It may be added here that one of the senators was S. M. Zafar, a very famous lawyer in Pakistan. Answering a question from journalists in New York he said that there was no need to meet Dr Aafia’s lawyers, as it was a case of human rights not a legal dispute (reported in International News Network). However, the questions raised by the emailer remain important, and if the senators know what they were doing then it won't hurt if they share it with the general public.
I read your entry about "Aafia speaks out" and I am more confused now than before that why Pakistani delegation paint a rosy picture of her condition. She is basically in sound mental and physical condition according to the delegation which is in sharp contrast with what her attorneys have been saying.
I also read that Aafia does not trust her lawyers. I know her lawyers at least one of them Liz Fink was the first one to make us all aware of her pitiful condition. I know first hand how challenging it is these days to question anything regarding terrorism- related issues in the US and of course she was mocked by some people in that crowd during that press briefing [watch video of press briefing - Khurram].
I am not an attorney and know very little about legal issues, but I know this for sure that any statement regarding Aafia's situation should have been shared with her lawyers before making it public. It boggles the mind why Pakistani delegation acted the way they did. I only hope that the delegation knew what they were doing and I am the one who is missing something here!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Senators Vs. Attorneys
One of the most interesting feedback I received about previous entry 'Aafia speaks out' was through email and it deserves to be posted as an entry by itself: