Daughter Of Afghan Envoy In Pak Abducted, ‘Severely Tortured’ Before Release; Kabul Strongly Condemns

Afghan ambassador in Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil (Photo: Twitter)

Afghanistan on Saturday strongly condemned the abduction of its envoy Najibullah Alikhil’s daughter in Pakistan and called upon Islamabad to identify and prosecute the perpetrators of the “heinous act” at the earliest.

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) stated with “deep regret” that the daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Islamabad Silsila Alikhil was abducted for several hours on July 16, 2021, and severely tortured by unknown individuals on her way home. The statement said that after being released from the kidnappers’ captivity, Silsila Alikhil is under medical care at the hospital.

“The MoFA strongly condemns this heinous act and expresses its deep concern over the safety and security of diplomats, their families, and staff members of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan,” it said.

Afghanistan MoFA called upon Pakistan to take “immediate necessary actions to ensure full security of Afghanistan embassy and consulates as well as the immunity of the country’s diplomats and their families in accordance with international treaties and conventions.

“While the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs is following the matter with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, we urge the Pakistani government to identify and prosecute the perpetrators at the soonest possible time,” the statement said.

Afghan govt, Taliban resume talks in Doha

Amid the Taliban’s growing offensive in Afghanistan, the delegations of the Afghan government and the Taliban began a fresh round of talks on Saturday in Qatar.

Addressing a conference in the Qatari capital of Doha, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah said to achieve peace, there is a need for flexibility from both sides. “Afghans want the continuation of the world’s support to the peace process… Afghanistan still needs reconstruction and it needs ‘constructive’ ties with the region and the world,” Abdullah said, as quoted by TOLOnews.

Speaking at the same conference, the Taliban’s deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar said that despite a lack of progress in intra-Afghan negotiations, there is a need to keep the hope and that they will make efforts to make the talks a success.

Baradar said that to ensure Afghanistan’s prosperity, there is a need for a central and independent Islamic system. To achieve this, he added, “we should ignore our personal interests.”

According to Sputnik, the two sides are set to discuss the creation of a transitional government, the exchange of prisoners and a ceasefire during the negotiations in Doha.

Earlier this week, local reports had suggested that that Kabul would send a high-ranking delegation. The delegation includes former President Hamid Karzai and head of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah, to Qatar’s Doha.

In recent weeks, Afghanistan has witnessed a spike in violence. Taliban have stepped up offensive since the foreign forces began to withdraw from the country in May. The US AND NATO forces will complete military drawdown till the end of August.

(With ANI Inputs)

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