Aafia Siddiqui born in Karachi on March 2, 1972. She is an American educated Pakistani in the field of cognitive neuroscience, Dr. Aafia Siddiqi convicted after a jury trial in a U.S. federal court of assault with intent to murder her U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan.
The charges carried a maximum sentence of life in prison. In September 2010, she was sentenced by the U.S. judge to 86 years in prison.
Many of Siddiqui’s supporters, including international human rights organizations, have claimed that Aafia Siddiqui was not an extremist and that she and her young children were illegally detained, interrogated and tortured by Pakistani intelligence or U.S. authorities or both during her five-year disappearance. The U.S. and Pakistan governments have denied all such claims.