Afghanistan withdraws diplomats from Pakistan after kidnapping of Afghan envoy’s daughter

New Delhi, 18 July: Aghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday called back the country’s ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan’s Islamabad after the daughter of Afghan envoy to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil was abducted on Friday. Pakistan, though, has assured that the Afghan daughter’s kidnappers would be soon arrested.

Vice President Amrullah Saleh tweeted, informing, “President @ashrafghani instructed @mfa_afghanistan to call back our ambassador from Islamabad along with all senior diplomats. The abduction of Afgh ambassador’s daughter & her subsequent torture has wounded the psyche of our nation. Our national psyche has been tortured.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of Afghanistan also issued an official statement, saying that the Afghan diplomats will not return to Islamabad until they are provided adequate security and the accused are arrested and tried.

“Following the abduction of the daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, the leadership of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan recalled the ambassador and senior Afghan diplomats based in Islamabad to Kabul until the complete diplomatic immunity and security is provided, including the arrest and trial of the hostages,” the MoFA statement said.

“A delegation is scheduled to visit Pakistan in the near future to review and follow up on the current issue and related issues. In the light of the findings of this, further steps will be taken,” MoFA added.

Pakistan’s promise

Pakistan’s interior minister Sheikh Rashid on Sunday said the three taxi drivers who drove the 26-year-old daughter of Afghan envoy before her abduction were interrogated and expressed confidence in solving the sensational case soon.

Addressing a media briefing here, Interior Minister Rashid said, “Police are investigating the report of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter issue…we have registered a case on her (Alikhil) request.”

As per PTI, he said the interrogation of the trio of taxi drivers whose cars the ambassador’s daughter had sat in have been recorded.

Silsila Alikhil, 26, was kidnapped while she was on her way home from Jinnah supermarket. She was severely tortured by unknown individuals in Islamabad before being released after a few hours.

The daughter of Afghan envoy to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil was then admitted to a hospital. As per latest information, she was under medical care after being released from captivity.

The Afghanistan government had condemned the heinous act and expressed their concern over the safety and security of their diplomats and their families in Pakistan on Saturday.

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