Govt turned down US offer to exchange Aafia for Raymond Davis: sister

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Pakistani govt turned down an offer made by the US to exchange Dr Aafia Siddiqui by American authorities in exchange of Raymond Davis, according to her sister Fouzia Siddiui.

Speaking exclusively to Geo News,  Fouzia Siddiqui said that the government did not accept a deal offered by the United States to exchange Dr Aafia Siddiqui for American Raymond Davis, a CIA operative who gunned down two men in Lahore in 2011.

She said that the government also did not avail the opportunity to bring back Aafia from detention in the US in exchange for Brigadier Bowe Bergdahl, a former US army officer who was captured by the Afghan Taliban until he was released in 2014.

“There were several moments in which Aafia’s return could have been possible. There was the time of Raymond Davis. I have clear-cut evidence that US offered Aafia for his exchange. But for these people [Pakistan government], other things became higher priorities,” she said.

She said that Pakistani government ‘took other things in exchange instead’ for Brigadier Bergdahl.

“There was also the American brigadier, Bowe Bergdahl. Aafia was also offered in exchange for him. But our government took other things in exchange for that,” she said.

She said that the Pakistani government also did not avail the opportunity to seek a pardon from the American government for Aafia when Obama was pardoning several convicts.

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