Dr Aafia Siddiquis sentencing has exposed the duplicity of the US judicial system. Judge Richard Berman has delivered his verdict and served the Pakistani neuroscientist with 86 years of imprisonment on the charges of assault with intent to murder the American interrogators in Afghanistan. But even a cursory glance at the evidence of Dr Siddiquis case, reveals several loopholes. According to the evidence presented in the US Supreme Court, Dr Siddiqui was arrested by the Afghan National Police on July 17, 2008, as she was found roaming suspiciously outside the Ghazni Governors compound in Afghanistan. She was also alleged to have been in possession of a map of New York, drawings of assembling explosive material and other suspicious items, besides being charged with snatching a rifle from the US army officers and firing at them. But this is not the truth. As a matter of fact, if the US court had been impartial, it would have immediately concluded that the emaciated and frail Dr Siddiqui suffering torture and abuse -was incapable of snatching a rifle from US soldiers and firing at them. But the court followed a designated script and finding her guilty of the charges passed a verdict awarding her the maximum sentence of 86 years. Moreover, it is believed that if the charges permitted a death sentence, the court would not have hesitated to award Aafia with it. Indeed, the injustice meted out to the wretched soul - her kidnapping from Karachi along with her three children, her torture and the physical and mental duress she was forced to suffer - has been totally overlooked by the so-called 'honourable judges of the court in New York. The purported trial was not only biased and one-sided, but was also based on conjectures and assumptions. Judge Berman should have dismissed the case, but it seems that he let his own prejudice get the better of his judgment and, therefore, vented his anger on the hapless Pakistani neuro-scientist. Dr Siddiquis case is purely a harsh reminder of the grim realities of the US-led war against terror, in which no holds are barred and truth was the first victim of the fog of war. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama, who had won the elections on the promise to bring a 'change, assuring that the Guantanamo prison would be closed down, while injustice, discrimination and prejudice would be done away with, has himself become entangled in the web of intrigues, conspiracies and machinations built around him. He has become blinded by ethnocentrism, and now lacks the capacity of distinguishing right from wrong. The president is obviously being guided by the neocons, who have their own agenda of hate and venom. Thus, Aafia became a victim of the same gang, which has not only resorted to kidnap, rape and torture, but has also hoodwinked the US judicial system to dole out an unrealistic sentence on the oppressed and downtrodden woman. The Government of Pakistan is equally guilty and culpable of the injustice done to Aafia, since it let the biased US judicial system run the whole gamut of its preposterous and farcical case. That culminated in sentencing the scientist. The Pakistani government neither exerted to fight the illogical handling of her case, nor it protested when the sentence was passed. But all is not lost yet. The Government of Pakistan can still make an effort by convincing the American authorities that it could change US image in Pakistan by suspending Aafias sentence and repatriating her to Pakistan. The injustice of the US judicial system can be undone, hopefully if the poor wretched woman is brought back to Pakistan. President Obama, who has a responsibility towards humanity, must do the right thing. Otherwise, posterity would judge him unkindly and remember him as the 'failed US President, who had a chance to achieve greatness, but missed the boat and went down the path of ignominy and disgrace. Let us hope that good sense prevails and the US takes a bold action of sending Dr Aafia Siddiqui back home. The writer is a political and defence analyst.