Afghanistan has initiated the withdrawal of diplomats from Pakistan following the alleged kidnapping of the ambassador’s daughter in the nation’s capital.
Silsila Alikhil, daughter of Ambassador Najib Alikhil, was kidnapped in Islamabad on Friday and detained for several hours, during which she was “severely tortured”. The action “hurt the psyche” of Afghanistan, forcing it to recall senior diplomats, including the ambassador himself.
“After the kidnapping of the daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan recalled the Afghan ambassador and senior Pakistani diplomats until all security threats be dealt with, including the arrest and trial of the kidnappers, ”the Afghan ministry said. Foreign Affairs Minister said in a statement.
The statement also said that an Afghan delegation will visit Pakistan to assess and monitor the case “and all related matters”.
The Afghan foreign ministry also summoned the Pakistani ambassador to file a complaint about the incident, the BBC reported.
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Pakistan’s foreign ministry appeared to confirm the incident in a statement on Saturday, saying Silsila Alikhil was “assaulted while driving a rented vehicle.” The ministry appeared to go back on the confession, instead on Sunday night, expressing skepticism at the claims.
A medical report, shared on social media and confirmed by the hospital where Silsila Alikhil was treated, said she was admitted with swelling in the occipital region of the brain and rope marks on her wrists and ankles. , Reuters reported.
The report also stated that she had been detained for five hours.
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Pakistan has launched an investigation into the incident, but Afghanistan has raised questions about the credibility of the investigation after Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said there were no until now no evidence of the kidnapping and has called it an “international conspiracy”.
The incident further strained relations between the countries as the United States continued to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan and the resurgence of the Taliban in the country.
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