Islamabad: Pakistan police on Monday (July 19) stated they’ve discovered no evidence that the daughter of the Afghan ambassador was kidnapped from the capital metropolis, an incident that has triggered a serious diplomatic row between the 2 neighbouring nations.
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 driving a rented automobile and was held for a number of hours earlier than being launched. She was discovered close to the F-9 Park space of the capital with torture marks on her physique.
Addressing a press convention together with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf, Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Qazi Jameelur Rehman stated police had collected the video footage of all locations visited by the envoy’s daughter that included the collected information of round 300 CCTV cameras in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
“We used all our sources for the investigation and supported all regulation enforcement companies,” he stated, including that the kidnapping was not confirmed but.
Rehman stated police had analysed all footage of the motion of the ambassador’s daughter on the day of the kidnapping, nevertheless, the “impression given (about her abduction) shouldn’t be corroborated by the evidence now we have collected”, the Dawn newspaper reported.
He stated greater than 220 folks have been interviewed and all footage analysed which confirmed her whereabouts.
In an announcement to police, Alikhil had stated she went to purchase a present and employed a taxi. While coming again, the driving 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 was scared, so I felt unconscious,” she stated.
Alikhil stated after she regained consciousness, she discovered herself “at a spot stuffed with filth”. 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 house.
The kidnapping and assault incident has soured the ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan. On Sunday, the diplomatic disaster between the 2 nations deepened after Kabul introduced that it’ll withdraw its ambassador and different senior workers from Islamabad.
Pakistan additionally known as again its ambassador to Afghanistan for “consultations” on the alleged abduction and launch of the Afghan envoy’s daughter.
During the press convention, Foreign Minister Qureshi stated Pakistan was dedicated to take the investigation to its logical conclusion on the earliest. He stated the safety of the Afghan consulates and diplomatic workers in Pakistan have been beefed up.
He stated the Afghan authorities wish to ship their groups to test the “safety setting” and Islamabad has responded in affirmative to their request.
He requested the Afghan authorities to evaluate their resolution of recalling their ambassador. “We haven’t any intention to cover something…We want their cooperation to take the investigation to its logical conclusion,” Qureshi stated.
NSA Yusuf stated Pakistan is in the course of a focused “hybrid warfare” and knowledge conflict was getting used towards it. He stated the incident of abduction was additionally getting used to tarnish Pakistan by making a narrative towards it.
He stated the main focus of all efforts was to create an impression that Pakistan was attempting to destabilise Afghanistan and that the safety state of affairs in Pakistan was precarious.
“This is a part of an orchestrated marketing campaign of which numerous fronts have been opened towards Pakistan,” he stated.
Pakistan and Afghanistan typically commerce accusations, with Kabul claiming Islamabad is sending hundreds of militants to combat 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 likewise 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 NATO troops from the war-torn nation.