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DNA proves the girl daughter of Aafia Siddiqui: Rehman Malik

Posted by Ibn-e-Umeed on Apr 11th, 2010 and filed under SOUTH ASIA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

ISLAMABAD: A DNA test has proved that Maryam Khan is the biological daughter of Dr Amjad Khan, Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s former husband, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Saturday.

Talking to reporters after meeting Dr Aafia’s sister Dr Fauzia, Malik said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani – already on a US visit – will hold negotiations for Dr Aafia’s repatriation.

“The DNA profile obtained from blood samples of Maryam Khan alias Fatima, Ahmad Muhammad – her brother – share the STR Genetic Markers with the DNA profile obtained from blood sample of Dr Amjad Khan. Based on the DNA analysis, Dr Amjad cannot be excluded as the biological father of Maryam alias Fatima,” concludes the National Forensic Science Agency’s report, an exclusive copy of which is available with our correspondent. The laboratory is run by the Interior Ministry.

Ahmed, Dr Aafia’s 12-year-old son, was recovered in 2008 and now lives with his aunt, Dr Fauzia in Karachi.

Recovery: Meanwhile, Senate Standing Committee on Interior Chairman Talha Mehmood told a press conference that Maryam – left by unidentified men on the doorstep of her aunt’s house a few days back – was recovered from the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan.

Talha said Maryam was found with an American named John, adding the Pakistan government was not making enough efforts to secure Dr Aafia’s release.

He said if the US convicted the “innocent” Dr Aafia, it would distort its image among the community of nations. He said the standing committee would continue to struggle for her release, the same way it did for the recovery of her missing children. “The release of Dr Aafia is a one-point agenda of the entire nation, but the apologetic attitude of the rulers has encouraged foreign forces to bring disgrace to the Pakistani people,” the senator added.

He said Prime Minister Gilani should take up Dr Aafia’s issue when he meets the US president to secure her release and bring back to Pakistan.

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