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Pakistan reveals little interest in rescuing ‘Lady Al Qaeda’, Aafia Siddiqui

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Pakistan shows no interest in rescuing 'Lady Al Qaeda', Aafia Siddiqui

Addressing the press convention together with Aafia Siddiqui’s sister, Fauzia Siddiqui, lawyer Clive Stafford Smith stated Aafia, who was ‘abducted’ in 2003, “holds no special importance for the US” and it’s the federal government of Pakistan that didn’t do sufficient to carry her again, the Dawn reported. 

Clive Stafford Smith is the lawyer who paved method for the return of two Pakistani brothers — Abdul Rabbani and Ahmed Rabbani — who had been detained on the Guantanamo Bay jail for the final 20 years. They had been launched and returned to Pakistan final week. Responding to a query, he stated if Shakeel Afridi needed to be traded for Siddiqui’s launch, the Pakistani authorities ought to do it. 
Afridi has been incarcerated for greater than a decade after he was accused of serving to the US in tracing the Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden who was killed in Abbottabad in 2012. 

As reported by Dawn information, Smith referred to as on the Pakistan authorities to think about ‘prisoner swap’ for her launch, whereas revealing horrific particulars of torture endured by Gitmo detainees. 

“If the Rabbani brothers [Abdul and Ahmed Rabbani] can be brought back, why not her,” he was quoted as saying within the report. 
Smith stated he had visited Siddiqui in January on the Federal Medical Centre, Carswell in Texas the place she was being detained. 

“I have engaged with over 80 Guantanamo Bay prisoners, but not one was in the condition as bad as her,” he stated. 

He added that though the ability was a “medical centre”, in actuality, it was as “ghastly as the other prisons in the US”. 

He stated the dedication from the federal government and media assist was wanted to carry the incarcerated physician again. 

He stated 546 prisoners have been launched from Guantanamo Bay, of which just one was launched by courts. “The remaining 545 got their freedom through pressure exerted by the media and journalists,” he stated. 

Fauzia stated the final time she ever heard any report about her imprisoned sister was in 2016. 

“Since then, we have had no contact with her. We used to hear that she had died, but it was finally this year in January when Clive met her, we came to know that she is alive,” she was quoted as saying within the Dawn report. 

Further, in response to the Dawn, she added that Siddiqui was subjected to many varieties of torture however the brutal act of “taking children away from a mother” was the worst of all. 

FMC Carswell is a high-security jail, and Aafia Siddiqui is slated to spend the remainder of her life there, below US legislation, she will probably be nicely over 100 years outdated earlier than she is eligible for launch. Life expectancy in US prisons hovers round 60. 

She additionally stated her six-month-old nephew had gone lacking and to this present day he hadn’t been discovered. 

“We want to make this a movement with a momentum that does not end until Aafia is back,” she stated. 

Speaking to Dawn, Smith stated Ahmed Rabbani was a talented artist and an adept chef, the abilities he learnt throughout his detention. 
The lawyer added that he’s planning to carry an exhibition of Ahmed Rabbani’s paintings depicting his time in detention. 

“He made an imaginary Guantanamo Bay as he never saw it since they always kept him blindfolded,” he stated. 

“We also have a great Guantanamo Cook Book coming along based on Ahmed’s recipes. The recipes are named after 62 torture methods he went through.” 

Smith additionally revealed horrific particulars concerning the torture inflicted upon the 2 brothers which left them with inexplicable bodily and psychological trauma. 

He stated the brothers had been getting remedy which they would wish for a very long time to usually combine into society. 

Detailing one of many torture strategies, Mr Smith stated the inmates had been subjected to the strappado, a medieval punishment through which an individual is tied from shoulders and left hanging on tiptoes. 

“This was one of the 62 torture techniques the Rabbanis faced,” he stated. “They were left hanging like that for weeks.” 

He added that Eminem’s tune White America was once blared at full quantity for days to torture the inmates. 

Mr Smith, who was the brothers’ lawyer for the final 15 years, stated Ahmed Rabbani’s son Jawwad, who’s now 20 years outdated, was born seven months after his father was kidnapped. “At that time, Ahmed Rabbani didn’t even know his wife was pregnant.” 

Siddiqui is serving an 86-year jail sentence for capturing at US service members. She had been arrested in reference to an alleged Al Qaeda plot earlier than she grabbed a soldier’s M4 and opened hearth on her interrogators. She missed. 

David Grantham, a legislation enforcement skilled with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and writer of “Consequences: An Intelligence Officer’s War,” stated the police may also be taught classes from the case to enhance their potential to thwart future assaults. 

“If we see these trends in the future, anything like this, we need to consider that there could be violent action associated with this organized online activity,” he informed Fox News Digital. 

“So that’s the most basic fundamental thing that law enforcement will look at from this report,” he added. 

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