I rue this day when Islamophobia officially infiltrated the US justice system. A woman who hasn't seen her 3 children for years (2 of whom she doesn't know are dead or alive), a case built upon innuendo with no hard evidences, a prosecution story that is as incomprehensible and illogical as was OJ's glove defense, is now found guilty of using arms that one wonders if in her frailty she could even use? Aafia Siddiqui, the cycle of injustice is now complete:
The New York jury's decision finding Dr Aafia guilty on seven charges did not really surprise anyone familiar with the vindictive mindset of the US public post-9/11. Yet as the trial progressed, some hope seemed to appear since most of the crucial evidence against her proved false or confused. There were no fingerprints on the gun allegedly used on the US soldiers for instance. Other accusations also proved inconsistent so one thought that perhaps the US citizens on the jury would not show the bias and bigotry shown to so many Muslims in the US post-9/11. But alas that was not to be. Despite serious doubts about the evidence – the most obvious one being her weak physical frame, which would never have allowed her to snatch the heavy gun and target the US soldier -the jury convicted her.
But the main issue is that the Pakistani state and government were complicit in this judicial farce. They chose not to assert their right to demand Aafia be sent back to Pakistan. Since 9/11 it has been abundantly clear that the Pakistani rulers will not raise a finger to help the ordinary Pakistani citizen. In fact, they will sell their people for US dollars and allow all foreign powers to kill these innocent citizens at will. That is why the drone attacks continue to kill innocent Pakistani citizens and the state of Pakistan does nothing to stop these killings. That is why Pakistani citizens have disappeared and the state is unable or unwilling to alleviate the sufferings of the families of these persons.