Tell U.S. to ‘Free Aafia Siddiqui!’
McKinney, Flounders to visit Pakistan
By LeiLani Dowell
November 30, 2012
In support of continuing efforts to pressure the U.S. government to
repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan, former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia
McKinney and International Action Center Co-Director Sara Flounders will travel
to Pakistan from Dec. 2-9.
The trip will focus on due process and justice and expose U.S. practices of
secret renditions, illegal confinement and torture — practices
highlighted by Siddiqui’s case.
Siddiqui is a Pakistani political prisoner who has been held in solitary
confinement for years in U.S. prisons. She was tried for attempting to shoot
U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan in 2008. Although the only person injured in
the supposed attack was Siddiqui herself — she was shot in the stomach
— the court sentenced her to 86 years in U.S. federal prison in 2010.
Siddiqui’s many supporters note that, as a citizen of Pakistan who was
never charged with committing a crime on U.S. soil, she should not have been
extradited to the U.S. in the first place. During her highly publicized trial,
the U.S. corporate media consistently labeled Siddiqui a
For many in Pakistan, Siddiqui stands as a national symbol of the many who
have been “disappeared” from their homes. In court appearances, she
described being abducted from Pakistan with her three young children; her
youngest son, Suleman, remains missing. Siddiqui has consistently asserted that
while in U.S. custody in Afghanistan, she was held in a series of secret
prisons, tortured and abused. She has overwhelming support among the Pakistani
people, who want their sister returned to them both in the interest of justice
and on humanitarian grounds.
Outside of Pakistan, Siddiqui’s case has garnered international
support. A petition released by the IAC has been signed by individuals around
the world, generating more than 100,000 email messages sent to U.S., United
Nations and Pakistani officials, as well as major media outlets. Unburdened by
the bogus “terrorist” claim against her, the IAC organized in
support of Siddiqui’s freedom throughout her trial and sentencing.
Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui, her sister, and the Free Aafia Movement are organizing
Flounders’ and McKinney’s trip to Pakistan, which will help further
the demand for Aafia Siddiqui’s immediate repatriation to Pakistan and an
end to kidnapping and torture practices under the auspices of the U.S.
so-called “war on terror.” That war includes near-daily U.S. drone
attacks on Pakistan and the assassination of Muslims who have been targeted by
The IAC petition can be found at www.iacenter.org/SiddiquiPetition. For more
information on Siddiqui’s case, visit —freeaafia.com.