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Pakistan’s qureshi dials counterpart in Kabul as Afghanistan calls diplomats back over kidnap, torture of envoy’s daughter

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday telephoned his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Haneef Atmar and assured him that he would take all steps to apprehend the perpetrators involved in the kidnapping of his daughter. Afghanistanambassador.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is fully aware of the diplomatic and security rules of the Afghan embassies and consulates in Afghanistan Pakistan Radio Pakistan quoted Qureshi as saying that has been further enhanced.

He assured the Afghan foreign minister that “Pakistan will take all possible steps to arrest the accused and bring them to justice as soon as possible.”

Qureshi also said that “we hope that the Afghan government will reconsider its decision to recall the ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan in light of Pakistan’s serious efforts.”

Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister thanks the Prime Minister Imran Khan for his personal interest in the investigation and appreciate Qureshi’s efforts in increasing security for the Afghan embassy and consulate, the report said.

On Sunday, the diplomatic crisis between Pakistan and Afghanistan deepened after Kabul announced that it would withdraw its ambassador and other senior staff 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 unidentified people in Islamabad. She was kidnapped while driving a rented car and held for several hours before being released. She was found near the capital’s F-9 Park area with torture marks on her body.

The Pakistani Foreign Office in an overnight statement said the kidnapping and assault of the daughter of the Afghan ambassador was being investigated and monitored at the highest level as directed by Prime Minister Khan.

Pakistan called Afghanistan’s decision “regrettable and regrettable” to recall the ambassador and other senior diplomats from Islamabad, and called on Kabul to reconsider the move.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has also called back its ambassador to Afghanistan for “consultations” about the kidnapping and release of the daughter of the Afghan envoy in Islamabad, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan was here on Sunday to meet with Foreign Minister Sohail Mahmood.

Mahmood on Monday met with the Afghan envoy and outlined all the steps the government had taken and reassured him of full cooperation.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid told Geo TV on Sunday that the whole episode of the kidnapping was the result of an “international racketeering” aimed at smearing Pakistan.

“She came Rawalpindi at our disposal…we have CCTV footage. This is a conspiracy,” he said.

In a statement released on Saturday, Afghanistan demanded that Pakistan “identify and prosecute the perpetrators as soon as possible”.

Afghanistan’s foreign ministry also said it “expresses deep concern for the safety and security of diplomats, their families and the staff of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan.” “.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are frequently accused of trade, with Kabul claiming Islamabad is sending thousands of fighters to fight in the war-torn country and providing a safe haven for the Taliban. Pakistan in turn claims that Afghanistan harbors anti-Pakistani group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – Pakistanis Taliban – and also a separatist Balochistan Liberation Army.

Afghanistan has seen an increase in violence after US President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of US troops and NATO army.

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