FILE PHOTO: Pakistan’s International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is seen, forward of an settlement signing between members of Afghanistan’s Taliban delegation and U.S. officers in Doha, Qatar February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Ibraheem al Omari/File Picture
July 19, 2021
By Umar Farooq
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan stated on Monday it was ready for info from the Afghan authorities in an investigation into the transient kidnapping of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter in Islamabad, after Afghanistan raised questions over the credibility of the probe.
Silsila Alikhil, 26, the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, advised Pakistani police she was assaulted and held for a number of hours by unknown assailants on Friday, following which Kabul pulled out its diplomats from Islamabad.
“The investigation is ongoing and we’re ready for them to return and provides their viewpoint; to say something now can be untimely,” Pakistani International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi advised a information convention on Monday in Islamabad.
Qureshi stated Afghanistan shouldn’t have pulled out its ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan.
Earlier on Monday, Afghan International Minister Haneef Atmar complained to Qureshi in regards to the remarks of a senior Pakistani minister, based on a press release from Afghanistan’s ministry of overseas affairs.
“Atmar stated unprofessional remarks and untimely judgments may strongly have an effect on bilateral relations and the credibility of the continuing, and nonetheless incomplete, investigation,” it stated.
On Sunday evening, Pakistan’s Inside Minister Sheikh Rashid, to whom the Islamabad police experiences, advised Pakistani tv channel Geo Information that the probe to this point had not proven that Alikhil was kidnapped.
“I wish to inform all the nation, that is a world racket, a world conspiracy,” he had stated.
The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences state hospital the place Alikhil was handled had confirmed she had swelling and twine marks on the wrists and ankles in addition to swelling within the mind’s rear occipital area.
Islamabad’s prime police official, Inspector Common Qazi Jamil-ur-Rehman, advised reporters on Monday that greater than 350 folks had been engaged on the case, and greater than 700 hours of footage from greater than 300 CCTV cameras had been examined.
Rehman stated police had traced and questioned 4 males who drove taxis Alikhil took that day, however to this point weren’t in a position to pinpoint when the kidnapping occurred.
The incident has additional eroded already frosty relations between the 2 neighbours at a time when Taliban insurgents have taken over territory in Afghanistan as U.S. troops withdraw.
Even the Taliban, whom Kabul alleges is supported by Pakistan – which Islamabad denies – expressed concern on the incident.
“We urge the federal government of Pakistan to step up its efforts to arrest and punish the perpetrators in order that such acts don’t give rise to hate between the 2 nations and the spoilers don’t have floor to misuse it,” a Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, wrote on Twitter.
(Reporting by Umar Farooq; modifying by Philippa Fletcher)