The following is what I put up as one of my two comments on this article from NFP. This comment is still in moderation on DAWN's website. Can someone guess why ? ;-)
In my opinion, when a nation abandons one of its own, it looses the right to exist. Nadeem Paracha sb. is forgetting this fact. He’s more concerned with money ($2 million).
Every woman’s case is important. However, I don’t understand Mr. Nadeem’s problem with Dr. Afia ?
The fact that Pakistan has spent $2 million on Dr. Afia does not prove Pakistan has done something for its citizen. I wonder if Nadeem Paracha sb. would be satisfied by Pakistan Govt. for spending $2 million, if he was in custody of US in place of Dr. Afia, if he was going through all that Dr. Afia has gone through, is going through ? Would he be satisfied with Pakistan, just because Pakistan had spent $2 million on him and failed miserably to secure his release ?
What is the worth of a nation when its citizens can be;
(a) sold to foreign nations, their authorities
(c) herded out like animals
(d) labeled as war criminals
(e) beaten, shot, tortured, raped, abused
(f) taken through a sham court trial where nothing could be proved
yet still that citizen is condemned to a life of misery in the hands of those who are most uncivilized nation in the world.
What is the worth of such a nation ?
Miss-handling, torture, rape of women within our borders is our internal matter. Those in the Govt. are fully responsible for dealing with this issue. Also, Pakistan’s justice system should take care of it.
Dr. Afia’s case is MORE important. Why ? Because
(1) it highlights the fact that Pakistan STILL does NOT! have an extradition treaty with US. Pakistan may not have extradition treaty with many other countries/nations
(2) No formal extradition proceedings took place within Pakistan, for a citizen of Pakistan, before she was given into custody of US authorities, before she was herded outside Pakistan’s borders, before she was sold
(3) to-date no one has been held accountable for ’selling’ of Pakistani citizens to foreign nations, powers, authorities, etc etc
By highlighting Afia’s case, they are condemning ALL previous governments of Pakistan for not having established extradition treaty, not having gone through any extradition proceedings within Pakistan for a citizen of Pakistan, not having arrested the perpetrators of this incident, not having taken them through the normal legal procedures in order to give justice to this citizen.
What does not having an extradition treaty mean for Pakistani people ? It means that any! nation’s authorities who have power over Pakistan’s Govt. can abduct people, take them out of Pakistan’s borders, treat them in anyway what-so-ever, without any regard of any law existing in this world.
This is not for Dr. Afia alone. This could happen to any! Pakistani at any time. What guarantee do we have that it won’t happen to me, or any other citizen of Pakistan tomorrow ?
Posted 5 years ago on 12 Feb 2010 9:19 #