Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Is the mystery girl Dr Aafia’s daughter? Dr Fauzia Siddiqui doubts girl is her niece

By Faraz Khan

A 12-year-old girl was abandoned outside the residence of Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s sister on Sunday, leading to speculations that the girl might be Aafia’s daughter who went missing seven years ago.
However, Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, Aafia’s sister doubted that the girl was actually Aafia’s daughter and called the incident highly suspicious.

Investigators probing Aafia’s case were left bewildered after people arrived at Fauzia’s residence in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and claimed that the girl was Aafia’s missing daughter.

“She is not Maryam and I am very angry with the people who are playing with my family’s emotions,” Fauzia said.

“I don’t know who these people are. Scores of people have tried to enter my residence, saying that Maryam has returned home,” she added.

She said she immediately contacted Interior Minister Rehman Malik and informed him of the situation.

“The minister told me to leave this as our positive dialogue was in progress,” she added.

She said after she informed the Interior Ministry in Islamabad, investigators arrived at her place.

“I provided them with Maryam’s passport for matching the fingerprints and photograph with the assistance of NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority). However, the findings of the investigators were inconclusive,” she added.

Superintendent of Police Niaz Khoso said it would be difficult for the family to identify the girl after seven years. Therefore, it was necessary to avail the facility of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) testing.(DT Report)