Afghan envoy’s daughter abducted, beaten before being freed in Pakistan

Afghan envoy’s daughter abducted, beaten before being freed in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: The daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Najibullah Alikhel, was abducted and assaulted before being released by unknown assailants in Islamabad, the Afghan embassy said on Saturday. Pakistan said city police had launched an investigation as soon as news of the disturbing incident surfaced on Friday and that “such incidents cannot and will not be tolerated”.
The ambassador’s daughter, Selsela Alikhel (27), was returning home in a rented vehicle from Islamabad’s Blue Area on Friday after “buying a gift for her younger brother” when she was kidnapped, an Afghan embassy statement said. “She went to the Blue Area in a taxi from her house in Sector F-7/2… when she took a cab to go back home, another man entered the vehicle after a few minutes,” the Afghan embassy said, adding that when she protested to the driver, “the passenger started beating her and said that her father is a communist and they will not leave him”.

“She lost consciousness and can’t recall anything after that,” the embassy said. According to the statement, she regained consciousness at around 5 or 6pm and a passerby told her that she was in F-7 sector. “It was some road with no shopping or residential area nearby. She took a cab for the F-9 park as she knew that landmark,” the statement read.
Afghan embassy said, Selsela Alikhel called a person named Hikmat, who picked her up in an official vehicle. “The dupatta she had had a tissue paper and a Rs 50 currency note with a message, ‘Your turn is next’ and ‘communist’,” the statement said, adding that her shoes and mobile phone were missing when she recovered her senses. “She was wearing a male’s shoes,” it stated. After being released, she has been receiving medical care at a local hospital.
Strongly condemning the attack, Afghanistan’s foreign affairs ministry expressed deep concern about the safety and security of its diplomats, their families, and the staff of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan.
Kabul called on Pakistan’s government to take immediate action to ensure the full security of the Afghan embassy and consulates as well as the immunity of the country’s diplomats and their families in accordance with the international treaties and conventions.
“While we are following the matter with Pakistan’s foreign affairs ministry, we urge the Pakistan government to identify and prosecute the perpetrators at the soonest possible time,” the Afghan foreign affairs ministry said.
Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said, “The ministry of foreign affairs and security authorities are closely in contact with the ambassador and his family and extending full support.” The security of the ambassador and his family has been beefed up, he said.
Meanwhile, the Press Association and Indian Women Press Corps also condemned Danish Siddiqui’s killing.





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