Monday, September 15, 2008

US finally makes contact with Dr. Aafia Siddiqi's family

Dr. Fozia, the sister of Aafia Siddiqui, a U.S. national of Pakistani origin, talks with journalists during a press conference in Karachi, Pakistan.

For the record: An earlier caption on this photo misidentified Dr. Fozia as her sister, Aafia Siddiqui. (Rehan Khan / EPA) Photo (NOT article is from August 5, 2008)


LAHORE: The US embassy on Sunday contacted Dr Aafia Siddiqi’s family to discuss the recovery of her children, Express News reported on Sunday.

According to the channel, Dr Aafia’s elder sister Dr Fozia met US diplomats in Islamabad for the discussion.

According to BBC Urdu, the US embassy called Dr Fozia and told her of its efforts to recover the children, reportedly being held in Afghanistan. However, the channel has reported that Dr Fozia has denied any visit to the US embassy or meeting any US official.

A US embassy spokesman told the BBC that he could neither confirm nor deny the meeting, as it concerned an American citizen’s personal life and security. The spokesman said that, under American law, he was not allowed to give details to the media.

SOURCE: Daily Times

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