ISLAMABAD The government has quietly taken a U-turn on Aafia Siddiquis case letting the Americans decide her fate, top-level credible sources told TheNation on Thursday. To the shock and disbelief of common Pakistanis, government authorities have quietly conveyed to the Americans that Pakistan is no more interested to pursue this case, said the sources. According to New York based credible sources, Pakistani officials stationed in New York and Washington believed Aafia might emerge like a political heroine after securing release from the US detention, causing trouble for the incumbent government. However, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi strongly rejected these allegations and said the government was still in touch with the American authorities to secure Aafias release. We have provided Aafia with every possible support she needed and still we are pursuing the case to get her back home, Shah Mahmood Qureshi told this correspondent on Thursday during a brief chat held in his office. Under growing domestic pressure, President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari directed the authorities last month to evolve a new strategy to pursue the case of Dr Aafia Siddique, a Pakistani scientist detained in US over terror charges. Foreign Office said last month (in first week of march) the authorities have decided to hire another law firm to defend Dr Aafia while following President Zardaris assurance to provide financial support to meet legal expenses. It is pertinent to note that President Asif Ali Zardari had held a meeting with the mother and sister of the detained woman in the first week of March assuring them of all possible support. However, another month has passed but the Foreign Office has yet to take any step in this regard. Present circumstances are testimony to the fact that the incumbent government might have eased off from pursuing Aafias case since there has been no progress in this aspect of the case, said observers. Especially noticeable was the silence of the Foreign Minister-led delegation to Washington in March which did not raise the issue of Dr Aafia at all in the Strategic Dialogue. Dr Aafia may have to spend the whole of her remaining life in an American jail following the controversial decision of a US court that found her guilty. Opposition parties in Pakistan are criticising the government for failing to bring back the ailing woman.