Daughter of Afghan envoy kidnapped: According to officials and a hospital report, the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan was temporarily abducted by unknown intruders who left her with bruises and rope marks.
Silsila Alikhil, Ambassador Najib Alikhil’s daughter, was abducted and “severely abused” on her way home on Friday, the Afghan foreign ministry claimed in a statement on Saturday, without providing additional information about the kidnapping in Islamabad.
“Ms Alikhil is receiving medical care at the hospital after being released from the kidnappers’ captivity,” the statement said, calling for an inquiry and safety for Afghan diplomats.
Alikhil was hospitalised with edoema and rope marks on the wrists and ankles, according to a medical examination report published on social media and confirmed by the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences state hospital where she was treated.
Her age was given as 26, she was detained for more than five hours, and she had edoema in the back occipital region of her head, according to the report.
In the wake of considerable outrage in both countries, Afghan authorities summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul to file a formal protest.
Afghanistan’s foreign ministry stated in a statement that it “strongly condemns this barbaric act” and expressed “great worry” for the safety and security of diplomats, their families, and staff members of Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan.
Afghan embassy told Pakistan’s foreign ministry that Alikhil was beaten
The Afghan embassy told Pakistan’s foreign ministry that Alikhil was beaten while travelling in a leased vehicle, according to a statement.
The “disturbing incident” was being investigated by police, and protection for the ambassador and his family had been increased, according to the statement.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan demanded that the case be given high attention and that the perpetrators be apprehended within 48 hours, according to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have had a tense relationship for a long time.
Kabul accuses Pakistan of providing safe havens for Taliban members, while Islamabad accuses Kabul of letting the armed group to carry out strikes in Pakistan using their territory.
Both reject the allegations.