Pakistani missing persons' faith in hands of new govt.

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Pakistani victim families are again on the streets to protest against the enforced disappearances of thousands of citizens since 9/11. The new wave of protests is designed to pressure the country's new government to secure the release of people from illegal detention of Pakistan's intelligence agencies and America's CIA. Among thousands missing citizens, the case of Dr Aafia Siddique, currently languishing in a US jail, is back in the headlines. The government has decided to convene a high-level meeting of security agencies to discuss the repatriation of Aafia Siddqui better known in Pakistan as the "Daughter of the Nation". But to what extent the Pakistani government is willing to use its leverage on the US, in order to secure her release, is an open ended question. Pakistan's intelligence agencies are at the center of controversy for kidnapping Aafia along with her three children in 2003 before they handed them over to the US. American soldiers allegedly raped and brutalized her at Bagram base in Kabul before she was flown to the United States. In 2010, a New York Court sentenced her 86 years injail for attempting to kill CIA agents during her detention in Afghanistan. Bringing back Dr Aafia and finding other missing citizens was the promise Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made before coming into power this year. Human Rights activists believe that Dr Aafia's conviction was based on fabricated charges after CIA failed to establish her links with al-Qaeda.

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