Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s defense counsels have apprised Islamabad that they do not anticipate court’s verdict in favor of the incarcerated neuroscientist, but have assured the government of filing appeal in superior court if the court did not acquit Aafia.

The jury hearing Aafia Siddiqui’s case reportedly sent a new question to the presiding Judge Richard Berman in connection with the statement of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, following which, the judge summoned members of the jury, prosecutors and defense counsels in New York on Tuesday, Geo news reported.

According to sources, the members of jury, prosecutor lawyers and defense counsel will hold discussion over the new question.

The 12-member jury has raised question over the difference in the accounts of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui separately given before the court and as previously stated to the FBI, sources said.

Responding to the new question, the defense counsels and prosecutor lawyers will give their accounts in this connection, sources further said.
Aafia Siddiqui went on trial in a federal courtroom in New York City on January 19, charged with the attempted murder of US personnel in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province in 2008. The case against Dr. Siddiqui, 37, is rapidly unraveling due to lack of evidence and discordant testimony from witnesses, several reports have claimed.

Pakistani journalists and media were not allowed in the Manhattan Courtroom. Only NYPD cleared media was allowed.

Trial observers and commentators say it has become increasingly apparent that charges against Aafia amount to a frame-up that has been staged to cover up the fact that Aafia Siddiqui, along with her eldest son, had been held without charges in the US military’s notorious Bagram prison in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2008 where they were subjected to torture. Two of Dr. Siddiqui’s younger children remain missing.

According to the account given by US authorities, reports claim that Aafia Siddiqui was taken into custody by Afghan security services in July of 2008 after they alleged having found a list of US targets for terrorist attacks as well as bomb-making instructions and assorted chemicals.