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Who's Afraid of Aafia Siddiqui?

She went to MIT and Brandeis, married a Brigham and Women's physician, made her home in Boston, cared for her children, and raised money for charities. Aafia Siddiqui was a normal woman living a normal American life. Until the FBI called her a terror

By Katherine Ozment

The men were ready. They knew the woman who would be joining them for the week was a high-profile Al Qaeda operative. They'd been told she should be treated with the utmost respect. She would arrive in Liberia's bustling capital, Monrovia, on a plane from Quetta, Pakistan. She was to be driven to the safe house, the Hotel Boulevard, where other Al Qaeda figures had stayed, and taken good care of until the deal was done.

The trip from the airport was a hot hour long, and the woman spoke in English to the driver on the way. The driver, who would later become the chief informant in a United Nations-led investigation, described her as a quiet Islamic woman who wore a traditional headscarf and kept mostly to herself. She spent the week holed up in her room, making trips into town for small errands.

About a week after her arrival, the woman left Monrovia as quietly as she had entered, but now she had what she had come for: a large parcel containing gems from Africa's illegal diamond trade. They would be used as a convenient, hard-to-trace way of funding Al Qaeda's global terror operations. It was mid-June 2001, three months before September 11.

The men never saw the woman again in person. But earlier this year, one of them says, he saw two photographs of her. At a news conference in May, Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller III announced that the FBI was looking for seven people with suspected ties to Al Qaeda. MIT graduate and former Boston resident Aafia Siddiqui was the only woman on the list. After the photos of her appeared on television, the informant picked up the phone and dialed investigators at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which is examining Africa's illegal diamond trade. The informant was convinced that the woman in the photographs was the woman who had come to Liberia.

Now imagine this: The woman in the photographs, Aafia Siddiqui, the same week, mid-June, 2001. She is a 29-year-old mother of two, consumed, like other Boston moms who volunteer or work outside the home, with the minutiae of everyday life. A deeply religious woman, she picks up Korans from a local mosque and distributes them to inmates in area prisons. She hosts play groups in her apartment on the 20th floor of the Back Bay Manor in Roxbury. She takes her sister Fowzia's child into her care while Fowzia finishes a fellowship in neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She does the grocery shopping and prepares meals for her children and husband, an anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women's.

This is what Aafia Siddiqui's family says she was really doing during the summer of 2001. Not brokering diamond deals for Al Qaeda with murderous brutes from the killing fields of Africa, but hosting play groups in her apartment. "Aafia Siddiqui was here in June 2001," says the family's attorney, Elaine Whitfield Sharp. "And I can prove it."

Sharp is best known as one of the lawyers who defended Louise Woodward, the English nanny found guilty of shaking infant Matthew Eappen to death in 1997. If she can prove Siddiqui wasn't in Liberia that week, she'll damage one of the most puzzling cases of alleged terrorism to emerge from the ashes of 9/11. The claim that Siddiqui was involved in diamond trading is another in a series of sometimes surprising, sometimes vague accusations by government officials. In Siddiqui's case, the allegations have been further clouded by the often inaccurate, even hyperbolic descriptions of her by the media.

To those who knew her, Aafia Siddiqui was a kind, quiet woman living the normal life of a Pakistani expat in Boston. To the FBI, which displayed her photograph at that press conference in May, she was a suspected terrorist with ties to a chief mastermind of 9/11 -- and the knowledge, skills, and intention to continue Al Qaeda's terror war in the United States and abroad. Could one woman embody such diametrically opposed identities? Who is the real Aafia Siddiqui? And where has she gone?

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, on March 2, 1972, Aafia was one of three children of Mohammad Siddiqui, a doctor trained in England, and Ismet, a homemaker. You might think the daughter who eventually got into MIT was the smart one in the family, but her siblings are just as accomplished. Mohammed, Aafia's brother, is an architect living in Houston with his wife, a pediatrician, and their children. Fowzia, Aafia's sister, is a Harvard-trained neurologist who was working at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore until she decided to go back to Pakistan.

Aafia Siddiqui moved to Texas in 1990 to be near her brother and had good enough grades after spending a year at the University of Houston to transfer to MIT. She requested a room in the university's only all-female dorm, McCormick Hall, which consists of two modern, block-like towers set along the Charles. Siddiqui's fellow students say she was a quiet, studious woman who was devout in her religious beliefs but not a fundamentalist. She often wore a headscarf, for example, but didn't cover her face.

"She was religious, but that wasn't unusual in McCormick," says a former MIT student who lived in the dorm at the time. "She was just nice and soft- spoken," says Marnie Biando, a student who worked at the front desk. "She wasn't terribly assertive."

While at MIT Siddiqui apparently joined an association for Muslim students. She wrote three guides for members who wanted to teach others about Islam. On the group's website, Siddiqui explained how to run a daw'ah table, an informational booth used at school events to educate people about, and persuade them to convert to, Islam. Some of what Siddiqui wrote -- about needing enough money to buy Islamic literature and posterboard -- sounds like a handout for a PTA meeting.

Other references, however, reveal a passion for Islam that could be called hard line. In the guides she wrote, "Imagine our humble, but sincere daw'ah effort turning into a major daw'ah movement in this country! Just imagine it! And us, reaping the reward of everyone who accepts Islam through this movement, through years to come . . . Think and plan big." So big was her thinking that she envisioned an outcome that might surprise many of her adopted countrymen: "May Allah give this strength and sincerity to us so that our humble effort continue, and expands until America becomes a Muslim land."

Even in her academic pursuits, Siddiqui's sights were trained on her faith. A biology major, in her sophomore year she won a $5,000 grant to study the effects of Islam on women in Pakistan.

A photo of her on graduation day shows an attractive woman smiling beside the Charles River. She wears a simple necklace and dangling earrings. It's easy to understand why students who knew her were so surprised to hear her name on the nightly news. In the perpetually updated photo gallery of terrorist suspects that has made its way into our living rooms since 9/11, her face is among the most angelic.

Sometime after their daughter's graduation, Siddiqui's parents, concerned about her prospects for marriage, went out and found her a husband. Mohammed Amjad Khan seemed like a great catch. The son of a wealthy family and a medical student, he, like Siddiqui, was a well-educated Pakistani trying to make a life for himself in Boston. He also shared Siddiqui's faith but did not seem threatened by her desire for a career.

Siddiqui, after all, wasn't done with school. She entered Brandeis University as a graduate student in cognitive neuroscience. Though media reports in the past year have erroneously given her such technical-sounding titles as microbiologist, geneticist, and neurologist, the truth is that Siddiqui's training didn't lend itself easily to the type of terrorist acts that haunt us in our worst nightmares.

"They started with the whole idea that Aafia was involved in biochemical warfare," says Sharp. "She wasn't taking brain cells and testing how they reacted to gases. But there's all this news in the media about the changing face of Al Qaeda and the neurobiology scare, and now we've got this MIT graduate with a Brandeis Ph.D. who's cooking up all these viruses."

What Siddiqui was actually cooking up at Brandeis was more mundane. Her graduate work was based on a simple concept: that people learn by imitation. To study this, she devised a computer program and used adult volunteers, who came to her office and watched various objects move randomly across the screen, then reproduced what they recalled. The point was to see how well they retained the information having seen it on the screen.

Paul DiZio, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Brandeis who was on Siddiqui's dissertation committee, laughs when asked if such work could be applied to Al Qaeda operations. "I can't see how it can be applied to anything," he says. "It's not very applied work. It didn't have a medical aspect to it. And, as a computer expert, she was competent. But you know, calling her a mastermind or something does not seem -- I never saw any evidence."

What DiZio did see evidence of was Siddiqui's obvious passion for Islam. "She made many references to her faith in scientific conversations," he says. "When presenting a proposal about how some results would come out and whether they would support her theory, she would say, 'Allah willing.'" Though such comments may have seemed strange in an academic setting, DiZio says there was nothing radical about Siddiqui. "She just seemed like a very kind person."

She was also a person whose life was rapidly changing. DiZio recalls asking Siddiqui what she would do after earning her Ph.D. "She said something about how she had commitments to her children and her family, and that this is the way it was," he says. Somehow, Siddiqui's plan for a career outside the home had been lost.

By the time Siddiqui finished her dissertation, she and Khan, who was nearing the end of his residency at Brigham and Women's, had two children. According to Sharp, the couple was beginning to argue over how to raise them.

"Aafia wanted to live in the West," Sharp says the family told her, adding that Khan wanted to return to Pakistan and raise the children as conservative Muslims. When Siddiqui's parents had arranged their daughter's marriage to Khan, they were under the impression that he was progressive. Now they were worried.

Hassan Abbas, a Pakistani visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and the author of the recently published Pakistan's Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army, and America's War on Terror, remembers the story of the couple's marital troubles differently. Once, when speaking with a colleague of Khan's who worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, Abbas was told Siddiqui was the more fundamentalist of the two. But he never met her. When he moved to Boston in 2001, Abbas tried to set up a network of Pakistani academics and hoped to add Siddiqui to his listserv. "To my surprise," he says, "despite my good contacts and friendships, nobody was willing to say even a single word about her."

What is known about the couple is that they lived with their children on the 20th floor of Roxbury's Back Bay Manor, a popular housing choice for medical residents and foreigners seeking medical treatment because of its proximity to the city's hospitals. The apartment was home base for a nonprofit organization the two started with Fowzia in 1999, called the Institute of Islamic Research and Teaching.

The Mosque for the Praising of Allah in Roxbury is a simple brick building with a double arched doorway out front and a Middle Eastern café next door. In his cluttered second-floor office, Abdullah Faruuq, the mosque's imam, crams his tall body behind his desk and crosses his stocking feet on a chair in front of him.

"What I know of her," he says, "is that she was living here in America, and her organization was for sharing Islamic information with the American people."

Siddiqui ordered Korans and other books to be distributed to prisons and on school campuses. Boxes of them would arrive at Faruuq's mosque, and he'd wait for her to come pick them up. Though she was a small woman, Siddiqui never asked for help carrying the heavy boxes down the steep flight of stairs.

Faruuq was impressed with Siddiqui's devotion but says she wasn't a radical. "'As long as it's not evil, I can do it,'" he says, paraphrasing what Siddiqui herself might have said of her acceptance of the western world. "'I show my hands, show my face. I drive my own car. I have my credit cards.' She had all of that. She was an American girl. Put that down: Aafia Siddiqui was an American girl. And a good sister."

Siddiqui's missionary work stemmed from her belief that it was her duty to bolster the Muslim community around her. "She was always very frustrated here that Muslims were not addressing the needs of their community," says a woman who was a student of Siddiqui's. "She said we needed to be doing more to help our people and that we needed to address the needs of the community." She says Siddiqui wanted her husband to use his medical skills to help the less fortunate.

Talal Eid, imam of the Islamic Center of New England in Quincy, also knew Siddiqui through the charitable work she did. He recalls her raising money for Bosnian orphans. "You know, we were all active, but to see a woman who was active in this way was really something nice."

People who lived on the same floor of Back Bay Manor as Siddiqui have a different impression of her. "In some ways we knew her kids better than we knew her," says Matthew Parfitt, who lived down the hall. "She'd leave them to play in the hallway a lot. "

The only people Parfitt noticed going in and out of Siddiqui's apartment were a woman she seemed close to, possibly her sister Fowzia, and an older woman who came to visit for some time, possibly her mother, Ismet.

Another neighbor, Pat Shechter, remembers seeing Siddiqui in the elevator with her son, who was on his way to school. "I said, 'Oh, what do you study in school?' And he said, 'the Koran.'"

The FBI suspects Siddiqui was doing a lot more at Back Bay Manor than sending her kids out to play in the hallway or having her sister over for tea. In the weeks after 9/11, when the FBI was scrambling to make up for past oversights, the agency became suspicious of several people in the building, particularly Khan and Siddiqui. At least some of that suspicion stemmed from the couple's connection to two Saudi nationals with financial dealings that in a post-9/11 world set off warning bells. Workers at Fleet reviewing past bank transactions reportedly flagged as suspicious some that occurred just months before the attacks.

In July 2001, two Saudi nationals, Abdullah Al Reshood and Hatem Al Dhahri, had taken over Khan and Siddiqui's lease when the couple decided to move to Malden (though the Saudi embassy and Sharp deny they lived in the apartment). During that time, Al Reshood received a $20,000 wire transfer from the Saudi government. The money, a Saudi official later explained to the Boston Globe, was sent by the Saudi government to Al Reshood to pay for medical treatment for his wife.

The Fleet employees filed a suspicious activity report, or SAR, with the Treasury Department, which alerted the FBI. Investigators were reportedly stunned when they realized the SAR had been filed for someone so closely connected to Siddiqui and Khan, already under suspicion for having used a debit card to buy night-vision goggles, body armor, and military manuals from American websites, and for donating to charities the FBI watches closely.

When questioned, Sharp says, Khan told authorities he had purchased the military items for big-game hunting in Pakistan, saying goggles and armor weren't available there. Siddiqui, who was questioned only incidentally, was quickly released. Shortly after that, citing the difficulty of living as Muslims in the United States after 9/11, the couple returned to Pakistan.

Siddiqui and Khan stayed in Pakistan for a short time, then returned to the United States. They remained until 2002, then moved back to Pakistan. The tension between the couple had continued to grow and finally reached the breaking point in August 2002. Siddiqui was eight months pregnant with their third child, and she and Khan were now estranged. She and the children stayed at her mother's house, while Khan lived elsewhere in Karachi.

One day, according to Sharp, Khan came over to Aafia's parents' house bearing a letter explaining that he was going to divorce Siddiqui. He started reading the letter, and a heated argument began between Khan and Siddiqui's parents. The fight was too much for Siddiqui's father, Sharp says. He had a heart attack and died. Within weeks, Siddiqui gave birth to a son.

Siddiqui stayed at her mother's house for the rest of the year, returning to the United States without her children around December 2002 to look for a job in the Baltimore area, where her sister had begun working at Sinai Hospital. Siddiqui had interviews at Johns Hopkins and SUNY, says Sharp. The real purpose of her trip, the FBI suspects, was to open a post office box for Majid Khan, a purported Al Qaeda operative who allegedly had plans to blow up gas stations and fuel tanks in the Baltimore-Washington area. Siddiqui's family contends that her trip to Baltimore was for the sole purpose of finding a job, and that if she did open a post office box it was for the replies she hoped to get.

Months later, the FBI would make its most devastating claim against Siddiqui.

It was still dark on the morning of March 1, 2003, when Pakistani authorities arrested Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a known September 11 mastermind, at a Karachi safe house. The arrest made news around the world. It also presaged the extraordinary vanishing act of Aafia Siddiqui and her three small children.

"Apparently Khalid Sheikh Mohammed gave up Aafia's name as being a major Al Qaeda operative," says Sharp. Asked how he could possibly have known her name if she were innocent of the FBI's claims against her, Sharp says Siddiqui's identity was likely stolen. "Aafia was, I think, probably a pretty naive and trusting person," Sharp says, "and my guess is it would be pretty easy for somebody who wanted to steal an identity to just steal it."

Because of the secretive nature of the interrogation, we may never know what, if anything, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said about Siddiqui. About a month after his capture in the spring of 2003, however, she disappeared. The last her mother remembers, Siddiqui was piling herself and her kids, then seven, five, and six months old, into a taxi headed to the train station, the first step of what she said was her planned trip to visit an uncle in Islamabad. Her mother said goodbye to her daughter and grandchildren -- and hasn't seen them since.

What happened to Aafia Siddiqui and her children that day is anyone's guess. Siddiqui's mother, Ismet, claims that a few days after Siddiqui's disappearance, a man on a motorcycle arrived at her house in a leather suit and helmet and told her Aafia was being held and that she should keep quiet if she ever wanted to see her daughter and grandchildren again.

A report in the Pakistani Urdu press said that Siddiqui and her kids had been seen being picked up by Pakistani authorities and taken into custody. Even a spokesman for Pakistan's interior ministry and two unnamed U.S. officials confirmed this in the press. Several days later, however, Pakistani and American officials mysteriously backtracked, saying it was unlikely that Siddiqui was in custody.

Ismet, hysterical, decided to board a plane to the United States in an attempt to find her daughter. When official-looking men greeted her at JFK Airport in New York, she thought they were there to help her find her daughter.

"She's detained for four hours by the FBI, NYPD, Homeland Security," says Sharp. "She thinks they're all there to help her. That's how naive she was. And she's crying and saying, 'Tell me where my daughter is,' and they don't know where her daughter is and they let her go."

Siddiqui's sister Fowzia picked up Ismet and took her back to Baltimore. "And the next thing they know," Sharp says, "there's a knock at the door, and it's the FBI and they're very aggressively serving a subpoena for Ismet Siddiqui to come here to Boston to testify before a grand jury." It was then that Siddiqui's brother, Mohammed, who had been referred to Sharp by a professional connection in Houston, hired her to represent the family.

In the days after Ismet Siddiqui was served the subpoena, she, Fowzia, and Mohammed all spoke at length with agents from the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office. "We just gave them everything," says Sharp. "And they were saying, 'We still think she's got another life that you don't know about.'"

Aafia Siddiqui had been missing for more than a year when the FBI put her photographs on its website. It was May 26, and Ashcroft and Mueller told the press that Siddiqui was an Al Qaeda facilitator -- someone knowledgeable about the United States and fluent in English who can get things done for other operatives.

One month after the FBI press conference, a bombshell from the Wall Street Journal hit Sharp's desk, and she knew it was just the thing she needed. The newspaper broke the story linking the woman involved in the 2001 diamond trade in Liberia (a story detailed by Douglas Farah, a senior fellow at the National Strategy Information Center, in his book Blood from Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror) to Aafia Siddiqui.

Sharp says the allegation was a blessing in disguise because it places Siddiqui somewhere at a specific time. She says she can prove Siddiqui was in Boston that week. "If we can show that Aafia was here and not in Liberia, then that's the stone that slays Goliath," Sharp says.

"The rumor among well-informed Pakistanis is that Pakistani intelligence arrested Aafia and then killed her," says Harvard's Hassan Abbas. If Siddiqui was captured, why would she be killed? Generally, terrorism suspects are captured and paraded before the press to show that the government is doing its job. The fact that Siddiqui has been missing so long does not bode well for her reappearance.

"ISI does not keep people for so long," says Muzamal Suherwardy, referring to the Pakistani intelligence agency. The case is unusual, says Suherwardy, a Pakistani journalist, because "it was alleged that she was in the custody of ISI and then she disappeared." If there had been evidence against her, "she could be put under trial in Pakistan."

It's possible Siddiqui was killed while in the custody of ISI. Suherwardy points out that this is especially likely if "she is believed to be a double agent working both for Al Qaeda and ISI." He also wonders if "some high official of ISI" was involved in the Liberian diamond deal.

And the children? "One thing is clear so far," Suherwardy says. "Where she is, her children are there with her."

In her writings about setting up and running a daw'ah table, Siddiqui advised, "As with starting any endeavor, the most important thing is the intention behind it." She then quoted the Muslim prophet Muhammad as saying: "Indeed actions are based on intentions. For every person is what he intended."

Perhaps Aafia Siddiqui intended her life to be one of devotion to her family, education, and religion. Or perhaps she sought a more radical outlet for religious beliefs. Whatever the truth, it's doubtful Aafia Siddiqui ever intended to go missing at the age of 31 -- or to jeopardize the lives of her children, who went missing with her. Whatever her ultimate intention, forces larger than Aafia Siddiqui herself may well have made sure that she will never be seen or heard from again.

As one source who knew Siddiqui in Boston says, "Only God knows where she is now."

Originally published in Boston magazine, October 2004
 

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Ghost of Bagram
Posted by | Jul. 30, 2008 at 10:59 AM
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But then why she is being touted as Ghost of Bagram?
Ghost of Bagram
Posted by | Jul. 30, 2008 at 11:09 AM
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Even they have told us that she is Prisoner # 650. And why this story has become just now?
Saying ALLAH WILLING could not proof TERRORISM.
Posted by | Jul. 30, 2008 at 1:02 PM
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its really painful that we don t do any thing to get truth out of this all.AMERICANS are not mad .we all muslims believe that KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE IS THE BIGGEST SIN ,HOW COULD A TRUE MUSLIM THINK OF PARTCIPITATION IN SUCH ACTS. ALLAH WILLING is english translation of our sentence INSHALLAH TA ALAH .and we use it almost like cliche in every sentence about things to be done And it signifies our faith that nothing could happen without GOD or ALLAH s will.and this is our culture and its not something very big .We respect American CULTURE and same we desire from AMERICANS .WE ARE NOT TERRORIST .TO SPREAD TERROR IS SIN AND ITS NOT ALLOWED IN ISLAM .WE LOVE HUMANITY .
Open trail
Posted by | Jul. 31, 2008 at 12:51 AM
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Nowadays the case of Dr Aafia is again in the limelight.According to latest news she was atBagram airport jail and now shifted to some other place.She is being treated miserably.It is shamful for the people of USA and all the Muslims of the world.If she was accused why she was not produced before the court?I am dead sure every body responsible for this cruelity will be punished in this world and hereafter.
To help & Support Dr Afia
Posted by | Aug. 1, 2008 at 4:59 AM
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Support DR.Afia
Posted by | Aug. 1, 2008 at 8:01 PM
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Take her back to PK
Posted by | Aug. 6, 2008 at 12:55 AM
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this is very straneg for me from the start,Why our Govt. give our people to US for the trial did we could'nt do the investigate in our OWN courts. Being a Pakistani I strongly dissent with this to give anyone to US so its a request to Our Govt. Get her back in pakistan do trial inhouse court and prove if she done anything wrong. regards
Dr Afia siddique we stand by you
Posted by | Aug. 6, 2008 at 2:45 AM
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It is a right reserved with everyone of us to stand up for what we believe in , and we will stand by people in voicing our concerns regarding Dr.Aafia and her children . We want the release of Dr.Aafia and her children on ground of humanity and justice .
American Agents
Posted by | Aug. 6, 2008 at 12:23 PM
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In Pakistan there are manr FBI and CIA agents working along with agencies,please Stop this.
GOD IS GREAT
Posted by | Aug. 7, 2008 at 9:14 AM
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GOD IS GREAT / REMEMBER NON MUSLIMS / U ALL WILL PAY 4 THIS WHO WHO PLAY ROLE IN THIS GAME
Allah Willing
Posted by | Aug. 7, 2008 at 10:28 AM
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May Allah Bless All Muslims in this uneven times Innocent muslims are being held for spreading Islam May Allah Unit Us All and give courage to follow the right path!
Shame
Posted by | Aug. 8, 2008 at 6:33 AM
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Shame on those who have disrupted an innocent individual's life along with the lives of her children. Have you no basic human decency?? What made you sink this low?
DAW'AH WORK
Posted by | Aug. 8, 2008 at 8:59 AM
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Its not yet clear after reading this article and current news of reappearance of Dr. Siddiqui after five long years. But one thing can be said for sure that people who go out teach and spread Allah's word and do Daw'ah work will be tested throughout their lifetime.
Making a Difference
Posted by | Aug. 8, 2008 at 9:12 AM
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We can criticize, curse FBI, US or Pakistani Intelligence while sitting in the comfort of our rooms. But how far we are willing to go and save an innocent person life as a Muslim is a different story? We need to examine ourselves first.
its time to wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by | Aug. 8, 2008 at 8:40 PM
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its a shame on pakistan intelligence and whatsoever the lethargic agency it was!!!!!!!!!!!!! they dont care for the people especially a woman with three kids pakistani officials have sold their honour in rupees to the fuck'n americans and it includes all those persons who are involved in kidnapping that lady wid her three sons ... its simple shame for all the officials of pakistan ..... its beeter to die then to sell urself,,,, ur honour...............
hope
Posted by | Aug. 9, 2008 at 11:37 PM
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I feel like so very bad abt ya cuz i wanna u will be go back to safe from by jail and also i will pray for ya and i suggest ya need go back to in pakistan its better more than everywhere
Pray
Posted by | Aug. 10, 2008 at 2:39 PM
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Pray for her, this is only way to get back her and children.
Why she is not charged as a "fixer" or diamond trader?
Posted by | Aug. 11, 2008 at 8:50 PM
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How about re-visiting her life by the author of this article? It seems like we have gone totally mad in our single mindedness and ignorance.
Warning
Posted by | Aug. 12, 2008 at 4:57 PM
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I just to warn everyone who are posting comments on this website. Any comment which "Intelligence" consider threat will be taken very seriously. Internet activities are monitored all around the world. Though you will not be taken into custody but your daily life, career will be shattered including your family members. Trust me I am their and paying the price for speaking out.
In denial?
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 6:41 AM
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In the UK there are STILL Muslims proclaiming that 9/11 and 7/7 (the tube bombings) are LIES. What planet are these people from? Not mine. I NOTE that some posters on this site issue what are effectively THREATS of violence to non-Muslims. With attitudes like this then it is little wonder that people now distrust ALL Muslims. And I really DOUBT that even the Americans would INVENT such damning evidence against the mild "unassuming" Ms Siddiqui. WAKE UP. What purpose would there be? even in the BEST "chess" game.
Innocent?
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 8:07 AM
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One poster suggested that Islam does not condone the killing of innocent people. I expect that s/he meant that in the WIDEST sense of "innocent" BUT the Koran intervenes since the Koran decrees that ONLY Muslims are "innocent" and everyone else is by defintion NOT and hence "fair game". Even the Ummah is suspect when Shias kill Sunnis and vice versa. WHICH are "innocent"? Maybe I misunderstand. PLEASE enlighten me. Oh and it DOES seem permissible to convert those of other religions to Islam but NOT the other way around. BE clear. I am NOT racist but Islam is NOT a race. It IS an ideology.
EQUAL JUSTICE FOR ALL
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 7:57 AM
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With all those big claims and tall stories, I wonder if Dr. Siddiqui was such a big threat why she was not tried in the Court of law. So far Intelligence is tight lip on why her name was removed from FBI top terrorist list in April 2003. Where she spend last five years and reappeared all of sudden in july 2008 and extradited within two months to US. Unfortunately we have not heard the other side of story and may never will.
Terrorist
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 2:06 PM
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Why do we even let these people into our country? It just was released today that she has been plotting against the US for years. We know who our enemy is so why do we allow them to congregate and live inside our borders? I have read about Japanese born American being detained during WW II. I wish Obama or McCain would have the balls to talk about that kind of solution.
Looks like she's not as innocent as all you muslims made her out to be
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 3:51 PM
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click here
The Article
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 3:40 PM
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This is a poorly written article; it was headache to read. I'm not talking about the story; the writing was terrible.
Aafia Siddiqui
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 4:14 PM
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Aside from this very poorly written article; which, leads me to wonder why a magazine would employ a terrible writer... this Aafia Siddiqui had soulless dead eyes; just like all the terrorists that have been captured in pictures already. I think every local news station should include a current FBI most wanted listing for suspected and known terrorists; it should be a law! This is our country... let's get ALL the baby boomers in Congress and Senate out of office; that's out main problem in this country.
Immediate Reaction
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 4:16 PM
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My comments posted under "Equal justice for all" has infuriated some law abiding citizens and businesses.
IMMEDIATE REACTION
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 4:51 PM
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My comments posted under "Equal Justice for all" has infuriated some laws abiding citizens and businesses.
Good Job for catching her.
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 5:12 PM
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It is apparent from the reports that she is not being persecuted for her role as a Muslim Missionary but because she grabbed a GIs gun abd tried to kill him. If I did the same I would expect jail.
Wow
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 5:58 PM
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She is pretty
I AGREE, JUSTICE SHOULD BE SERVED!
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 6:48 PM
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First, how many countries would allow an American to go there, burn their flag, pass out bibles and spread the word of Christianity? Many foreigners USE America's rights just to turn against us. It's a shame that the respectful, peaceful Muslims have to pay for the bad ones. HOWEVER, WHY DON'T THESE "GOOD MUSLIMS" BE OUTRAGED AND SPEAK UP, LOUDLY, I sure don't hear of many speaking loudly, as if they agree with the acts of the "bad" Muslims. America is always giving, giving, and giving to foreigners. What about us? What about born and raised Americans? This woman was flying under the radar too long and now she's paying for it. PRAISE GOD, as we Christians say here in America, GET USED TO IT! How many countries could an American move to and FORCE THAT COUNTRY'S PEOPLE TO LEARN ENGLISH? This infuriates me. I usually don't even read the news because of this reason...being infuriated is not a good feeling. We must protect American from those who are out to demolish us. Period.
I Agree JUSTICE SHOULD BE SERVED.
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 7:31 PM
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I completely agree with you good muslims should raise their voice against bad muslims. Dr. Siddique was under the radar for very long time. But once she was captured in Pakistan (FBI removed her name from most wanted list in April 2003) why she was not brought to justice and punished right after capture. She was ghost for five years. So when good muslims sees such examples they keep their mouth shut. I would suggest you to read "Yvonne Ridley" comments about her detention in Bilgram Airbase. Ms. Ridley was kidnapped by Talibans, but once she was released she converted to Islam. I again reiterate "Justice should be serve" and any illegitimate action should be prevented which may shake the pillars of this country which protects rights and freedom.
a house divided
Posted by | Aug. 13, 2008 at 10:04 PM
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Muslim, radicals, non-muslims... No matter what, a house divided is a house that cannot stand. On one side you have these radicals killing and proclaiming true religion, on the other side, you have the same religion condeming those who do these acts. And on the third party, those who believe that they do not belong in this world although they live in this world. I'm going to believe in jesuscrist because everyone is just plain naive.....
Evil Justice
Posted by | Aug. 14, 2008 at 3:24 AM
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The natural cycle of Evil Justice will work. The nations insulting Muslims will face the resources scarcity one day and when they will realize it, it will be too late. Every Human being has a self respect and no one would like to stay such places where athey will not earn respect.
not easy to be a muslim
Posted by | Aug. 14, 2008 at 4:43 AM
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muslim are being persecuted by infidals and their slaves-muslim's rulers-all over the places in the world.be it afghanistan, iraq, palestine or kashmir.for get about men.our daughter , sisters and mothers are disgraced, insulted , raped and murdered day in and day out.sister aafia is the lattest episode of this campaign.justice will come and prevail but it wont be from america but from Allah. may Allah give sister aafia courage and patient.my heart and thought and prayers with you all the time.
US Hypocrisy
Posted by | Aug. 14, 2008 at 7:57 AM
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This is the true face of American.Thsy kidnaped a ldy,kept her in bagram airbase for 5 years in secracy.What hell she went thorgh only her and US army knows about it.When it benefits them they make it a human right violation issue. When a muslim lady is covered in hijab with her own will, when she does not drive a car or gets married at an early age people in US get hurt. But when a lady is kidnaped, kept in secret prison with US soldier, raped ,brutlasied,shot with gun which results in her kidney and intestine failure and she is not provided with medical care.whose disappearence only surfaced when a lady journalist hear her screams in Bagram and tells the world about her and says most probably she is prisoner# 650. How on this earth America will survive the anger of God for such crime?
Shame on the US
Posted by | Aug. 14, 2008 at 9:06 AM
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Everyone remember clearly , she is a TERROR SUSPECT'only and on the basis of suspicions she has been tortured to the edge of sanity! Damn it how could they do this to a woman with three children. raped and tortured away from her children.. Its just disgusting as in our country even serial killers get a trial and then get a painless injectiont o die. Whereas here a terror SUSPECT , A lithe woman has been taken away from her family and turned insane by repeated tortue. Well whats ironic is the case of American Yvone. She was captivated by the so called terrorists but came back home withouit so much as a scratch!!!Its SAD SAD SAD ...
Shame on the US -so called human rights icon
Posted by | Aug. 14, 2008 at 9:15 AM
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Everyone remember clearly , she is a TERROR SUSPECT'only and on the basis of suspicions she has been tortured to the edge of sanity! Damn it how could they do this to a woman with three children. raped and tortured away from her children.. Its just disgusting as in our country even serial killers get a trial and then get a painless injectiont o die. Whereas here a terror SUSPECT , A lithe woman has been taken away from her family and turned insane by repeated tortue. Well whats ironic is the case of American Yvone. She was captivated by the so called terrorists but came back home withouit so much as a scratch!!!Its SAD SAD SAD ...
To be fair...
Posted by | Aug. 14, 2008 at 11:18 AM
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Even though I am not an American and I dont live in the US, I do read from time to time. The only thing I find quite wrong about the US is that they are too permissive sometimes. Free of speech is ok, free of religion is also ok as long as that religion doesn't promote the killing and destruction of US citizens and targets... Islam is a religion of HATE and FEAR, the US should watch those Koran promoters closely.
Listen to these people
Posted by | Aug. 14, 2008 at 1:51 PM
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All those people who hate based on religion, national origin or race should listen to Michael Moore, George Clooney, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen and many many more great Hollywood celebrities. Its just a suggestion to people and businesses who are too conservative pls dont get upset.
Hear the voice of people
Posted by | Aug. 15, 2008 at 2:49 AM
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It is trial of US Justice not the Dr Aafia. I am confident that She will be released with all honour and compensation. May God save us.
Americans can kill, rape and torture
Posted by | Aug. 15, 2008 at 3:08 AM
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Americans can kill, rape and torture women and children, treat them like animals and they were calling the taliban as backward. If this is not nazi'ism from the americans then hitler was not a brutal killer. Its sick how women are mistreated by these modern developed nations. i think only barak obama can add something positive to americas image now.
Americans can kill, rape and torture women
Posted by | Aug. 15, 2008 at 3:27 AM
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Americans can kill, rape and torture women and children, treat them like animals and they were calling the taliban as backward. If this is not nazi'ism from the americans then hitler was not a brutal killer. Its sick how women are mistreated by these modern developed nations. i think only barak obama can add something positive to americas image now.
JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Posted by | Aug. 15, 2008 at 8:01 AM
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THE Foreign Office’s claim that it does not have full details regarding the case of US terror suspect Dr Aafia Siddiqui has deepened the mystery of her disappearance five years ago and her recent emergence in US custody. Dr Siddiqui’s family maintains that she disappeared, along with her three children, en route to the airport in Karachi in 2003. The American version is that she was arrested in Afghanistan last month for possessing documents on making explosives and that she tried to attack US officials, leading to retaliatory fire that left her wounded. There have also been media reports that she was detained at the notorious Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Strangely, so far the charges brought against her in a US court of law, where she appeared the other day, pertain to her alleged assault on the American officials, rather than to the militant links that she allegedly harboured. Given the murky depths of the US and Pakistan intelligence network, the truth might never be known. One c
JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS 2
Posted by | Aug. 15, 2008 at 8:08 AM
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One can only hope that Dr Siddiqui is given proper medical treatment, a fair trial and consular access — and that Pakistani officialdom is not half-hearted about insisting on the latter. It is equally important for the whereabouts of her three children to be ascertained so that they can be reunited with their relatives and she is spared further anguish. Dr Siddiqui’s case is a grim reminder of the extreme violation of human rights that are being committed in the name of the war on terror. Both Pakistan and the US have disastrous records when it comes to the detention of terror suspects. Hellish stories of prisoner treatment by American soldiers and officials have emerged from detention centres like Guantanamo and Bagram. Thousands have been whisked away secretly, held without being formally charged, and tortured. Their suffering and that of their families has been excruciating. Pakistan’s record is hardly better. Hundreds — whether suspected religious extremists or secular Baloch an
JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS 3
Posted by | Aug. 15, 2008 at 7:52 AM
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and sindhi nationalist---- have vanished without trace. Some of have who returned after months of active campaigning by their relatives and activist have spoken of physical and emotional abuse. It is surprising that such treatment should fuel for the sympathy for the militants especially when it is perceived as in the case of Dr. Siddiqui, that women and children too are at the receiving end? No doubt the arrest of suspected terrorists is inevitable in the global fight against religious militancy. But in seeking the facts, the prisoner's innocence must be presumed until their is established, fair and transparent legal procedures should be followed to avoid negative repurcussions.
What an ugly contrast
Posted by | Aug. 15, 2008 at 2:17 PM
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Hajan bin Yousaf dispatched Mohammad Bin Qasim -a Syrian genaral from Persia to indus valley along with his army to help a muslim lady who called upon him when captured by Raja Dehar army.. He was only 17.The result Bab-a-Islam.Here we see a five star general who is also a SSG commando named Mr. Musharraf. What has he done, sends out his secret army to catch a muslim lady who too is from Indus and handed over to US army.What a contrast? Allah is punishing muslims by awarding them president like Mr.Musharraf. We need to correct ourself by pleasing Allah not American.American won't come to rescue Mr.Musharraf but Allah did rescue Abrahim. This is true for all of my Ummah leaders. My Allah protect our sister Aafia. I cried every time i see or hear about her or her children. May Allah save her children.
What a ugly contrast
Posted by | Aug. 15, 2008 at 2:17 PM
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Hajan bin Yousaf dispatched Mohammad Bin Qasim -a Syrian genaral from Persia to indus valley along with his army to help a muslim lady who called upon him when captured by Raja Dehar army.. He was only 17.The result Bab-a-Islam.Here we see a five star general who is also a SSG commando named Mr. Musharraf. What has he done, sends out his secret army to catch a muslim lady who too is from Indus and handed over to US army.What a contrast? Allah is punishing muslims by awarding them president like Mr.Musharraf. We need to correct ourself by pleasing Allah not American.American won't come to rescue Mr.Musharraf but Allah did rescue Abrahim. This is true for all of my Ummah leaders. My Allah protect our sister Aafia. I cried every time i see or hear about her or her children. May Allah save her children.
Muslims in US
Posted by | Aug. 15, 2008 at 2:41 PM
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In the past we used to pray for whole muslim ummah in our Mosques/Islamic centers. We prayed Allah to ease their sufferings and pain. However, Muslims in the US are now so feared that they have stopped praying for muslims ummah anymore. Just a reminder under US constitution every faith has a freedom to be practiced without any fear but obviously muslims in US are now waiting for a perfect storm.
mortified American
Posted by | Aug. 15, 2008 at 4:06 PM
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As an American citizen, raised believing in the highest principles of humanity immortalized in our Constitution, I am embarrassed and horrified by the mistreatment of Siddiqui and all who have been kidnapped, abused, and killed in the name of the phony "war on terra". Sadly, most Americans have not figured out that they are hypnotized and brainwashed by their televisions and radios, and induced to fear and hate the "others". Following the money, connecting people, places, and events, it's not hard to see that 9/11 and 7/7 were brutal, deadly, STAGED psy-op events. Who has benefited from them? Certainly not the Islamic world. A naked power grab. A certain Middle Eastern country ALWAYS gets what it wants from US. What were THEIR people doing dancing, high-fiving, and filming the WTC attacks? This is public record, folks. Even so, if we were serious about solving a crime, why do we violate our Constitution and logic with torture? Shame on US. Let this woman free. Stop torturing. Investgat
Sorry Bage
Posted by | Aug. 16, 2008 at 1:43 AM
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Bage we are realy very sory that we did not do any thing for you. BUT Bloody USA we will treat you inthe same way. Alqadia Zinda Bad Talban Zinda Bad
Re: Sorry Bage
Posted by | Aug. 16, 2008 at 8:19 AM
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Who you trying to fool???
answer to fkkk alllah
Posted by | Aug. 19, 2008 at 11:26 AM
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This is not the manner. If you want to argue, let us discuss but the way you commented, just shows that you dont know anything.
Response to fkkk alllah
Posted by | Aug. 19, 2008 at 11:42 AM
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Hatred has no rational. It is chemical imbalance caused by power and arrogance. Some people speaks out and some wait for right moment to spit out and still considered healthy. This is the worst illness and disease amongst mankind.
some calm
Posted by | Aug. 20, 2008 at 1:52 PM
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Some of the comments here from both Muslims and non-Muslims disturb me. Such hatred is not a good sign for the future. To make myself clear, of course, every rational person (Muslim and non-Muslim) condemns terrorists and the horrific crimes they commit! For those who think moderate Muslims don't speak out against it, maybe they should follow media of Pakistan (or some other Muslim country) closely. I've seen plenty of criticism of extremists and insane suicide bombers. To be worried about discrepancies in Aafia's case, or to worry that an innocent person is being hurt.....is NOT equivalent to supporting terrorism. It is simply wanting justice to prevail. I'm hopeful that all the facts come out, and that Aafia gets a fair trial. Given the mysterious circumstances of her disappearance 5 years ago, and the murky role of Pakistani intelligence, I think its reasonable to be concerned. I will reserve judgment on this till more facts emerge.
Comments
Posted by | Aug. 21, 2008 at 8:27 AM
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Comments written by readers may not reflect the true opinion of general population. After reading different comments I came to a conclusion. Someone who is carefully following the development of Dr. Siddiqui's case is basically stalked or followed by someone who has lot to disclose. It is called scare tactics. The objective of this fear and consume technique keep that individual contained and accept the events around as realities.
Response to comment
Posted by | Aug. 21, 2008 at 9:26 AM
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I agree with you. I know this individual very well. He filed religious discrimination lawsuit against General Motors Corp four years ago. Due to GM clout in various organisation and institution, no legal firm or attorney was willing to represent him. However he represented himself and pleaded his case. The case did not go for trial but judgment decision has been shelved. Under current circumstances this discrimination lawsuit may not get the justice. Consequently he was terminated and forcefully separated from his family by GM. In addition his family in his country of origin has been intimadated and tormented by GM for his against US icon
Judge jury excutioner
Posted by | Aug. 21, 2008 at 10:24 AM
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Katherine its well written please give us update now. Since she has been in US custody we want the truth be told. It is we americans who are looking bad taking an innocent women and children hostage. Who are we to judge we don't have the facts, where is her family. I want justice served to her and her children. Where are her children? Why hasn't she gotten competent counsel and representation. Why hasn't she gotten medical treatment. We want answers now!!!
Response to judge jury excutioner
Posted by | Aug. 21, 2008 at 11:03 AM
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As once said by an american politician, what is good for US is good for the world. So if fair trial, justice, jury conviction is not good for american businesses or US itself it will not be good for the world. Figure yorself....
Hollywood Character
Posted by | Aug. 23, 2008 at 1:39 PM
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She is a real Hollywood character. After pumping two bullets in her torso, this 90 Ibs woman was still phusically fighting with US investigators. Finally another man came in between to subdue her. These are not my works. Check at following website for complaint filed by "Mehtab Syed FBI agent. www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/august/siddiqui-aafia-complaint.pdf.
ABC
Posted by | Aug. 25, 2008 at 1:03 PM
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WHY PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT IS SENDING PK PEOPLE TO US. ARE PK GOVERNMENT ARE NT ABLE TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEM BY THEIR RESPECTIVE COURTS. IT IS MY REQUEST TO THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO SEND YOUR COUNTRY PEOPLE TO ANY OTHER COUNTRY.
Response to ABC
Posted by | Aug. 25, 2008 at 2:01 PM
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Ex President P. Musharraf admitted in his own book "In line of Fire" that Pakistan has earned money by handing over people to US. In regards to capability of Pakistani Courts. The whole judiciary was dismissed when issue of missing people was raised. Now the Coliation is about to break due to reinstatement of the judges. We all know who is behind of all this cat and mouse game.
War Against Terror
Posted by | Aug. 26, 2008 at 6:30 AM
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It is a test case of American Judicial system, being civilized society and human rights respecting nation. If justice could not be provided to Dr. Aafia and to all those who are detained in Guantanamo bay then Abu-Ghurab, Guantanamo bay, Bagram and torabora will be identity of America. It will become a matter of deep shame for all those who support the America and are against those who opt military struggle as Dr. Aafia's case will show that how brave americans frame mocked cases against 5yrs detainee and how people turn against them. This also shows what is going on in the name of ‘War Against Terror’, how Government, forces and agencies of Pakistan are committed in this war and service of Bush and why people go against dual standards of West.
Response to War against Terrorism
Posted by | Aug. 26, 2008 at 10:14 AM
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I hope it works out good for Dr. Aafia. However, I am also afraid what US has earned in his 200 to 300 years of history by the efforts of its great founding fathers is not depleted by idiot leaders as they did to the budget surplus.
As a European convert to Islam
Posted by | Aug. 27, 2008 at 6:51 AM
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I can tell you that no greater evil befel humanity than the rise of fascism in United States. Today they persecute muslims tomorrow it will be Catholics, or Buddhists or someone else. Fascism is based upon intolerance and supremacy, and that is what you get packaged as superChristianity. This talented young woman has been tortured and persecuted simply because of her faith, nothing else. Inshaalah, soon America will see that Islam is the way to justice and democracy.
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui vs Mukhtaran Mai
Posted by | Aug. 27, 2008 at 7:58 AM
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We have two women here, both are abused, tortured and raped. However, Mukhtaran Mai's case was highly publicized which distort the image of Islam and pre-islamic practices in Pakistan by NGO's and interntaional media. On the other side we have Dr. Siddiqui missing for five years. Where are those great human rights lovers and organisations which introduced a woman to the world stage about Islamic countries but keeping tight lips on Dr. Siddiqui's case.
Discrimination
Posted by | Aug. 28, 2008 at 8:50 AM
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Prophet Mohammad(PBUH) said in his last speech "If you discriminate based on religion, race, color and origin you will perish. All great powers diminished when injustice started taking place. Apparently US is heading in that direction...
A scapegoat
Posted by | Aug. 29, 2008 at 4:48 AM
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So another "ghost" prisoner of the American Gulag. Why didn't they sentence her? And why is a Pakistani woman to be sued by the US for an alledged "crime" in an Afghani police station? The poor woman is just a scapegoat of the American fascism.
Day of Judgment
Posted by | Aug. 29, 2008 at 8:55 AM
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If you are discriminated, persecuted, retaliated or vindicated by power who is much stronger, brutal and savaged than you what you can do? People who suffered throughout the history of the world will be the ultimate winner on the day of judgment. When these evil forces will be burned in hell fire over and over again. AMEN
Response to Zubair Malik
Posted by | Aug. 31, 2008 at 1:54 PM
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I am with you whole heartedly....
Be Gentle
Posted by | Sep. 4, 2008 at 8:57 AM
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i request american forces to be gentle towards the prisoner because when the news apread of the wrong doing of forces people feeling growing against the US forces..and in favour of taliban because when they arres any woman they did not touch then and very gentle towardrs her as i read in newa papers so in order to succeede in afghanistan forces should not do any wrong things against the people and prisoner.In this way they can gain the people's favour.
Response to be Gentle
Posted by | Sep. 4, 2008 at 11:03 AM
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Its all about being white(cockasian) and Non-White. She is a citizen of Pakistan sold to US for few dollars. Even if she was an American citizen it would have not made a big difference. Muslims or non muslims living as minorities in US are nothing more than cockroaches. As long as they abide the "Masters" you will have a happy life.
Human Rights
Posted by | Sep. 4, 2008 at 1:01 PM
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This case is a severe decimation of human rights for individuals and everything that America stands for. In an atmosphere of fear and torture, the truth will never be found. National security takes true intelligence, which unfortunately is greatly lacking in this case.
The level of comments in this magazine
Posted by | Sep. 4, 2008 at 1:51 PM
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There are some extremely crude and irrelevant comments on this article. I suggest that the editors take time to screen and remove vulgar, irrelevant comments. There are serious issues at hand: the life of a young woman and her children who have possibly been detained in U.S. custody under false pretenses. Her whole life has been completely destroyed. This is a story that should not be taken lightly.
our pakstani government
Posted by | Sep. 4, 2008 at 6:18 PM
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we have a government in pakistan which is made up of fags and lesbians. for gods sake, help the poor lady
response to paki gov.
Posted by | Sep. 4, 2008 at 8:05 PM
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i agree with you 110% the government should be taking action against this shes being strip search and nobody is saying anything. All I have to say Allah will punish whoever did this to her and what is America doing to her right now and all we can do is prayer for her. May Allah give her justice (Ameen)
A Case for Torture
Posted by | Sep. 5, 2008 at 5:42 AM
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These terrorists will not learn until they are annhilated, humilated and demoralized. Those who say that that is already the case are wrong. There should be absolutely no mercy given to evil. No court trials. No free meals. No Korans. They want to go back to life in the middle ages. Then, we should bring them back to the middle ages. (Burning at the stake, Hot oil baths, disembowelment, etc.)
Equal Treatment
Posted by | Sep. 5, 2008 at 5:52 AM
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Just by reading these comments, it is evident that muslims hate the U.S. So, just as Jews are reviled and expelled from muslim countries, muslims should be thrown out of the U.S. Why do you come to a country that you hate? The only explanation is that you are parasites or terrorists. America was built on Judeo-Christian values. America will not change its constitution for muslims. That means no male-female segregation, no discrimination against women, no mandatory foot baths, no burkas on driver's license photos, and everyone in America must pledge allegiance to the American Flag. Love it or leave it.
Response to equal treatment
Posted by | Sep. 5, 2008 at 8:20 AM
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I completely agree with you. These muslims are cockroaches. They need to be eradicated from the face of earth. They challenge our constitutional laws, files discrimination lawsuit against US businesses. If they dont like our way of life go back to your country.
Beautiful Article
Posted by | Sep. 5, 2008 at 9:17 AM
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Mrs. Katherine Ozment, your article is one of the best I ever read. You write out of faviourism. As long people like you on earth, God send his mercy over US (PAKISTAN), USA and all other nation around the world. west wishes
Response to Beautiful article
Posted by | Sep. 5, 2008 at 12:16 PM
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Comments written by you other people shows how Dr Aafia's situation is viewed. However, Some comments written are disguised to use fear and coersive tactics. But one thing for sure ALLAH help those who are just and right in their cause.
Life is precious
Posted by | Sep. 5, 2008 at 2:34 PM
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Regardless of the religiosity that many commenters keep invoking, the story of Aafia Siddiqui is a human story and should be regarded as such. Can you imagine this happening to your sister or wife, or mother? What happened to her is unimaginable for a young mother.
Response to Life is precious
Posted by | Sep. 5, 2008 at 7:21 PM
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People who lives in third world countries are mostly religious. The miseries they face every day is unbelievable in western ideology. Poverty, illiteracy, corruption, injustice brings them closer to the religion. Unfortunately, the sufferings such as strip search (cavity checks) in front of strangers on every visit at the cell including five years of disappearance is taking place against her in a society where every one is innocent until proven guilty. In such conditions only religion gives you a heeling power.
Natzis are born again
Posted by | Sep. 6, 2008 at 2:10 AM
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There is a new hiltler in the world and he is raping women prisoners and shooting them and NO HUMAN RIGHTS for them
another case of keystone cops by the Bush administration
Posted by | Sep. 6, 2008 at 6:23 PM
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I would bet my life savings that this is yet another "case" being paraded to "show" that they are doing something about terrorism, when they don't care about terrorism but unilateralism in foreign policy and establishing an executive authority contrary to the Constitution at home. The trial of Bin Laden's driver was a real eye opener; it's clear that military lawyers and legal personnel do not support the Bush administration's and Congress' concoction of "enemy combatant," because the trials are kangaroo courts. I bet this woman end up freed, because I think the FBI and CIA were dumb enough not to pay attention to intelligence telling them 9/11 was going to happen, and they're dumb enough to arrest the wrong people and charge them with being terrorists and likely have the wrong people.
Response to another case of keystone cops by the Bush Administration
Posted by | Sep. 7, 2008 at 8:37 AM
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The corporate America is the real culprit in this whole scenerio. They install politicians of their own choice. The judicial system is dictated by these politicians who serve the interest of US businesses and corporations. No matter how fair and equal laws are written, nonetheless the implementation serves the corporate executives direct or indirectly. Its no different than war or feudal lords who runs the administration in the third world countries.
Corrupt Corporate America
Posted by | Sep. 7, 2008 at 10:21 AM
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Its very true corruption is on high rise in Corporate America. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae CEO's earned 30 Million last year together. While ordinary Americans are struggling to avoid foreclosures. Its very difficult to prove white collar crime in US courts. Because they all are in this... Dr. Aafia and many others becomes scapegoats when Civil rights and liberties are stripped naked and raped in open public.
Response to Corrupt Corporate America
Posted by | Sep. 7, 2008 at 2:59 PM
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One of those corrupt corporation of America is GENERAL MOTORS CORP. located at Renaissance Ctr. Detroit Michigan. Their senior leadership is full of corporate corruption and financial scams. Though no one can apprehend them because they grease the palms of corrupt official in the Government.
WAKE UP
Posted by | Sep. 9, 2008 at 9:24 AM
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how does it feel to wake up and realise that your country has been hijacked, your values are only words your leaders use to enslave you, your life's meaning is a lie. You looked at the enemy and you saw only yoursleves. Muslims dont want anything from you, we dont want to take away your freedom( freedom to kill, maim, destroy), we dont want to destroy your democracy (rule by the lowest common denominators greed fear ego and lust) Why do you amerikkkans have 461 military bases all over the world. You are the monster
Response to Wake up
Posted by | Sep. 9, 2008 at 10:32 AM
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I totally disagree with your preception about Amerikha, Its a great country with great businesses. These businesses such as GM are treating especially muslims better than any other ordinary Amerikhans. If businesses of US respect Muslims and their religion so dearly, how come country can be so offensive to Muslim world. Ask yourself???
Spread Humanity
Posted by | Sep. 9, 2008 at 6:39 AM
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Only one solution.. Myself being a Muslim by birth, have only this plea to all the brothers and sisters..Be united as human family.. Stop spreading Islam as religion, spread love and harmoney... Let religion be personal to every individual. Feel oneness.. Stop treating non-muslims as enemies.. Respect other religions, Accept every nation for what they are.. Never ever favor for those radicals & their atrocities.. Lets make this world a beautiful, peaceful place to live in.. Lets save innocence lives..
Response Humanity
Posted by | Sep. 9, 2008 at 5:05 PM
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This will not work. The problem is not with the non muslim individual these radicals dont like. They are fighting with BUSINESSES who destroy families and people for their invested interest.
false
Posted by | Sep. 10, 2008 at 7:22 AM
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i have to say in simple words.Aafia is not a terrorist.she is good women and good muslim.Her badluck is that she is pakistani if she was christian than no one could declare her terrorist
Response to False
Posted by | Sep. 10, 2008 at 8:18 AM
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Completely agree with your comments. Who knows how many Aafias are out there?? whose families, marriages are destroyed to serve better interest of Corporate America.
9/11
Posted by | Sep. 11, 2008 at 10:52 AM
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Today US is taking time off to remember 9/11 victims who were killed on 9/11/2001. I wonder how many Muslims in US suffers 9/11 everyday after 9/11. Or who will remember those unarmed innocent civilians women and children who are been killed during attacks at Talibans hideouts??? May be some lives are more precious than others.
COMMENTS
Posted by | Sep. 19, 2008 at 11:12 AM
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Where did all the recent comments go?? WOW! We are monitored."SCARY"
latest news about dr aafia
Posted by | Sep. 26, 2008 at 1:06 AM
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i have to say in simple words.Aafia is not a terrorist.she is good women and good muslim.Her badluck is that she is pakistani if she was christian than no one could declare her terrorist you need news about dr aafia plz visit click here
Discrimination & Retaliation
Posted by | Sep. 29, 2008 at 10:21 AM
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All those individuals and businesses who discriminate and retaliate on the basis of religion, national origin, race, color will be burned in hell (AMEN)
racist pig
Posted by | Oct. 2, 2008 at 11:18 PM
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For those of you who keep talking trash, go pick up a book or something and READ. READ about islam and maybe a light bulb with light up in your damn head. You have no basis to anything you're saying... you're honestly trash, not the muslim people.
Response to Racist Pig
Posted by | Oct. 3, 2008 at 7:42 AM
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Racist pigs are those people who discriminate and retaliate innocent people on the basis of religion, race, national origin, sex and color. They destroy beautiful homes and families to prove their superiority. They will be burn in hell (AMEN)
Stop letting them in
Posted by | Oct. 3, 2008 at 10:38 AM
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If we would not let these people in our country this would have never happen. Good for them and for us! Lets remember that American's did not make this like it is, it is like this because of these terrorist that came over and attempted to destroy us. We did not send them here nor did we ask them here. THey are terrorist country because they wanted to be that way America did nothing to them except let them in which was a mistake, I am not prejudice by any means but when you take a group of people like them and you have to worry about them doing things like 9/11 HELL YEAh stay where you are at and destroy your country not ours. You can thank your own people for what has happen to thins women and may GOD be with her and her children if she innocent, it is a shame because of her own people (if she is innocent) that this has happened because of the past that they have created. So lets not blame anyone for this but the ones who started it!!! May the lord bless all of you and your families
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Posted by | Oct. 3, 2008 at 12:11 PM
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Who do you think is advising the Pakistan government to do all these horrible things like the capture of dr aafia? I'm not putting all the blame on america because our own government is corrupt and like someone said before in this post, pakistan government has sold their honor in rupees, but have you ever heard about al-Qeuda or terrorists years ago? President Musharraf even admits that he has sold his own people for Bush. America has the worst foreign policies where they feel liek they can do whatever they want in muslim countries. What basis did they have to go to Iraq and destroy such a beautiful country and many precious lives? If the US government came and destroyed your house and the area in which you lived it, wouldn't you want to fight back? What's wrong with people in america is that they don't have any knowledge about the history of all this. In response to the post above mine, 9/11 was a tragedy and many of us agree to that but two wrongs doesn't make a right. Just to find a
continuation of the post above
Posted by | Oct. 3, 2008 at 12:15 PM
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Just to find a group of people, America is bombing different countries. Why is American lives more precious than Muslim lives? This is what hurts the most because Islam teaches us to love all humanity and the way the news portrays us is not what we're all about. 9/11 was a horrible horrible atrocity and those people will be punished insha'Allah in this life or after... and let me add that those people who acted in 9/11 do not represent islam in any way possible. Truth is, 9/11 is still occuring to thousands of people especially in muslim countries. Al-Queda is on the rise now in pakistan but think about why they're doing this. When you have your mother, father, sisters, and brothers getting killed just because America wants to find osama bin laden, you think you wouldn't go completely insane? By all means, i'm not supporting any kind of terrorist acts at all but if America could just leave people alone and stop destroying other countries just because they want to benefit from cer
continuation of the post above
Posted by | Oct. 3, 2008 at 12:15 PM
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Just to find a group of people, America is bombing different countries. Why is American lives more precious than Muslim lives? This is what hurts the most because Islam teaches us to love all humanity and the way the news portrays us is not what we're all about. 9/11 was a horrible horrible atrocity and those people will be punished insha'Allah in this life or after... and let me add that those people who acted in 9/11 do not represent islam in any way possible. Truth is, 9/11 is still occuring to thousands of people especially in muslim countries. Al-Queda is on the rise now in pakistan but think about why they're doing this. When you have your mother, father, sisters, and brothers getting killed just because America wants to find osama bin laden, you think you wouldn't go completely insane?
I just lost connection and accidently posted a repeated post. In continuation of the paragraph not before this paragraph, but the one before that.
Posted by | Oct. 3, 2008 at 12:19 PM
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certain things like oil, then maybe things wouldn't be so bad as they are today. Just to find one person (Osama bin laden), they are killing millions of people.
Response Stop letting them in
Posted by | Oct. 3, 2008 at 11:39 AM
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If this woman is guilty, she should get what she deserve. Unfortunately, there are many innocent muslims living in US who are discriminated based on religion. When they use civilized way and filed complaints with the courts they are retaliated for their actions. Their families are destroyed and homes are shattered. Even if they decided to go back to their countries, the MIGHT of the companies who are sued threaten the plaintiffs and his families. May be this how the judicial system work in current war of terror.
racist pig comment
Posted by | Oct. 3, 2008 at 11:51 AM
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I called a person a racist pig because they were say awful things about muslims and dr aafia but their posts have been deleted so just so you know i was referring to the person that was calling us cockaroaches.
Response to racist pig
Posted by | Oct. 3, 2008 at 3:38 PM
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No one on this earth can dare to call "Cockroaches" to the people who hold might and power. What commentator, I assumed referred to minorities who are living in US. I have made this judgment, because I am a minority citizen of US and treated as a cockroach.
Why the bigotry?
Posted by | Oct. 3, 2008 at 8:13 PM
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I am thoroughly disgusted by some of the comments I am reading here. First of all, I am a born and raised American, I can speak English perfectly, just like my parents. I absolutely love my country, America, and am very patriotic. I love the freedoms we are given here. What disgusts me is that people here are either saying, "Muslims are evil," or "Americans are evil." I'm an American Muslim, and while I can say, that yes, some Muslims are bad, and some Americans are bad, not ALL of them are. I know tons of really nice Muslims, and tons of really nice Americans. Not everyone in America is a bigot and not every Muslim is a terrorist. By the way, the verses out of the Quran people use to say that Islam advocates killing are being taken out of context. Those verses are specifically for people who you are at war with-people who are raping, plundering, and killing people of your country. In fact, Islam tells Muslims to always be tolerant of other religions ("There is no compulsion i
Why the bigotry? cont'd
Posted by | Oct. 3, 2008 at 8:29 PM
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(cont'd) in religion." Islam says to defend synogogues and churches if they are under attack, and even in war, to never kill a religious leader of any religion. There are a lot of mosques that have released statements, lots of Muslims who have hosted events and written things denouncing terrorism and espousing tolerance. Just because you haven't heard of it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Most of us barely hear about Darfur in the news, and that genocide certainly exists. I am a Muslim American woman who is proud of both her religion and nationality. The world needs more love and respect and tolerance. Please be more open minded and stop the bigotry.
Response to Why the Bigotry
Posted by | Oct. 4, 2008 at 9:16 AM
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I appreciate and admire your postive attitude and perception to promote love and eliminate bigotry amongst ourselves. However, I would like you to file religious discrimination lawsuit against an American Icon company in US courts. Then prepare yourself for anything unimaginable. Its just like auto insurance. You keep paying your monthly premiums regularly and feel you are protected by your insurance comapny for any unforeseenable circumstances. Nonetheless, the real test comes in when you file a claim with your insurance company and then see how insurance company will down play with you. Similar scenrio is applicable to the civil rights too here in US.
Response to Why the Bigotry
Posted by | Oct. 4, 2008 at 1:39 PM
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The recent response to "why the bigotry" reminds me the tactics of Pakistani police largely used to apprehend a wanted person for commiting a crime. Since Police in Pakistan is corrupt and inefficent to arrest the culprit, they take his innocent family members into custody and torture them. When culprit realized that his family members are punished for his wrong doing he turn himself in.

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