LAHORE - Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, is grieved as the Pakistan government is not taking due interest in getting her sister released from the US prison. Speaking at Aiwan-e-Waqt on Friday, Fauzia said that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani before going to the US had promised to her that he would take up the matter of her sisters release with the American authorities. But the PM is not speaking on the issue even after his return, she added. Fauzia said that many Congressmen had told her that Pakistan did not ask the US for the release of Aafia. She said if the government tendered mercy appeal, the American law could allow acceptance of the same before pronouncement of the decision, but the rulers were even not prone to that. She said that Aafias plight in US jail might be sensed by Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif if they recollected their own time when they were jailed. She maintained that Aafia was by no means linked to the al-Qaeda. She also appraised media as a vocal voice for the release of her sister. To a question she said, Benazir Bhutto would have taken keen interest in the release of Aafia, had she been alive. However, Fauzia was optimistic about the return of her sister adding, she had served the jail more than what could have been awarded had the case against her been proved. She said that like the Benazir case, President Zardari might have also taken assistance of foreign agency to probe the case against Aafia. She also said in order to weaken the movement for the release of Dr Aafia, the decision on her case had been deferred from May 7 to July 17. She lamented that the foreign media was trying to make case against her sister disputed so that Muslims also begin to believe her culprit. She said her voice was even not responded to by the OIC. At the same time, she appreciated the foreign ministry for getting the kids of Aafia back. Fauzia Siddiqui also met Editor-in-Chief Nawa-i-Waqt Group Majid Nizami at his residence and exchanged views on the latest situation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui case in America. She expressed concern over the negative propaganda by the US media on Aafia case and wanted that Pakistan media must come to defend the daughter of the country. Majid Nizami said that Nawa-i-Waqt had been playing its due role in this regard and it would continue to do the same. On the occasion, Nizami also talked to the mother of Aafia on phone and praised the courage demonstrated by her.