Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday the government will provide legal assistance to Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three jailed in the US for almost a decade.
Speaking to media here in Multan, the foreign minister said he would be meeting Aafia's sister, Dr Fouzia Siddiqui, next week.
"Whatever assistance could be provided to her while remaining within the ambit of law, it is my duty and I will do that," Qureshi told newsmen.
He said the government will try to reduce difficulties of the incarcerated Pakistani neuroscientist.
On the other hand, a spokesman for the Foreign Office of Pakistan said progress had been made in the case of Dr Aafia; however, its details could not be revealed now.
The spokesman, Dr Mohammad Faisal, said that no decision had been taken regarding her release as yet.
"We have spoken to the US about Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s issue. However, no decision has been taken regarding her release as yet," he said, during weekly press briefing in Islamabad.
"Since a decision has not been taken regarding her release, we cannot say when she will be freed."