Safar 23, 1431 Hijri February 08, 2010

pakistan top flag
Paktribune - KSE at glance News Ticker :: Newsletter :: News Alerts :: Pakistan News Wire :: My Paktribune

Tribune Corner
Features & Articles
Capital Watch
Fence Sitters view
Power Point
Hockey WorldCup 2006
EarthQuake 2005
Polo World Cup
Asia Cup 2004
War on Terror
Balochistan & Gawadar
12th SAARC Summit
Karakoram Highway
Pakistan Day
Defence Day
Saf Games 2004
Privacy Policy
Copy Rights
About Us
Contact Us
Advertising Info

Cartoon Coverage


Taliban to execute US soldier if Aafia not released

Friday February 05, 2010 (1049 PST)

Email Most Popular
Print Add to Favorite

Related Links
Regional moot supports negotiation with Taliban
Suicide attackers hit Kabul; 3 dead
Taliban stall key project in Afghanistan
US involved in secret talks with senior Taliban
11 dead in attack on UN guest house in Kabul

PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban on Thursday demanded the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist who has been convicted by the US court on charges of her alleged attempt to murder US soldiers in Afghanistan, and threatened to execute an American soldier they were holding currently. They claimed Aafia Siddiqui’s family had approached the Taliban network through a Jirga of notables, seeking their assistance to put pressure on the US to provide her justice.

“Being Muslims, it becomes our religious and moral obligation to help the distressed Pakistani woman convicted by the US court on false charges,? said a senior Afghan Taliban commander. The commander, whose militant network is holding the US soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, called our sources from an undisclosed location in Afghanistan and threatened to execute the American trooper if their demand was not met. He claimed AafiaSiddiqui’s family had approached the Taliban network through a Jirga of notables, seeking their assistance to put pressure on the US to provide her justice.

“We tried our best to make the family understand that our role may create more troubles for the hapless woman, who was already in trouble. On their persistent requests, we have now decided to include Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s name in the list of our prisoners in US custody that we delivered to Americans in Afghanistan for swap of their soldier in our custody,? explained the militant commander.

He claimed family members of Dr Aafia told the Taliban leadership that they had lost all hopes in the Pakistan government and now Allah Almighty and the Taliban were their only hope. Later, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also called our sources from somewhere in Afghanistan and owned a statement given by the Taliban commander.

The militant commander alleged that the US soldier, whom his fighters kidnapped from Afghanistan’s Paktika province near the border with Pakistan’s troubled South Waziristan in June 2009, had admitted his involvement in several raids in Afghanistan. “Since he has confessed to all charges against him, our Islamic court had announced death sentence for him,? the Taliban leader claimed.

The same Taliban faction released a video of the captive US soldier on Christmas Day. Taliban said they had been shifting the soldier all the time due to the search operations by the US and Afghan forces. He said the only way Americans could save life of their soldier was to release 21 Afghan prisoners and the “innocent? Pakistani lady.

Most of their prisoners, he claimed, were being held at the Guantanamo prison. “We believe that like the Israelis, the Americans would be ready soon to do any deal for taking possession of the remains of their soldier, but it would be late by then,? he stressed. Dr Aafia’s family could not be approached for comments on the Taliban claim.



What do you think about the story?

No comments found

Send us your comments:



Your E-mail Address:

Your Country:

Comments Heading:


Characters left

Note:The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality.

Back to Top      Archives 

Speak Out

Soul Vibes
Exclusively by Anwaar Hussain
The Hague, not the Chilcot Inquiry
Noor Inayat Khan: Princess, Spy, Martyr, Heroine
View All Articles


Suggested Sites

  • Free Press Release
        Submit Press Release
  • Buy Shoes Online
  • UK Online Shopping
  • Election News
  • Web Site Development
  • Study in Australia
  • Free Articles
  • Quick Vote

    Question: "What do you think, who is behind the Karachi target killing:"
    Non State Actors
    Non of the above
    Pakistan News Service ©