Pak Govt. hasnt provided funds for pleading Aafias case

November 22nd, 2008 - 7:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, Nov 22 (ANI): The Pakistan Government has still not provided the promised funds to Dr. Aafia Sidiquis family to enable them to plead her case in the US court.

According to The News, Aafias family was given repeated assurances from the government, but they have not been given any funds for hiring the services of a lawyer till now. The case is being heard in a Texas District Court.

They added that all the required information, including the name of the lawyer and the details of the probable legal expenses relating to the case, were sent to the government in August.

Earlier, Pakistans Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani had demanded that terror suspect Dr. Aafia (put in a US jail and facing trial) should be immediately repatriated to Pakistan, after an American court found her mentally unfit to stand trial.

A US federal judge had stated that Siddiqui was mentally unfit to be tried in a court of law. At the hearing in New York, the judge referred to the government doctors report declaring Dr. Aafia mentally unfit to stand trial while bringing it to the notice of the prosecution.

The prosecution responded that it would study the report and would ask for an independent assessment of the Pakistani prisoners mental health.

The judge then set December 17 as the next date of hearing.

Dr. Aafias defence lawyer was present in the court, as was an official from the Pakistan consulate-general in New York. (ANI)

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