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‘Even by Pakistan’s standard …’: India on abduction of Afghan envoy’s daughter


NEW DELHI: India on Thursday referred to as the abduction of the Afghanistan ambassador’s daughter in Islamabad final 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 kidnapped and held for a number of hours by unidentified males in Islamabad final Friday.
Pakistan inside minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed had accused Afghanistan and India of “distorting” the information associated to the kidnapping and claimed that it was half of a collection of makes an attempt to defame and destabilise the nation.
Reacting strongly to Pakistan’s insinuation, ministry of exterior affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned the neighbouring nation has “stooped to a new low, even by its own standards”.
“This is a very shocking incident,” Bagchi mentioned at a media briefing, whereas declaring that it’s 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 mentioned.
The abduction deteriorates already-strained relations of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Two days after the incident, the Afghan authorities recalled its ambassador and senior diplomats from Islamabad over considerations referring to their security and safety.
Though Pakistan has pledged to unravel the case quickly, the Pakistan inside minister mentioned that the investigation carried out by the authorities discovered no proof of abduction.
(With inputs from businesses)

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