Afghanistan withdraws diplomats from Pakistan over abduction of ambassador’s daughter According to Afghan Foreign Ministry sources, Afghanistan is withdrawing diplomats from Pakistan for abducting the ambassador’s daughter in the capital Islamabad.
Silsila Alkhil, daughter of Najib Alikhil, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, was “abducted for several hours and severely tortured by strangers,” the ministry said in a statement on Friday.
Afghanistan withdraws diplomats from Pakistan He was later released and is now being treated at the hospital, the statement said, adding that an investigation into the incident was still ongoing.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry appeared in a statement on Saturday to confirm the incident, saying Silsila had been “attacked while driving a rental car” and was trying to apprehend the suspects.
However, in a face-to-face meeting on Sunday night, Pakistan’s interior minister denied the incident and expressed doubts about what happened to Silsila.
Earlier on Sunday, Afghanistan announced that it would withdraw Alikhil and other senior Pakistani-based diplomats “until all threats are addressed,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The ministry called on Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul, Mansoor Ahmad Khan, to “inform the foreign ministry and the Pakistani government of the Afghan government’s strong protest and deep concern over this serious incident.”
In the statement, Afghanistan called on the Pakistani government to identify and punish the perpetrators and to take “immediate action” to protect Afghan diplomats “in accordance with international agreements.”
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In a press release on Sunday, Pakistan’s foreign ministry called the withdrawal of diplomats “unfortunate and unfortunate” and expressed hope that Afghanistan would reconsider its decision.
The ministry further said that the abduction and attack were “followed up at the highest level on the basis of the Prime Minister’s instructions to investigate” and that the security of the ambassador, his family and other staff at the Afghan embassy was “tightened”. . The statement added that Pakistan’s foreign minister had assured Alikhil on Sunday of Pakistan’s “full cooperation” in the matter.
However, at the end of Sunday, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid told a local Afghan news station that it was “not a kidnapping at all” but an “international conspiracy” carried out by Indian intelligence, without supplies. Complaints in more detail. .
He further added at a press conference that the preliminary investigation had revealed discrepancies in Silsila’s statement.
The incident comes amid concerns that Pakistan is preparing to host an Afghan peace conference next week amid concerns about the consequences of withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan.
The peace conference was originally scheduled for this weekend between Saturday and Monday, but was postponed after Eid al-Adha, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said on Friday. New dates have not yet been announced but the Islamic holiday ends July 23
About three dozen participants, including heads of Afghan political parties, are expected to arrive in Islamabad for the conference. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is also expected to attend the conference.
“As the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan approaches, we are concerned about the development of the security situation in Afghanistan,” a Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday, referring to Pakistan’s “determined commitment” to facilitating peace. ”