The Government has formally declared 12 years old Maryam as daughter of Dr.
Aafia Siddiqui after proved by DNA Test and the girl handed over to the family of Dr.
Aafia Siddiqui.
Fauzia Siddiqui, sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui visited the Interior Ministry with 12 years old Maryam on Saturday and held a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
Talking to media after holding the meeting, the Interior Minister said that Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani wanted to make the announcement himself but he asked him to announce this.
Rehman Malik said that the DNA Report has proved that 12 years old Maryam is daughter of Dr.
Aafia Siddiqui, adding the girl only speak English.
Responding to a question, the Interior Minister said that the government is taking all possible measures for the return of Dr.
Aafia, saying the Prime Minister during his stay in the United States would strongly raise the issue of release of Dr.
Aafia with the leadership of the United States.
The Minister on the occasion congratulated the entire nation and the family of Dr.
Fauzia Siddiqui while talking to media said that the DNA test has proved that the girl is daughter of Dr.
Aafia and praised the efforts of the government regarding repatriation of Dr.
Aafia and her children and specially mentioned efforts of the Interior Minister.
On current visit of the Prime Minister to the United States, Dr.
Fauzia expressed her hope that he (Gilani) would raise the issue regarding release of Dr.
Aafia with US Leadership.
Terming the visit of Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, a key factor in making the efforts of the government and the Interior Minister productive, she said that the rehabilitation of Maryam would be started soon.