Indian diplomatic mission
in Pakistan on high alert


NEW DELHIl: The Indian mission in Pakistan has been put on high alert after the kidnapping of an Afghan envoy’s daughter, said sources.

After the attempted kidnapping of Afghan diplomat Najibullah Alikhil’s daughter in Islamabad, the Indian mission staff and their family members have been asked to remain vigilant and alert and take extra security precautions.

The sources said they have been issuing alerts to High Commission personnel regularly.

According to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) statement, Silsila Alikhil was abducted for several hours on Friday, July 16, and severely tortured by unidentified individuals on her way home.

Indian High Commission Islamabad

The statement said that after being released from the kidnappers’ captivity, Silsila Alikhil is under medical care at the hospital.

“The MoFA strongly condemns this heinous act and expresses its deep concern over the safety and security of diplomats, their families, and staff members of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan,” the statement said.

Afghanistan MoFA called upon Pakistan to take “immediate necessary actions to ensure full security of Afghanistan embassy and consulates as well as the immunity of the country’s diplomats and their families in accordance with international treaties and conventions.

“While the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs is following the matter with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, we urge the Pakistani government to identify and prosecute the perpetrators at the soonest possible time,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, Najibullah Alikhil, Afghan ambassador to Pakistan decried being “forced” to share a picture of his daughter late Saturday night after another woman’s picture was incorrectly posted to social media after the news of her abduction broke.

In a tweet, the ambassador apologised for sharing his daughter’s, Selsela Alikhil, picture but added that he felt compelled to share it after some other woman’s picture was posted incorrectly on social media.

Silsila Alikhil, the daughter of Najibullah Alikhil, was abducted in Pakistan for several hours on Friday, July 16, and was severely tortured by unknown individuals on her way home.

Moreover, Najibullah Alikhil gave an update about her daughter’s condition and expressed profound gratitude for the messages of sympathy.

“Yesterday my daughter was kidnapped from Islamabad and beaten heavily, but by Allah blessing escaped. She feels better now. This inhuman attack has been following by the concerned authorities of both countries. I express my profound gratitude for the messages of sympathy,” he tweeted. (ANI)