A US kangaroo court has sentenced Dr Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years in jail.
Dr Aafia, a neuroscientist who studied at MIT, was kidnapped from the streets of Karachi in 2003, along with her three children. The whereabouts of her baby are unknown but there are reports that one of her children was shot and killed. Dr Aafia herself was shot in the stomach by US troops, and held in the notorious US Bagram prison airbase.
She was charged in a US court for attempted murder, armed assault, using and carrying a firearm, and three counts of assault on U.S. officers and employees.
Shockingly no one other than Dr Aafia – and most likely her child – was shot in the alleged incident upon which she was charged and convicted.
She has always denied the charges and said the interrogators fired on her when she understandably attempted to flee.
Her family has said she was tortured by U.S. intelligence.
The apparent injustice in this case is huge. Evidence points to Dr Aafia being kidnapped illegally, held without trial, assaulted, her children abused and quite probably one of them killed.
By contrast there is no evidence that she harmed anyone.
This daughter of the Ummah was sold to America by Musharraf, and abandoned by Zardari. Sadly, such injustices will continue until the Ummah has a Khaleefah who will be a shield for the Ummah, expel the invading occupier and ransom the prisoners. The Ummah needs a Mua’tasim Billah, for that is the most vital issue today.