Dr Aafia’s condition reflected years of abuse and pain: Senator Mushtaq


Pakistani neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui — who has been jailed in the United States for over a decade — looked “miserable and terrified” of the torture she has been suffering in imprisonment, said Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Senator Mushtaq Ahmed.

Senator Ahmed met Dr Aafia a day after she met her younger sister Dr Fauzia Siddiqui after 20 years, at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Texas on Wednesday.

In Thursday’s meeting, the senator was accompanied by Clive Stafford-Smith — a prominent human rights activist who also helped liberate Abdul Rabbani and Ahmed Rabbani from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison.

Sharing brief details of the meeting, Senator Ahmed described the miserable condition of the incarcerated doctor which he observed in the three-hour-long telephonic conversation from behind a glass shield.

“Dressed in off-white scarf, khaki dress, white joggers, Dr Aafia [held] a three-hour long telephonic meeting/conversation — which was being continuously recorded — in a small room partitioned with a glass shield,” he wrote on Twitter.