Khadija Shah is a 25 year old British mother who was arrested in Islamabad airport in May of this year. Khadija was heavily pregnant at the time of her arrest and, together with her two young children (4 and 6 years old) was imprisoned in infamous Adiala Jail in Pakistan.
Her children were incarcerated for four and a half months before being released into the care of their grandmother and allowed to return to Britain. Khadija herself was let out of the prison for just one day to give birth to baby Malaika, and returned immediately to Adiala Jail where she and her newborn baby girl have remained ever since. Adiala prison is known for its dangerously ‘unhygienic conditions,’ which recently saw a serious outbreak of TB.
Khadija has so far been denied bail. She is accused of drug offences and could face the death penalty if convicted.
For more on the British government's role in facilitating Khadija's arrest and possible death sentence, see our Stop Aid For Executions project.