Pakistani Consul General visits Aafia Siddiqui at Texas detention facility

April 16th, 2011 - 3:17 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, April 16(ANI): Pakistan’s Consul General in Houston, Aqil Nadeem, has visited Pakistani neuroscientist and terror convict Dr Aafia Siddiqui in the Carswell detention facility in Texas.

Nadeem had a two-hour meeting with Siddiqui on the instructions of Pakistan’s Ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, the Dawn reports.

Siddiqui informed the Consul General that she was medically fine and was pleased to speak on the telephone to her mother and children in Karachi on Thursday.

According to a Pakistan Embassy official, Siddiqui would also be able to meet her brother at her request.

The Consul General informed Siddiqui that the Pakistan Embassy in Washington had coordinated consular access for her through the concerned authorities.

Siddiqui, who was sentenced to 86 years in prison by a US federal court, asked Nadeem to convey her thanks to Ambassador Haqqani for his concern for her welfare, the official said.

Siddiqui, a mother of three, was found guilty of grabbing a rifle at a police station in the Afghan town of Ghazni where she was being interrogated in July 2008 and of trying to gun down a group of US servicemen and FBI agents.

Prosecutors said that she opened fire, shouting “death to America!”

Siddiqui, however, denied the charges, saying that the interrogators had fired on her when she had attempted to flee. (ANI)

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