The Plight of Aafia Siddiqui


MPA (400+ posts)

By now the whole world is aware of the plight of Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist who was arrested in Ghazni province in Afghanistan. She was apparently found with documents describing US landmarks and a number of containers containing chemical substances. She now faces life imprisonment on false charges of attempted murder against her interrogators, but nothing on the terrorism charges she was originally suspected of.

Aafia Siddiqui was picked up in Karachi by Pakistani intelligence in March 2003 together with her 3 children, and remained in obscurity until July 2008 when she was arrested in Ghazni province. Both U.S and Pakistani govt officials deny any knowledge of her whereabouts for the previous 5 years, however during this time the FBI had her on a list of 7 most wanted Al Qaeda fugitives. It has since come to light that Aafia Siddiqui is the infamous prisoner 650 that was tortured and raped in Bagram jail.

It is clear that her disappearance was due to the demands put on Pakistan by America. In fact ever since Pakistan joined the US war on terror in 2001, there has been an ever increasing one-sided cooperation between the two countries, which has resulted in Pakistan effectively giving up its sovereignty. What else can describe the situation in a nation where one of its most valued and highly educated citizens like Aafia Siddiqui can simply be picked up off the street and go missing for years? And more indicative would be the complete silence by the Pakistani government, when such a kidnapped citizen ends up paraded in a foreign court of a supposed ally!

Aafia siddique is not the first case however of Pakistan capitulating when one of its citizens has faced accusations from America. There is the case of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistans nuclear program who was accused by America of nuclear proliferation. Rather than defending him, President Musharraf ended up humiliating him by making him give an apology on national television for his crime of selling nuclear secrets to North Korea, Libya and Iran. He was then held under house arrest from 2004 till 2009 when restrictions were lifted. In an interview with ABC news in 2008 he stated that he was forced into confessing by President Musharraf who used him as a scapegoat in the national interest. This is how the government of Pakistan treats someone who is a national icon and hero to millions, who has been awarded Pakistans highest civilian awards of Hilal e Imtiaz and Nishan e Haider and has helped the country develop weapons which have given it the status of most powerful Muslim country.

It must be noted that in order to please foreign masters, Pakistan has ended up handing over and humiliating those citizens who are amongst the intellectuals of the country, those who have a hand in its development and progression. If the Pakistani government is unable to defend its pride and glory without so much as an objection, then how can it protect the millions of other citizens it claims to represent? Currently there are 500 reported people that have gone missing in Pakistan, and probably many more who have never made it as a written statistic.

Could anyone ever imagine Britain or America giving up any of their own citizens, much less their politicians, doctors, scientists or soldiers? It is more likely that they would engage in extensive diplomatic or even military efforts in order to protect their citizens, nor would they humiliate those who have helped in the development of their countries as they are indispensable for them. And it is not just the protection they afford to their citizens whilst at home. How often is it reported that western tourists are caught foul of the law in so many nations, only to have their sentences commuted or pardoned due to the pressure applied by their governments?

Its not just the examples of Aafia Siddique and Abdul Qadeer Khan that prove just how bankrupt is the claim by the likes of Musharraf and Zardari to be sovereign leaders. Add to this the almost total freedom given to the US to conduct drone attacks within Pakistan, or by allowing thousands of Blackwater mercenary personnel to roam free in the country and do as they please. The government also accepted the Kerry-Lugar bill through which the US has bought access for its security agencies to operate inside of Pakistan, whilst the Pakistani government agrees to provide the US forces with ammunition being used against its own citizens.

Any true sovereign nation, or any leader with an ounce of dignity or self respect, would have stopped cooperating with America in order to bring Aafia Siddiqui back. They would have stopped providing them with fuel or supply routes, closed their embassy, expelled their staff and finally kicked them out of the region. Unfortunately this is too much to ask from Pakistans incompetent leaders or any other rulers in the Muslim world. Its not even a new scenario, since Pakistan was used even before 911 with General Zia being used as a proxy in order to help America remove Russia from Afghanistan. Nawaz Sharif even pulled back the Pakistan army when they were on the verge of victory over India during the 1999 Kargil conflict on the orders of President Bill Clinton.

Sovereignty for Islam is as absent today in Pakistan as it is anywhere else in the Muslim world. How many of our rulers have competed with each other to please America by agreeing to trade Palestine to Israel? How many leaders have welcomed American bases in Muslim lands, enabling them to have a foothold there? How many of them allowed those same bases, airways and waterways to be used to attack the Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan? How many Muslim leaders rushed to the defence of Islam when our beloved Prophet (SAW) was being defamed in cartoons? How many of them have resisted western demands to alter curriculums to teach western concepts such as democracy, freedom, nationalism? It is the current Muslim rulers who have given up the Islamic sovereignty, leaving this Ummah like sheep at the mercy of hungry wolves.

What the Muslim Ummah needs is a leadership that will be unlike any of the weak states we have in the Muslim world today. One that will not capitulate before foreign nations or institutions like the U.N or the Security Council due to the saying of Allah (swt)

وَلَن يَجْعَلَ اللّهُ لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ سَبِيلاً
And Allah will never give the disbelievers a way(authority) over the believers(Sura An Nisa 141)

and the saying of the Prophet (SAW) the Imam is a shield behind which you fight and protect yourselves.

This Ummah needs a leadership that will stop all cooperation with America and remove their occupying forces from our lands as well as rescue Aafia Siddiqui and all our other brothers and sisters who have been humiliated at the hands of the kuffar in Kashmir, Palestine and Iraq. A leadership that will defend the honour, dignity and integrity of this Ummah, and protect its interests wherever they are.

Can anyone imagine that such a leadership will come from the existing political classes in the Muslim lands? They are bankrupt of any morality or integrity, they do not possess the political acumen to look after anything but their own financial interests, and are trained in nothing other than the diseased secular politics which keeps them subservient to western needs. Nothing will ever come of them, and they can be confined to the bin of history from an age this Ummah longs to forget.

The only viable solution for the Muslims now is the re-establishment of the Khilafah and the appointment of a sincere Khaleefah across all the Muslim lands. It is imperative that the Ummah throughout the world works towards this one cause, doing all they can to accelerate the inevitable demise of the tyrant rulers of today such as Zardari. This is the only way to restore the sovereignty to Islam as it truly should belong. It is only under the shade of the Khilafah that the Ummah was protected, When the Romans invaded Malatya, (part of Turkey today), in 840 many of its citizens were killed, whilst the women were taken as slaves, it included a Muslim women who was a descendent of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. On hearing about her cries Al-Mu'tasim Billah, the Khaleefah led a huge army to the Amuriyyah fort, where she was imprisoned. Overrunning the fortresses and then conquering the territory, the Muslim woman was freed from her chains. The fort was destroyed and Al-Mu'tasim said to her be a witness with your grandfather Al-Mustafa, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, that I came to rescue you'.

إِنِ الْحُكْمُ إِلاَّ لِلّهِ أَمَرَ أَلاَّ تَعْبُدُواْ إِلاَّ إِيَّاهُ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَـكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ

"Indeed, the Rule is for none but Allah. He has commanded that you worship none but him, this is the right deen but most people do not know:" [TMQ 12:40]

Abu Umair