Aafia Siddiqui pens letter to PM Imran, seeks help for release

Pakistan Imran Khan China Pakistan Economic Corridor Xi Jinping financial crisis in Pakistan IMF

Pakistan Imran Khan China Pakistan Economic Corridor Xi Jinping financial crisis in Pakistan IMF

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist jailed in the United States, has written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking his assistance in ensuring her release from the U.S. prison, ARY News reported.

The faux pas is seen particularly ironic since the Pakistani premier is on a mission to secure a package from China to overcome a major economic crisis his country is confronted with. Both the USA and Pakistani officials, however, said that she was arrested in Afghanistan.

During Khan's visit to China, Pakistan media reported that Beijing had agreed to provide USD 6 billion in aid to the cash-strapped country which included a loan of USD 1.5 billion along with an additional package of USD 3 billion for the CPEC. In this connection, a senior level delegation comprising of federal secretaries of finance, foreign affairs, planning and development and commerce along with the State Bank of Pakistan governor will undertake a visit to China during the current week to work out the modalities with the Chinese authorities in their respective areas.

"Pakistan is China's all-weather partners. In the future, in the light of Pakistan's need and as per our mutual agreement, we will continue to offer help economically and for betterment of people's livelihoods", she said. "I want to make that clear in unequivocal terms that we do not have any balance of payments crisis now", said Umar, who accompanied Khan to China. Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

Earlier on Monday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he was feeling very confident after returning from a productive visit to China led by PM Imran Khan.

Umar spoke a day before the arrival on Wednesday of an International Monetary Fund team for a two-week visit to Islamabad to negotiate Pakistan's request for a 13th International Monetary Fund bailout since the 1980s.

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