ISLAMABAD: Senator Irfanul Haq Siddiqui of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), protesting the Foreign Ministry’s indifferent attitude towards the plight of a purported Pakistani woman who was rotting in an Indian prison, announced to the FO spokesperson for “inappropriate and unprofessional behavior”. ” because he would submit a privilege motion.
Mr. Siddik, who brought up the issue of Sumaira and her daughter in the upper house of parliament, held a press conference on Wednesday. He was upset that even a February 17 resolution by the Senate president on the matter was ignored and State Department officials did not bother to provide any updates on the case, despite personal efforts.
Sumaira, along with her youngest daughter, has been in detention for the past six months, despite serving four years in prison for not being given a citizenship certificate by the Pakistani authorities. Senator Siddiqui told reporters that he sent a message to the State Department spokesperson on February 22, asking him to call back when appropriate.
When there was no response, senator staff called the State Department spokesperson and said they would call back in 10 minutes. However, despite repeated reminders, Mr Iftikhar never contacted the senator or his staff.
except for an announcement about issuance of citizenship certificate In a statement for Sumaira, Minister of Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that neither the officials in Pakistan nor those at the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi considered it necessary to inform the nation about the progress of the case.
The sources said that despite repeated reminders, the two ministries did not send any reports to the upper house of parliament. Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asım İftikhar could not be reached for comment despite repeated calls.