The mother of imprisoned Pakistani neuroscientist, Dr Aafia Siddiqui, wrote an emotional letter addressing Prime Minister Imran Khan before his recent visit to the United States.
Ismat Siddiqui sent the following letter to PM Imran Khan before his visit to the U.S. earlier this week:
“By the grace of Allah Almighty and the prayers of mothers like me you have necome the chief executive of our beloved Pakistan.
“Surely, I do not need to remind you of how I am suffering, as the unjust captivity of the daughter of Pakistan is indeed as near and dear to your heart as mine.
“With due respect and a sad heart filled with new hope, I humbly request you to please help save my daughter Dr Aafia, whose name is now synonymous with the dignity and honor of Pakistan. Your visit to the U.S. and meeting with President Trump is a new ray of hope for Pakistan and myself that you will not only demand the release of your sister Aafia but do so with resolve only true leaders can.
“My Son Imran, need I remind you of our phone conversation? You are a ray of hope in this bleak time of uncertainty.
“My Son, I am sure you agree that bringing Aafia back home is singularly the most important issue that not only raises the status of every Pakistani, but it shows the world that when it comes to our honor and our daughters, we are no longer daughter sellers. Now Imran Khan is here to show we are a nation of principles and dignity!
“India will rise to highest levels for a terrorist just because he is theirs, America will take back Killers like Raymond Davis, why should we not stand for our innocent daughter? Aafia killed no one. She stands for love and peace, and regards you a great hero.
“Please, all I ask is just allow a dying mother to embrace her daughter and children reunite to pick up the pieces and have some closure.
“My health is ailing and I am becoming weaker as the days have turned into years, but I keep hope in Allah and the Quran, that a saviour like you will rise, for Allah has bestowed on you the power to resolve this issue. Please bring back my daughter as a dying mother’s mercy plea. Have the courage in your heart to take a firm stance. Insha’Allah Pakistan will rise victorious and dignified. May the guidance of Allah be with you.
“May the guidance of Allah be with you.
Ismat Siddiqui. Grieving mother of Dr Aafia Siddiqui”