Pakistani doctor's family shun IS call for her release

The family of Aafia Siddiqui, currently serving a prison term in the United States for attempted murder, rejected any link to the Islamic State

Pakistani doctor's family shun IS call for her release

World Bulletin/News Desk

The family of a Pakistani doctor serving a jail sentence in America for an attack on a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan has rejected the Islamic State’s demand for her release.

Last week it was reported that the insurgents had called for the releasee of Aafia Siddiqui, once listed among the FBI’s seven most wanted al-Qaeda figures, as a condition of releasing Western hostages, including James Foley.

On Saturday, her family accused IS of attempting to sabotage the peaceful campaign for her to be set free.

In a statement, her elder sister Fowzia Siddiqui, who heads the Aafia Movement, said: “Whenever there are chances for the release of the daughter of the nation, some vested interests try to sabotage them by linking the cause of Aafia to violence and terrorism.”

Fowzia Siddiqui has collected a 100,000-signature petition calling for President Barack Obama to review her sister’s conviction.

She called those linking the Aafia Movement with terrorism “the enemies of the nation and country.”

In September 2010, a U.S. federal court sentenced mother-of-three Siddiqui, 37, to 86 years for the attempted murder of a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province. While being held at a police station in July 2008 Siddiqui grabbed a weapon and attempted to shoot the soldier.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ekim 2014, 23:14

Muhammed Öylek