India on Thursday termed the abduction of the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador in Islamabad as “extremely shocking” and said Pakistan’s denial of the victim’s statements was “very shameful”. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also attacked Pakistan’s Home Minister Sheikh Rashid for dragging India’s name in the incident. It is noteworthy that on Friday, unidentified people kidnapped Silsila Alikhil, 26-year-old daughter of Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad Najibullah Alikhil and held her hostage for several hours. Underlining that this is a matter related to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told a press conference, “This is a very shocking incident.”
“Since the Home Minister of Pakistan has named India in this, I would only like to say that even by their standards, Pakistan’s denial of the statement of the victim is very shameful,” he said. Was answering a question regarding this. He said, “As far as the security of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan and our personnel is concerned, I would not like to go into specific security measures.” Comment has been rejected.
The Pakistani Foreign Office said in a statement, “Pakistan condemns India’s unsolicited remarks. India has no right on this subject. The Foreign Office asked India to stay away from spreading propaganda against Pakistan. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid on Tuesday reiterated the police’s claim that Alikhil was not kidnapped. Sheikh urged Alikhil to join the investigation. Ahmed also tried to link this incident with India’s intelligence agency. Two days after the incident, the Afghan government withdrew its ambassador and senior diplomats from Islamabad due to security concerns for its personnel.
Expressing deep concern over the incident, Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday termed Pakistan’s interior minister’s statement about the incident as an “unprofessional comment”. “The Ministry of External Affairs once again expresses its deep concern at the unprofessional statements made by the Home Minister of Pakistan in connection with the kidnapping of the daughter of our Ambassador in Islamabad,” it said.
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