LAHORE - Barrister Iqbal Jafree has moved a contempt of court petition against Ministry of Foreign Affairs for ignoring the court orders to defend Dr Aafia Siddiqui in the American court by utilising all diplomatic means. The secretary foreign affairs and secretary cabinet are respondents in the contempt petition. The petitioner submitted that Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry on June 5 had directed federal government and ministry of foreign affairs to write a letter to American court to prove innocence of Dr Aafia. He said the court had directed ministry of foreign affairs to provide the relevant material to the American court holding trial of Dr Aafia so that she could be proved innocent but the ministry has done nothing so far. The petitioner alleged that neither the federal government not the ministry of foreign affairs is paying any importance to the directions to the directions of the court, which is a contempt of court. Barrister Jafree submitted that on August 16 the American court will announce its verdict against Dr Afia and then it will be too late to make any effort in her defence. He alleged that bureaucracy of country did not want Dr Aafia to come alive to Pakistan. He said intentions of the bureaucracy are evident from the fact that secretary foreign affairs and secretary cabinet have taken no steps so far despite courts orders to write a letter to American court in defence of innocence of Dr Aafia or to make any diplomatic efforts in this regard. Jafree submitted that Dr Aafia went missing while she was on her way to Karachi from Islamabad along with her three children in 2003 and she was taken to Ghazni, Afghanistan, by American forces. He said the American government had illegally implicated her in cases by showing her arrest from Ghazni. He said a case regarding her abduction and her children was registered in Karachi. He said her two children were recovered from Afghanistan afterwards.