PM Gilani pledges all-out efforts to bring Aafia back
25 September, 2010
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday reiterated the commitment of his government to leave no stone unturned to bring back Dr Aafia Siddiqui.
In a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who called on him at his chambers at the Parliament House, Prime Minister Gilani directed the minister to use all ways and means for the repatriation of Dr Aafia. He said Dr Aafia was taken away during the tenure of the previous government, but the incumbent government had highlighted the issue at every level. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani discussed the matter with every dignitary visiting Pakistan, including US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and National Security Adviser James Jones. They also took up the issue with dignitaries during their visits abroad.
‚ÄúThe government sanctioned $2 million as legal aid for Dr Aafia to contest her case in courts in the US,‚ÄĚ he added. Prime Minister Gilani lauded the efforts of the interior minister in getting back two children of Dr Aafia safely to Pakistan and the steps taken to find out her third missing child.
Rehman Malik briefed the premier about his meeting with the US attorney general during his recent visit to the US on the advice of Prime Minister Gilani. He also briefed the premier on the meeting of the Pakistan‚Äôs ambassador with the US attorney general and other dignitaries to highlight the importance of the case and the efforts for the repatriation of Dr Aafia.