India Thursday described the kidnapping of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter in Islamabad as a “very shocking” incident and stated Pakistan is “stooping to a new low” with its denial of the sufferer’s account.
Silsila Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Afghan Ambassador Najibullah Alikhil, was kidnapped, held and assaulted by unidentified males in Islamabad final Friday.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has claimed that Alikhil was not kidnapped whereas suggesting a “conspiracy” linked to India.
“This is a very shocking incident,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated at a media briefing, whereas stating that it’s a matter involving Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“However, since the Pakistan Interior Minister has dragged India into it, I would only like to say that even by their standards, Pakistan’s denial of the victim’s account is stooping to a new low,” he stated.
Two days after the incident, the Afghan authorities recalled its ambassador and senior diplomats from Islamabad over considerations referring to their security and safety.
Bagchi stated: “As regards the security of the Indian High Commission and our personnel in Pakistan, I would not like to get into specific security-related measures.”