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    Mass Protest Over US Sentence of Pakistani Neuroscientist


    by NTDTelevision

    A U.S. court has sentenced a Pakistani neuroscientist to 86 years in jail after being convicted of shooting soldiers and FBI agents. Thousands of Pakistanis take the streets in Karachi on Tuesday demanding her release. Here's more on the story.

    On Thursday a U.S. court sentenced Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years in prison. She was convicted in May for shooting at soldiers and FBI agents after her arrest in Afghanistan.

    Siddiqui was arrested in July 2008 by Afghan police who said she was carrying two pounds of sodium cyanide and notes referring to attacks on New York landmarks.

    Pakistan vowed to repatriate Siddiqui, who was sentenced to an effective life term in the United States as hundreds of people protested against the ruling.

    [Farooq Sattar, Muttahida Qaumi Movement]:
    "A review is needed here and intervention by President Obama and the U.S administration that they must immediately withdraw the cases against Aafia Siddiqui. They must declare sentence null and void and order for the release of Aafia Siddiqui. And she must be sent back home unconditionally, honorably. She should be acquitted."

    The Pakistani Taliban also threatened retaliatory strikes to secure Siddiqui's release, but the group, which has made similar threats before, has so far failed to successfully carry out any overseas attacks.