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Mariam Siddiqui Returned To Her Family?

April 4, 2010

Following the March 2010 statement by Hamid Karzai, “the children of Aafia Siddiqui will be sent home soon“, it is reported today that Mariam Siddiqui, daughter of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, has been returned to her family seven years after her disappearance in March 2003. 

KARACHI: Unknown men on Sunday brought a 12-year-old girl at the residence of Dr. Aafia’s Siddiqi’s sister Dr. Fauzia Siddiqi in Karachi.  They claimed that the girl was the missing daughter of Dr. Aafia Siddiqi, who was currently in a US prison.  Meanwhile, a large number media persons after receiving the reports, gathered outside the residence of Dr. Fauzia.  According to eyewitnesses, the girl has been taken inside the house along with the people, who brought her.  On the other hand, NADRA officials got the fingerprints of the girl so that her relationship with Dr. Aafia could be verified.  Dr. Fauzia said that she was not aware who this girl was because she was not being allowed to speak to anyone.

It’s long been alleged and reported that in March 2003 Pakistai’s ISI, at the behest of the CIA,  kidnapped Mariam aged 3 with her mother and brother Ahmed, then aged 7 who both strangely turned up in Ghazni, Afghanistan in July 2008 where they were arrested by Afghan police.  Mariam’s brother Suleman aged 6 months also disappeared at this time and nothing has ever been heard of him since. 

It is also widely believed that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was prisoner 650 aka the Grey Lady held at Bagram during the time of Siddiqui’s disappearance.  She is now awating sentence in America following a guilty verdict at her 2010 trial for shooting at American soldiers whilst in Afghan custody in 2008.  The 9 day trial was covered daily on Cageprisoners by Petra Bartosiewicz which can now be found here.  It makes strange reading.  Bartosiewicz has previously written about Siddiqui for Harpers and Pramilla Srivastava has tried to summarise what is actually known and not known about Siddiqui here.  More information can be found via Justice for Aafia Coalition.

Update:  It has been reported that this girl is not Mariam Siddiqui.

Update 10/04/10:  DNA tests have concluded that the child delivered to Aafia Siddiqui’s family IS Mariam Siddiqui.

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  1. April 10, 2010 18:00

    The Government has formally declared 12 years old Maryam as daughter of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui after proved by DNA Test and the girl handed over to the family of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.
    Dr. Fauzia Siddiqui, sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui visited the Interior Ministry with 12 years old Maryam on Saturday and held a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
    Talking to media after holding the meeting, the Interior Minister said that Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani wanted to make the announcement himself but he asked him to announce this.
    Rehman Malik said that the DNA Report has proved that 12 years old Maryam is daughter of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, adding the girl only speak English.
    Responding to a question, the Interior Minister said that the government is taking all possible measures for the return of Dr. Aafia, saying the Prime Minister during his stay in the United States would strongly raise the issue of release of Dr. Aafia with the leadership of the United States.
    The Minister on the occasion congratulated the entire nation and the family of Dr. Aafia.
    Dr. Fauzia Siddiqui while talking to media said that the DNA test has proved that the girl is daughter of Dr. Aafia and praised the efforts of the government regarding repatriation of Dr. Aafia and her children and specially mentioned efforts of the Interior Minister.
    On current visit of the Prime Minister to the United States, Dr. Fauzia expressed her hope that he (Gilani) would raise the issue regarding release of Dr. Aafia with US Leadership.
    Terming the visit of Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, a key factor in making the efforts of the government and the Interior Minister productive, she said that the rehabilitation of Maryam would be started soon.

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