SC orders to club Dr Afia case with Pakistanis languishing in foreign jails


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday issued directives to club the case of Aafia Siddiqui with other such cases of Pakistani nationals imprisoned abroad.

A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard the case seeking return of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui to the country.

As the hearing began, the Attorney General apprised the court that Aafia was holding a meeting with her counsellor after every three months. To this, the chief justice asked the AG if it was possible that Aafia could complete her remaining jail term in Pakistan.

The court then decided to club her petition with those of other Pakistanis jailed abroad in hope that it may create some positive development in the case.

It is pertinent to mention that Dr Fauzia Siddique, sister of Aafia, had filed a plea in the apex court seeking the government to be ordered to initiate talks with the United States for bringing back Aafia to Pakistan.

She filed her plea in accordance with Article 184 (3).