The federal government has taken the position that Dr Aafia Siddiqui has refused to speak to Pakistani officials on the phone. According to details, the Sindh High Court heard the case related to the repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. During the hearing, an additional reply was filed by the federal government in the Sindh High Court stating that Dr Aafia had refused to speak to Pakistani officials on the phone.
However, US prison officials have confirmed his recovery. The Pakistani Consul General in Houston has submitted the affidavit and documents to the Supreme Court. The reply submitted by the federal government states that the Consul General tried to persuade Dr Aafia Siddiqui to speak on the phone but she refused to speak.
The Consul General has also deposited 200$ in Dr. Aafia’s account for Ramadan expenses. The reply submitted states that Dr. Aafia is also being consulted on a mercy petition from the United States which can be filed by the Attorney or the Jail Warden. The Consul General was scheduled to visit the prison on March 27, which was canceled due to the corona virus. A request for consular access has also been made to a US prison.
It may be recalled that earlier on April 24, the government had submitted a reply to the court in which it was said that the United States had raised several issues regarding the good treatment of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. A local staff member of the jail where he is being held has also been removed. The issue of release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui has been raised several times at a high level. An appeal for mercy has also been sent to the US President in March 2020. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s mother has been sent to the Ministry regarding her condition. The Office of Foreign Affairs and the Pakistani Consul General in the United States keep up to date.