The sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui claims the Pakistani government turned down an earlier offer by the US to release the imprisoned Pakistani neuroscientist in exchange for Raymond Davis, a CIA operative who gunned down two men in Lahore in 2011.
Dr Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three who has been jailed in a US prison since 2010. She was sentenced to 86 years in prison for the attempted murder of two US soldiers, charges she vehemently denies.
The Pakistani neuroscientist has been dubbed by some as ” Lady al-Qaeda “, Siddiqui was arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 and flown to the United States and has been incarcerated since then.
Fauzia, her sister, who was speaking in an interview with Pakistani broadcaster Geo News on Thursday, Fouzia Siddiqui said that Washington also offered the release of her sister for Brigadier Bowe Bergdahl, a former US army officer who spent years in Afghan Taliban captivity until his release in 2014.
“There were several moments in which Aafia’s return could have been possible. There was the time of Raymond Davis. I have clear-cut evidence that the US offered Aafia for his exchange. But for these people [Pakistan government], other things became higher priorities,” she said.
Her sister’s comments come after the Pakistani government raised the issue of “respecting the human and legal rights” of Dr Aafia with US Envoy Alice Wells who visited Islamabad earlier this week.
Fouzia Siddiqui said she was ninety per cent hopeful that Aafia would soon be coming to Pakistan now.