National honor and dignity should be the top priority of our rulers, said Aafia Movement Pakistan leader and noted neuro-physician of Pakistan Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club (PPC) Sunday.
According to details, a protest march on foot was arranged by the activists of Aafia Movement and civil society from Laki Marwat to Peshawar under the banner of “Aafia Rihaai Ghairat Qaffila”.
The convoy was given a warm a warm welcome at the Khyber Bazaar when it reached Peshawar by Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Jamaat-e-Islami KPK Chapter Amir Mushtaq Ahmed Khan, Naib Amir Dr Iqbal Khalil, Amir Peshawar district division Siddique Paracha, Tehreek-e-Insaf Professional Forum President Imran Shahzad, PTI MNA Engineer Hamidul Haq, MPA Arif Yousuf, Mehmud Jan Khan, Pasban-e- Pakistan senior vice president Rambail Khan, acting provincial president Dr Saleh Muhammad, general secretary Gul Rahman Mohmand, Pasban FATA President Yasir Ali Shahbaz, Tajir Insaf Group central president, Syed Shahid Khan, Wasim Abbas and other leaders were also present.
Dr Fauzia presented the gift of traditional sheets to the amir of the protest march Inamullah Marwat, naib amir Anwar Khan and other participants. Later, Dr Fauzia was brought to the Peshawar Press Club in a big rally.
Addressing on the occasion, she said our brothers have marched this long distance on foot for revival of the national honor and dignity. She appealed to the media to convey this message of the Pakistani masses to the corridors of power. She said it is the duty of a democratic government to listen to the demands of public; otherwise, it should step down. She said national honor should be the first priority of the rulers. She asked why the Center was ignoring the resolutions passed by the KPK assembly for the release of Aafia Siddiqui.
She said this is not the issue of government or opposition politics, as Aafia is a Pakistani citizen and the daughter of the nation. She asked why Aafia is not being released despite the resolutions passed in the National and provincial assemblies and Senate. She said anti-Pakistan agents, killers, spies, thieves and dacoits are being released and repatriated by Pakistan despite they commit heinous crimes in this country.
Fauzia regretted that the rulers are only stuffing their own bank balances and they have done nothing for this country and its common citizens. He said that the rulers struck deals with the USA on important issues just to earn money for themselves.
She said this was also done in the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. She said 22 Crore Pakistanis demanded the release of Aafia and all that was needed was one official letter from the President or Prime Minister of Pakistan but the Pakistani rulers did not write this letter. She said now the proud Pakistanis would not allow such deals and they would struggle till the repatriation of Aafia.
She prayed that may Allah, the Almighty, save this country and its people from the harm of such rulers. She asked what type of Muslims they are. She said they could sign the paper when it is matter of hanging a ‘lover of Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him)’ but they cannot write a letter for the release of an innocent daughter of the nation.—SABAH