Pakistan Erupts After US Jailing Of 'Daughter Of The Nation' Aafia Siddiqui

Pakistan's prime minister hailed a scientist convicted of attempting to kill American soldiers as the "daughter of the nation" today, and vowed to redouble efforts to secure her return to Pakistan. Thousands of protesters took to the streets after a New York court sentenced Aafia Siddiqui, a US-educated neuroscientist and mother of three, to 86 years in jail. Police fired teargas and scuffled with protesters surging towards the heavily fortified US consulate in her hometown, Karachi. In Multan people burned posters of Barack Obama and the former ruler General Pervez Musharraf. At least 5,000 people attended the largest, and most peaceful, rally in Peshawar, where a mostly male crowd cried anti-American and jihadi slogans. The protests were led by activists from the religious party Jamaat e Islami and Imran Khan's Justice party – minority political forces that have seized on Siddiqui's case as a means of attacking President Asif Ali Zardari's government.