Pak’s FIA approaches FBI for access to Dr Aafia Siddiqui

June 15th, 2009 - 1:36 pm ICT by ANI  

Rawalpindi, June 15 (ANI): The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has been approached by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency for access to Dr Aafia Siddiqui to investigate her alleged links with any terror network.

Siddiqui is currently in US custody on charges of assaulting and attempting to murder American troopes during her detention in Afghanistan.

According to the Dawn, FIA Director General Tariq Khosa has also called for a probe against Siddiqui’s ex-husband, Mohammad Amjad Khan “to get vital information.”

A source claimed that FIA staff had also sought an interview with one of the Pakistani senators, who recently met Dr Siddiqui in the United States.

“A meeting with the senator would be useful for the FIA’s investigation,” he added.Siddiqui was born in Karachi, and moved to Texas in 1990 after completing her initial education in Pakistan. She also got an award for her research proposal “Illumination in Pakistan and its effects on women.”

She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1995. She completed her PhD in 2001. She was going to the railway station from her home in Karachi in March 2003 when she went missing along with her three children.Following her disappearance, her mother and sister contacted US courts and Pakistani authorities, but failed to find her.

The FIA in its investigation, based on interviews of Siddiqui’s family members and media reports, revealed that she was handed over to the FBI by Pakistani intelligence agencies.

Intelligence agencies in both countries, however, denied these reports.

In July 2008, she was tracked down by a British journalist, who reported that Siddiqui had been detained at the Bagram prison in Afghanistan for years.

Her 13-year-old son Mohammad Ahmed said that he was picked up by US officials along with his mother, brother and sister, who were subsequently separated from him. (ANI)

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