Islamabad (June 25, 2018): The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday rejected a petition regarding the repatriation Dr Aafia from the United States.
The three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar resumed the hearing of Fozia Siddiqui’s petition; bench ruled that the case does not come under the apex court’s jurisdiction.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said there were conflicting reports about the death of Dr Aafia Siddiqui so issued notice to foreign ministry. Counsel of Dr Fozia Siddique said foreign ministry confirmed in a letter that Dr Aafia Siddiqui is in US custody.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar questioned how Pakistan could give orders to a sovereign country. “What would we do if US throws out our order?”
Expressing his helplessness, Justice Nisar said that neither the court nor the government can do anything for Siddiqui’s repatriation.Chief Justice said if you want to free Dr Aafia you should move US Supreme Court.
In 2010, a US court convicted Siddiqui, who was then 46 years old, on charges of attempted murder and assault of US personnel in Afghanistan. She is serving an 86-year jail term at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, in Fort Worth, Texas.