Pakistan Foreign Office contacts US State Department over mistreatment of Dr Afiya Siddiqui
TEXAS/ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Foreign Office has contacted the United States Department of State over alleged mistreatment of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist imprisoned in a Texas prison.
The State Department, through its spokesperson, confirmed that Pakistani officials had reached out over alleged mistreatment of Dr Aafia, who is imprisoned at Texas' Federal Medical Center, Carswell.
Rejecting the allegations, the spokesperson said treatment meted out to convicted criminals in the US is in line with the international laws.
The conduct of US officials and prison-keepers with the prisoners is completely in accordance with the Constitution as well as the laws of the United States, the spokesperson said.
Prior to this, a State Department spokesperson said the matter of alleged mistreatment of Dr Aafia had been taken up with the relevant officials.
On June 7, 2018, the Supreme Court of Pakistan summoned a report from the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on Dr Aafia, after a three-member bench - led by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar - heard a petition filed by the imprisoned scientist's sister, Dr Fouzia.