Aafia Siddiqui: Pakistani scientist in US prison meets her sister Dr. Fowzia after 20 years

09:42 AM | 31 May, 2023
Aafia Siddiqui: Pakistani scientist in US prison meets her sister Dr. Fowzia after 20 years
Source: social media

TEXAS – Dr Fowzia Siddiqui met her sister and Pakistani scientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who is currently imprisoned in Fort Worth town of the US, after a long wait of 2 decades.

Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a US citizen of Pakistani origin, has not been in contact with any of her family members for the last decade until recent development as her sister travelled to Texas to meet her.

The meeting was held in Fort Worth town of the US where Siddiqui is currently detained, reports suggest while British attorney Clive Stafford Smith also joined Dr. Fowzia for the rare meeting.

Siddiqui was finally able to see any of her family members as she was recently granted the right to meet her family. It has been learnt that the meeting between Siddiqui sisters continued for 2.5 hours.

JI Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan, in his tweet, said sisters met in a room separated by glass wall while they were not allowed to exchange any gifts. Quoting Dr. Fowzia, he said Aafia is not in a good condition and is not aware of the death of his mother, who passed away last year.

Earlier, the US administration granted a visa to Dr Fowzia Siddique to meet Aafia, a graduate of MIT, who was arrested by the US forces for her suspected links to Al Qaeda and was given an 86-year sentence in 2010 for attempted murder. She is serving this sentence at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Carswell in Texas.

Shortly after the arrest of alleged 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, whose nephew Siddiqui was married to, Dr Aafia and her three children disappeared in the port city of Karachi.

Five years later, she appeared in neighbouring Afghanistan, where she was arrested by local forces in the restive southeastern province of Ghazni and later handed to US forces who questioned her.

It is unclear where Dr Aafia was between her 2003 disappearance in Pakistan and her 2008 reappearance in Afghanistan, with her supporters claiming she was the victim of a secret Pakistan-US plot.

Pakistan seeks consular access to Dr Aafia Siddiqui in US amid death rumours

At her trial in New York in 2010, she said she was detained for a "long time" in a "secret prison" in Afghanistan. Her supporters said she was the "ghost prisoner" in Bagram, serial number 650, but this is denied by the US.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 29, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 29, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 29, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Friday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 29 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,465


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