Pakistan’s international minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday telephoned his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Haneef Atmar and guaranteed him of taking all steps to arrest the culprits concerned within the kidnapping of the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador.

The ministry of international affairs is absolutely conscious of the diplomatic norms, and safety of the Afghan embassy and consulate in Pakistan has been additional enhanced, Radio Pakistan quoted Qureshi as saying.

He assured the Afghan international minister that “Pakistan will take all possible steps to arrest the accused and bring them to justice at the earliest.”

Qureshi additionally stated that “we hope that the Afghan government will review its decision of calling back its ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan keeping in view Pakistan’s serious efforts.”

The Afghan international minister thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for his private curiosity within the investigation and appreciated the efforts by Qureshi for enhancing safety of the Afghan embassy and the consulate, the report stated.

On Sunday, the diplomatic disaster between Pakistan and Afghanistan deepened after Kabul introduced that it’s going to withdraw its ambassador and different senior workers from Islamabad.

Silsila Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil was kidnapped, tortured and assaulted on Friday by unknown individuals in Islamabad. She was kidnapped whereas driving a rented automobile and was held for a number of hours earlier than being launched. She was discovered close to F-9 Park space of the capital with torture marks on her physique.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office in an in a single day assertion stated the reported abduction and assault of the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador is being investigated and followed-up on the highest degree on the directions of Prime Minister Khan.

Pakistan termed as “unfortunate and regrettable” Afghanistan’s choice to recall its ambassador and different senior diplomats from Islamabad, and urged Kabul to rethink the transfer.

Meanwhile, Pakistan additionally known as again its ambassador to Afghanistan for “consultations” on the alleged abduction and launch of the Afghan envoy’s daughter in Islamabad, in line with the Foreign Office.

Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan arrived right here on Sunday to satisfy Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood.

Mahmood on Monday met the Afghan envoy and highlighted all of the steps taken by the federal government and re-assured him of full cooperation.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid advised Geo TV on Sunday that the whole episode of abduction was the results of an “international racket” to defame Pakistan.

“She went to Rawalpindi on her own will… we have CCTV footage. This is a conspiracy,” he stated.

In a press release issued on Saturday, Afghanistan demanded Pakistan “to identify and prosecute the perpetrators at the soonest possible time”.

The Afghan international ministry additionally stated it “expresses its deep concern over the safety and security of diplomats, their families, and staff members of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan”.

Pakistan and Afghanistan usually commerce accusations, with Kabul claiming Islamabad is sending hundreds of militants to struggle within the war-torn nation and offering secure haven for the Taliban. Pakistan, in flip, claims that Afghanistan harbours the anti-Pakistani group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – the Pakistani Taliban – and likewise the secessionist Balochistan Liberation Army.

Afghanistan has seen an uptick in violence after US President Joe Biden’s announcement of the withdrawal of US and NATO troops.


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