Wed May 5th, 2010 at 02:15:35 AM EST
Govt formally declares teenage girl as Aafia's daughter
(Nation.pk) - Dr Aafia Siddiqui's 12-year old daughter Maryam mysteriously shows up at her grandmother's home after being missing for seven years.
The Government has formally declared 12 years old Maryam as daughter of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui after proved by DNA Test and the girl handed over to the family of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.
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Dr. Fauzia Siddiqui, sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui visited the Interior Ministry with 12 years old Maryam on Saturday and held a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
Talking to media after holding the meeting, the Interior Minister said that Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani wanted to make the announcement himself but he asked him to announce this.
Rehman Malik said that the DNA Report has proved that 12 years old Maryam is daughter of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, adding the girl only speak English.
Related: Who Authorized Maryam Siddiqui’s Release?
Hakimullah behind New York bomb plot: Reports
ISLAMABAD (DawnNews.pk) - Reports suggest that the leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud has a hand behind the failed Times Square bomb plot in New York of arrested Faisal Shehzad.
This has been revealed by a letter which Hakimullah wrote to the sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Dr. Fouzia nearly two months back.
According to a copy of the letter received exclusively by DawnNews, Hakimullah Mehsud threatened a memorable response against the United States.
The summary of the letter states that Hakimullah Mehsud declared the sister of incarcerated Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, Dr Fouzia as her own sister and assured her of every cooperation.
Threatening the US, he announced his intention to teach the United States a lesson.
Aafia Siddiqui will be sentenced on May 10, 2010
Aafia Siddiqui (born March 2, 1972, in Karachi, Pakistan) is a Pakistani Muslim neuroscientist, accused of being an al-Qaeda member. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumna and Brandeis University Ph.D., and mother of three, she had disappeared in March 2003. Her disappearance followed the arrest of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, alleged chief planner of the September 11 attacks and the uncle of her second husband. In 2004, witnesses in a UN war-crimes-tribunal meeting held in Serria Leone identified her as an al-Qaeda member. The charges against her stem solely from the shooting incident itself, not from any alleged act of terrorism, nor from conspiring with or giving comfort to terrorists.
According to the FBI, she resurfaced when she was arrested July 17, 2008, by the Afghan National Police. They report that a police search of her handbag after the arrest produced a number of documents written in Urdu and English describing the creation of explosives, chemical weapons, Ebola, dirty bombs, and radiological agents (which discussed mortality rates of certain of the weapons), and handwritten notes referring to a "mass casualty attack".
Divorce, remarriage, and al-Qaeda allegations
Shahzad's village in KPkhwa shocked
HAYATABAD, Pakistan (DawnNews.pk) - Kifyatullah Khan, a relative of New York's Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad, talks to local media in front of the house owned by Shahzad's family in Peshawar's locality of Hayatabad in Pakistan. Authorities say a suspect detained in the US in the failed bombing, Faisal Shahzad, came from a wealthy family in northwest Pakistan.
Villagers of Mohib Banda in Pabbi, Nowshera, said that members of Shahzad's family believed he had been implicated in a false case. "They are a well-respected family. They are apolitical," a family friend said.
"I know Shahzad's family very well. They are highly respected in the entire village and adjoining areas," said Advocate Kifayatullah Khan, a former member of the provincial bar council.
He said the family believed that Shahzad had been framed. "The entire family is highly educated and enlightened. The villagers don't believe that Shahzad could act in such a manner," he said.
Advocate Kifayatullah said that although the family had agricultural land and property in the village, they did not live there. He said that Mr Bahr-ul-Haq had been looking after the land since his retirement.
Shahzad married a woman from Mardan. His mother is from Charsadda and elder brother is an engineer currently living in Canada.
Officials said that Shahzad had been using three passports -- two of them Pakistani -- since 2003. He left for the US via Dubai by an Emirate Airlines flight from Benazir International Airport in Islamabad in the first week of February.
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"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."