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Dr. Aafia’s sister: “The American Ambassador is lying”

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This is a must read article. It’s an interview with Dr. Afia Siddiqui’s sister, that was originally in Urdu and translated here. Excerpts of the article are reposted below. Please refer to the original site for the rest of the interview.

The American Ambassador is lying

The American ambassador N.W. Peterson yesterday wrote a letter to the editors of the Pakistani newspapers regarding the Dr Aafia case, which begins by addressing the Pakistani media in an indecent manner. In her letter she has commented on 7 points about the Dr Aafia case and she has also severely criticised the Pakistani media. She says that the Pakistani media is spreading rumours and making unproven accusations. She has also said that unfortunately there are some people who like to twist the truth so that they manipulate the public’s opinion into believing what they want them to believe. After criticising the Pakistani media she went on to state the 7 points that the Americans are claiming in the Dr Aafia case.

 

The question is, how close to the truth are the Americans….

To find this out we spoke to Dr Fauzia Siddiqui who is Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s sister and Khalid Khawaja, a human rights activist. They have been involved in this case since day one and are aware of all the truths about this case.

Fauzia Siddiqui

Q: Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, the American ambassador has written a letter to the Pakistani media saying that they are twisting the truth. To set the record straight, they have explained 7 points. We would like you to hear your opinion.

FS: I congratulate the Pakistani media for covering the case splendidly and uncovering the truth behind this story. It is for this reason that the American ambassador found it necessary to provide justifications. Instead of accusing the Pakistani media, the American ambassador should look at what the American media is doing. Where are their etiquettes and manners? Look at the filth that their media is writing with regards to this case. Look at the New York media and the false accusations they are putting on Aafia. There is not a crime in the world that they are not accusing her of! I ask her (the ambassador), where is the evidence for these allegations? Why doesn’t she stop these false accusations? The fact that the ambassador is having to provide justifications and is angrily criticising the Pakistani media is proof that the Pakistani media is uncovering the truth, and this is worrying for the Americans.

Q: Why are these lies being told?

KK: For 5 years America has been accused of the abduction and torture of Aafia. Now they want to reassure the American public that the accusations are false and so they are making scapegoats of others and concocting false stories which they are propagating through their media. Only the Pakistani media is spreading the truth and the Americans are worried by this.

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25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    September 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    bismillah. may Allah subhanahu wata ala protect her, strengthen her, and deliver her from injustice. may Allah subhanahu wata ala forgive us for not doing more to stop these transgressions. and may He guide us and the US to what is better than this.

    The Holy Qur’an, Surah Aali-Imran verse 173. Those to whom hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficient for us is Allah , and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.” (Sahih International)

  2. Umm Reem

    September 9, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    May Allah azzawajal help her. Let us remember her in our du’as esp. when breaking our fast.

  3. Abu Noor Al-Irlandee

    September 9, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Jazzak Allaahu Khayr for sharing this information.

    May Allaah free our sister and reunite her with her family.

    I think a couple of editing issues occurred in translation to and from Urdu:

    The U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan is Anne Patterson, not N.W. Peterson.

    There are a couple of references to NBS News in America. They refer to NBC.

    There are references to the U.S. Ambassador’s claim that the U.S. has definitely no knowledge about the whereabouts of Dr. Siddiqui’s children.
    The Ambassador actually said in her letter that the U.S had “no definitive knowledge.” As Dr. Siddiqui’s sister suggests, this statement should be explained more clearly because it implies that the U.S. does have some information or indication of the childrens’ whereabouts, but is not certain about it. What information the U.S. has should be made clear.

    Allaah knows best.

  4. Omar

    September 9, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    I would request Dr Aafia to forgive us at the day of judgement as no body is doing what is required to be done. Efforts are being done but no to the effect

    Indeed She is the source of strong will and determination May Allah help and give peace to her.
    For 5 years US barbarians must have been trying her to be as witness againts so called Al Qaeda but apparently she refused

    Hats off to those who are fighting her case

  5. Khurram Ali Shafique

    September 9, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    An NBC News of April 2003, reporting Aafia to be already in custody, is still on their website: (Link: http://www.intellnet.org/news/2003/04/03/19137-1.html), though it is dated April 3, and not 22.

  6. Bint Bashir

    September 9, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    What would you do?

    (A review of the recent event by cageprisoners; “Another Ramadan 2008” – raising money for prisoners)
    As we arrived and took our seats a little past 18:00hrs I wondered if the ‘sell-out’ would live up to its word, many tables seemed empty and the event was about to begin. With a brief introduction followed by a recitation from surah Yasin, we were underway. I will not go into detail about all the speeches but try to impart the words of wisdom and the information I can remember. Moazzam Begg was the first of the speakers, and what an opening speech, words so simple but the meaning so deep that I find myself repeating them over and over searching for an answer.

    “What would you do…What would you do if you didn’t know the month of Ramadan had arrived? ……………What would you do if you didn’t know which prayer time it was? …………What would you do if you didn’t know that iftar time had come and gone hours ago? …………….What would you do?……………..”

    I don’t know what I would do Subhan’Allah!

    Secondly came Lord Nazir; I have to admit I was somewhat sceptical and wondered what he would have to say, but I was pleasantly surprised, his message was clear if there is evidence to arrest, detain and charge any individual he will support the authorities in this, BUT if there is no evidence, and detention without charge then he will offer his support for their fight for freedom!

    As we get closer to the time for iftar I always feel my emotions are that little bit more delicate, and who better to get your emotions running high than our dear sister Yvonne Ridley. For those of you who missed it, believe me the tears flowed and the hearts ached. Sister Yvonne concentrated on the case of Prisoner 650 – Sister Aafia Siddiqi, or so we thought. I will leave you to research about sister Aafia yourself and the sufferings she has gone through at the hands of her captors, the beatings, rape, torture, mental abuse etc. We sat in shock at what we heard about Aafia, trying somehow to digest it all, I’m sure I speak for many of the guests whose hearts plummeted when sister Yvonne stated: “But she is not prisoner 650”. What does this mean? There are more sisters in captivity? Surely it can’t be true….then how come it is?

    Sister Yvonne also explained a little about her trip to Guantanamo, during her trip she visited the camps souvenir shop; WHAT? Yes souvenir shop; where she purchased items that were auctioned off later in the evening to raise money to aid the work of Cageprisoners; how ironic! As an example, on a cap she purchased was the logo of the camp, and the slogan, “It dont GTMO better than this”.

    “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar”, so iftar time arrives and dinner is served, and yes you Londoners are right, SAPNA food rocks! After the starters we pray Maghrib together, squashed in rows, side by side, by now I realise I was wrong it is a sell out! We return to the main course, followed by Kulfi for dessert.

    Then comes the main attraction Imam Anwar Al Awlaki, it took a minute or two to get the connection right and clear sound, and there was no video as he is in the process of moving house, but the room was in silence waiting to hear the words of a former detainee himself. Imam Awlaki offered advice to the detainees, their families and then us, the Ummah whose job it is to aid those in need. Each word so profound, so heavy in meaning, two points that struck me the most, and I am paraphrasing; when talking about the prisoners he asked their family to pass on this message to them, ‘Allah tests those whom he loves, so don’t worry Allah loves you’.

    Secondly, with regards to the Day of Judgement; ‘the same people who we pity now because of their tests and trials, will be the same people of whom we will be jealous of that day, as Allah will forgive them their sins because of their suffering and patience’.

    So we come to the auction, not all guests stayed for this but those who did gave freely of their wealth, Alhamdulillah. There were many items for auction; paintings, souvenirs from the Guantanamo shop, T-Shirts signed by the ex-detainees, poems written by Moazzam Begg while in incarceration, books, but the most beautiful was a large boat and stand made entirely out of matchsticks by a detainee while in captivity.

    And so the evening drew to a close and as we left, home to our families and freedoms I asked: what would you do……?

  7. confused!

    September 9, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Thanks for the update! May Allah SW reward those who are making an efforts to help a captive woman. She and her family is in my prayers all the time. It breaks my heart to even think that as horrible as Aafia’s condition is, I still feel that she is better off in US than in Pak ofr Afghan. I am worried about her family in Pakistan. Now that Pakistan has time-tested, notorious thug as President who is known to do anything for money and power. I hope my fear is just fear!

  8. Bint Bashir

    September 9, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    can the moderator of this page please contact me

  9. ibnabeeomar

    September 9, 2008 at 7:27 PM

  10. Bint Bashir

    September 9, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    tried that already … jzk

  11. Umm Reem

    September 9, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Bin Bashir: JazakAllah khairan katheeran for posting this comment…

  12. Abid

    September 10, 2008 at 6:52 AM

    What a contrast:
    An English Christian lady captured in Afghanistan by the Taliban (Uncivilised by Western Standards); her fate: her conversion to Islam.
    A Muslim Lady under the custody of ‘Civilised’ Americans; her fate: stripped, tortured, children still missing.
    Doesnt this speak to our ‘CIVILIZED’ western brotheren and sisters. HAVE FEAR OF GOD!

  13. umar

    September 10, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    i read on another forum that £xxxxx was raised at the event, just want to know what will the money be used for?
    is it for familys who need help?

    jzk

    commend edited, cageprisoners requested us to not have the amount posted here. -MM

  14. Hassan

    September 10, 2008 at 5:20 PM

  15. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    September 11, 2008 at 1:58 AM

    bismillah. jazak Allah khayr, sister Bint Bashir, for the description of the event in london. i went to the cageprisoners web site hoping for an upload of the speeches or excerpts. I do not think there are uploads yet from the iftar, but the media page contains a lot of good information, mashaAllah.

    brother Abid if I could borrow and rephrase part of your post:
    An English Christian woman captured in Afghanistan by the Taliban (a government that the West could not tolerate); her treatment: full of dignity and justice; her decision when freed: openly embrace Islam.
    A Muslim woman captured and held by America and its agents (the same government that declared the Taliban had to go); her treatment: for five years, inhumanity upon inhumanity visited upon body and mind, and the fate of her children still not known.
    inshaAllah, when Allah releases her from her captors, will they have shown any virtues that she could extol?

    Judged by their deeds, who has more fear of their Creator? The Taliban or the Bush Administration and its supporters?

  16. umar

    September 11, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    from Imam anwar al alawki with regards to CP having Lord nazzir

    To Abu Hafs and others who have sent me emails regarding my participation at the Cageprisoners event which also features a member of the British house of Lords:
    First of all I am not going to be physically present at the event since I do not travel but would be doing my talk over the phone from Yemen. But still since I am participating in the event I would like to clarify my position on this issue to remove any doubts that may arise:
    I follow the opinion that the participation in the British house of Lords or any of the equivalent bodies that legislate laws beside the law of Allah elsewhere in the world is a form of shirk and kufr.

    The fact that I happen to be speaking at an event that includes a member of the House of Lords that claims to be Muslim does not mean that I approve of such an act in any shape or form.
    Jazakum Allahu khairan to all those who turned my attention to this since I only came to know about it after my agreement to participate in the event.

  17. Abu 'Umar

    September 11, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Here is a letter that Elizabeth Fink, the lawyer for ‘Aafia Siddiqui, wrote to the judge:

    http://cryptome.org/siddiqui/siddiqui-010.pdf

  18. Abu Sabaya

    September 11, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Pakistani in NY lockup is diagnosed as depressed

    By LARRY NEUMEISTER |Associated Press Writer

    September 11, 2008

    NEW YORK – A Pakistani woman locked up in New York City after being charged with trying to kill U.S. soldiers and FBI agents has been diagnosed as suffering from major depression.

    The warden at a federal lockup in Brooklyn notified a judge Thursday of the diagnosis made on Aafia Siddiqui (ah-FEE’-uh see-DEE’-kee). Warden Cameron Lindsay says a prison psychologist visited Siddiqui twice this month.

    The warden says that during one visit Siddiqui spoke through a blanket she had placed over her face and body.

    Siddiqui has been labeled an al-Qaida supporter. She was brought to the United States for trial after being arrested in Afghanistan in July. She’s charged with grabbing a gun and trying to shoot U.S. authorities.

    Her attorneys say she’s innocent.

    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny–al-qaidasuspect-s0911sep11,0,7343604.story

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  20. Bint Bashir

    September 15, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    Here is the video link for the speech given by Anwar al-Awlaki Speech Live at Another Ramadan 2008

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3988691469909642396&hl=en

  21. Basil Mohamed Gohar

    September 15, 2008 at 5:36 AM

    I discovered this link regarding her case in the NBC5 article to the FBI website, which interestingly enough, says the follow:

    Although the FBI has no information indicating this individual is connected to specific terrorist activities, the FBI would like to locate and question this individual.

    Here’s a link:

    http://www.fbi.gov/terrorinfo/siddiqui.htm

    I ask Allaah to free our sister and spare her anymore torment.

  22. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    September 15, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Jazak Allah khayr, bint Bashir, for the link.

  23. Hukum

    September 16, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s son returns

    RAWALPINDI: Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s son Muhammad Ahmad arrived in Islamabad from Kabul on Monday. Upon arrival at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Interior Ministry officials shifted Ahmad to an unknown location in a helicopter. Ahmad was handed over to Pakistani authorities by the Afghan government in Kabul on Monday morning. He reached Islamabad via Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-252 from Kabul to Islamabad at 8:05pm. Before Ahmad’s arrival, the Airport Security Force (ASF) and other law enforcement agencies had been put on high alert in and around the airport. Over 400 people and representatives of non-government organisations (NGOs) were also present to welcome Ahmad, but he was not brought out from the passenger lounge and was instead transported via helicopter. Some media reports say that Ahmad has been handed over to his aunt, Dr Fouzia Siddiqui. Dr Aafia Siddiqui is in United States custody awaiting trial. imran asghar/tahir niaz

    This is from one of the Pakistani news papers. Apparently he has returned to his home in Pakistan, can anyone confirm this for my sanity please. I am more worried about the kids than anything. What happened to the other two kids, where are they?

  24. Bint Bashir

    September 22, 2008 at 1:41 AM

    Here are the videos of speeches at the cage prisoners dinner:

    Opening speech
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=QzIUUIeXTSU&feature=related

    Moazzam Begg:
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3KT4Ky47pyA&feature=related

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