ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan has said that the government is making serious efforts for the repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.
He had met Fauzia Siddiqui, sister of Pakistani neuroscientist, on Monday to brief her on the progress being made in Dr Aafia’s case.
Pakistani neuroscientist jailed in US He was indicted in September 2008 by a New York federal district court on charges of murder and attempted assault. She denies the allegations.
Dr. Aafia was tried and sentenced in early 2010 after 18 months of detention. The United States sentenced him to 86 years in prison.
Awan expressed hope that US President-elect Joe Biden would help make Dr Aafia’s return possible.
Talking about Pakistani prisoners abroad, he said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has so far repatriated 5,000 prisoners.
The aide to the prime minister said that solving the problems of Pakistanis abroad was one of the top priorities of the PTI government.
He termed Dr Aafia’s imprisonment as a major violation of human rights and said the matter would be taken up in the Senate by the Foreign Ministry.