ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to arrange facilities of visa and other assistance within a month so that the family could fly to USA to meet Dr Aafia in jail.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan issued the directions after hearing the petition of Aafia Movement Pakistan leader Dr Fowzia Siddiqui, seeking justice for her sister Dr Aafia Siddiqui, presently detained in a US prison.

During the last hearing, the court has given a 15-day deadline to Foreign Affairs ministry for arranging a telephonic conversation between Dr Aafia Siddiqui and her family.

On Friday, the deputy attorney general did not appear before the court and in his absence; an officer of the foreign ministry presented the stance that Dr Aafia did not want to have a telephonic conversation with her family.

At this, the lawyer of Dr Fowzia Siddiqui argued that the government and foreign office had provided facilities to Raymond Davis and Kulbhushan Jadhav. He said that such facilities should also be provided to Dr Aafia. He gave reference to the Vienna Convention regarding the fundamental rights of prisoners.

The IHC bench directed the foreign ministry to arrange facilities of visa and other assistance within a month so that the family could meet Dr Aafia in jail.

The court directed the foreign ministry to assure their protection and deferred the hearing by giving one month’s time to the foreign ministry.