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
Born (1972-03-02) 2 March 1972 (age 50)
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
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
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]


  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.