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Blog: Dear Imran Khan, please bring my daughter back from a Saudi prison

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  1. Big Tank

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    The following was narrated by Haleema Bibi to Ali Haider Habib of the Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) about her daughter, Sameena, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia and remains in prison there to this day.

    It has been five long years. Five years that feel like 50. My daughter Sameena was going to perform Umrah. She had been there a few times before and she’d managed to save up enough to go again. How fortunate was she to be able to perform Umrah for a second time?



    There was an air of celebration, excitement and gratitude. I couldn’t wait for her to come back and tell me her stories. I told her what duas to recite, and who to pray for. Above all, I told her to be careful. We are not ones to cross oceans every day.



    Before Sameena left Karachi, an acquaintance asked her to take some medicines with her. He said a man would come to collect them from the airport and that she would be given some money for bringing them to Saudi Arabia. He told her she would be paid the equivalent of around Rs15,000 to 20,000 upon her arrival. That is a considerable sum for people with our limited means. She thought it would help her with the travel expenses there. Maybe she could even save some of it to bring back home. That’s how we had always scraped by, depending on the generosity of relatives and neighbours.



    The medicines, however, turned out to be contraband.



    Sameena was arrested immediately upon her arrival in Jeddah. I found out days later that she had been imprisoned. There was no official communication, no legal help. She was not provided a lawyer or any other legal guidance. I don't even know how long she has been sentenced for. I only know it’s been five years that I haven’t seen my daughter.



    I yearn for her face every day. To run my hands through her hair, to hold her in my arms. There is no greater pain for a mother than to be separated from her child. Sameena is now around 32 or 33-years-old. But to me, she is a baby. My baby.



    I pray to Prime Minister Imran Khan to bring my daughter back. To return her to me. We heard that he had requested the Saudi government to release Pakistani prisoners. I cannot stop wondering if Sameena will be one of the 2,107 prisoners they have promised to release.



    I am old now. I do not have the strength to bear this grief anymore. So I try to turn my despair into hope. I spent my waking hours’ daydreaming. Dreaming about Sameena’s return. Had she come back just in time for us to spend Eid together, maybe we could have had a feast. Yes! We would have invited everyone. They would have seen our joy and would have wanted to be part of it. Five years is too long a wait. It’s time for her to come back.



    They’ll let her now, won’t they?
     
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  2. Clutch

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    Maybe if he didnt use his daughter as a drug mule he wouldnt have to write articles appealing to the emotions of others.

    Dont do the crime if you cant do the time.

    She is lucky she hasent been given the death penalty yet by the saudis

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  3. J υ η α ι ∂

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    Every tom dick and harry knows Saudi Arabia has capital punishment for drugs - be a little careful - someone gave me these items for someone else doesn't cut in Saudi or any where else -

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    As if there aren't any women in Pakistani jails
    why would they keep her in prison without any reason only those people are kept in jails those who have committed some crime
     
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  5. Big Tank

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    PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THIS THREAD SAUDI V PAK PLEASE!! HAVE SOME SHAME EVERYONE
     
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    She is not Iranian. Dont give everything a touch of sectarianism!

    Thank you!

    She was used as a drug mule. Every country have laws which will get these people arrested. No need to make this a Shia-Sunni or Saudia-Iran matter.
     
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    Sir some Pakistani woman committed a crime in foriegn land and is now in jail
    It isn't in any way related to Pakistan Saudi Arabia relations
     
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    So she smuggled drugs? How long was she sentenced for?
     
  9. Big Tank

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    her family deserves to knw How she is, where she is and how long her sentence is.

    Her family deserves to know all the information. Will they treat American or European prisoners the same? Nah they can drink freely there and there are underground parties involving Sheikhs. Even if she smuggled drugs which I am against, Saudis should let her family know the details.
     
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  10. Brass Knuckles

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    They would treat her according to their own laws

    There would be a lot of women in Pakistani jails suffering without any crime why you don't struggle for them if you are so concerned about human rights
     
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    GoP should intervene to find that out. Has this woman faced a trial? If so what has she been sentenced too. Family have a right to know.
     
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    She didn't smuggle those drugs for the first time. She knew what she was doing. How many poor of Pakistan make multiple visits to Hijaz for Umrah/hajj?
     
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    Something doesnt add up here...

    Her father claims that they are very poor and cannot afford the Ummrah trip.

    But his daughter goes for multiple Ummrah trips within a short period of time.

    Ummrah isnt a compulsory trip and why go there if you cant afford it (twice in a row)???

    Then miraculous someone shows up offering $100s to take some "medicine" over there...

    This is definitely fishy.

    Now the father is playing a victim. His daughter as seen by him as someone who can easily pass through customs.

    Bad move by the father..
     
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  14. khail007

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    Sir G ... your logic seems to be more convincing.
     
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  15. I.R.A

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    Unfortunately our people have been using religious tourism for begging and making money, I knew a family of maids from South Punjab who would go to Saudi during Ramazan and Hajj timing, the reason was they would make handsome money begging there. The reason you hear iranians telling us that Pakistanis are beggars.
     
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