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Aafia Siddiqui’s mother Asmat Siddiqui dies in Karachi

Karachi: Asmat Siddiqui, the mother of Pakistani neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui, died in Karachi on Saturday.

The Pakistani scientists has been languishing in a US jail after she was sentenced to 86 years in prison.

Her conviction was widely criticized in Pakistan. She was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in September 2010.

She was convicted by a New York federal jury of attempted murder, armed assault and other charges.

Siddiqui was arrested in July 2008 by Afghan police, who said she was carrying two pounds (900 grams) of sodium cyanide and crumpled notes referring to mass casualty attacks and New York landmarks

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