Pakistan ambassador to US seeks release of nationals from Guantanamo Bay

Pakistan ambassador to US seeks release of nationals from Guantanamo Bay

[JURIST] The Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani [official profile], met with US officials on Sunday to discuss the release of six Pakistani citizens currently being held at the US military detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Pakistani media outlets, including the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), have reported [APP report] that Haqqani has met with officials from the US Departments of State and Defense [official websites] to discuss the possible release of the prisoners. According to reports, any Pakistani prisoners facing terrorism charges upon their release would be tried by Pakistani courts. From Pakistan, the Daily Times has more.

Ambassador Haqqani's efforts to secure the release of the remaining Pakistani prisoners at Guantanamo comes just after Saturday's unannounced release [AP report] of Pakistani detainee Qari Saad Madni from the detention center. Six Pakistani terrorism suspects are believed to be held by the US, including Aafia Siddiqui [FBI materials], the first woman scheduled to stand trial on terrorism charges related to al-Qaeda. Siddiqui was extradited to the US and appeared before a federal court [JURIST report] in New York last month.