 2009 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/24/aafia-siddiqui-al-qaida

  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is believed to have been born in either 1964 or 1965 in Kuwait into a family originally from the Pakistani province of Baluchistan, which borders Afghanistan. He is said to be fluent in Arabic, English, Urdu and Baluchi. He graduated in 1986 from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in the US. Profile: Al-Qaeda ‘kingpin’ Page last updated at 14:04 GMT, Friday, 13 November 2009 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2811855.stm

  • Terror mastermind captured – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is thought to be the man who masterminded the attacks on 11 September. His capture in Pakistan was seen as a key success in the US fight to counter al-Qaeda. BBC News Online presents key video reports following the arrest. Tuesday, 4 March, 2003, 22:56 GMT http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/2820179.stm

    Mohammed was captured on March 1, 2003, at a safe house in Rawalpindi, a garrison town near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The photograph that flashed across the world after the arrest was of a slovenly, overweight man. When Mohammed, an avid reader of press reports about him, later saw it, he was furious. ‘THE MASTERMIND’ For smug KSM, federal court could be perfect arena By Peter Finn Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, November 14, 2009 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/11/13/ST2009111300917.html?sid=ST2009111300917

  • In a surprise move this week, Pakistan’s federal minister of the interior, Faisal Saleh Hayat, listed a number of incidences in which members of the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), the premier fundamentalist party in the country, had been tied to al-Qaeda, and called on it to “explain these links”. Pakistan turns on itself By Syed Saleem Shahzad Aug 19, 2004 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FH19Df05.html

    “It was published in the national press on the very first day after this raid that the police conducted two raids in Rawalpindi and arrested Arabs. I believe that they arrested these people from some other location and showed them arrested at the residence of Ahmed Abdul Qudoos, who is a relative of a leader of the Jamaat-i-Islami’s women’s wing,” the chief of the Jamaat-i-Islami, Karachi, Dr Merajul Huda, told Asia Times Online. The Jamaat-i-Islami is Pakistan’s most prominent Islamic party and a part of an ultraconservative coalition that gained an unprecedented number of seats in last October’s elections, largely on the strength of a virulently anti-American platform. Khalid: A test for US credibility By Syed Saleem Shahzad Mar 6, 2003 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EC06Df04.html

  • Earlier The News had published this story but since The News has “changed” it’s format therefore the same story which was lifted by Pak Tribune is being posted here. Jang/The News Story: Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s husband breaks his silence after six years – Wednesday, February 18, 2009 – Claims most reports in the local media are false, suspects his two ‘missing’ children are in Karachi – By Aroosa Masroor.

    Dr Aafia Siddiqui�s husband breaks his silence after six years Claims most reports in the local media are false
    Wednesday February 18, 2009 (0605 PST) http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?211551

    KARACHI: After six years of silence, Dr Muhammad Amjad Khan, ex-husband of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, has finally spoken up and says that most of the press reports that relate to his former wife as well as his children are false. In an exclusive talk with our sources, he said that most claims are being propagated to garner public support and sympathy for Dr Aafia but are one-sided and in most instances untrue.
    Dr Aafia Siddiqui, suspected of having links to terrorist organizations, has been charged in a criminal complaint filed in a court of New York on account of attempting to kill US personnel during interrogation and on a charge of assaulting US officers and employees in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 17, 2008. Subsequently Dr Aafia was imprisoned in Bagram for 18 days before being taken to the US for a trial.

    Due to pressure from Aafia Siddiqui�s family, the Pakistan government has been trying to secure her release from the US claiming her to be innocent. Although the US government has guaranteed Aafia the best legal assistance and a fair trial, her family is adamant that she be sent back on grounds that the US authorities have been consistently torturing her for years.

    �Aafia�s release cannot be secured by propagating stories based on falsehood and deception,� commented Dr Amjad Khan, in an interview with our sources. Dr Amjad, who was married to Dr Aafia for seven years until their divorce in October 2002, said Aafia�s family and supporters should not believe that truth will not be revealed and mere lies will help in securing Aafia�s repatriation.

    He added that he is disappointed with the government�s disregard for the law when officials handed over his eldest son, Ahmad, to his aunt Dr Fowzia Siddiqui on his return from Afghanistan last year instead of his legal guardian, his father. �The government made no effort to locate me despite the fact that I am Ahmad�s real and legal guardian. My address in Karachi has not changed for the past 30 years. Ever since I returned from the US after our divorce, I have been living with my family,� he said adding: �Both the Minister for Interior Rehman Malik and Dr Fowzia have been taking credit for obtaining Ahmad�s release even though there was not a stone I left unturned to locate my missing children and obtain their custody according to law.�

    Providing documentary proof of the legal agreement between him and Dr Aafia following their divorce, Dr Amjad said that he had been financially supporting his three children Ahmed, Marium and Suleiman until the family stopped accepting the cheques he had been mailing. �After the agreement they accepted my cheques till March 2003. After that my cheques were being returned from Aafia�s home and that got me worried. Soon after I learnt that in April 2003, Aafia and our children had been �picked up� by agencies.� Meanwhile, he received disturbing reports from the family that Aafia chose to leave Karachi with her children as she feared an attack from him.

    Curious to locate the whereabouts of his children, Dr Amjad sought the help of the police and government officials to find them. �I was aware of Aafia�s violent personality and extremist views and suspected her involvement in Jihadi activities. My fear later proved to be true when during Uzair Paracha�s trial in the US in 2004, the real purpose of Aafia�s trip to the US (between December 23, 2002 and January 3, 2003) was revealed.�

    Elaborating, Dr Amjad disclosed that he later learnt from media reports that Aafia�s family claimed she made this trip to the US for job interviews in December at a time when universities were closed for winter holidays. �I also found it very odd that on the one hand Aafia insisted on leaving the US after September 11, 2001, claiming the country was unsafe for us and our children because the US government was abducting Muslim children, and on the other hand took the risk of travelling to that country again without fearing that she may be captured and may never see our children again.�

    While Dr Aafia was in the US, the authorities had been closely watching her, added Amjad. They soon issued the first global �wanted for questioning� alert for the couple in March 2003. �At that time, the agencies did not know we were divorced and I was also unaware of Aafia�s involvement with two other terror suspects, Majid Khan and Ammar Al-Baluchi. They wanted me to persuade Aafia to appear for the interview with them and clear the charges leveled against her just as I had done. That is when she went underground and it later became apparent why she chose to �disappear�,� disclosed Dr Amjad.

    Sharing details of his unsuccessful marriage with Dr Aafia, Dr Amjad told our sources that since their marriage was arranged, he was unaware of Aafia�s violent behaviour. �She got hysterical fits when she became angry and would physically attack me, but I put up with it for the sake of our children.�

    Although Amjad and Aafia both were inclined towards religion, he found her opinion towards Jihad to be of an extreme nature that sometimes made him uncomfortable. He became particularly suspicious of his wife�s intentions when soon after the 9/11 attacks, she compelled Amjad to leave Boston (where Amjad was completing his residency) and move to Afghanistan where she claimed �he would be more useful�.

    The couple, however, chose to come to Pakistan instead for a vacation and discuss the matter with Amjad�s family. It was here that his parents noticed Aafia�s violent behaviour towards their son on several occasions, particularly when she openly asked for khula (divorce) when Amjad declined to go to Afghanistan. Therefore Amjad decided to file for a divorce as Aafia was adamant she wanted to go. �I tried my best to save our marriage, but divorce was inevitable,� he recalls.

    However, after mutual consent, the couple signed a legal agreement whereby the custody of the three minors was given to Aafia, while Amjad was required to pay for their education and maintenance. �Although the agreement says I am permitted to meet my children once a week, I was not allowed to do so,� claimed Amjad sharing a copy of the agreement during the interview.

    Based on his past experience, Amjad says he had reason to worry about his children. �I feared Aafia might pursue her political ambitions to the detriment of our children�s welfare so I couldn�t help following her case after her family claimed she had been abducted.� Amjad added that he was tempted to use other means to try and rescue his children in these past five years especially since he had evidence that were missing or kidnapped, he claimed. �But I chose to be patient and pursued the case according to the law.� He also filed a case in court against Aafia to obtain the custody of his children.

    �When the Court was unsuccessful, I requested the HRCP to include my children�s names in their missing persons petition in the Supreme Court and also appealed to the Chief Justice for Suo Moto action as this was the only case where three minors were involved.�

    However, after Ahmad was released and handed over to Dr Fowzia last year, Dr Amjad requested her to allow him to visit his son, but she refused. �At first she said Ahmed was mentally unfit to talk, and then claimed that he was not my son but an orphan adopted by Aafia and US reports that his DNA matched Aafia�s were also �cooked�. I refused to accept any of that as I had identified my son as soon as I saw a report on the electronic media of his arrest in Afghanistan.�

    When questioned on what basis was Aafia�s family�denying a meeting with his son, Amjad stated that the family is punishing him for divorcing Aafia. �Aafia�s mother and Dr Fowzia had warned me at the time of our divorce that they would take revenge�by not letting me meet the children,� he said adding �But now they are discouraging a meeting with Ahmad because they fear Ahmad will reveal the truth about Aafia�s activities and whereabouts of his siblings over these years.�

    He added that Dr Fowzia had similarly threatened him several years ago by taking a picture of Aafia while she was asleep after she injured her upper lip (by a milk bottle)�in an accident. Dr Fowzia warned Amjad that if he tried to divorce Aafia, she would use the picture against him alleging him to be an abusive husband. �It was made to appear in the picture that Aafia was badly injured. Today, the same picture is being circulated in the media to claim that Aafia was tortured for years in Bagram,� he revealed.�

    Furthermore, Amjad listed the several allegations leveled against him over the years to justify his not meeting his children: First they accused him of kidnapping his three children soon after his divorce with Aafia. To deny this accusation, he lodged a complaint against the family with the Sindh Police and requested officials to help him locate his children, but to no avail.

    Later, Aafia�s family accused him of being an abusive husband and father preventing the children from meeting their father. �Aafia�s mother has also accused me in the media of changing the children�s names whereas in reality they had resorted to these tactics to conceal the children.�

    He alleged that Dr Fowzia also used the Asian Human Rights Commission, an NGO based in Honk Kong, to mislead the government about his two missing children. �The AHRC received the information about my two missing children being in an orphanage in Afghanistan from Dr Fowzia, who was diverting attention away from the place where the children really are.� claimed Amjad.

    Earlier, when Aafia�s father died, the family held Amjad responsible for his death too claiming he suffered a stroke after he saw the divorce document. �That is simply not true because I mailed the document two days after Aafia�s father died and that too because I was unaware of the unfortunate incident. Their family never kept me posted on anything in the six-week period between our verbal and written divorce. I was just as shocked at his death.�

    Moreover, the family alleged that Aafia was in trouble and had been kidnapped because her former husband (Dr Amjad) handed over her personal diary to the FBI. �After this, false reports about Aafia�s arrest and Pakistani government�s involvement in handing her over to the US despite repeated denials by the Minister of Interior and other officials, started making headlines� claims the doctor, who has now re-married.

    It is the whereabouts of his two children � Marium now aged 10, and six-year-old Suleiman � that worries him now, said Amjad. Like the coordinates of Dr Aafia Siddiqui remained a mystery after she was allegedly �picked up� in March 2003, Dr Amjad believes Aafia�s family may be using the same tactics in the case of his two children, who are reportedly �missing�.

    �I am sure they are around Karachi and in contact with their maternal family as both Aafia and the children were seen around their house here and in Islamabad on multiple occasions since their alleged disappearance in 2003. They may be living under an assumed identity just like Aafia and Ahmed had been living [as Saliha and Ali Ahsan] for five years before they got arrested,� believes the father. He said Dr Fowzia�s claim that the children are missing after being removed from the Bagram prison in Afghanistan �may be an attempt to attract sympathy of the government and the people and distract its attention from the real location.�

    End.

  • Honest General 🙂

    Musharraf recalls in his memoir, “In the Line of Fire.” Within months Kiyani had unraveled the two plots and arrested most of the participants. He was rewarded in 2004 with a promotion to chief of ISI, and the next year his agency scored big with the arrest of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, the senior Qaeda lieutenant who masterminded the attempts on Musharraf’s life. A former U.S. intelligence official who dealt personally with Kiyani says the ISI “took a lot of bad guys down” under his leadership. REFERENCE: The Next Musharraf A Westernized, chain-smoking spy could soon become the most powerful man in Pakistan. By Ron Moreau and Zahid Hussain NEWSWEEK From the magazine issue dated Oct 8, 2007 http://www.newsweek.com/id/41883

    CIA’s ‘preeminent source’

    Is There More to the Capture of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Than Meets the Eye? http://www.historycommons.org/essay.jsp?article=essayksmcapture

    Missing US Connections [why in every such US Citizens are involved] Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s disappearance The following is a chronological account of Dr Siddiqi’s disappearance and the current status of the situation: 30 March 2004 Tuesday http://www.dawn.com/2004/03/30/letted.htm#5

  • ’عافیہ نے جہاد کرنے پر زور ڈالا‘
    احمد رضا
    بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، کراچی
    وقتِ اشاعت: Wednesday, 18 February, 2009, 21:32 GMT 02:32 PST
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/story/2009/02/090218_aafia_husband_interview_rh.shtml

    ڈاکٹر عافیہ نے مجھ پر دباؤ ڈالا کہ وہ امریکہ کے خلاف جہاد لڑنے افغانستان جائیں: امجد خان
    امریکہ میں قید پاکستانی شہری ڈاکٹر عافیہ کے سابق شوہر امجد خان نے دعویٰ کیا ہے کہ ڈاکٹر عافیہ کے شدت پسندوں سے تعلقات تھے اور وہ انہیں بھی مجاہد کی روپ میں دیکھنا چاہتی تھیں لیکن ان کے انکار کرنے پر طلاق لے لی۔
    بی بی سی اردو سروس سے بات کرتے ہوئے انہوں نے اپنے تین بچوں کی صحت اور زندگی کے بارے میں تشویش کا اظہار کیا اور کہا کہ وہ اپنے بچے واپس لینے کے لئے عدالت کا دروازہ کھٹکھٹائیں گے۔

    امجد خان نے دعویٰ کیا کہ ڈاکٹر عافیہ کو جہاد کا شوق تھا اور ان کے بعض پاکستانی شدت پسندوں سے رابطے بھی تھے۔

    ان کے دعوے کے مطابق ان کی سابقہ اہلیہ کا دہشتگردی کے شبے میں امریکی حکام کے ہاتھوں گرفتار ہونے والے پاکستانی شہریوں عزیر پراچہ، عمار بلوچی اور ماجد خان کے ساتھ رابطہ تھا۔ انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ عزیر پراچہ کو امریکی عدالت القاعدہ کو مالی اور مادی امداد فراہم کرنے کے الزام میں تیس سال قید کی سزا بھی دے چکی ہے جبکہ عمار بلوچی اور ماجد خان قید میں ہیں۔

    انہوں نے اس بارے میں مزید تفصیل بتانے اور اپنی تصویر کھنچوانے سے معذرت کرلی۔

    ان کے بقول وہ طلاق سے پہلے ڈاکٹر عافیہ کو مسلسل یہ بات سمجھانے کی کوشش کرتے رہے کہ شدت پسندی کا اسلام سے کوئی تعلق نہیں لیکن وہ ان کی بات نہیں مانتی تھیں۔

    امجد خان نے یہ بھی دعویٰ کیا کہ گیارہ ستمبر دو ہزار ایک کو امریکہ پر ہوئے حملوں کے بعد ڈاکٹر عافیہ نے ان پر یہ دباؤ بھی ڈالا کہ وہ امریکہ کے خلاف جہاد لڑنے افغانستان جائیں لیکن وہ اس پر تیار نہیں ہوئے۔

    انہوں نے بتایا کہ انہوں نے جون دو ہزار دو میں ڈاکٹر عافیہ کی رہنمائی کے لئے کراچی کے ایک بڑے دینی مدرسے کے مفتی رفیع عثمانی کو لائے اور مفتی رفیع عثمانی کا کہنا تھا کہ ان دونوں پر جہاد فرض نہیں ہے لیکن عافیہ نے ان کی یہ بات تسلیم نہیں کی اور کچھ ہفتے بعد طلاق لے لی۔

    امجد خان نے اس تاثر کو غلط قرار دیا کہ ڈاکٹر عافیہ اور ان کے تینوں بچے احمد، مریم اور سلیمان سال دو ہزار تین میں کراچی سے خفیہ ایجنسیوں کے اہلکاروں نے حراست میں لیے تھے۔ ان کے مطابق معاملہ اسکے برعکس ہے۔

    ڈاکٹر عافیہ نے خود کو بچانے کے لئے افغانستان جانے سے پہلے اپنی پلاسٹک سرجری کرا کے چہرہ بدل لیا تھا اور وہ وہاں صالحہ کے نام سے مقیم تھیں۔ عافیہ کے اہل خانہ مجھے میرے بیٹے احمد سے ملنے نہیں دے رہے ہیں جبکہ دوسرے دو بچوں کی زندگیوں کے بارے میں بھی میں فکرمند ہوں اور نہیں معلوم کہ وہ کہاں ہیں۔

    امجد خان

    پچھلے سال افغانستان کے حکام کی جانب سے ڈاکٹر عافیہ کی بہن ڈاکٹر فوزیہ کے حوالے کیے گئے اپنے بڑے بیٹے احمد کا تذکرہ کرتے انہوں نے کہا افغانستان کی انٹیلیجنس ایجنسی کے چیف جنرل فراحی کا بیان نیویارک ٹائمز نے شائع کیا تھا کہ احمد نے انہیں بتایا ہے کہ وہ اور ڈاکٹر عافیہ سترہ جولائی دو ہزار آٹھ کو گرفتاری سے کچھ دن پہلے ہی افغانستان پہنچے تھے۔
    ’ڈاکٹر عافیہ کے ماموں فاروقی صاحب جو اسلام آباد میں رہتے ہیں انہوں نے بھی ایک اخبار میں اپنے ایک مضمون میں یہ بات بتائی ہے کہ ڈاکٹر عافیہ ان سے جنوری دو ہزار آٹھ میں اسلام آباد میں ملیں اور تین دن ان کے گھر رہیں۔ اس دوران انہوں نے اس خواہش کا بھی اظہار کیا کہ وہ افغانستان جانا چاہتی ہیں۔ اس سے تو یہی ظاہر ہوتا ہے کہ وہ پاکستان میں تھیں اور آزاد تھیں۔‘

    امجد خان کا کہنا ہے کہ عافیہ نے طلاق کے بعد ان کے ساتھ ہوئے اس تحریری معاہدے کی پاسداری نہیں کی جس میں طے پایا تھا کہ انہیں اپنے بچوں کی کفالت اور وقتاً فوقتاً ملنے کی اجازت ہوگی۔ ان کا دعویٰ ہے کہ عافیہ 2003ء میں بچوں سمیت جان بوجھ کرغائب ہوگئی تھیں تاکہ خود کو امریکی حکام کے ہاتھوں گرفتاری سے بچا سکیں۔

    ’مارچ 2003ء میں جب ایف بی آئی نے ہم دونوں کے مطلوب ہونے کا الرٹ بھیجا تو پاکستانی ایجنسیوں نے مجھ سے رابطہ کیا اور کہا کہ آپ اور ڈاکٹر عافیہ جو بھی بات ہے صاف صاف بتادیں اور اپنے آپ کو کلیئر کروالیں۔‘

    عافیہ کے اہل خانہ مجھے میرے بیٹے احمد سے ملنے نہیں دے رہے ہیں
    انہوں نے بتایا کہ وہ پاکستان کی خفیہ ایجنسیوں کے بعض افسران کے سامنے پیش ہوئے اور ان کے پاس جو بھی معلومات تھیں وہ انہیں دیں جس کے بعد انہیں جانے دیا گیا۔ لیکن عافیہ پیش ہونے کے بجائے بچوں سمیت غائب ہوگئیں۔

    ’ڈاکٹر عافیہ نے خود کو بچانے کے لئے افغانستان جانے سے پہلے اپنی پلاسٹک سرجری کرا کے چہرہ بدل لیا تھا اور وہ وہاں صالحہ کے نام سے مقیم تھیں۔ عافیہ کے اہل خانہ مجھے میرے بیٹے احمد سے ملنے نہیں دے رہے ہیں جبکہ دوسرے دو بچوں کی زندگیوں کے بارے میں بھی میں فکرمند ہوں اور نہیں معلوم کہ وہ کہاں ہیں۔‘

    انہوں نے کہا کہ اپنے بچوں کو واپس تحویل میں لینے کے لئے انہوں نے عافیہ کے منظر عام سے غائب ہونے کے بعد 2003ء میں کراچی کی عدالت میں مقدمہ داخل کیا تھا۔ اس مقدمے کی سماعت کے دوران ڈاکٹر عافیہ کی والدہ نے یہ حلفیہ بیان دیا تھا کہ ڈاکٹر عافیہ اور ان کے بچے ایف بی آئی کی تحویل میں ہیں اور خیریت سے ہیں۔

    ان کے بقول اسکے بعد عدالت نے مقدمہ خارج کردیا تھا۔ امجد خان نے کہا کہ وہ اپنے بیٹے احمد اور دیگر دو لاپتہ بچوں کی بازیابی کے لئے جلد ہی عدالت کا دروازہ کھٹکھٹائیں گے۔

  • It makes my day, when I see PPP supporter’s who are blind to the loot and criminality of their top most political cadre, write judgemental articles without shred of evidence, quoting from the sources whose bias and partiality is well known. And even more hilarious is the accolade they receive from their comrades for their borrowed ideas and material.

    One thing is sure PPP is filled with unpatriotic crooks who will not hesitate to sell their country and its populace down the drain, at any and every given opportunity. Albeit financial corruption, or to safe guard their financial corruption and loot, to act like puppets and slaves.

    I as a principle do not get involved in world Politics or in Pakistani Politics, a cesspool filled with dirty politicians none more so then the PPP thugs, crooks and thieves. Therefore, I will resist the temptation to waste my valuable time to respond to someone like Mr. Anas Abbas, otherwise, a complete opposite and compelling case can be presented.

    To keep it short and sweet, probably, the esteem writer would tell me, why then no charges on these activities were brought against Aafia by the US, if the evidence was so overwhelming?
    I hope the writer or some from his cahoots will answer my question.

    I suggest they should do a more impartial research rather than borrowing so heavily. If they have done an independent research, the results, the evidence would have been completely different and their conclusions may have differed, oh, let’s forget about their conclusions. We know they still live in state of denial of Zardari’s loot and corruption. I cannot expect such loonies to be objective in their research and to draw proper and honest conclusions from proper and honest research.

  • crankthatskunk says: September 24, 2010 at 4:03 am write judgemental articles without shred of evidence, quoting from the sources whose bias and partiality is well known.
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    At last you have admitted the The News International is Prejudiced and Biased because on of the story is of The News International. By the way why “Muslims” quote Jewish Seymour Hersh on Abu Gharib Abuse?

  • Totally nonsense and on sided view …
    im agree with yasir and crankthatskunk. i dont read all the article because there is only one sided thinking you cant say it facts. Mr. Abbas i dont think that u r pakistani or muslims coz if you would u should mentions the the millions of facts about pakistani PPP american and jews. Even i doubt about your name. because its muslims name but thinking and view are not like them. I feel sorry for you Mr. dishonest

  • As per Daily Jang dated [Friday, September 24, 2010, Shawwal 14, 1431 A.H Updated at: 0010] MQM Founder Mr. Altaf Hussain says that had MQM been in the government it would have severed its relations with USA, AND ITS WESTERN ALLIES INCLUDING NATO in protest against the 86 Years sentence of of Dr. Afia Siddiqui in US Courts. http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/sep2010-daily/24-09-2010/u46939.htm

    Now read what Mr. Muhammad Anwar [Member of Central Coordination Committee MQM] had said while supporting the War on Terror

    “QUOTE”

    I, on behalf of the MQM and the permanent citizens of Sindh offered fullest and unconditional support to the United States and Great Britain in combating and eradicating terrorism from face of the earth including Afghanistan. I offered them humint resources for intelligence gathering and monitoring of “Madrassas” in Sindh province and Punjab. I organised “Rally Against Terrorism” in Karachi in which, over 300,000 men, women and children participated to show their solidarity with the International Community on 26th. September 2001. This was the first demonstration of its kind in favour of the United States and Great Britain, in any part of the world. The “Rally against Terrorism” was followed by the province-wide vigil on 27th. September 2001. Terrorism and violence, in any shape or form, cannot and will not be tolerated, whether committed by the Governments’, groups or individuals, in any part of the world. We must endeavour to make the world free of violence, terrorism, hatred and vengeance. REFERENCE: Speech by Mr. Anwar MQM at Seminar on Positioning Pakistan in “War Against Terrorism”Chairperson Sindhi-Baloch Forum Conway Hall, London WC1 Speech given by Mr. Anwar on behalf of Mr. Altaf Hussain who could not attend the function because of his brother- in-law’s serious health condition. Organisers: World Sindhi Congress & Baloch Voice (Sindhi Baloch forum) 2.12.01
    http://www.balochvoice.com/SBF/Seminar_MQM_2_12_01.html

    “UNQUOTE”

  • I want to tell them that I am not afraid of anyone, whether it’s a superpower like the United States or its Nato allies or their Pakistani agents…I fear the Almighty Allah and will never bow down before the conspirators even if they get my British citizenship rescinded.”
    Mr Hussain condemned the sentencing of Dr Aafia Siddiqui by a US court and said that had the MQM been in power it would have severed all diplomatic ties with the US, its allies and Nato. “Why was Dr Aafia awarded such a sentence when she did not kill anyone,” he asked. He appealed to US President Barack Obama to set aside the sentence and release her. REF: MQM chief Altaf says he is next target By Our Staff Reporter Saturday, 25 Sep, 2010
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/altaf-says-he-is-next-target-590

    Now read what Mr. Muhammad Anwar [Member of Central Coordination Committee MQM] had said while supporting the War on Terror

    “QUOTE”

    The Military and the ISI had created the Taliban and hundreds other terrorists groups, trained them, fed them, nourished them and then armed them in the name of “Jihad”. It then, connected them with Osama-bin-Laden and his Al-Qaeda to conquer the entire Afghanistan in search of strategic-depth in case of an Indian attack. Expecting Pakistan to fight terrorism is like asking Frank stein to destroy his own monster.
    While supporting the United States, Great Britain and the International Community in dismantling the Taliban and Al-Qaeda network, the ISI continually played the double game. It continued its logistic support to the Taliban, formulated their war strategy including supply of arms and men. The MQM continuously kept informing President George W Bush and the Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Tony Blair about the double game and duplicity of the ISI. The intelligence information gathering of the MQM was validated by the voluminous International Press reports about the double game of the ISI, later on. REFERENCE: Speech by Mr. Anwar MQM at Seminar on Positioning Pakistan in “War Against Terrorism”Chairperson Sindhi-Baloch Forum Conway Hall, London WC1 Speech given by Mr. Anwar on behalf of Mr. Altaf Hussain who could not attend the function because of his brother- in-law’s serious health condition. Organisers: World Sindhi Congress & Baloch Voice (Sindhi Baloch forum) 2.12.01
    http://www.balochvoice.com/SBF/Seminar_MQM_2_12_01.html

    “UNQUOTE”

  • US should withdraw Aafia’s sentence: Farooq Sattar Sunday, 26 Sep, 2010 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-aafia-sentence-mqm-qs-08

    KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement on Sunday announced that it would take out a protest rally on Tuesday to condemn the sentence awarded to Dr Aafia Siddiqui in the United States. A US court found Siddiqui guilty of attempted murder of US military officers in Afghanistan in 2008 and jailed her for 86 years.

    Speaking to media representatives at the residence of Fauzia Siddiqui, Aafia’s sister, MQM leader Farooq Sattar said the sentence has shocked the entire nation. Sattar demanded that the US frees Dr Aafia after pardoning her.

    He said a team from the MQM would meet the US ambassador to Pakistan on Monday and demand for Dr Siddiqui’s release. Earlier, MQM chief Altaf Hussain had also called on the US government to withdraw the sentence and release Dr Aafia. Various groups in Pakistan have criticised the sentence against Aafia Siddiqui.

  • Altaf accuses foreign powers of plotting to eliminate him By Azfar-ul-Ashfaque Monday, 27 Sep, 2010 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/altaf-accuses-foreign-powers-of-plotting-to-eliminate-him-790 Mr Hussain said the murder of Dr Imran Farooq was a link in the chain and news analysis and columns published in the international press gave a clear indication about which party and personality were being targeted. He referred to the BBC programme “Hard Talk” in which the host asked coordination committee member Mohammad Anwar why the MQM leader (Mr Hussain) had not been removed. “This has implications for the situation… what was the purpose of this question?” Mr Hussain said he did not have strength to withstand the might of powers and, therefore, workers should be mentally prepared for any eventuality because of “these powers can eliminate Altaf Hussain anytime”.

    Foreign Power Working against MQM? US Ambassador visits Nine Zero Updated at: 1805 PST, Monday, September 27, 2010 http://www.thenews.com.pk/latest-news/1912.htm KARACHI: US Ambassador Anne Patterson on Monday paid a farewell visit to the headquarters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Nine Zero and expressed condolence on the demise of former convener Rabita Committee Dr Imram Farooq. She was accompanied by US Consul General in Karachi William Martin. She was received by the deputy convener MQM Rabita Committee Dr Farooq Sattar. Later, talking to media Dr Farooq Sattar said that MQM leadership expressed concerns over the conviction of Pakistani scientist Dr Afia Siddiqui by US court. The party also sought US support and influence in seeking security for MQM leader Altaf Hussain in London, he added. Dr Sattar said that US Ambassador expressed condolences over the assassination of Dr Imran Farooq in London.

  • the simple lrgal question is:has dr.Aafia been alleged to have committed any thing amounting to criminal act ?if yes;is she laible for trail etc within the crminal jurisdiction of united states?since; you have answered none of the questions;your reporting;on the other facts are viewed extremely partial;you are justifying isreal;zoonisim;torture on aafia;negating the public sentiment if any;as some dr.shazia had been maligned and tortured.your stand ought to have been that had such voice been raised in the case of dr.shazia also could have been aprreciable;instead; saying; that since; no such thing was touched in the case of dr.shazia; as such any stand; taken by people on dr.aafia looks unreasonble ;is your polorised view.

  • Nazir my brother you as many in our dear country are suffering from Israel Phobia!!!!!You are blind folded by the ultimate myth of nationalism!!!!

    1)-Yes the act committed by Afia Siddiquie i.e attempted murder is a liable to conviction crime.

    2)-As Affia holds a dual nationality she is liable to trial in the United States.

    3)-Terrorism, Money Laundering, Drug Trafficking and Crimes against humanity are liable to global conviction under the Geneva Protocol.

    4)-2)-I am very sure you must be a die heart supporter of conviction of five Americans by the anti terrorism tribunal in Sragodha then why to have biased opinions.

    Nazir try to come out of the well!!!!!

  • Mr>assad;i am sory you have assumed me baised against isreal;since; you have intentional purpose in conveying such message;you misrably fail to understand that zoonisim being a facist school of thought had been a core accademic debate among interested thinkers including one old professor known as choomosky;i do not know what motivated you to qualify me as anti isreali; although;you failed to identify that a good number of muslims having just muslim names have been regular visitor to isreal and have commited themselves to the isreali smapthy least tolerating any critical comment on it.besides; ahmadies;a good number of educated pak women have been found to have zoonist lust in shape of sham islam;my question was legal and you have instead; taken mosiasic stand and impressed me to shun something which;neither is a perjury to judiasim; nor;anything against the motivated interests of that group which you incidentaly advocate.i have already entered into discussion on it with dr.aliya and dr,shazia who were critical of holy quran;after taking pork at isreal; how funy iam discussing the crminal jurisprudence of america; and;you have assumed appealte court of america and upheld the conviction of some dr.aafaia; more on ground that you being isreali smpathesier than law knowing person;thx; i assure you i do not suffer from bais; but; have not been on the materail consideration to supress the individual fair judgement.

  • IF MQM’S GOVERNMENT EXISTED THEN IT WOULD HAVE SEVERED ALL RELATIONS WITH USA, ITS ALLIED WESTERN AND NATO COUNTRIES ON THE INHUMAN SENTENCE BY AMERICAN COURT TO DR AAFIA SIDDIQUI – ALTAF HUSSAIN London – 24th September 2010 http://www.mqm.org/English-News/Sep-2010/news100924a.htm

    If MQM’s Government existed then it would have severed all relations with USA, its allied western and NATO countries on the inhuman sentence by American Court to Daughter of Nation Dr Aafia Siddiqui. This was stated by MQM Founder & Leader Mr Altaf Hussain while addressing a condolence session in memory of MQM Convenor Dr Imran Farooq Shaheed at the MQM Head Office Nine Zero in Karachi. He stated that the enemies snatched away our beloved, unwavering, determined, devoted, firm and great leader Dr Imran Farooq by ruthlessly murdering him. He prayed to Almighty Allah to acknowledge and accept the sacrifices of Dr Imran Farooq, his struggle, his devotion, commitment and martyrdom, grant him highest esteem and solace to his companions, family members and supporters of the MQM.

    During the British Raj in Indo-Pak Subcontinent several independence movements began against the British Rule and the leaders and workers of these movements offered the sacrifices of their lives and properties to free their motherland. As a result the people of subcontinent were freed from British Rule but failed to reap the fruits of freedom. It has been 63 years since the independence of Pakistan and India but the poor and deprived still wait for their freedom from poverty and hunger. Many sacrifices were offered for the independence movement but no one was able to create an organisation like the disciplined and organised Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM). Despite all the State oppression and a long list of sacrifices, the MQM has continued to prosper and spread its message, which is unparallel in this history of the subcontinent. For the past 32 years MQM has been struggling for the country’s sustenance and respectable life for the poor and middleclass including the peasants, farmers and labourers, therefore, the country’s Establishment and powerful institutions unleashed a reign of terror upon the MQM with a view to wipe it from the face of earth. MQM leaders, office bearers, workers, and supporters even the family members were terrorised and oppressed. Thousands were extra-judicially executed, maimed for life and thousands were made homeless. As a result of the determination and resolve of the MQM workers, the Movement is not only alive but by the Grace of Allah Almighty it is flourishing.

    Several conspiracies have been hatched against the MQM; money was spent from the national exchequer to buy the conscience of a few members of the party. They were made enemies of their own movement, provided with funds, arms and a license to kill, loot and plunder. As a result of the sacrifices of the MQM workers and because of their determination and commitment the conspiracies to eliminate the righteous movement failed and with every passing day the righteous message of the MQM has spread in every nook and corner of the country. All available methods were used to malign the image of the MQM including malicious allegations by the Establishment, its agents, and those on the payroll including the political and religious parties. This was done with a view to stop the deprived and oppressed people of Pakistan from coming close to the MQM.

    On the eve of 16th September 2010, the conspirators through their agents brutally murdered our beloved, intelligent, intellectual, resolute and determined leader Dr Imran Farooq. At a time when awareness of peoples’ revolution on the lines of French Revolution was gaining popularity and acceptance amongst the poor and middleclass people of Pakistan then the conspiring elements have used this heinous tactics to damage the courage, resolve and determination of Altaf Hussain. This tragic incident has left a mark on my heart, which will remain with me till last breath. The Allah Almighty gave me courage and I am talking with you.

    The unethical and dishonourable journalists and writers who are trying to hide the killers of Dr Imran Farooq and deliberately distorting the facts with a view to put the blame upon the MQM will not escape the wrath of the Allah Almighty. Their fate and the fate of their masters will be exemplary and serve as a warning. And those journalists and writers are bravely writing the truth, the Allah Almighty will reward them and their families. Not only the MQM but also each and every true Pakistani salute them and pay tributes on their bravery and righteousness. Mr Hussain appealed to all the MQM members to help the party with any information that can lead towards the arrest of the killers of Dr Imran Farooq and any such information must be passed to me through the Coordination Committee. Expressing his complete faith in the Allah Almighty Mr Hussain said that one day the assassins of Dr Imran Farooq will be caught.

    Citing the Holy Quran Mr Hussain said that the Allah Almighty does not change the condition of the nation unless they do not change their state themselves. The verse here is not referring to any so-called super power that will come to save the nation. May the super power be America or its ally the NATO countries, if in collusion with the Pakistani Agents they want to harm the MQM as they tried in the past, then I would like to warn them despite all their conspiracies the MQM will survive and the peoples’ revolution shall be the destiny of Pakistan, even if I am expelled from Britian or my British Nationality is withdrawn, it is my resolve that I will not surrender in front of anyone but the Almighty Allah. I will not bow down in front of any super power or its allied country or any other forces – I have and always will prefer to die with honour and live with dignity.

    Addressing the people of Pakistan Mr Hussain said that it is time to wake up from their dreams, distinguish between the well-wishers and enemies otherwise they will be forgotten. Deploring the sentence by US Court to Dr Aafia Siddiqui he said, “I want to inform the entire country that if there was MQM’s Government in the country then on the unjust and inhuman sentence of 86 years to the Daughter of Nation Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the MQM would have immediately severed its relations with USA, its western allies and NATO countries. Even at the cost of IMF loan we would not have cared as several countries of this world do not compromise their integrity and national dignity. They prefer starvation to rid their countries from slavery and such nations are amongst the super powers of today. What was the sin of Dr Aafia Siddiqui? Why such a severe sentence? He demanded of the US President Obama and the US Government in strongest terms to set aside the sentence to Dr Aafia Siddiqui and free her immediately.

  • @ Nazir!!!!

    I was basically inclined to answer your so called “simple questions” regarding Affia Siddiquie’s case but unfortunately you seem to be suffering from popular sentiment of Zionism Phobia, and happen to be partial in your judgments!!!!!

    Taking the name of honorable Noam Chomsky is a lad’s shot but reading him requires deep guts. I am very sure that you have also been in touch with the articles of Chomsky on the barbaric character of Pakistan Army and his analysis on a Failed Concept of Pakistan. I hope you happen to agree with old professor. If not why?

    Zionism was a politically initiated movement which intended to secure self determination via sovereign state, if not wrong it is the same stance taken my All India Muslim League in early 20th century. So Samuel Hersh justified to tag Quaid e Azam and allies as Islamic Zionists. If not why?

    Actions of the the state of Israel are very visible to you and you refer to them as Zionism atrocities, the mass atrocities of the state of Pakistan in late East Pakistan, Balochistan and Internal Sindh must also be visible to you and you would have been classifying them as Zionism atrocities. If not why?

    The myth of global control of affairs by Israel for sure is a Zionist Agenda, I am sure that you would also classify the myth of Green Flag over Red Fort Delhi and Global Islamic Khilafat system as Zionism.If not why?

    Occupation of Palestinian land by Israel is Zionist aggression and so would you call the occupation of Daibal by Hajaj bin Yousuf and Spain by Khalifa Marwan as Zionist aggression. If not why?

    The violent and brutal enforcement of system by Israel is Zionist brutality but do you call the American Genocide by Ottoman Khilafat and Abbasid mascara as Zionism. If not why?

    Nazir every strong civilization expands by it’s virtue when ever available instead of pointing fingers at others and getting into superiority complex and self created phobias try self cleansing!!!!

  • thx;i hope you clearly are seeking a rationale to rationalise the events of history; which; history itself holds an impossibility.Wishing the events of history within one;s desire makes it note of personal choice instead history itself.let it be in cyclic form or in static form.you have touched the cruelest part of the muslim history from umaids to abbasiada to justify zoonist methods which no person of accademic accuracy could hold even per force a balanced and fair view.you carefuly are asking me to equate two wrongs either for condemnation or for its just occurance.
    just on simple human choice; one wrong cant justify the other wrong;your group had been quick to find the ingolorious events of past muslim history where blood and sword commonly appear in history pages; but;you are equally unmotivated to referesh your sharp memories with the recent brutalities of history ironoically of other communities.you; including jews intellectualls who even propounded ‘game-theory’to supress the identity of independent or reistance movements never touched barbarisim of germany on jews.sisterly; you have forgotten;the brutal killing of one million muslims in bosnia;strange enough; the unusall events of past muslim history could inflict mental tortum to your good person being soaked in blood and flesh; yet;the recent;blood bath inside europe killing innocent one million muslims found dump courtsey in your hearts and minds;may i ask;while recording; the cruel events of world history;was it not your duty to comment on it?for your soft information; contemporary nationalisim has its roots; and; division of sub-continent;keeps conflicting versions; identifying blames and cross-accussations;i hope you might have gone through histories writteny by Dr.Deasi;:Dr.Romila thaper;Dr.Radaha krishanan;Dr.Fida Hossien;etc.your assertion under the infleunce of your particular bent of mind that”khalafat momvement”was zoonist in nature’finds divergent responses including one given by highest noble soul of sub-continet Mahatma_Gandhi;at least; he would have never in his common sense and inegrity helped the facist way and attitude to life if khalat would have been as cruel as zoonist thinking?while; pointing out ills and wrongs of isreal;i; for one can least be stupid to ignore the ills and wrongs of other societies including muslim societies.Right from the day in 1914; the isreali state was concieved in britin; therafter; establishing it btween forties and fifties; the greater isreali plans took place who concentrated on muslim soveriegns and countires to supress them;yet; it had its positive signs; arab muslims involved in sex and wine got tempted with highest sense of insecurity and were curious to have science as their tool to resist such isreali presure;pak; after entering necular age; iran followed the suit;still in line turky;and little ahead syria and sudi-arabia are ambitiously after it to neutralise such presure.you;alongwith;other group as mentioned by me have purpose to be smpathetic to isreal; which; in my opnion is not wrong; but; not at the cost of facts and supressing truth.my single point here was; that; was dr.aafia;{whom after going through her profile ifound her not plain person}tried strictly in terms of crminal procedure code of united states?in my little observation; i found it that it was not;but; some of my friends; possibily; belonging to your group touched their interests and advocated the innocence of isreal;instead striaghtway answering the question with relevant applicable laws.yes; you have purpose in it.if my answer revolves like this:i condemn all acts of cruelity committed by any one iresspective of caste; creed; religion;is not your guilt getting visual;which; you would have said yourself”that including facist acts of isreal;the facist acts of muslim countries including pak are condemnable”i wish i may be proved wrong.thx

  • I agree with some part of this report and disagree with some but whatever my opinion the importance of analysis presented in this report cannot be ignored. I have been involved with Dr. Aafia movement for a short bit and I have fe questions to ask, but the most pertinent is this
    ” Why is it so that on one side Dr. Fouzia declares so emotionally that present government has provided information as witness material to Americans, meaning that the present government depsite paying US $ 2 million for leagal battle of Aafia is involved in roving her guilty, than , why Dr Fouzia next day is standing amongst the same government officials and very smilingly posing with its interior ministry while protesting againstthe decision?
    second…. how many people of Pakistan are on streets making it anews for international media to get attracted to the protest on the issue in Pakistan?
    third… why a simple effective manouvre is ignored to bring the issue lime light internationally.. why NATO supply route thru Pakistan is still unattended by all those who say that Afia is convicted wrongly.
    What I have observed that, this is a proxy war fought by Aafia family here in association with american intelligence and establishment justto shun away the attention of people of pakistan who are worried about real issues and make them weak ultimately..
    The real issue is that 5 Muslim counytries are purchasing trillion $ worth of ams and ammunition from America not only stabilizing it but also following the zionist plan.. I have not seen any procession against these countries… The real issue is that muslims are divided.. it has been lawrence of arabia in every era post second world war dictating muslims tp follow a particular cause which suits the west so they can keep manipulating us forever .
    The people of Pakistan are kept jahil for this reason only that they cannot make saneful decision.
    Why this report is filed in main stram media of Pakistan or internationally, just because America does not want the truth to be revelaed.
    Who invested in Ossam bin laden and its ultimate developemnt into a mujahid .. our friend USA who charlie wilson supported our friend osasa bin laden and co …
    please listen to saneness or our end will be nothing but just EVAPORATION from the face of this earth .
    Islam is not endangered, as it is protected by Allah, but we are endangered bec its we who have to decide where we will be standing when the time come!
    good luck to you
    regrets for spell mistakes

  • lastly any one agrees or not PAKISTAN HAS FAILED, not because thr is something wrong with concept of Pakistan, but because we do not deserved PAKISTAN as a nation…. if we will not understand the meaning of this statement ALLAH will parish us and give birth to a nation DESERVING PAKISTAN …. soon .. sooner than our imagination….

  • @ Nazir!!!!

    Khilafat as defined by the then Muslim leaders and even by some of the current intelligentsia was a system of such pathetic centralization and suppression that keeping the liberal Muhammad Ali Jinnah aside even the one Ummah theoreticians like Dr. Muhammad Iqbal failed to agree with it!!!!Khilafat in Islamic history owns the occurrence of the most darkest and unfortunate events like Demise of Kabbah Mubarikah and Shahadat of Ahl e Bait!!!!The ultimate myth of a centralized Ummah is the most devastating plan some individuals want to implement!!!!

    The myth of Zionist influence has had very far reaching consequences in Islamic System of Social Growth, alleging Zionist lobby for acts like Communal violence, Islamic Fundamentalism and Sectarian Riots has made the Islamic civilization a self portrayed innocent and has made it impossible to counter social evils!!!!!The myth of Zionism has also made the Muslim civilization defend it’s evil axes of intead of squashing them!!!!The title of Sheikh ul Islam for Usama Bin Ladin, Ameer ul Maumminen for Mullah Umer and Dukhter e Qaum for Affia Siddiquie is because of the conspiracy theory that Zionism lies behind all the fabrication against Muslims!!!It is about time that Muslims must walk out of this balloon of refrain!!!!

  • thx; for advising cosmeticaly umah the consequent negative impact of zoonisim;you have in mistaken notion took ‘khalafat;a period of dark ages;again; a historicity in converse.when; khalat was in vouge the europe was in dark ages and islamic civilisation grew with high sense of accademic inquisition{refer Ruseel history western philosphy]the rusell himself admited that islamic civilisation became transmision to present european advancement;’khalafat and majlis-shura were two organs which controlled islamic governace to its core merit;islamic thought;being cohesive in nature; never; allowed extreme nationalsim to groom because of its inherent risk of clasisim and racisim; which; extreme natinalsim was bitterly tasted by europe during german war.khalafat; marginalised the concept of nationalsim;and; concept of one umah being homogenous and hetreogenous flourished under one islamic governace and rule;recently; it got scattered due to western conspiracies especially thru lawrnce of arabia;who; encourged arab nationalisim and cut into peices the turkish khalafat.if you kindly read dr.iqbal; you will find in his lectures the resuuregence of islamic thought based on fiqa or jurisprudence yet with ijtihad.plz do not mistake islam with american created charactters like taliban and osma bn ladnn.it an ideology based on sound apostle foundation rightly decended on earth from the times of harat Noah{asw}wht u see is nothing but periphery in islamic history ;which; shall go today or tommorrow.

  • ’طالبان نواز علماء کابائیکاٹ کریں‘
    آخری وقت اشاعت: منگل, 8 دسمبر, 2009, 18:17 GMT 23:17 PST
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2009/12/091208_mqm_rallies.shtml

    ریاض سہیل
    بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، کراچی

    پاکستان میں جاری دہشت گردی کی لہر کے خلاف متحدہ قومی موومنٹ کی جانب سے کئی شہروں میں ریلیاں نکالی گئیں، جن میں دہشت گردی کے حالیہ واقعات کی مذمت کی گئی۔

    لاہور مون مارکیٹ اور راولپنڈی کینٹ کی مسجد میں بم دھماکوں کے خلاف متحدہ قومی موومنٹ کی جانب سے یوم سوگ منانے کا اعلان کیا گیا تھا۔ کراچی میں پریس کلب کے باہر اجتماع منعقد کیا گیا، جس میں شہر کے مختلف علاقوں سے کارکنوں نے شرکت کی۔ کارکنوں نے ہاتھوں میں دہشت گردی کے خلاف سیاہ بینر اور جھنڈے اٹھا رکھے تھے۔

    کراچی کے علاوہ لاہور، اسلام آباد، حیدرآباد اور میرپورخاص میں بھی ریلیاں اور اجتماعات منعقد کیے گئے، نامہ نگار علی حسن کے مطابق حیدرآباد کے اہم تجارتی اور کاروباری مراکز سوگ میں بند کرادیئے گئے اور پریس کلب کے باہر ریلی منعقد کی گئی۔

    اس موقعے پر متحدہ قومی موومنٹ کے سربراہ الطاف حسین نے کارکنوں سے ٹیلیفون پر خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ عوام اور میڈیا ان علماء کا بائیکاٹ کریں جو طالبان کی حمایت کرتے ہیں ایسے علماء کے پیچھے نماز بھی جائز نہیں۔

    دہشت گردی کی روک تھام کے لیے فوج اور سیکیورٹی فورسز کی طرف نہ دیکھا جائے، پورے پاکستان میں مارکیٹوں اور محلوں کی سطح پر کمیٹیاں بنائی جائیں جو مشکوک افراد پر نظر رکھیں
    الطاف حسین
    ’جو مذہبی رہنما، علماء یا سیاسی رہنما طالبانائزیشن اور طالبان کے سفاکانہ اور مجرمانہ فعل پر پردہ ڈالنے کے لیے بلواسطہ یا بلاواسطہ دہشت گردوں کی حمایت کر رہے ہیں وہ نہ صرف عوام کے دشمن ہیں وہ خود بھی طالبان ہیں۔‘

    ان کا کہنا تھا کہ دہشت گردی کی روک تھام کے لیے فوج اور سیکیورٹی فورسز کی طرف نہ دیکھا جائے، پورے پاکستان میں مارکیٹوں اور محلوں کی سطح پر کمیٹیاں بنائی جائیں جو مشکوک افراد پر نظر رکھیں۔

    الطاف حسین نے حکومت سے مطالبہ کیا کہ دہشت گردی کی روک تھام کے لیے ایک ادارہ قائم کیا جائے اور ایک واضح قومی پالیسی تشکیل دی جائے۔

    ریلی سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے انہوں ایک مرتبہ پھر اپنے اس عزم کا اعادہ کیا کہ اگر کارکن چاہیں تو وہ اگلی فلائیٹ سے پاکستان آنے کو تیار ہیں۔

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  • The bottom line is – Afia is an American citizen who denounced her Pakistani roots. Whatever she has done or not, she has been tried in a court of law with fair process.

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