ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the Interior Ministry on Wednesday to complete all arrangements for early return of Dr. Afia Siddiqui.
PM Nawaz Sharif is chairing the federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad today in order to commence discussion related to national reforms.
Pakistan’s federal cabinet has approved signing of swap agreement for prisoners’ extradition with the United States of America and Europe.
The Prime Minister has ordered the authorities for signing European Convention agreement as it was offered by the US for transferral of sentenced persons.
Earlier, US authorities had offered Pakistan to sign prisoner swap agreement for the extradition of Dr Aafia Siddiqi, after which the Pakistani scientist will be allowed to serve the remaining part of her imprisonment in homeland.
The spokesperson of the foreign office Umar Hameed also confirmed that the US has offered Pakistan to sign prisoner swap agreement after which both countries will release each others prisoners.
The US offered two deals that include European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad in this regard.
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that the Interior Ministry had formed a task force following the US offer which held its first session on July 3 to review the agreement.
The Pakistani neuroscientist was sentenced to 86 years in prison after she was convicted of grabbing a US soldier s M-4 assault rifle and trying to shoot a group of FBI agents and soldiers at an Afghan police compound in July 2008, a charge she consistently denied during the trial.