Pakistan overseas minister dials counterpart in Kabul as Afghanistan recollects diplomats

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By PTI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday telephoned his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Haneef Atmar and guaranteed him of taking all steps to arrest the culprits concerned within the kidnapping of the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador.

The Ministry of International Affairs is totally conscious of the diplomatic norms, and safety of the Afghan embassy and consulate in Pakistan has been additional enhanced, Radio Pakistan quoted Qureshi as saying. He assured the Afghan International Minister that “Pakistan will take all potential steps to arrest the accused and convey them to justice on the earliest”.

Qureshi additionally mentioned that “We hope that the Afghan authorities will evaluate its resolution of calling again its ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan retaining in view Pakistan’s severe efforts.”

The Afghan International Minister thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for his private curiosity within the investigation and appreciated the efforts by Qureshi for enhancing safety of the Afghan embassy and the consulate, the report mentioned.

On Sunday, the diplomatic disaster between Pakistan and Afghanistan deepened after Kabul introduced that it’ll withdraw its ambassador and different senior employees from Islamabad. Silsila Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil was kidnapped, tortured and assaulted on Friday by unknown individuals in Islamabad.

She was kidnapped whereas driving a rented car and was held for a number of hours earlier than being launched. She was discovered close to F-9 Park space of the capital with torture marks on her physique.

Pakistan’s International Workplace in an in a single day assertion mentioned the reported abduction and assault of the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador is being investigated and followed-up on the highest degree on the directions of Prime Minister Khan.

Pakistan termed as “unlucky and regrettable” Afghanistan’s resolution to recall its ambassador and different senior diplomats from Islamabad, and urged Kabul to rethink the transfer. In the meantime, Pakistan additionally known as again its ambassador to Afghanistan for “consultations” on the alleged abduction and launch of the Afghan envoy’s daughter in Islamabad, based on the International Workplace.

Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan arrived right here on Sunday to fulfill International Secretary Sohail Mahmood. Mahmood on Monday met the Afghan envoy and highlighted all of the steps taken by the federal government and re-assured him of full cooperation.

In the meantime, Pakistan’s Inside Minister Sheikh Rashid instructed Geo TV on Sunday that the whole episode of abduction was the results of an “worldwide racket” to defame Pakistan. “She went to Rawalpindi on her personal will…now we have CCTV footage. This can be a conspiracy,” he mentioned.

In an announcement issued on Saturday, Afghanistan demanded Pakistan “to determine and prosecute the perpetrators on the soonest potential time”. The Afghan overseas ministry additionally mentioned it “expresses its deep concern over the protection and safety of diplomats, their households, and employees members of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan”.

Pakistan and Afghanistan typically commerce accusations, with Kabul claiming Islamabad is sending hundreds of militants to battle within the war-torn nation and offering protected haven for the Taliban. Pakistan, in flip, claims that Afghanistan harbours the anti-Pakistani group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – the Pakistani Taliban – and in addition the secessionist Balochistan Liberation Military.

Afghanistan has seen an uptick in violence after US President Joe Biden’s announcement of the withdrawal of US and NATO troops.


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