Mubashir Lucman in his show Point Blank on Express News which was aired yesterday on the evening of 29th December presents some sweeping evidences of the role of American forces in harassing Pakistani citizens, specifically intimidation and interrogation of Dr Mehvish Baig in Karachi – a naturalized Pakistani American who has been trying to give up her US citizenship.
Dr. Mehvish Baig shares her experience as a number of American forces enter into her house and harass her and her kids with dire circumstances. She resides in Naval Complex Karachi and her brother is a serving Naval officer. The first 12 minutes are relevant with the interview of Dr. Mehvish.
A quick investigation reveals that she is on Interpol’s list of wanted suspects, facing kidnapping charges allegedly to have skipped out of the US with her two kids. In a statement to the Lahore High Court where she moved the local Pakistani courts to stop this harassment, Dr Mehwish stated that she had gone to the United States in 1998 after getting married to Dr Faheem Nusrat and had both obtained US nationality. She returned to Pakistan this year with her daughters Ayasha Faheem, 9, and Fatima Faheem, 5, after her husband divorced her over domestic issues. She claimed in her statement to Lahore High Court that before returning to Pakistan, she obtained legal custody of the girls through a court after getting permission from their father.
It seems to be at best a domestic issue, with international police involved BUT that should not allow the FBI or any other international agency to waltz into her house and threaten her, if she has allegedly kidnapped (?) her kids, Interpol and the FBI must approach the local police to arrest her as I am sure International agreements with Pakistan must be very understanding to any/all arrest warrants issued by Interpol, once arrested then they must subsequently approach the local court system to extradite her to the US.
Until proper procedures are not followed I must vehemently object to the sweeping powers that have been given to American agencies to go about their business in Pakistan without accountability We simply cannot have another Aafia Siddiqui again, where my position is exactly the same, if she was guilty of terrorism she should have been arrested here in Pakistan and tried locally, not handed over without trail to the American agencies