Pakistan denies Afghan envoy daughter kidnapping; Afghanistan objects

Afghanistan raised objection over the continued denial of the kidnapping incident of the daughter of its envoy in Islamabad by Pakistan authorities and expressed concern over remarks by interior and foreign ministers

Jul 22, 2021
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Afghan envoy daughter kidnapping

Afghanistan raised objection over the continued denial of the kidnapping incident of the daughter of its envoy in Islamabad by Pakistan authorities and expressed concern over remarks by interior and foreign ministers. 

Silsila Alikhil, 26, the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, was reportedly kidnapped and injured by unknown assailants on Friday in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. Afghanistan later recalled its senior diplomats from Pakistan.

Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi have in the last few days, repeatedly questioned the whole incident, claiming the abduction story was cooked up. They also suggested the involvement of India in the whole incident and called it an “international conspiracy.” 

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed deep concern “over the continuation of the unprofessional remarks of the Minister of Interior of Pakistan in connection with the abduction of the daughter of Afghan ambassador in Islamabad”.

“While the investigation process has not yet been completed and the perpetrators have not been arrested, the continuation of unilateral statements and unprofessional prejudices will call into question the transparency of the investigation and increase distrust,” the ministry was quoted as saying by Ariana news. 

The ministry also said that the physical torture of the ambassador’s daughter has been recorded in a hospital report. Based on this report, it said, “we expect unprofessional prejudices to be avoided before the investigation is completed, and instead all efforts will be made to obtain evidence and complete the investigation process, as well as to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators”.

(SAM)