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Pasban Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor has appealed all democratic forces to withdraw their candidates from the national assembly constituency NA250 of Karachi to support Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, the sister of Pakistani mother and global women rights icon Dr Aafia Siddiqui.
Altaf Shakoor said the innocent daughter of the nation, Aafia has been languishing in illegal US custody for last 10 years and noted legal experts and human rights activists of whole world, as well as, peace loving people have testified her innocence. He said sadly the previous Pakistani regime despite completing their five-year tenure did nothing for her release. This attitude was also blatant negation and irreparable negligence to the constitutional, national and moral responsibilities of these rulers.
He said the democratic forces of Pakistan have always supported the cause of Aafia release and expressed solidarity to her children, mother Asmat Siddiqui and Sister Dr Fauzia Siddiqui. This support and solidarity now requires that the democratic forces withdraw their candidates from NA250 to strengthen the struggle of Pakistanis and peace loving people of whole world for the release and respectable repatriation of Aafia.
He hoped that the heroic struggle of Aafia would bear fruit soon and the honour and dignity of every daughter of Pakistan would be safeguarded. He said Pakistanis are an alive and vibrant nation, always ready to render every sacrifice for their national honour and pride.
Altaf Shakoor said that during the coming general election Pakistani nation would ask its politicians, presently griped in election fever, what they did for the release of Aafia. He hoped that the democratic forces would surely recognize and respect the warm sentiments, feelings and positive response of the masses towards Dr Fauzia Siddiqui and lend her unconditional support on NA250 Karachi.