Pak conveys concerns over 'terror suspect' Dr Aafia's worsening health in US prison

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Washington, Aug 28 : Following media reports that Pak-American 'terror suspect' Dr Aafia Siddiqui's health was worsening by the day inside the US federal prison where she is being held for almost a month, Pakistan has officially conveyed its concerns to the US Government regarding her well-being.

Dr Aafia (36) has been nursing her bullet wounds inside the prison. According to prosecutors, she was shot by a US Army officer after she grabbed his rifle from the floor and pointed it at an officer.

In a communication to the US government, Pakistan ambassador Husain Haqqani said that the media reports suggested that she was not receiving adequate medical care in the jail. He urged the US government to take necessary steps for her immediate transfer to a hospital for proper medical treatment.

Haqqani also asked the US government to stop the humiliating body searches of the detainee before and after visits of her lawyers and the embassy officials, reported the Dawn.

The Pakistan embassy in Washington also requested the US government to hand over the custody of her three children to Pakistan in case they were in the US custody.

US federal authorities, however, have informed Ms Siddiqui that one of her sons is in Afghan custody. The 11-year-old boy, whose name was not disclosed, is a US citizen and it is highly unusual for US authorities to leave a young American in foreign custody.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of her two other kids are not known.

ANI

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