Rumours are spreading so wild on social media that the popular Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui who has since been held behind bars in the US has died.
The reports which are still sketchy says she died in an American jail but many still say it was a Hoax and not true.
Is this right about Doctor Afia Siddiqui, Has she passed away? 😢#DoctorAfiaSidiqui
— Muhammad Farooq (@FarooqBhutta14) April 28, 2021
@AOBPSF can you make sure if doctor Afia is alive or diet a while ago ?
— Mian Zubair (@Mian733) April 28, 2021
According to a Facebook page owned by Naway Sahar says:
“Doctor Afia sidiqui daughter of pakistan, are still live or died in Amirca jail, let her sister give statement that she doesn’t know truly but kindly stop non sens and fack news about Afia sidiqui death.”
It seems too obvious why this is trending but there have not been any reliable source confirming the report to be true.
According to reports gathered recently, Dr. Afia Siddiuqe is a Pakistani Muslim, arrested by Americans.
She has been tortured by Americans for many years in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumna and Brandeis University Ph.D., and mother of three, she had disappeared in March 2003.
Who Is Pakistani neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui
In 1990, she went to study in the United States and obtained a PhD in neuroscience from Brandeis University in 2001.
She returned to Pakistan for a time following the 9/11 attacks and again in 2003 during the war in Afghanistan.
After his arrest and interrogation under torture, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad allegedly named her a courier and financier for Al-Qaeda, and she was placed on the FBI Seeking Information – Terrorism list; she remains the only woman to have been featured on the list.
Around this time she and her three children were kidnapped in Pakistan.
Five years later, she reappeared in Ghazni, Afghanistan, so was arrested by Afghan police and held for questioning by the FBI. While in custody, Siddiqui told the FBI she had gone into hiding but later disavowed her testimony and stated she had been abducted and imprisoned. Supporters believe she was held captive at Bagram Air Force Base as a ghost prisoner—charges the US government denies.
During the second day in custody, she shot at visiting U.S. FBI and Army personnel with an M4 carbine one of the interrogators had placed on the floor by his feet. She was shot in the torso when the warrant officer returned fire with a 9-millimeter pistol.
She was hospitalized, and treated; then extradited and flown to the US where in September 2008 she was indicted on charges of assault and attempted murder of a US soldier in the police station in Ghazni— charges she denied. She was convicted on 3 February 2010 and later sentenced to 86 years in prison.
Her case has been called a “flashpoint of Pakistani-American tensions”, and “one of the most mysterious in a secret war dense with mysteries”.
In Pakistan her arrest and conviction was seen by the public as an “attack on Islam and Muslims”, and occasioned large protests throughout the country; while in the US, she was considered by some to be especially dangerous as “one of the few alleged Al Qaeda associates with the ability to move about the United States undetected, and the scientific expertise to carry out a sophisticated attack”.
She has been termed “Lady al-Qaeda” by a number of media organizations due to her alleged affiliation with Islamists.
Pakistani news media called the trial a “farce”, while other Pakistanis labeled this reaction “knee-jerk Pakistani nationalism”. The Pakistani Prime Minister at that time, Yousaf Raza Gillani, and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, promised to push for her release.
ISIS have offered to trade her for prisoners on two occasions: once for James Foley and once for Kayla Mueller
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