TEXAS/ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office of Pakistan reportedly contacted the United States Department of State over alleged misbehaviour with one of the former’s most famous convicted criminals imprisoned in the latter country, Geo News reported.
The State Department, through its spokesperson, confirmed that the Pakistani FO had reached out to them over reported misbehaviour with scientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who is imprisoned in Texas’ Federal Medical Center, Carswell.
The spokesperson, however, said the behaviour with convicted criminals in the US is in line with the human and international laws.
The conduct of US officials and prison-keepers with those imprisoned was completely in accordance with the Constitution as well as the laws of the United States, the spokesperson explained.
Prior to this, a State Department spokesperson had said the matter of reports pertaining to the alleged misbehaviour with Dr Aafia Siddiqui was taken up with relevant officials and a report summoned on the consequent probe.
On June 7, 2018, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had summoned a report from the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on Siddiqui within three days as a three-member bench — led by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) — heard a petition filed by the imprisoned scientist’s sister, Dr Fouzia.
Dr Fouzia Siddiqui had told the bench that Aisha Farooqui, the Pakistani consul-general in the US, recently visited her sister Dr Aafia in the Texas prison, to which CJP Justice Nisar had remarked that there were rumours of the imprisoned scientist’s death.
The Pakistan Embassy [in Washington] should tell whether Aafia is even alive, he had said. However, CJP Justice Nisar had said all the court could do as of that time was to wait for the report.
Dr Aafia Siddiqui was indicted by a New York federal district court in September 2008 on charges of attempted murder and assault, stemming from an incident during an interview with the US authorities in Ghazni, Afghanistan — charges that she denied.
After 18 months in detention, she was tried and convicted in early 2010 and sentenced to 86 years in prison.