Documentary Sheds Light on Aafia Siddiqui's Imprisonment

A documentary titled "Aafia Siddiqui -- The True Story" was launched at the Karachi Press Club, shedding light on the life of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist imprisoned in the US for 86 years. The documentary covers her life, from birth to kidnapping and confinement in a US prison, highlighting human rights violations and Islamophobia.

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Documentary Sheds Light on Aafia Siddiqui's Imprisonment

Documentary Sheds Light on Aafia Siddiqui's Imprisonment

A documentary titled "Aafia Siddiqui -- The True Story" was launched at the Karachi Press Club on Saturday, shedding light on the life of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist imprisoned in the US for 86 years. The documentary covers various aspects of her life, from her birth to her kidnapping in Karachi in 2003 and confinement in a US prison.

Why this matters: The case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui highlights the ongoing issues of human rights violations, Islamophobia, and the mistreatment of Muslim prisoners in the US. It also raises questions about the fairness and transparency of the US justice system, particularly in cases involving Muslims and terrorism allegations.

Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui, Aafia's sister and a noted neurophysician, described Aafia as "a gifted child, a bright scholar and a loving and caring person" who dreamed of revolutionizing Pakistan's education system. Aafia got a PhD degree in neurosciences from Brandeis University in the US and is also a Hafiza.

Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, who represents Dr. Aafia, stated that she has suffered greatly in US prison and braved all sorts of torture. "A vast majority of the American people had no idea who Dr. Aafia was and they also did not care," he added.

El-Hajj Mauri Saalakhan, founding president of The Aafia Foundation, highlighted how the US targeted human rights and liberties, especially those of Muslims, after 9/11, leading to Aafia's victimization. She was kidnapped in Karachi in 2003 along with her children on mere suspicion that her husband had bought night vision goggles online.

Umme Muhammad, President of Musawemem Campaign, expressed disappointment that despite 15 years of efforts, little progress has been made in Aafia's case, attributing her targeting to her being a Muslim lady. Investigative journalist Yvonne Ridley described how Aafia was dehumanized, wounded by US soldiers, and jailed for 86 years in a biased trial.

Zeina El-Debis, leader of Friends of Aafia Siddiqui, discussed efforts to repatriate Aafia on humanitarian grounds, with the documentary being part of these efforts. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is currently languishing in the notorious FMC Carswell prison in the US and has become an international icon of human rights, known as the "most wronged woman" who still awaits justice.

Key Takeaways

  • Documentary "Aafia Siddiqui -- The True Story" launched, shedding light on her life and imprisonment.
  • Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist, imprisoned in the US for 86 years, highlighting human rights violations.
  • Aafia's case raises questions about US justice system fairness and transparency in Muslim-related cases.
  • Aafia suffered torture and mistreatment in US prison, with little progress made in her case despite 15 years of efforts.
  • Efforts continue to repatriate Aafia on humanitarian grounds, with the documentary part of these efforts.