Abduction, kidnapping & hostage taking; keeping Mohammedan tradition alive:
The government of Pakistan offered to trade a CIA contractor currently jailed in that country for a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected by U.S. intelligence to be an al Qaeda operative.
According to a senior American administration official and a Pakistani official involved in the negotiations to free CIA contractor Raymond Davis, the Pakistani government proposed trading Davis for Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-educated Pakistani neuroscientist currently serving 86 years in federal prison for attempted murder.
The offer was immediately dismissed by the U.S. government. “The Pakistanis have raised it,” the U.S. official said. “We are not going to pursue it.” (ABC)
Don’t be to sure about that.
Mohammedan hubris in overdrive:
KARACHI: Waseem, the brother of one of the men shot dead byÂ US citizen Raymond Davis, on Monday announced that he was open to exchanging the US citizen forÂ Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who was sentenced to 86 years in prison on seven charges, including the attempt to murder US military personnel.
Speaking to the media at Dr Fauzia Siddiqui’s house, Waseem said that his brother and Faizan, the other man who was shot by Davis, were not robbers and had no criminal record. He also alleged that the pistols found on the two men had been planted in order to implicate them.
Fauzia Siddiqui said that the US should release her sister, Dr Aafia before talking about repatriating Davis.
Aafia’s mother asserted that it is the right of the victims’ families to demand Aafia’s release and also ask for monetary compensation.
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The proposal is the latest in a series of efforts to break an impasse between Washington and Islamabad over Davis. The CIA contractor has been held by Pakistani authorities since late January for shooting and killing two men he says were following his car and tried to rob him.
Siddiqui was convicted of trying to shoot F.B.I. agents and military officers in an Afghanistan police station in 2008. Siddiqui had been arrested the day before after being found with a list of New York city landmarks and instructions on how to construct explosives.
In 2004, F.B.I. director Robert Mueller described Siddiqui as an “al Qaeda operative and facilitator.” The F.B.I. had issued a global alert for Siddiqui and her first husband in 2003, for their suspected ties to al Qaeda. Siddiqui later remarried to an al Qaeda operative, who was the nephew of the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Muhammed. The husband, Ammar al-Baluchi is currently being detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Siddiqui was never charged with any terrorism-related crimes, however. Shortly after the FBI alert, she and her children disappeared, only to surface in Afghanistan five years later. Siddiqui has claimed she was held in secret American prisons, including Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, during that time. American officials have consistently denied that she was ever in American custody.