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Dr. Afia’s health serious – bullet wound, kidney removed & battered nose, children missing

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information that due to a bullet wound and removal of one kidney, Dr. Afia Siddiqui health is in a serious condition, but no medical assistance has been provided to her whilst she has been in American custody in New York.

ACTION ALERT

Send an automated appeal letter to the concerned authorities using the AHRC system

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Press Release for Karachi Protest – Saturday 6:00pm

People’s Resistance
Press Release – 8th August 2008

Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s Inhuman Treatment & Illegal Detention By US Military

PROTEST > Karachi Press Club on SATURDAY, 9th August 2008 at 6:00 pm

The Peoples Resistance along with Civil Society and Human Rights protest the inhumane treatment and illegal detention of Dr Aafia Siddiqui in Afghanistan since 2003.

Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a highly qualified scientist was kidnapped along with her three children from Karachi in 2003. Since then she has been missing while the Government of Pakistan and US military authorities have refused to acknowledge her existence for the past five years. Recently the human rights activist Yvonne Ridley highlighted the presence of a certain prisoner held captive in US Military jail in Afghanistan called Prisoner 650 who had much resemblance to the Pakistani doctor missing since 2003.
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Prisoner 650 – Grey Ghost of Bagram

Guest Blog by Asim Khan

My name is Prisoner 650,
Known I am as the “Grey Ghost”
Of Bagram, my home, remember me
In years of silence, in moments
Of indifference, created by you
Familiar are those walls and rooms
Of torture, of questions and of abuse
Familiar are those old echoes,
As all ideologies fall away in shame
Of protection of rights and freedom
Familiar I am to these accusations
As I am dragged, naked and blue
As I carry your foul breath, in eternity
Familiar I am to you and your ways
In labyrinth of twisted torture and routines
As my face begins to fade, in its forms
As this life becomes the burden in its disguise

My name is Prisoner 650,
Known I am not to the land of my birth
Forgotten they have all but few of my own
As I sit here through intervals,
When sanity returns, as this mind play games
Harder to distinguish what is worse
The torture and abuse or being forgotten
By my very own country, of my very own
Through subjugation of humanity
Familiar I am now, to these routines
As I see myself break in pieces,
As I see you, break in your emptiness
Remember me, as I walked with you
Tied down to my knees, in chains
To these graves, in your quest for gold
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NY: Afia Siddiqui court hearing, Monday 11th Aug @ 2:30 pm

We are being informed that the first court hearing of Dr. Afia Siddiqui where she is being tried on charges of assaulting an officer is scheduled for Monday 11th August at the Magistrate Court in Downtown Manhattan

Dr. Afia’s Hearing in New York

Location: Magistrate Court, Downtown Manhattan, 500 Pearl St. 5th Floor (MAP)
Date: Monday 11th August
Time: 2:30 PM

A call is being issued to Pakistanis living in and around New York to join other friends and show their support for Dr. Afia when she is presented in court. I am being told this is not being planned as big rally – but there will be a large presence of well wishers from the entire community out to give Dr. Afia moral and emotional support.


KARACHI: Protest to Free Afia – Karachi Press Club – Saturday @ 6:00pm

The Peoples Resistance and numerous concerned members of the Civil Society in Karachi would like to invite YOU, the people of Pakistan to join them in a peaceful protest to appeal for the release Dr. Afia Siddiqui, who was kidnapped from Karachi in 2003 and has since been detained without charge in a US Military jail in Afghanistan. We appeal for speedy justice and her immediate return to Pakistan along with her three innocent children.

Free Afia Protest in Karachi

When: Saturday 9th August 2008
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Karachi Press Club


ACTION ALERT:

  • Bring your family, friends and colleagues for this noble cause,
  • Bring placards, flags, posters simply appealing for Justice for Dr. Afia Siddiqui and her children.
  • Spread the word far and wide so that more people can participate in this noble and humanitarian effort.
  • Use your influence on the media to spread this message of support for Dr. Afia

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Actual sworn charges filed by FBI against Dr. Afia Siddiqui

The text of the actual sworn charges filed in the Southern District of New York by Mehtab Syed, Special Agent for FBI. Where she alleges that Afia Siddiqui was arrested in Afghanistan on July 27th and then had a tussle with the interrogating officers where she got shot in the torso read the entire charge sheet where Afia is charged under the Title 18 of United States Code section 111 (Assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees) and 1114 (Protection of officers and employees of the United States)

Download the original PDF file
Complaint lodged by FBI against Afia Siddiqui

Until we obtain the full text extracted from the PDF file here are the images click the thumbnails to read the larger version

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LAHORE: Peaceful Protest for Dr. Afia (Saturday @ 6pm)

A peaceful protest is being organized by activists in Lahore namely the FASTRising group against abduction of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui by Pakistani Agencies in shameful manner and her selling to USA with her three children

Protest for Dr. Afia Siddiqui in Lahore

What: Peaceful Protest for Dr. Afia’s release
Where: Lahore Press Club (Shimla Pahari, Davis Road)
When: 6 PM, Saturday August 9, 2008

Spread the word and help Free Afia


ISLAMABAD: Protest against abduction of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui (Thursday @ 5:30pm)

Peaceful Protest against abduction of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui by Pakistani Agencies in shameful manner and her selling to USA with her three children

Thursday, 07 August 2008, 5:30 p.m. (sharp) Parade Ground, Opp. Parliament Building, Islamabad

This is a wakeup call for Ibn-e-Qasims as Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, Prisoner # 650 calls you for help from Bagram Airbase where she’s being tortured and raped.

Protest to be joined by Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Teachers, Students, Civil Society Activists, Families and Children of Twin Cities

Pakistan Professionals Forum
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Afia – held in Bagram for years, 12-yr son also detained

Cageprisoners has received new information that Aafia Siddiqui was held for years in Bagram Airbase. According to her lawyer, Elaine Whitfield Sharp,

“We do know she was at Bagram for a long time. It was a long time. According to my client she was there for years and she was held in American custody; her treatment was horrendous.”

Siddiqui’s claim is contrary to the heavily contested position of the US administration that she was detained in July by Afghan forces while attempting to bomb the compound of the governor of Ghazni. The US has previously denied the presence of female detainees in Bagram and that Aafia was ever held there, bar for medical treatment in July 2008.
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A business proposal for Pervaiz Musharraf

Guest Post by Rana Raheel Babar

Mr. Pervaiz Musharraf
The President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Pakistan

Re: A Business Proposal

Dear Mr. Pervaiz Musharraf,

It is such an undesirable pleasure to have you (General Purvez s/o Busharraf) as our forced president.

Mr. President, I truly consider it as an outcome of your sincere and untiring efforts for Pakistan that you were able to fulfill the obligations committed to Pakistan’s allies and their war on terror. You have truly done an outstanding job also in promoting Pakistani men and women as “saleable commodities” in foreign markets and more specifically the American market. Due credit must also go to your appointed Prime Minister stooge who also jointly welcomed these financial powerhouses sweeping into our country compromising our security and national integrity beyond repair
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Dr. Afia – Tortured & Terrorised for five years, but on trial for Assaulting an Officer

Afia Siddiqui after tortureIf you were for a moment, believe in all the BS that comes out of America then this must be probably yet another sparkling attempt to fool the world for the umpteenth time.

The new ‘story’ behind Dr. Afia’s sudden sudden disappearance may have something to do with the accidental FBI revelation previously on Thursday which has suddenly been transformed into one where they have allegedly found Dr. Afia on July 17th 2008 loitering around an Afghan governors compound carrying documents for creating explosives, excerpts from the Anarchist’s Arsenal, sealed bottles filled with liquids and gels [I’m impressed that she was not carrying the bomb itself while loitering around with every possible incriminating evidence stashed in her purse]. Upon her arrest the Afghan police dutifully presented her for questioning the next day where an American military officer happened to place an M-4 next to her, she naturally went crazy, fired two shots [screaming Allah-o-Akbar {Alert Alert! Oh my gosh thats a keyword sure to land her into Gitmo}] and in the tussle got shot in the torso by the military officer acting in ‘self defense’. [WOW that script must be from a page torn out of some James Bond movie.]

I don’t even have to ask anyone to read in-between the lines – its simply apparent. Just because an FBI team accidentally coughed up an admittance on Thursday that Dr. Afia actually was confined in an American jail in Afghanistan, they now needed to supply a public alibi, how would she look tortured, battered and terrorized walking into a New York court house sporting a bullet wound in her hip. Yes they needed an elaborate story [yet stupid] combined with a few testimonials to support their claims
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FBI admits to kidnapping Dr. Afia Siddiqui, to Afghanistan

According to the BBC Urdu, the FBI has conceded that Dr. Afia Siddiqi who had vanished from Karachi over five years ago in March 2003 along with her children is in the custody of American forces in Afghanistan but sadly in a horrid medical condition

The information comes from BBC, when it received an email from lawyers based in the US hired by Dr. Afia’s brother to try and help influence the release of her sister who has been allegedly been in the custody of American forces. The lawyers claims that on Thursday an agent from the FBI came to Dr. Afia Siddiqui’s brothers house and admitted to the fact that Dr. Afia is indeed in solitary confinement within a prison in Afghanistan and in serious medical condition

It may be recalled that over five years ago Dr. Afia suddenly disappeared from Karachi along with her three children never to be seen from again, both the Pakistani and American forces have never acknowledged her disappearance until probably now, five years after her kidnapping. The admittance may well be attributed to the immense media pressure created when a number of human rights organizations presented evidence of a certain prisoner-of-war known as Prisoner 650 who was in terrible medical condition within an American prison located in Afghanistan and they had reason to suspect that Prisoner 650 was Dr. Afia Siddiqui
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An open letter to Begum Pervez Musharraf and wives of army officers

Guest Post by Silence

Dear Begum Pervez Musharaff,

I recognize that every one of us is responsible for our own acts, as such, being the wife of a Military Dictator and a former General of Pakistan Army, I wound not hold you responsible for his acts, however I will request you to consider following facts on humanitarian grounds being a women and a mother yourself.

As you know very well, your husband General Pervez Musharraff belonged to a lower middle class family, with limited resources and opportunities, however this nation provided him an opportunity and he became the Chief of Army Staff of fourth strongest army in world, no doubt, it is a great honor for any one, especially an army of a third world Muslim country where a common Pakistani travelling in a public bus would offer his seat as a token of respect when he see a man in Army uniform, a conductor will refuse to charge him bus fair and a poor roadside restaurant owner would refuse to accept the payment for his meal, I have witnessed tears in eyes of soldier’s when they get this much love and respect from people of Pakistan.

It’s not difficult to understand the feelings of people towards our armed forces, the men in uniform are supposed to defend our borders, our women and children.
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Missing Pakistani – Dr. Afia Siddiqui – Prisoner 650

A few days back the Asian Human Rights Commission issued an urgent press release about a Pakistani, Dr. Afia Siddiqui, who has been missing from Pakistan for over four years, since 2003. Her kidnapping has since then been denied by both American and Pakistani governments but actually she has been suspected of being an operative of Al-Qaeda and has been on FBI’s wanted list. There is reason to believe that she is also one of the missing persons who had been ‘handed over’ to the Americans courtesy of Pervaiz Musharraf. Let us not forget that the missing persons case was a turning point in the history of Pakistan where Pervaiz Musharraf had a severe falling out with the then CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry who was investigating this case and probably stepped on a few toes definitely ended up rumbling a few skeleton locked within Musharraf’s treasure chest of hidden secrets

ACTION ALERT

  1. Sign Asian Human Rights Commission’s Urgent letter of Appeal which will send an email to Bush, Karzai, Gilani, Farooq Naek & Rehman Malik
  2. Sign the online petition for her release
  3. Join Facebook groups to participate in digital activism to raise awareness here and here
  4. Spread the word by email & SMS to all your contacts so as to create more pressure

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