Pakistan: Daughter of Afghan envoy kidnapped and injured

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan was briefly kidnapped and injured by unknown assailants, officials say. Silsila Alikhil was seized on her way home in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Friday and held for several hours. Afghanistan’s foreign ministry said she was ‘severely tortured.’ Later it said senior diplomats including the ambassador had been recalled. Relations between the two neighbours have long been strained. Pakistani officials said Silsila Alikhil, who is in her 20s, was assaulted by assailants who got into a car she was travelling in and beat her up. After her release she was treated in hospital. Condemning the ‘inhuman attack,’ the ambassador, Najib Alikhil, said his daughter ‘feels better now.’ On Saturday the Afghan foreign ministry expressed its ‘deep concern’ and said it was lodging a complaint over the incident.” (07/18/21)