Aafia Siddiqui

Pakistani neuroscientist

Aafia Siddiqui (Urdu: عافیہ صدیقی; born 2 March 1972) is a Pakistani neuroscientist. She was convicted of multiple felonies. She was born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. She is serving an 86-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.[4]

Aafia Siddiqui
عافیہ صدیقی
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Born (1972-03-02) 2 March 1972 (age 50)
NationalityPakistani[1][2]
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (BS)
Brandeis University (PhD)
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Board member ofInstitute of Islamic Research and Teaching (President)
Criminal charge(s)Attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon
Criminal penaltyConvicted; sentenced to 86 years in prison
Criminal statusHeld in the FMC Carswell, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Spouse(s)
Amjad Mohammed Khan
(m. 1995; div. 2002)

allegedly Ammar al-Baluchi, also known as Ali Abdul Aziz Ali (February 2003 – present)[3]
Children3 including Mohammad Ahmed
Scientific career
FieldsNeuroscience
ThesisSeparating the components of imitation (2001)
Doctoral advisorRobert Sekuler

She is viewed by some people in Pakistan as the "national symbol of honor".[5] The Pakistani news media have called her trial a "farce" and very politically motivated.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Pakistani Diplomats Visit Woman Detained in New York". WNYC. 10 August 2008. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  2. Emerson, Steven (2006). Jihad incorporated: a guide to militant Islam in the US. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. ISBN 1591024536.
  3. Schmitt, Eric (5 August 2008). "Pakistani Suspected of Qaeda Ties is Held". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  4. "Dr Aafia Siddiqui doesn't want to return: FO spokesperson". Dunya News. Archived from the original on 10 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  5. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/21/us-pakistan-protests-release-neuroscientist-aafia-siddiqui
  6. Yusuf, Huma (4 February 2010). "'Lady Al Qaeda': Pakistan reacts to Aafia Siddiqui conviction in US court". The Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010.