Friday, October 15, 2021

Afghanistan Summons Pakistani Diplomat Over Kidnapping

Afghanistan on Sunday said it had asked all of its diplomats in Pakistan to return to Kabul, until Islamabad “followed up all security risks” and brought to justice those behind last week’s kidnapping of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter.

The announcement came a day after Afghanistan’s governor said Silsila Alikhil was held hostage for several hours and “badly tortured” by unknown perpetrators in the Pakistani capital on Friday afternoon before being released.

Islamabad said a high-level investigation was initiated into the “horrific incident” soon after the Afghan embassy reported to Pakistan’s foreign ministry that Alikhil was “assaulted while riding in a rented vehicle.” A hospital medical report confirmed that Alikhil was physically assaulted.

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“An Afghan delegation will soon visit Pakistan to review and follow up on the “kidnapping” case and all related issues; further actions will be taken based on the findings,” the Afghan Foreign Ministry said on Sunday (18/7).

Neither side has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, which have further exacerbated already fragile relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which are often fraught with suspicion and strife. [vm/jm]

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