Afghanistan has expressed deep concern over Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed’s statement that there is no evidence that the daughter of the Afghan ambassador was abducted and tortured in Islamabad, saying it could lead to mistrust between the two countries.
Selsela Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Afghan ambassador Najibullah Alikhil, was arrested, arrested for nearly five hours and tortured by unknown men in Islamabad on July 16. Two days later, the Afghan government remembered its envoy and senior diplomats from Islamabad over security concerns.
Ahmed, who is close to the Pakistani military, told a news conference Tuesday that an investigation into the matter had not been found.
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“There is no charge of theft,” Ahmed said. He had previously said that this was a “conspiracy” linked to the Indian branch of foreign affairs.
Afghanistan’s foreign ministry has also commented on Ahmed’s remarks in a statement issued on Wednesday. Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar had echoed similar sentiments when he spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday.
“The Foreign Ministry has also expressed its deep concern that it continued to speak nonsense to the Pakistani interior minister about the arrest of our ambassador’s daughter in Islamabad,” he said.
“While the investigation has not been completed and the perpetrators have not been arrested, the persistence of inconsistent views and ineffective judgment will further undermine the investigation and raise doubts,” he added.
The statement said medical reports “encouraged mental and physical abuse” of Selsela Alikhil. “It is hoped that the insurgent will be avoided before the end of this investigation. Instead, we urge that all efforts be encouraged to obtain evidence and complete this investigation, as well as to arrest and prosecute them, “he said.
Afghanistan’s foreign ministry has said it is loyal to the investigation through delegates from both sides. “We hope to see the reasons for this incident, and the results of the investigation have been completed recently and the announcement will be based on the findings of the two countries’ research teams,” he added.
Ahmed also said Tuesday that the incident is being used as a way to “pollute” Pakistan.
He added, “Pakistan will not retaliate, although there are significant differences between him (what he says) and what we have found.”
During the fighting in Afghanistan with the Taliban, a war broke out last week and Vice President Amrullah Saleh criticized Pakistani forces for providing “close support to Taliban elsewhere”.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has blamed Pakistan for failing to tackle 10,000 terrorists and for not doing enough to persuade Taliban to join the peace talks in order to find political solutions.