Pakistani government conveys concerns regarding Aafia Siddiqui to US
The Pakistani government has conveyed to Washington government its concerns over the imprisonment and mistreatment of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three jailed in the US for almost a decade. Diplomatic sources told that "The matter was taken up by Pakistani officials during an official visit by US envoy Alice Wells earlier this week".
Wells, the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, was in Islamabad on Tuesday to follow up on Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's meetings with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meetings in Washington last month.
A government statement following Wells' visit said US-Pakistan bilateral agenda including the upcoming Geneva Conference and the Afghan peace process were discussed. There was no official statement by the Pakistani government on discussions regarding Dr Aafia Siddiqui. But diplomatic sources told Geo News that Pakistani officials informed the US officials of its concerns and conveyed position that fundamental human rights be taken into consideration in the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.