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Afghanistan recalls ambassador to Pakistan over ‘security threats’: foreign ministry

Move comes after envoy's daughter was assaulted in Islamabad

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 18, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
Posted: Jul 18, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago

File photo: Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil. (Twitter/@NajibAlikhil)

Afghanistan said Sunday it was recalling its ambassador to Islamabad and other senior diplomats over “security threats” after the top envoy’s daughter was briefly kidnapped in the Pakistani capital this week.

While few details have been released about the incident, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said Silsila Alikhil was abducted for several hours on Friday by unknown individuals and “severely tortured”.

“Following the abduction of the daughter of Afghan ambassador in Pakistan, the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan have recalled the Afghan envoy and other senior diplomats from Islamabad back to Kabul until all the security threats are removed,” the foreign ministry said in a statement Sunday, demanding the arrest and prosecution of the kidnappers.

Related: Afghan ambassador’s daughter assaulted in Islamabad

Alikhil was on her way home in Islamabad when she was kidnapped, the ministry had said Saturday, adding that she was under medical care in hospital after being released.

Later, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said that she had been assaulted in her car, adding the security of the ambassador and his family had been tightened.

An Afghan delegation will visit Pakistan to assess the situation after which “more steps will be taken,” Afghanistan’s foreign ministry added.

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