DeM to observe March 30 as ‘Aafia Day’

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Dr Aafia Sidique to complete 15 years of imprisonment in the US

Sriangar: Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) Syedah Aasiyeh Andrabi on Thursday said that DeM will observe March 30 as “Youm-e-Aafia” (Aafia Day) in solidarity with Dr Aafia Siddique as she will complete 15 years of detention on March 30th.
Aafia is serving 86-year sentence in the US jail.
In a statement, Andrabi said, “DeM will hold programmes and seminars across Jammu and Kashmir on March 30 and will also start a twitter trend under #wesoluteyourresilience to pay respects and express solidarity with this great scholar and scientist of Muslim Ummah.”
“We will organize seminars and others events in solidarity with Aafia Siddique. We will also start a twitter trend #AfiyaWeSaluteYourResilience at 8.30 pm on 30th of March to highlight her contribution and sacrifices she has made for the oppressed Muslims,” Andrabi said.
Andrabi appealed the Imaams, Ulema and Islamic scholars of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan to hold special prayers during the Friday congregations for the release of Dr Aafia. “It is also important that the Ulema, Imaams and scholars talk about what measures are to be taken when a Muslim is under illegal detention. They should highlight the role and responsibility of Muslim Ummah when their daughters, sisters and mothers are being oppressed and brutalized,” she added.
“The Islamic scholars should suggest the ways and means to facilitate the release of Dr Aafia,” DeM chairperson said.
Andrabi said that Aafia Siddique, who is a great Islamic woman scholar, had committed herself to bring the education system in Pakistan in complete sync with the Quranic and Islamic teachings. “She had formulated a syllabus in which she had tried to teach the students scientific advancements in light of Quranic and Islamic teachings,” Andrabi said.
Andrabi further said it is thanklessness if respect is not paid to the great men and women who sacrifice everything for elevating the status and for showing the right direction to its people. “Dr Aafia is a great example of resilience, sacrifice and her efforts to help the Muslim Ummah come out of oppression and follow the path as shown by the Prophet Mohammad (SAW) are immense,” she said.