On Saturday, officials from both countries said the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan had been abducted and brutally attacked for several hours in the middle of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
No arrests have been made in connection with Friday’s attack on Salsa Alikhel, 26. The Afghan Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling for an immediate investigation, saying he had been “severely tortured”.
A hospital medical report by the Associated Press said he was shot in the head, had wrist marks on his wrists and legs and was severely beaten. The report said there was a suspicion that several of his bones had been broken and an X-ray had been ordered.
Her captors held her for more than five hours and she was taken to a hospital in Islamabad by police, the report said. There are no details about the abduction itself or the circumstances of its release.
Pakistan has described the attack as “disturbing” and said security at the Afghan ambassador’s residence in Islamabad had been beefed up. The Afghan Foreign Ministry said it strongly condemned the “heinous act” and expressed concern for Afghan diplomats and their families in Pakistan.
Relations between the two countries are full of doubts. He routinely blames Afghanistan, claiming that Pakistan is sending thousands of jihadi militants across the border to fight and provide safe haven to the Taliban. Pakistan has retaliated by accusing Kabul of harboring the anti-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the Pakistani Taliban – and the separatist Balochistan Liberation Army.
As violence in Afghanistan escalates with the withdrawal of US and NATO troops, some in the Afghan government have stepped up verbal attacks on Pakistan.
In Kabul, the Afghan Foreign Ministry summoned Pakistani Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan on Saturday to register a “strong protest” against the attack. The ministry said it had “explicitly called on the Pakistani government to take immediate action to identify and punish the perpetrators”.
Sherry Rehman, a prominent female senator in Pakistan, condemned Friday’s attack, tweeting that “the daughter of the Afghan ambassador is a young woman, and she should not face any obstacles in moving around Central Islamabad.” He is entitled to diplomatic protection in Pakistan. “
Hamid Mir, a Pakistani journalist who survived a shooting in the southern city of Karachi in 2014, asked in a tweet what could happen in Islamabad. “What’s the use of expensive Safe City cameras?”
He also noted that a Pakistani journalist and even a police officer had been abducted in Islamabad and some criminals had been arrested so far.
Most of Islamabad’s neighborhoods are high-rise, with wide, tree-lined boulevards. The capital of Pakistan is home to all diplomatic missions in the country, most of them located inside the heavily fortified cantonment. However, the Afghan mission is out of the raid.
“Apart from diplomatic missions, the safety and security of diplomatic staff and their families is of paramount importance. Such incidents cannot be tolerated,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
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