No one has been arrested in connection with Friday’s assault on 26-year-old Silsila Alikhil. The Afghan Foreign Ministry issued a statement demanding a swift investigation, saying she had been “severely tortured”.
A medical report from the hospital, viewed by The Associated Press, said she received blows to the head, traces of rope on her wrists and legs and was severely beaten. There was a suspicion that she had several broken bones and x-rays were ordered, according to the report.
The report also states that her captors detained her for more than five hours and that she was taken to Islamabad hospital by police. There were no details about the kidnapping itself or the circumstances of his release.
Pakistan called the attack “worrying” and said security at the Afghan ambassador’s residence in Islamabad had been tightened. The Afghan Foreign Ministry has said it strongly condemns this “heinous act” and has expressed concern for Afghan diplomats and their families in Pakistan.
Relations between the two countries are fraught with suspicion and animosity. They regularly exchange accusations, with Afghanistan claiming Pakistan is sending thousands of jihadist militants to fight in Afghanistan and providing refuge for the Taliban. Pakistan in turn accuses Kabul of harboring the anti-Pakistani group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – the Pakistani Taliban – as well as the secessionist Balochistan Liberation Army.
As violence escalates in Afghanistan with the withdrawal of US and NATO troops, some members of the Afghan government have stepped up verbal attacks against Pakistan.
In Kabul, the Afghan foreign ministry summoned Pakistani ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan on Saturday to lodge “a strong protest” against the attack. The ministry said it “explicitly calls on the Pakistani government to take immediate action to identify and punish the perpetrators of this crime. . “
A prominent Pakistani senator, Sherry Rahman, condemned Friday’s attack and tweeted that “the daughter of the Ambassador of Afghanistan is a young woman and should not meet ANY obstacle to walk around central Islamabad, and more importantly, she is entitled to diplomatic protection in Pakistan. “
Hamid Mir, a well-known Pakistani journalist who survived a 2014 shooting in the southern port city of Karachi, asked in a tweet how such a thing could happen in Islamabad. “What are expensive city security cameras for?” “
He also noted that Pakistani journalists and even a police officer were kidnapped in Islamabad, with few perpetrators ever arrested.
Most of Islamabad’s neighborhoods are upscale, with wide, tree-lined boulevards. The Pakistani capital is home to all of the country’s diplomatic missions, the majority of them located inside a heavily fortified enclave. The Afghan mission, however, is outside this enclave.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement that “the safety and security of diplomatic missions, as well as diplomats and their families, is of the utmost importance. Such incidents can and will not be tolerated.
Associated Press writer Babar Dogar in Lahore, Pakistan, Munir Ahmed in Islamabad and Rahim Faiez in Kabul, Afghanistan contributed to this report.