KASWAR KLASRA ISLAMABAD - In an exclusive interview given to TheNation following Aafias sentence by a US court, Patron of Cageprisoners, human rights NGO which first spoke about the plight of Dr Aafia Siddiqui in 2004, has condemned the behaviour of all the parliamentarians, diplomats and politicians of Pakistan who have had a hand in the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Obfuscation is an awkward word but it essentially sums up the behaviour of all of the Pakistan Government ministers, diplomats and politicians who have had a hand in the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Yvonne Ridley said in an exclusive interview with TheNation from London. She said Aafias sentence was a matter of shame for all the diplomats and politicians who, now, were scrambling over each others backs like a bucket of frogs clawing their way to the top in a bid to speak to the media to feign shock at the silly sentence dished out by New York judge Richard Berman a few days ago. The US had a long history of violating the international laws, so it was useless to expect justice from it, Yvonne Ridley said. The USA has continually violated and ignored the Geneva Conventions and still a serial offender by keeping open Guantanamo Bay and other secret detention centres. And in Aafias case it has also thrown the Vienna Conventions out of the window. Flouting the Vienna Conventions is a serious matter and the US is guilty - so when the US starts to tell Pakistan it needs to sign two international treaties, I say pot calling the kettle black Now is the time for the US to start leading by example and show some humanity by releasing Dr Aafia Siddiqui immediately - only by righting the initial wrongs in the first place can the US move forward from this disgraceful episode, Ridley said adding that the US stands guilty of violating the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by failing to afford a Pakistani citizen - in this case Aafia - the right to consular access. Apart from the shameless role of higher authorities of Pakistan, Ridley badly criticised US Ambassador Ann W Paterson and accused her of lying in case of Dr Aafia. The shameless, outgoing US Ambassador Anne Patterson based in Pakistan lied to the world from her barbed wire bunker in Islamabad when she claimed Dr Aafia Siddiqui was given full consular access at all times - I can prove Aafia wasnt given the same, Ridley said. Speaking to this correspondent from London on telephone, Ridley made a stunning disclosure that Dr Aafia was never given counselor access from July 18 2008 to 5 Aug 2008. Ridley disclosed that Aafia, in between all of this, was on a life support machine in Bagram, under heavy sedation. She might not have been alert enough to have her rights read to her, but that did still not prevent her from being interrogated by the FBI. And according to the recordings the agents made, never once did any of those agents inform Aafia of her rights, Ridley told this correspondent. She criticised Pakistans Ambassador to the US and accused him of neglecting his duties in Dr Aafias case. Haqqani fails to do his job or demand that the US allow him to do his job by providing consular services to Aafia, the US officials again deliberately did not tell Aafia her rights Ridley said. She termed Aafias trial a mistrial and accused the judge as well. Ignorance of the law is no excuse and at the moment the Judge stands guilty as a law breaker not a lawmaker for dragging Aafia through an illegal trial, the process of which was flawed from beginning to end, Ridley said adding that it all happened on Judge Bermans watch. She maintained that the Pakistan Govt needed to demand the repatriation of Aafia with immediate effect. The US needed to shut up, back down and show some humility by returning the Daughter of Pakistan.