The frame-up of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
Feb 15, 2012
In solidarity with Dr Aafia Siddiqui, supporters packed New York’s
Federal Court in Manhattan Feb. 10 to hear an appeal of the 39-year-old who was
sentenced on Sept 23, 2010.
She has been held in total isolation at Carswell Federal Prison since her
sentencing 18 months ago.
In March 2003, Dr. Siddiqui was kidnapped with her three young children in
Karachi, Pakistan, and held in secret detention by U.S. forces at Bagram Prison
in Afghanistan for five years.
She was charged with attempting to shoot U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan
in 2008. No one was injured except Dr. Siddiqui, who was shot in the stomach,
and no material evidence was found that she handled a gun.
Dr. Siddiqui was brought to New York for a highly publicized trial where the
media labeled her a “terrorist.” Throughout the trial she continued
to maintain that she was tortured and secretly held in Afghanistan. She has
refused to accept her lawyers or the U.S. court’s right to try her.
Her case has wide international support, and in Pakistan she is considered a
Daughter of the Nation. There is an international call for her repatriation to
Pakistan. To sign a petition demanding her repatriation, visit