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Pakistan denounces ‘unwarranted’ Indian remarks on Afghan ambassador case

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Pakistan has denounced the “gratuitous and unwarranted” remarks made by Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

“India has no locus standi, whatsoever, on the matter,” the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in an announcement on Thursday.

Bagchi claimed that the kidnapping of a diplomat’s daughter was “very shocking”, including that Pakistan’s denial of the sufferer’s account is “stooping to a new low”.

He remarked, “because the Pakistan inside minister has
dragged India into it, I’d solely wish to say that even by their requirements,
Pakistan’s denial of the sufferer’s account is stooping to a brand new low.”

In response, the overseas workplace stated that “India’s malicious smear campaign against Pakistan is well-known and independent organizations, including EU DisinfoLab, have established India’s credentials as a purveyor of anti-Pakistan propaganda globally.”

The assertion stated that Indian propaganda equipment towards
Pakistan is “active” and it has been sharing “fake pictures” of the
Ambassador’s daughter. “It is unlucky that India used such an incident to hawk
false narrative towards Pakistan.”

Pakistan stays “determined to push back against unabated Indian machinations and also to draw attention towards India’s role of a spoiler in the ongoing Afghan peace process,” the assertion added.

Afghan ambassador’s daughter kidnapped

The daughter of Envoy Najibullah Alikhel was kidnapped for a number of hours and tortured by unidentified males in Islamabad on Thursday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan condemned the heinous act and expressed “its deep concern over the safety and security of diplomats, their families, and staff members of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan”.

Later within the day, in a sequence of tweets, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed stated that the PM has ordered the arrest of the abductors inside 48 hours. “Utilise all resources to apprehend the persons involved in the kidnapping of the daughter of Afghan Ambassador in Islamabad.”

Alikhel’s daughter was moved to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences after the assault. Dr Waseem Khawaja, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed to SAMAA Digital that the ambassador’s daughter was dropped at the hospital and he or she had “rope marks” on her wrists and ankles. 

The medical report, which is accessible with SAMAA Digital, says that the 26-year-old was kidnapped round 1:45pm and launched at 7pm. There have been marks of ropes on her wrist and ankles and swelling.

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