Afghan Govt sending mission to
Islamabad to probe kidnapping

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KABUL: The diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan look at stake at

Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad Najibullah Alikkhil

Afghanistan on Sunday called back its ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan after the brief kidnapping of the Afghan envoy’s daughter in Islamabad.

“Following the abduction of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter in Pakistan, the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan called back Afghanistan’s ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan until all security threats are addressed including the arrest and trial of the perpetrators of abduction,” the Afghan foreign ministry said in a statement.

It said an Afghan delegation will visit Pakistan soon to assess and follow up on the case and “all related issues”, adding that “subsequent actions will follow based on the findings”.

Afghan Foreign Ministry statement

Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh in a tweet said President Ashraf Ghani had issued instructions to recall the diplomats.

“The abduction of Afghan ambassador’s daughter & her subsequent torture has wounded the psyche of our nation. Our national psyche has been tortured,” he said.

Afghan Foreign Ministry statement

Pakistan regrets

The Foreign Office in a statement termed the Afghan government’s decision to recall its ambassador and diplomats as “unfortunate and regrettable”.​It said the reported abduction and assault of the envoy’s daughter was being investigated and followed up “at the highest level” on the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“The security of the ambassador, his family and personnel of the Embassy and Consulates of Afghanistan in Pakistan has been further beefed up,” it added.

The FO said the foreign secretary had met the Afghan ambassador today, highlighted all the steps taken by the government regarding the matter, and re-assured him of full cooperation. “We hope that the Government of Afghanistan would reconsider its decision,” it stated.

Silsila Alikhil

File picture Silsila Alikhil

Silsila Alikhil, 26, daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Islamabad Najibullah Alikhil was abducted for several hours and tortured by unidentified men in Islamabad on Thursday. No clue has been traced by the police about the culprits.

She was moved to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences after the assault. Dr Waseem Khawaja, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed to media that the ambassador’s daughter was brought to the hospital and she had “rope marks” on her wrists and ankles.

The medical report says that the 26-year-old was kidnapped around 1:45pm and released at 7pm. There were marks of ropes on her wrist and ankles and swelling.

Silsila Alikhil, 26, was abducted in Islamabad on Friday, held for several hours and brutally attacked. A hospital medical report said she suffered blows to her head, had rope marks on her wrists and legs and was badly beaten. There was a suspicion that she had several broken bones and X-rays were ordered, the report said.

The report also said her abductors held her for over five hours and that she was brought to the hospital in Islamabad by police. No details have been released so far about the abduction itself or the circumstances of her release.

Pakistani journalist

According to a senior Pakistani journalist, “Afghan envoy’s daughter was abducted from the Blue Area in Islamabad where she went to buy a gift for younger brother. She was thrown after 5 hours with her hands & feet tied. A tissue paper & rupees 50 note with message “your turn is next “&“communist” tied to her dupatta”.

Silsila Alikhil, 27, was returning home on Friday afternoon in a taxi after visiting a bakery in Blue Area when the driver picked up another man, who verbally abused and assaulted her.

Silsila was later dropped by the taxi driver unconscious on a roadside.

Her medical report confirmed that she had been physically assaulted.

Meanwhile, officials of the capital police said, on condition of anonymity, that Silsila had come to a shop in Blue Area. As she took a taxi back home at around 2:30pm, an unidentified man got into the vehicle. When she protested, the man started hitting her as a result of which she fell unconscious and was later dropped at a roadside.

According to the officials, the injured woman reached a private hospital where the staff informed the police who then took her to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) for medical examination.

On getting information, Kohsar police searched the area around Blue Area and F-7 where the incident took place, the officials said, adding that a team had been constituted to examine CCTV footage of Safe City.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mansoor Ahmad Khan (second left), meets officials of Afghan foreign ministry in Kabul on Saturday (July 17, 2021).

Another police team was also gathering details through human intelligence and geo-fencing of the two areas was also being conducted.

Pakistan also calls envoy

The government has called back the Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan for “consultations” regarding the alleged abduction and release of the Afghan envoy’s daughter in Islamabad, the Foreign Office said on Monday.

According to the FO spokesperson, Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul Mansoor Ahmad Khan arrived in Islamabad on Sunday evening.

He is scheduled to meet the foreign secretary at the FO to discuss the matter. Discussions will also be held on the progress on the now-postponed Afghan Peace Conference.

The development comes as Afghanistan on Sunday called back its ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan over the alleged abduction of the Afghan envoy’s daughter.