NEW YORK - Prosecutors and defence lawyers for Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist charged with trying to kill American soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan, will meet in a conference on Friday (today) ahead of her trial in federal court here next week. Fridays conference is aimed at determining Siddiquis competency to stand the trial. The trial has been tentatively scheduled by Judge Richard Berman for July 6. An earlier court-ordered psychological evaluation had concluded that Ms Siddiqui, 37, was unfit for trial as a result of a mental disease, which renders her unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against her or to assist properly in her defence, a court document shows. Later, prosecutors said two new evaluations by government-retained psychiatrists had found differently, that she was not suffering from mental illness. But the prosecutors had not previously said the doctors concluded she was faking. An assistant United States attorney, David Raskin, told the judge an evaluation by two different psychiatrists concluded that the symptoms that had been seen were attributed to malingering, according to a media report. It was manipulation by the defendant, Raskin had told Judge Richard Berman, as opposed to any signs of serious mental illness. Her new lawyer, Dawn Cardi, said her client was not malingering. Ms Siddiqui, who studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University, is currently being held at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth Texas. Her defence attorneys have said that Ms Siddiqui was tortured. The US government claims Ms Siddiqui had Al-Qaeda links and that if she went missing between 2003 and this year, thats simply because she was in hiding. Human right activists say Ms Siddiqui was abducted in Karachi in 2003 along with her three young children and held secretly, probably at a US military base in Afghanistan. She has been held since last summer when she was first brought to New York for prosecution from Afghanistan. She had been taken into custody after being reportedly found loitering outside an Afghan police station with suspicious items in her handbag. Prosecutors have said that while she was detained, she picked up an unsecured rifle and fired at least two shots toward a soldier who was part of an American team of FBI agents and military personnel who were about to question her. No one was hit. Ms Siddiqui has pleaded not guilty.