Afghanistan withdraws diplomats in response to the kidnapping of the ambassador’s daughter in Pakistan.
Afghanistan has withdrawn its ambassador and diplomats from Pakistan’s capital following the kidnapping of the ambassador’s daughter, the Afghan overseas ministry has stated, a brand new blow to relations at a delicate time for the Afghan peace course of.
Silsila Alikhil, the daughter of Najib Alikhil, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, was seized on Friday and held for a number of hours by unknown assailants who left her with accidents and twine marks. Pakistan authorities have stated they’re investigating the incident.
“The Afghan government recalled the ambassador and senior diplomats to Kabul until the complete elimination of the security threats, including the arrest and punishment of the perpetrators,” the Afghan overseas ministry stated.
Alikhil was on her method home within the Pakistani capital when she was kidnapped, the ministry stated on Saturday, including that she was beneath medical care in hospital after being launched.
“The abduction of Afgh ambassador’s daughter & her subsequent torture has wounded the psyche of our nation. Our national psyche has been tortured,” Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh stated on Twitter.
Islamabad has comparatively tight safety and a inhabitants of about a million folks.
An Afghan delegation will go to Pakistan to evaluate the scenario after which “more steps will be taken,” Afghanistan’s overseas ministry stated.
Top precedence probe
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has assigned the Alikhil matter high precedence and stated he desires the culprits caught inside 48 hours, the inside minister stated on Saturday.
Pakistan is taken into account a key participant within the peace course of in Afghanistan, the place the Taliban group has taken over territory within the weeks since US President Joe Biden introduced the withdrawal of US troops by September 11.
The neighbouring nations have lengthy had frosty ties. Kabul accuses Pakistan of permitting protected havens for the Taliban, whereas Islamabad accuses Kabul of permitting armed teams to make use of their territory to hold out assaults in Pakistan.
Pakistan has been acknowledged for serving to convey the Taliban to the negotiating desk for peace talks that started in Qatar final yr, however negotiations have did not make substantive progress and the Taliban has ramped up offensives.