A US court has found Dr. Aafia Siddiqui guilty of attempting to murder US agents while she was detained for questioning in Afghanistan in 2008. She is allegedly have picked up an army rifle and shot at the US agents, none of the Americans was injured but Aafia Siddiqui also known as Prisoner 650, was shot in the stomach.
She was arrested by Afghan police in July 2008 on suspicion of carrying chemicals and notes referring to “mass-casualty attacks” in New York. A jury in Manhattan found Siddiqui guilty of attempted murder, of armed assault, using and carrying a firearm. She faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
It must be remembered that in 2005 the then President of Pakistan, General Pervaiz Musharraf had bartered a deal with the Americans and may have actually handed over Aafia to the American CIA as she was deemed to have been declared a suspected terrorist, since then she has been missing until an outcry by Yvone Ridley who spotted a certain Prisoner 650 illegally being detained in Afghanistan, it is probably due to this media rukus that the Americans then had to create an elaborate story, which suddenly lead to this “assault on American soldiers and her getting a bullet in the stomach”
Since the alleged assault in Afghanistan, Dr. Aafia has been imprisoned in the US, awaiting a trial, only today has the trial ended, the jury convicting her on seven counts of attempted murder which may lead her to life imprisonment. There has been no mention of her being misplaced for the three specific years before the alleged attack – for which I hold the Government of Pakistan and General Pervaiz Musharraf wholly responsible first before putting the Americans under the cross-hairs
I and many Pakistanis may not actually like the overall decision, but we must draw the line, I am very sure that the defense [Aafia’s lawyers] must have presented the best possible case going through all the relevant facts with a fine toothed comb. After two days of deliberation if the jury has come out with a guilty verdict, we must simply accept the decision, pending a possible appeal, Dr. Aafia is guilty. Being a staunch believer in supremacy of judiciary we must accept this verdict, without possibly burning down the American Embassy in sheer rage and protest merely because the decision went against Dr. Aafia.