PAKISTAN NEWS: The Pakistani government is making great efforts to bring Dr Aafia back home, said the prime minister’s aide

ISLAMABAD: The government is making serious efforts to bring back Dr Aafia Siddiqui, said Adviser to the Prime Minister of Parliament Babar Awan.

He held a meeting with Pakistani neuroscientist sister Fauzia Siddiqui on Monday to brief her on the progress made in Dr Aafia’s case.

Pakistani neurologist arrested in US He was arraigned in New York Regional Court in September 2008 on charges of attempted murder and assault. He denies the allegations.

Dr Aafia was tried in early 2010 after 18 months in jail. The US sentenced him to 86 years in prison.

Awan was hopeful that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden would be able to help bring Dr. Aafia back.

Speaking about Pakistani prisoners overseas, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan had so far repatriated 5,000 prisoners.

Addressing the plight of the people of Pakistan abroad is one of the priorities of the PTI government, said the aide to the Prime Minister.

He described Dr Aafia’s arrest as a “grave violation of human rights” and said the matter would be referred to the Senate by the foreign ministry.

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