NEW DELHI: India on Thursday called the abduction of the Afghanistan ambassador’s daughter in Islamabad last week “very shocking” and lashed out at Pakistan for dragging New Delhi into the incident.
Silsila Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Afghan Ambassador Najibullah Alikhil, was abducted and held for several hours by unidentified men in Islamabad last Friday.
Pakistan interior minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed had accused Afghanistan and India of “distorting” the facts related to the kidnapping and claimed that it was part of a series of attempts to defame and destabilise the country.
Reacting strongly to Pakistan’s insinuation, ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the neighbouring country has “stooped to a new low, even by its own standards”.
“This is a very shocking incident,” Bagchi said at a media briefing, while pointing out that it is a matter involving Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“However, since the Pakistan interior minister has dragged India into it, I would only like to say that even by their standards, Pakistan’s denial of the victim’s account is stooping to a new low,” he said.
The abduction deteriorates already-strained relations of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Two days after the incident, the Afghan government recalled its ambassador and senior diplomats from Islamabad over concerns relating to their safety and security.
Though Pakistan has pledged to solve the case soon, the Pakistan interior minister said that the investigation conducted by the authorities found no evidence of abduction.
(With inputs from agencies)