WASHINGTON: Pakistan has asked the United States for the immediate return of the children of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist, if they are in American custody. The demand was conveyed by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington to the U.S. State Department on Tuesday, according to official sources. The whereabouts of Ms. Siddiqui's three children have been a mystery since her reported capture in Afghanistan on July 17. The U.S.-educated woman, who is charged with attempting to kill U.S. interrogators, disappeared with the children for about five years before being arrested in Ghazi. Media reports say that the children are in U.S. custody. Pakistan is also seeking repatriation of Ms Siddiqui, who is under detention in New York awaiting her bail hearing on September 3. Ms. Siddiqui, who has gunshot wounds, was examined by a doctor on Tuesday after a U.S. judge, responding to her lawyers' pleas, ordered immediate medical attention for her. The embassy once again urged the U.S. authorities to ensure that Ms Siddiqui does not have to go through any humiliation or degradation under the pretext of body searches before and after visits by her attorneys. It also raised the issue of availability of a female doctor for Ms Siddiqui. No further details are available. The embassy pointed out that the Pakistani public sentiments on these issues are very intense. Pakistan's ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has deputed an officer of the Pakistan Consulate General in New York to stay in contact Ms. Siddiqui's lawyers and the U.S. authorities. over the issue. Meanwhile, the U.S. press is continuing to pile up stories of Ms. Siddqui's involvement with al-Qaeda network and depicting  her as a significant catch and a "treasure trove" of information on terrorist supporters, sympathizers or 'sleepers' in the United States and overseas. Her friends and family say the young woman, a mother of three, is innocent and being persecuted by the US . An report broadcast by ABC network said there is some dissent in the intelligence community on Ms. Siddique's potential value and some have characterized her as mentally unbalanced and operationally insignificant. "But in an intelligence and law enforcement community that has exhausted the useful information from high value prisoners it has had in custody for as long as six years and has watched the stream of new intelligence go from a torrent to a trickle, she is seen by many as having at least the potential of holding valuable current intelligence about members and associates of Al Qaeda both overseas and in the United States," the report said.