NEW YORK - The arraignment of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist, has been postponed till Sept 22 because of her refusal to go through a humiliating strip-search before going to the hearing Thursday in federal court in New York City. Ms Siddiqui was indicted this week on charges of attempting to kill US military officials and FBI agents at an interrogation session after she was arrested in Afghanistan in July. The indictment contains no charges of terrorism but the government claimed she was carrying documents suggesting a plot to blow up New York City landmarks. Ms Siddiqui's lawyers said she is innocent. They contend she was kidnapped by U.S. forces or Pakistani military in 2003 and held for five years in Pakistan or Afghanistan. The judge also ordered medical and physical competency evaluations of Ms Siddiqui, to be completed before her rescheduled arraignment. The indictment alleges she picked up a soldier's rifle, announced her "desire to kill Americans" and fired the rifle but missed. She was wounded by return fire. Ms Siddiqui's lawyer Elizabeth Fink denounced the indictment, saying it was meant to prejudice public opionion against Ms. Siddiqui. Her client previously denied the charges. "She's a really smart person, but she's a mess, judge,'' said Ms. Fink, referring to medial medical and mental condition. We believe it's because she's been tortured.'' Ms Fink also urged the government of Pakistan to help Ms. Siddiqui's transfer to a hospital for urgent medical treatment. She also gave a demonstration of the kind of intrusive and humiliating search she had to undergo before she can meet a visitor. US District Judge Richard Berman put off the arraignment to give Siddiqui's lawyers more time to either persuade her to come to court or to arrange for her to enter a plea from jail using closed-circuit cameras. He also asked the defense to propose a plan to evaluate her competency to stand trial. Outside the court, a group of Pakistani Americans demonstrated urging justice for Aafia Siddiqui. Fink argued that Ms Siddiqui should be taken out of Brooklyn detention center to a hospital for proper treatment. Prosecution informed the court that Dr Siddiqui has been receiving medical treatment from time to time and a female doctor is also being arranged for her. Judge Berman opined that it would be advantageous for Ms Siddiqui to appear before the court and suggested she could also appear through video from the detention center.