KARACHI: Father of the Great Commission Pentecostal Church of Pakistan Rev. Justin Sardar, Javed Masih, Nadeem Ashraf, Javed Khan and other Christian leaders have appealed to the Pope of Rome to play his due role in securing an early release of Pakistani mother, Dr Aafia Siddiqui .

He made this mercy appeal while visiting '86-day Dr Aafia Release symbolic hunger strike camp' in front of the Karachi Press Club here Monday. Aafia Movement leader Dr Fowzia Siddiqui and Pasban Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor were also present.

He said God wants that we should uphold justice and love all human beings. He said to have mercy on people and tolerate one another are priceless virtues. He said the Bible teaches about freeing prisoners and showing mercy and kindness to the distressed people. He said Dr Aafia is also a prisoner who deserves mercy and kindness. This Pakistani mother is also loved by people who call him daughter of the nation. He said when we talk about mercy, Aafia do deserves mercy.

Dr Fowzia Siddiqui said the civil society in whole world has been demanding the release of innocent Aafia. She said the minority people including the Christians have also been demanding her urgent release. She said the Aafia Movement through the US Justice Department has already filed a petition with the office of President Barak Obama for repatriation of Aafia. She said we have also wrote a letter to the Pope, requesting him to play his due role in the release of Aafia.

However, Father Justine said that this year the Pope has ordered that all European families should help the distressed people of Syria and other parts of the world and give them help and shelter and take care of their children. He said Aafia is the mother of three children and due to her prolonged imprisonment her ailing mother is facing a lot of agony and no peace loving people in the world could ignore their plights and sorrow. He urged the Pope to appeal to the US administration for early release of Pakistani mother Aafia.

Pasban Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor said the release of Aafia is not a legal but a humanitarian issue. He said a lot of legal experts in Pakistan and elsewhere in world are of the opinion that the conviction of Aafia Siddiqui is illegal. Aafia has been braving all sorts of cruelty from her trafficking along with her minor children to 86-year ludicrous imprisonment handed to her by a US court in a shameful manner. He said a human being, as a woman and as a mother Dr Aafia has already suffered a lot and now there should be an end to the atrocities being meted out to her. He said Pakistani nation would welcome the Pope if he files a mercy appeal for the release of Aafia. He said the Pakistani and US administrations should also take appropriate steps for early release and repatriation of the distressed Pakistani mother.

In the end three children, Fahar Amjad, Fowzia Ibrahim and Urooj Fatima recited from the Holy Bible:

“Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

The children earnestly appealed to the Pope to play his role in an early release of mother Aafia.