ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has confirmed that that an investigative team from Afghanistan has arrived in Pakistan to probe the alleged abduction of Afghan envoys daughter.
Addressing a media briefing here on Monday, he said that Pakistan has completed the investigation of the alleged abduction of the daughter of Afghanistan Ambassador to Pakistan.
Sheikh Rasheed says Pakistan will inform the Afghan team from Kabul about the investigation of the incident occurred with the daughter of the Afghan ambassador. If the Afghan team wants, it can also hold meetings with the taxi drivers in which the ambassador’s daughter had travelled. It is pertinent to note that a four-member team from Kabul has arrived in Islamabad on Sunday.
Sheikh Rasheed said that a meeting has been called on coming Thursday for the finalization of security in the month of Muharram ul Haram.
He revealed, Laal Haveli was under attack twice in one week and police are now investigating it.
Talking about the Noor Mukaddam case, the minister said that the accused’s father and driver have also been held. Now, I could not let him be killed in a police encounter, he said. I am hopeful the alleged killer will get a death penalty, he said.
Sheikh Rashid said the police had completed the investigation and were fully prepared to answer any questions of the Afghan team.
Questioned on the Afghan team’s freedom to operate, the interior minister said “they [are free to carry out] their investigation. Pakistan is a free country and they are in contact with the FO.”
Rashid added that he had given police clearance to share its investigation and footage with the Afghan team along with access to 18 people — including the four taxi drivers. “If they (Afghan team) want, they can interview them as well,” he said adding that Afghan team would be provided all facilities for their work.
Earlier, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said on Tuesday that the investigation conducted by the Pakistani authorities found no evidence of abduction in the Afghan ambassador’s daughter’s incident.
“According to our investigation, the incident involving the daughter of the Afghan ambassador is not a case of kidnapping,” said the interior minister in a press conference. He also lamented that Kabul should not have recalled its envoy over a single case.
“The government will fight the case of daughter of the Afghan ambassador [but] our investigation shows that this was not a kidnapping case,” said Rasheed. He added that the girl changed taxis four times and no man sat in any of the taxis during her journey.
The interior minister hoped that the Afghan ambassador would become part of the investigation, adding that the government registered the case itself. “Everyone’s daughters are equal, it would have been appropriate if the Afghan ambassador had not gone back,” said the minister. He also added that his ministry has given the footage related to the case to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sheikh Rasheed said that the envoy’s daughter used the internet throughout her journey, adding that the men accused of the kidnapping were hard-working taxi drivers.
Reports of the ambassador’s daughter being “abducted” and “tortured” surfaced on Saturday, with a statement by the Afghan foreign ministry saying that the girl was “abducted for several hours” on Friday.
The Foreign Office issued a statement in response saying that a thorough probe has been launched and law enforcement agencies “are trying to trace and apprehend the culprits to be brought to justice”.