Can things get any more bizarre?
Congressman Keith Ellison is trying to retrieve Muslims who left Minnesota to wage jihad and implement sharia law in Somalia, and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. is trying to retrieve an MIT-educated Muslim woman in U.S. custody who attempted to kill U.S. soldiers and FBI agents and repatriate her to Pakistan.
U.S. Muslims have also raised at least $70,000 for Aafia Siddiqui’s defense – which she claims is insanity.
WASHINGTON – Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani on Monday spoke by telephone to Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the detained Pakistani neuro-scientist, and discussed with her the govt efforts to secure her release and repatriation to Pakistan.
A Pakistan Embassy official said Ambassador Haqqani inquired about her health and assured of the efforts the govt of Pakistan is making for her release and legal details in this respect.
Dr. Siddiqui, 37, is accused of trying to kill American soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan last year, a charge she firmly denied.
‘I did not shoot anybody, and I did not fire at anybody’, she told a US District Court at hearing earlier this month. The hearing was held to determine whether she is competent to stand trial.
Govt psychiatrists claim that she has been faking symptoms of mental illness in the hope of avoiding a criminal trial set for in October. They also accused her of doing so in order to be repatriated to Pakistan.
But a psychologist retained by Ms. Siddiqui’s lawyers, she suffers from a genuine mental disorder, and is incompetent to stand trial.
These clashing descriptions are contained in psychological evaluations filed in the case of Ms. Siddiqui, who was brought to New York last August from Afghanistan where she was shot twice in her abdomen in an encounter.
Siddiqui was taken into custody last July in Ghazni, Afghanistan, after she was found loitering outside the provincial Governor’s compound with suspicious items in her handbag, the authorities said.
While she was detained, the indictment charges, she picked up an unsecured rifle and fired at least two shots toward a soldier who was part of an American team of FBI agents and military personnel who were about to question her.
Nobody was hit. She was charged with attempted murder and other charges, and has pleaded not guilty. Judge Richard Berman is expected rule on the arguments presented to him soon. ~end
What were the suspicious items in Siddiqui’s handbag that Pakistani news isn’t revealing?
When Aafia Siddique was captured she allegedly had in her possession maps of New York, a list of potential targets that included the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the subway system, and detailed chemical-biological radiological weapon information.
Siddiqui was wanted by the FBI as far back as 2004 for her alleged connections to al Qaeda. The indictment charges that when Siddiqui, a former MIT student, was detained by Afghan National Police, she was in possession of a document which mentioned, “Mass Casualty Attack” and listed various landmarks in New York, including Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty. ABC News