On July 8, Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Muhammad Bilal Khan here directed the ministry of Foreign Affairs to submit its comments regarding developments in the case of Dr Afia Siddiqui for bringing her back to the country. The court sought the response of the foreign ministry after a review petition was filed by the mother of Aafia and Iftikhar Hussain Rajpoot jointly for bringing her back to the country from a detention centre in the US.
Citing former President Gen Musharraf and former PM Shaukat Aziz as respondents the petitioners have alleged before the court that since 1998 after the handing over of Aimal Kansi to the USA, Pakistan has given away more than 9000 citizens in the American custody.
The petitioners have also made the Secretary Interior Syed Kamal Shah as one of the respondents while submitting that he was indirectly involved in the abduction of Dr Aafia, in his capacity as Inspector General Police of Sindh province.
They requested the court to direct the government to take steps for bringing Dr Aafia back to the country, and in case the matter is not resolved, it must be taken to the International Court of Justice under the 1959 treaty that is signed by both the countries.