Afghanistan withdraws diplomats in response to the abduction of the ambassador’s daughter in Pakistan.
Afghanistan has withdrawn its ambassador and diplomats from the Pakistani capital after the kidnapping of the ambassador’s daughter, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said, a new blow to relations at a sensitive time for the Afghan peace process.
Silsila Alikhil, the daughter of Najib Alikhil, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, was abducted on Friday and detained for several hours by unknown assailants who left her with wounds and rope marks. Pakistani authorities have said they are investigating the incident.
“The Afghan government reminded the ambassador and senior diplomats in Kabul until the complete elimination of security threats, including the arrest and punishment of the perpetrators,” the Afghan ministry said.
Alikhil was returning home to the Pakistani capital when she was abducted, the ministry said on Saturday, adding that she was under medical care at the hospital after she was released.
“The abduction of the daughter of the Ambassador of Afgh and her subsequent torture has hurt the psyche of our nation. Our national psyche has been tortured,” Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh said on Twitter.
Islamabad has relatively close security and a population of approximately one million people.
An Afghan delegation will visit Pakistan to assess the situation after which “further action will be taken,” the Afghan Foreign Ministry said.
Top priority probe
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has given the Alikhil matter the highest priority and said he wants the culprits to be caught within 48 hours, the interior minister said on Saturday.
Pakistan is considered a key player in the peace process in Afghanistan, where the Taliban group has taken possession of the territory for weeks since U.S. President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops l ’11 September.
Neighboring countries have long been frozen. Kabul accuses Pakistan of allowing safe havens for the Taliban, while Islamabad accuses Kabul of allowing armed groups to use its territory to carry out attacks in Pakistan.
Pakistan has been recognized for helping bring the Taliban to the negotiating table for peace talks that began in Qatar last year, but negotiations have failed to advance substantially and the Taliban have intensified offensives.