The Rumor Mill series on this blog is basically based on a number of tips that have been heard or received by this scribe in someway or another, as customary of Pakistani politics the grapevine reports tend to carry a lot of weight. Problem with these grapevine reports is that it can very well be just another hoax or a scam, so one does have to swallow the pill, aggregating all the necessary information trying ones best to figure out the truth.
Late last night I received a tip from a trusted source about Dr. Aafia’s missing children and I quote
Some reliable sources believed that Dr. Afia’s both children are being brought up at an Edhi Home in Karachi, it is rumored that two days ago Bilal Musharraf came to Karachi for a visit and met with Abdus Sattar Edhi for inquiring about the latest status of these children which had been handed over by Bilal for shelter. Sources reveal that Bilal Musharraf was part of the location and abduction of Dr. Aafia. It is also reported that maybe one of the youngest infant may have died in custody
Initially, it made no sense but when I stumbled across two separate news items published in an English daily, it promoted me to take a swipe at this rumor.
In one of the earlier press conferences addressed by Dr. Aafia’s sister Dr. Fauzia a journalist specifically asked about the whereabouts of the missing children, she declined to comment, but if one were to hear the entire discussion, Dr. Fauzia in essence and for the sake of neutrality flatly refused to blame anyone or point fingers to accuse who was actually, simply pleading to the media and the people of Pakistan to bring back her sister to Pakistan
“From me and my family, we do not blame any Muslim for what has been happening to our sister for the last five years; Our Allah will take revenge for us, The government had been in contact with us during the last five years and has been saying that Dr Aafia would be back in a few days.” She said that the government had been informing the aggrieved family that Dr Aafia was fine with her three children but the way she appeared in the court in New York has shaken the entire ill-fated family. “Now we have been told that all the three children were fine but looking at Aafia’s condition we fear that the children might be in danger,” said the sister of Dr Aafia The News
Since a long time the government was telling them that the children are with Aafia, but it is quite possible that yet again the government continues to lie to try and cover up the actually story, which is highly possible. What made this mystery even more puzzling was when on Saturday, the 8th of August, a 70 years old lawyer, Barrister Iqbal Jafferi filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court where he has accused President Pervez Musharraf’s son, Bilal Musharraf, for taking the bounty money that the FBI had announced for the head of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.
While the news reports a lawyer from the USA who knows Dr Aafia since her university days, that a huge sum of money was pocketed while handing over the FBI-wanted Dr Aafia Siddiqui to the US forces. She said that it was not known who collected that reward money from the FBI but someone gathered dollars for Dr Aafia Siddiqui The News
By coincidence the very same day Bilal Musharraf happens to arrive in Karachi and immediately went to meet Abdus Sattar Edhi, and both are said to have taken a special tour of various Edhi Centers in Karachi on Bilal Musharraf’s request.
Off all the information pouring in there is still no report to suggest the fate of the youngest child, lets just hope all are safe and reunited with their mother very soon.