BRITISH CITIZEN HELD WITH BABY IN PAKISTAN PRISON ACCUSED OF DRUG SMUGGLING – Khadija Shah, 25, a British Citizen from Birmingham is being held in a Pakistan prison awaiting trial after allegedly attempting to smuggle £3.2 million in heroin out of Pakistan into Britain.
During her arrest Khadija Shah was heavily pregnant and subsequently gave birth to baby daughter, Malaika. After giving birth and recuperating in hospital for a few days Khadija Shah was summarily moved back to the prison along with her new born daughter.
Currently Khadija Shah has been held for 14 months without trial; it is well known that the Pakistani justice system is extremely slow and despite her imprisonment she has as yet to face trial or be convicted of the crime.
Now her daughter is nine months old and Khadija Shah is complaining to the Pakistan authorities that her daughter is being severely bitten by mosquitoes and that she faces a real risk of contracting tuberculosis; a condition that is rife with Pakistan prisons.
Khadija Shah also has two other children, Ibraham 6, and Aleesha, 5 who were also originally imprisoned with her. However the two children left their mother just over a year ago and were flown home to Britain and are currently being looked after by relatives.
According to Khadija Shah her baby daughter keeps her strong and from going insane. The Human Rights Charity ‘Reprieve’ has been assisting Khadija Shah and her daughter and every 3 months the Prisoners Abroad organization provides money to help with basic food requirements and nappies for the infant.
“We are extremely worried about Khadija and the health of her baby. What is still more troubling is that the British Government is complicit in her plight – by giving aid to Pakistan’s counter-narcotics programme, the UK is in effect helping to send people to death row for drugs offences, including its own citizens.” Maya Foa, Reprieve
Khadija Shah continues to deny any involvement in drug smuggling in which she agreed to transport a number of suitcases as a ‘favour’ for a group of men that she only recently met. Khadija Shah maintains that she had no idea the luggage contained heroin.
I am at a loss what to say, does Khadija Shah really expect rational human beings to swallow her story? Let’s just break this down…
Before we start it must be said that the real victim here is Khadija Shah’s daughter. What I don’t understand is why her daughter hasn’t been flown back to the UK were she can be properly cared for in safety.
I suspect Khadija Shah is using her daughter as a pawn in garnering sympathy from the charity groups and the Home Office.
Next I want to address the statement made by Maya Foa of Reprieve. Let’s just get this straight; she feels the British Government is complicit due to its funding anti-narcotics smuggling programmes.
So is Maya Foa attempting to justify the smuggling of narcotics that cause the death and misery of millions of people worldwide; in what appears to be nothing short of attempting to vilify the Pakistani Government and its system of imposing the death penalty for such a crime?
Once again the Liberal Left-Wing do-gooder loons are bashing the drum that criminals are merely victims of an uncaring and inhumane society.
Let’s get to the bones of this debacle. Yes innocent before proven guilty; that must always remain at the heart of justice for you can never have justice without this fundamental pillar.
On that basis Khadija Shah was caught with £3.2 million worth of heroin and her attempt to get any sane individual to believe that she was merely doing a ‘favour’ to a group of men she didn’t know is frankly preposterous. Nobody in their right mind would accept such a task from people they don’t know; unless offered a vast sum of money as an incentive in which should cause great suspicion. The conclusion here is either she’s mentally retarded or a liar.
It appears obvious that Khadija Shah is simply using her new born child as a pawn to garner sympathy in the hope the Pakistani officials will expedite her trail and hopefully show mercy, if found guilty, by not handing down the death penalty.
A similar case whereby other Human Rights Groups are involved is that of Lindsay Sandiford; who was handed the death penalty in an Indonesian court for smuggling £1.6 million of cocaine into the country.
Drug Smuggler Lindsay Sandiford Angry at UK Government for NOT Helping More in Her Death Penalty Sentence
In this case the Home Office has refused to provide funding to appeal her sentence; and rightfully so in my opinion.
As with Khadija Shah and Lindsay Sandiford we need to look past the façade they create in order to gain sympathy and recognize them for what they truly are… peddlers of death.
As yet Khadija Shah has not been tried for her crimes but if she, as with Lindsay Sandiford, is found guilty and sentenced to death we should all sleep soundly knowing that at least two more individuals will no longer be able to murder innocent people with the narcotics that they peddle and profit from.
Again, the only true victim is the child and if the Human Rights Groups had any sense they would fight for the child to be removed and leave the mother to fight the charges laid against her.
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