Afghanistan on Sunday introduced the recall of its ambassador and senior diplomats in Pakistan within the wake of the kidnapping and assault of the envoy’s daughter in Islamabad, including to strains in bilateral ties over Pakistan’s perceived assist to cross-border terrorism.
An announcement issued by the Afghan overseas ministry on Sunday night time indicated the Afghan diplomats would stay in Kabul till Pakistan took motion to apprehend the individuals concerned within the abduction of the envoy’s daughter.
Afghan first vp Amrullah Saleh stated the choice to recall the diplomats had been made by President Ashraf Ghani as the kidnapping of the envoy’s daughter had “wounded the psyche of our nation”.
The newest improvement got here days after Ghani accused Pakistan of not doing sufficient to cease hundreds of terrorists sneaking into Afghanistan or to nudge the Taliban to affix peace talks to discover a political settlement.
“Following the abduction of the Afghan Ambassador’s daughter in Pakistan, the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan called back Afghanistan’s Ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan until all security threats are addressed, including the arrest and trial of the perpetrators of abduction,” the Afghan overseas ministry’s assertion stated.
“An Afghan delegation will visit Pakistan soon to assess and follow up on the case and all related issues; subsequent actions will follow based on the findings,” it added.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office described Afghanistan’s resolution as “unfortunate and regrettable” and stated the kidnapping was being investigated on the “highest level” on the orders of Prime Minister Imran Khan. It added that overseas secretary Sohail Mahmood had met the Afghan envoy on Sunday to transient him on all of the steps taken by Pakistan and to reassure him of full cooperation. “We hope that the government of Afghanistan would reconsider its decision,” the Foreign Office stated.
Saleh stated in a tweet: “President @ashrafghani instructed @mfa_afghanistan to call back our ambassador from Islamabad along with all senior diplomats. The abduction of Afgh ambassador’s daughter & her subsequent torture has wounded the psyche of our nation. Our national psyche has been tortured.”
He added in one other tweet, “This isn’t the first case but the first spectacular case involving a lady. Harassment of diplmts/local staff with integrity who reject collaboration is in the menu of Islamabad agencies.”
On Saturday, Afghanistan had demanded full safety for its diplomats in Pakistan after Selsela Alikhil, 26, the daughter of Afghan ambassador Najibullah Alikhil, was kidnapped, held for nearly 5 hours and assaulted by unidentified males in Islamabad on Friday.
The Afghan overseas ministry had summoned Pakistani ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan in Kabul to lodge a powerful protest over what it described as a “grave incident”. Pakistan’s Foreign Office had described the incident as an act of “man-handling” and stated police have launched an investigation.
An announcement made by Selsela Alikhil stated she was kidnapped when she boarded a taxi at Blue Area, a industrial district in Islamabad situated a brief distance from the Parliament. She stated an unidentified man who was let into the taxi by the driving force had crushed her and known as her the daughter of a communist.
A medical report acknowledged she had accidents to her wrists, ankles and head.
The newest downturn in bilateral ties got here days after President Ghani accused Pakistan of not taking motion to stop the “influx of over 10,000 jihadi fighters” previously month and never delivering on repeated assurances to make use of its energy to affect the Taliban to affix negotiations. Ghani made the allegations at a regional convention in Uzbekistan whereas Prime Minister Imran Khan was within the viewers.
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