A milk bottle incident
So says her husband, anyway. You may have seen the picture above last year, when the formerly Boston-based jihadist Aafia Siddiqui was captured in Afghanistan. The photo was widely circulated as indicating that Siddiqui had been tortured in U.S. custody; I received a large amount of hate mail like this one:
Look at before US custody and after US custody:
If that doesn’t kill you and make you appalled at what your country is doing, then NOTHING will. Nothing.
However, now her husband says that the photo comes from quite different circumstances that have nothing to do with the Americans. His lengthy account in Pakistan’s News International is suspect in many ways — chiefly in his rather unconvincing attempts to exonerate himself from charges that he abused Aafia — but nonetheless illuminating, especially this detail.
He added that Dr Fowzia had similarly threatened him several years ago by taking a picture of Aafia while she was asleep after she injured her upper lip (by a milk bottle) in an accident. Dr Fowzia warned Amjad that if he tried to divorce Aafia, she would use the picture against him alleging him to be an abusive husband. “It was made to appear in the picture that Aafia was badly injured. Today, the same picture is being circulated in the media to claim that Aafia was tortured for years in Bagram,” he revealed.
As Muhammad said, War is deceit!