Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani prisoner within the United States whose launch was reportedly demanded by a Texas hostage-taker this weekend, is serving an 86-year sentence for the tried homicide of American troopers.
Four individuals have been freed unhurt on Sunday following a greater than 10-hour standoff at a synagogue within the US state. Their suspected captor was killed.
Media, quoting a US official briefed on the matter, reported that the person was calling for the discharge of 49-year-old Siddiqui.
Her lawyer mentioned in an announcement to CNN that she had “absolutely no involvement” within the hostage scenario, and condemned the person’s actions.
A US-educated Pakistani scientist, she was jailed in 2010 for attacking American troopers in Afghanistan.
She was the primary girl to be suspected of Al-Qaeda hyperlinks by the US, however by no means convicted of it.
At 18 years previous, Siddiqui travelled to the US, the place her brother lived, to review at Boston’s prestigious MIT, later incomes a PhD in neuroscience at Brandeis University.
But after the 9/11 terror assaults of 2001, she got here up on the FBI’s radar for donations to Islamic organisations and was linked to the acquisition of $10,000 price of night-vision goggles and books on warfare.
The US suspected she joined Al-Qaeda from America, returning to Pakistan the place she married into the household of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — an architect of the 9/11 assaults.
She disappeared in round 2003, alongside along with her three youngsters, in Karachi.
Five years later she turned up in Pakistan’s war-torn neighbour Afghanistan, the place she was arrested by native forces within the restive southeastern province of Ghazni.
‘Death to America’
During her interrogation by US forces, she grabbed a rifle and opened fireplace, whereas screaming “Death to America” and “I want to kill Americans”.
The troopers escaped unharmed, however she was injured.
Her imprisonment sparked outrage in her dwelling nation and her supporters declare she was the sufferer of a secret Pakistan-US plot.
After she was sentenced, Al-Qaeda’s then quantity two known as on Muslims to “avenge” the choice.
Her launch has beforehand been on the centre of militants’ calls for, together with throughout two hostage crises in Pakistan in addition to the seize of James Foley, an American journalist who was beheaded by the Islamic State in 2014.
Michael Kugelman, a South Asia analyst, tweeted: “Siddiqui isn’t well known in the US, but in Pakistan she’s a big name — many view her as an innocent victim.”
In a earlier article, he described her as a trigger celebre amongst terrorists, and mentioned she was seen as a “powerful symbol of how poorly Americans treat innocent Muslims in the global campaign against terror”.
The problem has remained a matter of long-running rigidity between Pakistan and the US.
During his election marketing campaign, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, an open critic of US motion linked to the conflict on terror, vowed to get her launched. He supplied to free Shakeel Afridi, who’s languishing in Pakistani jail over his position in serving to Americans hint Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.
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