Terming the kidnapping of the daughter of Afghanistan’s top envoy in Islamabad last week as a “very shocking incident”, India on Thursday said Pakistan’s denial of abduction is “falling to a new level even by its own standards”.
In a media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “This is certainly a very shocking incident. There are two other countries involved, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and normally we would not comment on it. Since Pakistan’s Home Minister has dragged India into this, I would like to say that even by their standards, Pakistan’s denial of the victim’s account is coming to a new low.
Silsila Alikhil, daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador Najibullah Alikhil, was kidnapped in Pakistan for several hours on Friday and brutally tortured by unidentified people on her way home.
The kidnapping has worsened the already strained relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. After the kidnapping, the Afghan government has withdrawn its top envoys and diplomats.
Although Pakistan has promised to resolve the matter soon, its Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmed Rashid said an investigation by the authorities found no evidence of kidnapping in an incident involving the ambassador’s daughter.
Rashid Ahmed has also accused Afghanistan and India of “sabotaging” the facts related to the abduction of the daughter of the Afghan envoy in Islamabad. dawn reported on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi, the minister said the incident was not a kidnapping and is part of a series of attempts to defame and destabilize Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the Afghan government hit back at the Pakistan minister’s “unprofessional comments”, saying these “bias” would result in increased distrust.
The Afghan Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that it hopes unprofessional biases will be avoided before the investigation ends.
“While the investigation process is not over and the perpetrators have not been arrested, the continuation of one-sided statements and unprofessional prejudices will put the transparency of the investigation into question and result in increased mistrust,” the ministry said.
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