Afghan Ambassador’s Daughter Kidnapped, ‘Severely Tortured’ in Pakistan

Aattackers briefly kidnapped and injured the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan in Islamabad, according to officials and a medical report on July 17.

According to the Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry, unknown individuals kidnapped Silsila Alikhil, daughter of ambassador Najib, for several hours and “severely tortured” her while she was on her way home to Islamabad on July 16.

“After being released from the kidnappers’ captivity, Ms. Alikhil is under medical care at the hospital,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

According to media reports, a medical examination report said that Silsila had rope marks on her wrists and legs and was badly beaten, suffering several blows to her head. The report further said that X-rays were ordered as she was suspected to had several bones.

Describing the attack as “heinous,” the Afghan Foreign Ministry urged the Pakistani government to “take immediate necessary actions and to ensure the full security of the Afghan Embassy and Consulates” and to identify and prosecute the perpetrators “at the soonest possible time.”

In another statement later on July 17, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said that the ambassador and other senior diplomats had been recalled “until all security threats are addressed, including the arrest and trial of the perpetrators of the abduction.”

An Afghan delegation will also visit Pakistan to assess the case, the foreign ministry added.

Pakistani Interior Minister Sheik Rashid Ahmed said on Twitter that he has been directed by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to “utilize all resources to apprehend the persons involved in the kidnapping.”

Khan further directed the Islamabad police and other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the perpetrators within 48 hours, Ahmed said.

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