LAHORE – As the political leadership in Pakistan is shamefully silent with no visible efforts to rescue country’s daughter – Dr Aafia Siddiqui, languishing in a US prison, Washington is pressing Islamabad hard to release Dr Shakil Afridi, a CIA-informant, facing treason charges here for spying for America. The US is unwilling to release the innocent prisoner, Dr Aafia, a highly educated researcher who studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US. The public anger against American justice system is growing, and massive protests are taking place all over the country since she has been sentenced. Last year, a US court in Manhattan sentenced Dr Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years of imprisonment for the attempted murder of US officers in Afghanistan. Siddiqui, 38, denounced the trial and said an appeal would be “a waste of time. I appeal to God.” She had been convicted of murder charges after shooting at US soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan in 2008. Her case has many unopened truths and a vast and unexplored labyrinth of lies Siddiqui claimed she had been abducted by US agents and held in a prison cell in Afghanistan for five years. The case had drawn appeals from the Pakistani government for her release but the US remained biased in their judgement against her.The Parliament is reviewing Pak-US relations and reopening of NATO Supplies, blocked since November 26 when the US bombed Pakistani security check-posts bordering war-torn Afghanistan which left 24 soldiers including two officer dead, but unfortunately no one seemed serious in securing Dr Aafia’s release.Reportedly, a United States (US) Congressman on Friday submitted a bill to the House of Representatives asking to grant US citizenship to Dr Shakil Afridi, the CIA-spy who provided help to the US in finding Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. The bill submitted by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher calls for Dr Afridi to be deemed “a naturalized citizen of the United States.” In his speech in Congress, Rohrabacher, who is also the Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight, said, “Pakistan’s Inquiry Commission on the Abbottabad Operation, the US Mission which killed Bin Laden, has recommended that Dr Afridi be tried for treason for helping the US. If convicted, he could be executed. My bill would grant him US citizenship and send a direct and powerful message to those in the Pakistani government and military who protected the mastermind of 9/11 for all those years and who are now seeking retribution on those who helped to execute bin Laden.” “This bill shows the world that America does not abandon its friends,” he said, adding that 21 members of Congress had endorsed the bill as well. The bill comes after US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said in an interview last week that Dr Afridi had provided key intelligence that led to the raid in Abbottabad.On the other hand, Pakistani authorities said in a statement, last year that “a case of conspiracy against the state of Pakistan and high treason” should be registered against Shakil Afridi on the basis of the evidence Pakistan had gathered. Such a charge carries the death penalty.  A Pakistani commission investigating Abbottabad raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in May last, said a doctor who worked for the CIA should be tried for high treason. The doctor is accused of running a vaccination programme for the CIA in Abbottabad in an effort to obtain a DNA sample of Bin Laden. The commission which also interviewed CIA-agent Afridi and the head of the ISI, Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, and questioned him about Bin Laden hiding in Abbottabad for five years without detection.This CIA-agent has been in the custody of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency soon after May 2Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman on Friday met with Tina Foster, the lawyer for Dr Aafia Siddiqui and assured Foster that the Pakistan mission took responsibility to protect the rights of Pakistani citizens, including Dr Aafia. The Pakistani embassy says it will continue to play this role while also exploring various options to facilitate Dr Aafia’s eventual repatriation to her own country. But the Americans are unwilling even to listen to Dr Aafia’s ordeal. Will Zardari government release Dr Afridi under (American) duress when Pakistan’s daughter Dr Aafia has been languishing in a US prison cell? That is a multimillion dollar question!If CIA operatives, agents and mercenaries can be returned and Russian spies sent back, then Dr Aafia Siddiqui too can come back home. Dr Aafia is now broken and a mere shell of her former self. Under these circumstances, her family and supporters (every Pakistani) are asking the US government to repatriate Dr Aafia back to her home in Pakistan. An independent, open, and serious investigation should be undertaken into what happened to Dr Aafia over the missing years.