ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday informed the upper house of the parliament that Dr. Afia Siddique has agreed to file a petition against her sentence in the USA court.
Ministers were not present in the Senate for answering the questions related to their ministries, over which, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani expressing anger said that the Ministers did not give any importance to the upper house of the parliament.
To Chairman anger, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Sawati tried to cool the Chairman Senate with an argument that the Ministers absence were due to simultaneous sessions of the National Assembly and the Senate.
Chairman Senate rejecting the Minister view said that the Ministers attitude is not right while the Chairman Senate handed over the questions regarding the respective Ministers to the relevant committees.
Protesting the Ministers absence, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Senator Raza Rabbani said that the opposition has decided to sit outside the Senate during the question hour, after which, all the opposition members walked out the session as the protest against the Ministers absence. However, on Chairman Senate instructions, treasury members persuaded the Opposition members and brought back them again in session.
During questions hour, Federal Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his written reply over a question of Senator Talha Mahmood informed the Senate that “I am completely aware of Dr. Afia Siddique case.” He further informed that Pakistani Neuroscientist Dr. Afia Siddique has now been agreed to file a petition against her sentence in the USA court.
The Minister further said that according to the USA judicial system, something can be decided after only Dr Afia Siddique filed the petition against her sentence.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Dr. Afia Siddique case has constantly been raised with the USA officials while the consular general of Pakistan in the USA city of Houston kept in touch with Dr. Afia Siddique.
He also informed that Pakistan has requested America to return Dr. Afia Siddique under international convention of criminal sentences of 1993