Pakistani woman accused of aiding Al Qaeda operatives appears in court
The case against Aafia Siddiqui, who has been missing since 2003, raises questions about illegal detention centers across Pakistan.
Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national and MIT graduate wanted for questioning by the FBI in relation to terrorism cases, appeared in a New York court on Tuesday after being charged with attempting to kill US soldiers. Before being taken into custody in Afghanistan last month, Ms. Siddiqui was last seen in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2003. Her reappearance raises questions about the Pakistan government's practice of illegally detaining terror suspects in secret security centers.Skip to next paragraph
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Although Siddiqui was accused of having links to the Al Qaeda leadership and has been wanted for questioning by the FBI since 2003, she appeared in court on charges of attempted killing, reports the Times Online.
Siddiqui was arrested in the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan, outside the governor's compound there, by the Afghanistan National Police. The next day, Siddiqui attacked US soldiers and FBI agents preparing to question her, reports ABC News.
The BBC reports that the FBI and Pakistan government in 2003 denied having anything to do with Siddiqui's disappearance. She was never officially listed as wanted by any American or Pakistani agency. Even after her reappearance in Afghanistan, the US government maintains that her whereabouts have remained unknown.