The diplomatic disaster between Pakistan and Afghanistan deepened on Sunday after Kabul introduced that it’ll withdraw its ambassador and different senior employees from Islamabad after the abduction and torture of the daughter of its envoy to Pakistan.
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Silsila Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil was kidnapped, tortured and assaulted on Friday by unknown individuals in Islamabad.
She was kidnapped whereas using a rented automobile and was held for a number of hours earlier than being launched.
She was discovered close to F-9 Park space of the capital with torture marks on her physique.
‘Following the kidnapping of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter in Pakistan, the management of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan known as again Afghanistan’s ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan till all safety threats are addressed together with the arrest and trial of the perpetrators of abduction,’ the Afghan international ministry stated in an announcement.
It stated an Afghan delegation will go to Pakistan quickly to evaluate and observe up on the case and ‘all associated points’, including that ‘subsequent actions will observe based mostly on the findings’.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid in an interview to non-public TV channel Geo News stated the ambassador’s daughter was not kidnapped.
“She went to Rawalpindi on her personal will…we’ve CCTV footage,” he stated.
However, earlier within the day, Rashid at a press convention has stated that police have registered a primary data report within the abduction and torture within the case.
He informed reporters that the taxi drivers who drove her to completely different locations earlier than abduction have been interrogated and the true abductors could be arrested quickly.
“Police are investigating the report of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter situation…we’ve registered a case on her (Alikhil) request,” Rashid stated.
He stated the interrogation of the trio of taxi drivers whose automobiles the ambassador’s daughter had sat in have been recorded, the Dawn newspaper reported.
Rashid stated the true abductors could be arrested quickly and the authorities had been shifting swiftly on the case and promised to share all data as soon as police accomplished the probe.
The minister stated the primary driver had pushed the envoy’s daughter to Khadda Market, a second had then pushed her to Rawalpindi, and a 3rd had pushed her from Daman-i-Koh.
The footage of her journey from Rawalpindi to Daman-i-Koh was lacking and the matter was below investigation, he stated.
In an announcement to police, which was circulated within the media, Alikhil stated she went to purchase a present and employed a taxi.
While coming again, the motive force pulled over on the roadside after a five-minute drive and one other man barged in who first shouted at her then began beating her.
“Because I used to be scared, so I felt unconscious,” she stated.
Alikhil stated after she regained consciousness, she discovered herself ‘at a spot filled with dust’.
She then took a taxi to go to a close-by park from the place she known as her father’s colleague, who introduced her dwelling.
The kidnapping incident has occurred amidst a disagreement between Islamabad and Kabul over Pakistan’s alleged tacit assist to Taliban fighters who’re confronting Afghan authorities forces as Western forces, together with these from the United States, are withdrawing from the war-torn nation after twenty years following the 9/11 terror assaults.
In an announcement issued on Saturday, Afghanistan demanded Pakistan ‘to determine and prosecute the perpetrators on the soonest potential time’.
The Afghan international ministry additionally stated it ‘expresses its deep concern over the security and safety of diplomats, their households, and employees members of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan’.
Pakistan and Afghanistan usually commerce accusations, with Kabul claiming Islamabad is sending hundreds of terrorists to battle within the war-torn nation and offering protected haven for the Taliban.
Pakistan, in flip, claims that Afghanistan harbours the anti-Pakistani group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan — the Pakistani Taliban — and in addition the secessionist Balochistan Liberation Army.
Afghanistan has seen an uptick in violence after US President Joe Biden’s announcement of the withdrawal of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops.