Dr Fawzia Siddiqui arrived in Pakistan on Monday after seeing her imprisoned sister Dr Aafia Siddiui in the United States.

The long-awaited reunion took place in Fort Worth, where Dr. Aafia is presently incarcerated, and was their first encounter in more than two decades.

Fawzia conveyed her horror at observing her sister’s terrible condition to the media upon her arrival at Karachi Airport.

She hoped that the American authorities would be kind and sympathetic in their treatment of Aafia.

She also thanked Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto, and former President Arif Alvi for organising the meeting with her sister.

Fawzi said that the next meeting would be held in either July or August.

Aafia Siddiqui, who is she?

Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani scientist who was convicted in 2010 of trying to kill and attack American service members in Afghanistan. She was sentenced to 86 years in jail.

She maintained her innocence throughout, and the case caused great debate.

Aafia Siddiqui was born in 1972 in Karachi, Pakistan.

She earned her degrees in biochemistry from the University of Karachi and neuroscience from Brandeis University in the early 1990s.

In 2001, she earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

She returned to Pakistan after finishing her studies to work as a neuroscientist at Aga Khan University Hospital.

She also participated in humanitarian initiatives, working with institutions such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Pakistani police detained Siddiqui in 2003 on suspicion of having connections to al-Qaeda. She was freed after a few months, but she was still under house arrest.

Then, in 2008, she went missing from her Karachi home.

Aafia Siddiqui returned to Afghanistan in 2009 and was arrested by US soldiers in the Ghazni province.

She was charged with trying to kill and assaulting American service members. She was extradited to the United States in August 2009.

The trial began in January 2010, and she was found guilty two months later.

The court sentenced her to 86 years in jail.

Aafia Siddiqui maintained her innocence throughout the proceedings and appealed her verdict.

She is now incarcerated in the Federal Medical Centre in Carswell, Texas. In 2033, she will be eligible for parole.

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