Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday that the government wishes to a decline in the reported difficulties faced by Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who is currently imprisoned in the United States.
Speaking to reporters in Multan, he said the Foreign Office had taken up complaints raised by Dr Aafia during the last few days with the US authorities.
Dr Aafia, who was convicted in 2010 on charges of attempted murder and assault of US personnel, is serving an 86-year sentence at the Federal Medical Centre, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. It is a US federal prison for female inmates of all security levels with special medical and mental health needs.
“We will definitely try,” was Qureshi’s response when asked by a reporter how successful the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government would be in bringing the prisoner to Pakistan.
The minister said Aafia’s sister, Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, had wanted to meet him and she was given a date for the purpose. However, the meeting could not take place due to her personal engagements.
“I will [now] meet her next week and hear her out. I will help her in whatever way I can within the limits of law,” Qureshi said.