Thoughts on Aafia Siddiqui’s Conviction
Barrister Jafreeâ€™s Open Letter
By Barrister Jafree
I have been dismayed to read the article by Ms. Rafia Zakaria from Ohio (otherwise, one of the very few Indic-diaspora lawyer-columnists I have admired and praised) in the Dawn [February 17]. Since July 2008 I had kept her informed about the suffering, dilemmas and predicaments of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui who was actually brutally kidnapped and ruthlessly-illegally Renditioned (along with her three perfectly innocent infant children) from Karachi (she was proceeding by taxi to the Saddar Railway Station on way to Islamabad due to horrendous harassment/ untold persecution from her former husband as well as the CIA functionaries and indigenous Khufia, and in the capitol-city of Pakistan she intended to take up employment at The Al-Shifa Hospital, and raise her three children) in 2003; and not arrested from Ghazni in 2008 as has been scurrilously and systemically claimed by CIA/FBI functionaries and aficionados/bounty-hunters.
Aafiaâ€™s helpless family consists of an elder sister, a brother, and an old, God-fearing mother. For six calendar years the unfortunate, law-abiding Family could not even have a First Information Report (F.I.R.) registered because of the Outreach and overreaction of the Powers That Be (read Unjustified Enrichment wonderboys) in Pakistan. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Finally, only late in 2009 a wishy-washy FIR was registered (without mentioning who had kidnapped Aafia and under whose patronage/sponsorship). That FIR is being investigated ahista-ahista by SSP Investigator Alhajj Niaz Khosa of Karachi while water has virtually crossed over the heads. This is no cause for applause except for the Made-in-America Military Industrial Complex!
Mid-July 2008 while visiting Islamabad (in connection with my Habeas Writs regarding outrageously wrongful confinement of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan by General Pervez Musharraf) I was shocked to learn from a mysterious,trembling phonecall that Aafia was being detained/abused in a dungeon jail in Kabul (â€œand was likely to be shot deadâ€). Immediately I made the best inquiries I could muster, and I filed a hand-written Writ Habeas Corpus in the Islamabad High Court . I did, for example, ask U.S. Ambassador , Miss Ann Patterson if she denied that the Embassy remained curiously (and coyly/smugly) silent so did our then Interior Secretary, Alhaj Syed Kamal Shah (who was Inspector General of Sindh in 2003). and our Minitry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. Such silence (indifference+apathy) is deafening, disgraceful and dreadful nonsense of arrogance.
Concerning my Habeas Writs, the Interior/ Foreign Affairs Ministries and Attorneys-General for Pakistan, (Qayyum and Khosa) wasted time of the Court and showed no concern for a fellow-citizen and human being. I made desperate efforts that the Attorney-General for Pakistan write a letter to United States District Judge Richard Berman (copying it to the United States Attorney in New York, 20005) that Aafia was illicitly kidnapped from Karachi in 2003. This was not done, sinisterly so, in spite of helpful directions from the Lahore High Court which have been openly flouted.
The reprehensible maltreatment of Aafia is a felony of designer Bait â€˜N Switch. The most pressing question here is simply not concerning what is happening (regretably so!) in Pakistan to other oppressed women and repressed men. More immediately relevant is the fact that Rafia Zakaria who is on the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union never protested the gravely ill-treatment that has been accorded to Aafia who was transferred without any cause or judicial/extradition proceeding to the Death-penalty jurisdiction of New York.
The Afghan Government as well as the United States Officialdom violated, inter alia, the Geneva/Vienna Conventions and Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between Pakistan and USA  by not immediately informing Pakistan Embassy in Kabul (his would have been the case had she been arrested actually in Ghazni); rather the Pakistani Embassy in Washington was intimated MUCH AFTER my Writ and only after Aafia had been cruelly lodged in a New Yorkâ€™s Brooklyn Detention Center where she has been violated, physically harmed and variously humiliated and is being grossly inhumanly maltreated. Her son, Ahmed has told our illustrious Interior Minister (Government of Pakistan) that he never saw nor encountered his mother after being grabbed and separated from his nuclear family in 2003. in Karachi. This should make some lice to crawl over the ears of our Establishment!
I do ask why is Miss Rafia Zakaria silent about the violence and inhumanity accorded by the U.S. officialdom to Aafia within United States of America itself. The truth of the matter is that CIA needed some highly-educated person to â€˜crediblyâ€™ blame for the consequences of 9-11; they catapulted (and are victimizing) America-educated Aafia to fit that Negative Sum Mentality Purpose. Then, to add/ â€˜justifyâ€™ insidious insult to injury (to Aafia as well as the Occidental image of Islam) finding no evidence for six long years artfully arranged A-to-Z,
Aafiaâ€™s predetermined trial in God-forsaken New York where no civilized country even allows proper Extradition. This is a crying shame! Aafia was regretably denied threshold access to even choose her own lawyers or defend herself of her own. This mischievous misconduct offends all notions of process that was due and is now Overdue!!
By the way, Dr Aafia Siddiqui never re-married anyone as was wrongfully touted and spinned globally by FBI. Aafia is victim of that fascist syndromme: â€œCall a person a dog and then shoot herâ€ . The Neo-Improvisation and Restatement of that Syndrome is that before-predetermined-shooting-an-innocent-lady – – just have three or four heavy-weight American soldiers falsely claim that the chosen victim-to-be-blamed shot at them first by grabbing their gun which was lying on the floor of their overseas dungeon. As a former Assistant Attorney-General in the USA, I know that laying-down the heavy-gun on the floor is never dared and never done in suchlike circumstances. Additionally, no DNA or other physical evidence was discovered to that alleged-effect. The Jury returned the verdict of â€œGuiltyâ€ based on verbal evidence of Aafia versus four bought (and brought) witnesses. Law will accept the impossible but not the improbable and unreasonable. Let us not be somnobulant about that. I spent quater of a century in the USA learning and not-earning dollars.
In a nutshell, I must respectfully and conscientiously ask American bureaucrats that they should stop maltreating minorities and try to understand Islam in the proper light so that past wrongs and blunders can be rectified and only thus the Day Shall Dawn.
It is a long shot! But where there is will there is a way.
SYED MOHAMMED JAWAID IQBAL JAFREE OF PACIFIC PASLISADES,
MA Illinois LLM Harvard PhD Read FRSA London SASC PC, ATTORNEY AT LAW, ADMITTED IN PAKISTAN AND USA