A new Initiative to seek Dr. Aafia’s release based on new evidence
Pak American Democratic Forum has arranged a press conference in favor of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui at the Karachi Press Club. Former attorney general Ramsey Clark, Laure L. Centro, Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui, Mansoor Alam and Rasheed A. Rizvi addressed the media.
PADF (Pak American Democratic Forum) arrange a press conference in favor of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui at Karachi Press Club. Former attorney general Ramsey Clark, Laure L. Centro, Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui, Mansoor Alam and Rasheed A. Rizvi addressed to media. Date: 27-08-2012
Whereas, the upper house of the Pakistani parliament a had unanimously passed a resolution on February 23, 2010, reflecting entire nation’s collective demand “that government should adopt all legal and diplomatic measures to seek her [Dr Aafia’s] return to Pakistan,” and
Whereas, General Musharraf’s foreign Minister, Mr. Khurshid Kasuri, has recently confessed
The complicity of the Musharraf regime in kidnapping and hiding over Dr. Aafia to the us government, and has apologized for his own involvement in this abominable act, stating “I’m so sorry for handing over the innocent Dr. Aafia Siddiqui to the Americans. It was my biggest mistake ever,” and
Whereas, the Zardari government has not only been negligent in pursuing its moral and legal duties, the connivance of its ambassador Hussain Haqqani with the us intelligence in s a matter of public record, and it’s new ambassador had initially refused to issue a visa to the honorable Ramsey Clark-a great friend of Pakistan and a known benefactor of the Bhutto family, and
Whereas, powerful circles in the US are putting pressure on the Zardari government to release Dr. Shakeel Afridi to the US, and
Whereas, a number of knowledgeable American activists and legal experts, including Ms Tina foster, the only US lawyer acceptable to Dr Aafia, believe there is a “Small window of opportunity” for negotiating Dr Aafia’s release.
Therefore, let it resolved, that this body demands that
1. The Pakistani parliament must immediately convene a hearing on the basis of Mr. Kasuri’s recent confession and the Zardari government must launch a new, multi-pronged, diplomatic initiative to negotiate Dr Aafia’s release.
2. Pakistan’s new ambassador Ms Sherry Rahman must be instructed to a) hold a major press conference at the Pakistani embassy to announce the new initiative based on new evidence.
b) convene a meeting of all major Pakistani American organization, c) enlist support of all major human rights organization, d) issue visas to hon. Cynthia McKinney, Hon Mike Gravel, Hon Ako Abdul Samad, Tina Foster, Esq., Sara Flounders, Esq. and other known human rights activists to visit Pakistan and educate the Pakistani public about the reservoirs of goodwill for Dr Aafia that exist even in the united States.