Gilani vows to fight for Aafia’s release

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani called Doctor Aafia Siddiqui “the daughter of the nation” on Friday and vowed to campaign for her release from an American jail.

Yousuf Raza Gilani’s comments appeared to be an attempt to manage public anger over the 86-year sentence handed down to Aafia Siddiqui.

Authorities Friday were braced for more protests.

Gilani said he had recently lobbied U.S. officials for Siddiqui’s release to “improve the U.S. image in Pakistan.”

“We all are united, and we want the daughter of the nation to come back to Pakistan,” he told parliament, which unanimously adopted a resolution demanding Aafia’s “repatriation.”

“I fought for her, my lawyer fought for her and now I will take up this matter on a political level,” he said.