Aafia Siddiqui’s Torture In Bagram Prison

There have been recent shocking revelations about what happened to Aafia Siddiqui while she was in secret US custody show that she was subject to brutal and inhuman treatment.
Aafia has become well known in Pakistan since the travesty of justice during a political show trial in the US where she was charged and convicted of attempting to kill FBI Officers and Us military personnel during a bizarre incident in Ghazni in Afghanistan where Aafia was the only one who got shot.
There have been several mass demonstrations in Pakistans main cities, her case is supported by many public figures and political parties who charge the US with kidnapping Aafia and her three children from Pakistan in 2003 and torturing her in Bagram Prison until 2008 when she mysteriously appeared in Ghazni carrying incriminating evidence along with her son Ahmed.
An interview by Kamran Shahid on Pakistan’s Front Line TV show which was recently shown on 26th March, included a studio interview with Aafia’s sister Fowzia, her mother Ismat and British Journalist Yvonne Ridley who was the first person to publicise the secret and illegal detention of Aafia by the United States Government agencies.
Siddiqui’s mother and sister described publicly for the first time the various forms of torture she underwent at the hands of US agents. This included being:
Forcefully stripped by six men, and repeatedly sexually abused
Beaten with rifle butts until she bled
Bound to a bed, with her hands and feet tied whilst unspecified forms of torture were administered to the soles of her feet and head
Injected with unknown substances
Dragged by her hair
Having her hairs pulled out one by one
Forced to walk on the Qu’ran which had been desecrated in her cell whilst naked
Maryam Hassan, founder of the Justice for Aafia Coalition commented: “These most recent horrific revelations shine a light for the first time on years of detention shrouded until now in darkness and mystery. Forced nudity, violent sexual abuse, the desecration of the Qu’ran, video-taped torture sessions have become infamous hallmarks of US detention since the start of the War on Terror, from Bagram to Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.
The Obama administration must immediately disclose any video evidence in its possession relating to Ms Siddiqui’s detention and torture. The American public has a right to know what is being carried out in its name as much as the Pakistani public are deserving of knowing the horrendous abuse one of their citizens has been subjected to. “
The Justice for Aafia Coalition is an umbrella body for a number of organizations, groups, and activists created in February 2010 to campaign for the release and return of Aafia Siddiqui and for the opening of a full investigation into the circumstances of her detention and the whereabouts of her children.
Aafia Siddiqui’s lawyers maintain that she was abducted by the Pakistani and US agents along with her three children in 2003 and rendered to Afghanistan where she was detained by American forces for over five years. Siddiqui claims she was abused, raped and tortured throughout her detention. She was convicted in February 2010 of allegedly firing on US soldiers while in custody in what appears to have been a grave miscarriage of justice. Whilst her son Ahmed was released in September 2008 from Afghan custody, two of her children remain unaccounted for to date. For full details of Aafia Siddiqui’s case, please visit http://www.justiceforaafia.org
Aafia’s detention in Bagram Prison as prisoner 650 has been well documented and verified by other former detainees from Bagram prison. In 2005 four arab detainees of Bagaram escaped and while on run they gave interview to a tv Channel Al Arabia about their escape and also revealed that there is Pakistani woman detainee and her screams prompted them to go for a hunger strike for 9 days, to pressurize US soldiers, to end torturing her. Moazem Begg a British former detainee of Guantanamo who was also held in Bagram prison has attested that he regularly heard a woman known as prisoner 650 screaming.
It was after hearing Moazem’s testimony about the woman prisoner 650 screaming in Bagram prison that Yvonne Ridley investigated the matter and discovered that the identity of the mysteriouys prisoner 650 was Aafia who had been kidnapped.
The Front Line TV show also featured investigative film footage from Ghazni which was produced by Yvonne Ridley and a televised interview from Pakistan with Aafia’s eldest son who has since been repatriated to Pakistan, during the interview Ahmed said ”I want to say why have they imprisoned her and why did they imprison me?” Ahmed sent a personal message to his mother saying “I love you and I am waiting for you and you come back soon, if Allah permitslove you and I am waiting for you and you come back soon, if Allah permits.”
The fate of Aafia’s two other children Maryam aged 14 and Suleman aged 8, it is believed that if they are still alive they are in Afghanistan, Rehman Mailk Pakistans’s Interior minister has already made representation to Afghan President Karzai to have Aafia’s two children returned to Pakistan.

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