Multan (November 08, 2018): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday that he will meet Dr Aafia’s sister next week as the government wished to see a diminish worries faced by Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who is currently imprisoned in the United States.
Speaking to reporters in Multan, he said the Foreign Office had taken up complaints raised by Dr Aafia with US authorities during the last few days.
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Dr Aafia, who was convicted in 2010 on charges of attempted murder and assault of US personnel, is serving an 86-year sentence at the Federal Medical Centre, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. It is a US federal prison for female inmates of all security levels with special medical and mental health needs.
“We will definitely try,” was Qureshi’s response when asked by a reporter how successful the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government would be in bringing the imprisoned neuroscientist to Pakistan.
The minister said Aafia’s sister, Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, had wanted to meet him and she was given a date for the purpose. However, the meeting could not take place due to her personal engagements.“I will [now] meet her next week and hear her out. I will help her in whatever way I can within the limits of the law,” Qureshi said.
Commenting over the PM China visit, Qureshi said that the visit was fruitful and the rumours should be ended on the issue after the announcement of the Pak-Chain joint declaration.
“Declaration clearly highlighted the value of both countries relations as bilateral ties of both countries are exemplary,” he said adding that former government had given priority to orange train through CPEC. Speaking about the visit of Alice Wells to Pakistan, Qureshi said the US diplomat had had “good” meetings with various stakeholders in Islamabad.
He said the bilateral discussions held between the two sides show that the Pakistan-US relationship has moved beyond just Afghanistan and ‘do more’.
He attributed the “positive” environment for discussions to his meetings with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The subject of bilateral cooperation in energy and other areas was also discussed during the meetings, the minister added.
Replying over ties with India, Qureshi said that Pakistan again ready to talk with India as there was no other way forward except dialogue.
However, at the same time, he said there was no hope of talks with India until May 2019.
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