KABUL – Jul 18, 2021- Afghanistan said on Sunday, it has recalled its ambassador to Islamabad and all senior diplomats over “security threats” after the top envoy’s daughter was briefly kidnapped in Islamabad this week.
“Following the abduction of the daughter of Afghan ambassador in Pakistan, the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan have recalled the Afghan envoy and other senior diplomats from Islamabad back to Kabul until all the security threats are removed,” the foreign ministry said, and demanded the arrest and prosecution of kidnappers.
The daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan Najeeb Ali Khel, Silsila was briefly “kidnapped” by unknown assailants who left her with injuries and rope marks. The Pakistan authorities said they are investigating the matter.
Afghan Ambassador Najibullah Ali Khel was forced to reveal his real picture after false pictures of his daughter surfaced on social media. He also expressed his compulsion by sharing a picture of his daughter on social media.
Ambassador’s daughter was not abducted: Shaikh Rasheed
Minister for Interior Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed on Sunday said that the incident involving the daughter of the ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan “was not an abduction” at all.
“This is an international conspiracy. An agenda of RAW (Indian intelligence agency),” he said while speaking during Geo News’ programme.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Ashraf Ghani meet in Tashkent
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan and President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani met on the sidelines of International Conference on “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity, Challenges and Opportunities” in Tashkent on 16 July 2021. The exchange of views focused on Afghan peace process and Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.
The Prime Minister highlighted that Pakistan has always supported a united, peaceful and stable Afghanistan. The Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s consistent support to the Afghan peace process, highlighting that Pakistan has consistently emphasized that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict.
The Prime Minister stressed that instability and conflict were not in Pakistan’s interest. The Prime Minister reiterated the call for immediate reduction in violence. It was also emphasized that imposition of a government by force will not lead to the resolution of Afghan conflict and a negotiated political settlement among the Afghan sides was the only way forward. Pakistan will continue its efforts to urge all parties to engage constructively and secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political solution.
The two leaders agreed to further enhance Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relations. It was stressed that negative statements from Afghan side vitiated the environment and there was a need to build trust. The two sides agreed to undertake necessary measures through mutual consultations to evolve bilateral mechanism to address each other’s concerns in the security arena.
The meeting was held in a constructive atmosphere. The two leaders agreed to remain in contact.