Pakistan minister says Afghan envoy’s daughter wasn’t kidnapped; urges her to affix probe

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Inside Minister Sheikh Rashid on Tuesday reiterated the police’s declare that the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador was not kidnapped whilst he urged her to come back ahead and be a part of the probe, in a case that has additional soured relations between the 2 neighbours.

His assertion got here a day after the police in Islamabad mentioned that they’ve discovered no proof that Silsila Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil, was kidnapped from the capital metropolis, an incident that has triggered a serious diplomatic row between the 2 neighbouring nations.

The minister advised the media that she used 4 completely different taxis to commute to completely different areas in Islamabad and neighbouring Rawalpindi and that the police have all particulars of her travels.

““No person sat in her automobile. There isn’t any case of kidnapping. We’ve given FIR as per legal guidelines. And hope that she is going to be a part of the probe and are available ahead to recognise the 4 tax drivers whose automobiles she used on that day,”” Rashid mentioned.

He mentioned that the Pakistan authorities was combating her case however it might have been higher if the Afghan ambassador and his daughter had not gone again.

The minister mentioned that the entire footage and different related particulars got to the International Workplace which is able to determine whether or not to share it with the diplomatic neighborhood in Islamabad.

Ambassador’s daughter Alikhil was kidnapped, tortured and assaulted on Friday by unknown individuals in Islamabad.

She was kidnapped whereas driving a rented automobile 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.

The kidnapping and assault incident has soured the ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

On Sunday, the diplomatic disaster between the 2 nations deepened after Kabul introduced that it’s going to withdraw its ambassador and different senior employees from Islamabad.

Pakistan additionally known as again its ambassador to Afghanistan for “consultations” on the alleged abduction and launch of the Afghan envoy’s daughter.

In the meantime, Rashid mentioned that Pakistan would settle for the choice of the individuals of Afghanistan on the formation of the federal government in Kabul and that Pakistan was able to take care of any sort of fallout.

“”Greater than 90 per cent fencing on the Afghan border has been completed and there’s no worry as our Military and safety businesses are on our facet of the border to take care of any scenario,”” he mentioned.

On a separate query, he mentioned that Pakistan has accomplished its probe into the latest lethal bomb blast focusing on Chinese language employees within the nation’s northwest and the federal government of China was totally happy with it.

Rashid mentioned that Pakistan was dealing with “hybrid warfare” as proved by the timing of varied latest incidents.

He mentioned that the bombing incident in Lahore (in entrance of the home of Mumbai terror assault mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Sayeed) passed off earlier than a key assembly of the Monetary Motion Job Power (FATF), the Paris-based anti-money laundering watchdog.

The Inside Minister mentioned that the blast focusing on Chinese language employees occurred earlier than a high-level assembly of Pakistan and Chinese language officers and the alleged abduction of the daughter of the Afghan ambassador occurred forward of a peace convention Pakistan was scheduled to host.

Rashid mentioned that Pakistan would deal with all threats and proceed to maneuver ahead regardless of safety challenges.

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 from the war-torn nation.

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