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Talha concerned over poor health of Dr Aafia

QUETTA: Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights Senator Talha Mehmood on Wednesday expressed his deep concern over the worsening health condition of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who is imprisoned in the United States.

Talking to journalists here on Wednesday, he denied the news item appearing in the media, which said that she had lost her senses. “I visited the United States to meet Dr Aafia who had been kept in New York.

“But I could not meet her as she had been shifted to Texas a couple of days before my arrival in the New York City.” He further said: “I was denied the opportunity to meet Dr

Aafia despite my repeated requests to the authorities concerned.

Later, I flew to Texas where I was allowed to meet her. I found her in complete senses.” He added: “However, she seemed to be suffering from acute weakness as multiple bullet injuries she sustained during her imprisonment in the Bagram Jail in Afghanistan had greatly affected her health.”

Aafia had informed him that she was arrested along with her three children in 2003. He went on to say that she was initially kept in the Bagram Jail and that she was absolutely unaware about the whereabouts of her two chil-dren.

“Dr Aafia had strongly denied the allegation of firing at the US Marines and described it as an attempt to save two American soldiers who actually tried to kill her by shooting at her,” he added. He said Dr Aafia underwent severe torture during her imprisonment and neither she trusted the lawyers provided by the US government nor expected a fair trial.
Source: The News
Date:11/27/2008

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