The daughter of Afghanistan’s envoy to Pakistan was kidnapped in Islamabad and tortured. According to diplomatic sources from the two countries, 26-year-old Silsila Alikhil was beaten and held captive for more than five hours by unknown assailants in the Pakistani capital. A medical report obtained by the Associated Press says the attackers tied her with a rope and inflicted injuries, the nature of which will be clarified after X-rays are taken.
The girl was taken to a hospital in Islamabad by police, but no details of her abduction or the circumstances surrounding her release are reported. It is known that no one was arrested in connection with the attack. The Afghan Foreign Ministry issued a statement demanding a speedy investigation into this extraordinary crime. The Afghan Foreign Ministry said Kabul strongly condemns this “heinous act” and expressed concern for the safety of Afghan diplomats and their families in Pakistan. The Afghan Foreign Ministry summoned Pakistani Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan in Kabul on Saturday to make a “strong protest” about the attack. The ministry said it “explicitly called on the Pakistani government to take immediate action to identify and punish those responsible for the crime.” Pakistan called the attack “alarming” and said security at the Afghan ambassador’s residence in Islamabad had been stepped up.
Relations between the two countries are full of mutual suspicion and animosity, the Guardian noted. Islamabad and Kabul regularly exchange accusations: Afghanistan claims that Pakistan is sending thousands of jihadist fighters across the border to fight and providing them with safe haven. Pakistan, for its part, accuses Kabul of harboring the anti-Pakistani Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – Pakistan’s Taliban and the separatist Balochistan Liberation Army.
Most of Islamabad’s central districts, one of which was abducted, are upscale neighborhoods with wide, tree-lined boulevards. The Pakistani capital is home to all the diplomatic missions of other countries, most of them in a heavily fortified enclave. The Afghan diplomatic mission, however, is the only one outside the enclave.