Afghan ambassador’s daughter was brutally assaulted in Pakistan


Islamabad (AP) — The daughter of Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan was abducted in the middle of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, detained for hours and brutally attacked, officials from both countries said Saturday.

No one was arrested in connection with Friday’s assault on 26-year-old Sirsila Arikil. Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement calling for a prompt investigation, saying she was “severely tortured.”

According to a hospital medical report seen by the Associated Press, she was beaten in the head, with rope marks on her wrists and legs, and was severely beaten. X-rays were ordered because she was suspected of having several fractures, the report said.

The report also said her kidnapper had detained her for more than five hours and was taken to a hospital in Islamabad by police. There were no details about the kidnapping itself or the status of her release.

Pakistan called the attack “jamming” and said it had strengthened the security of the residence of the Afghan ambassador to Islamabad. The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly condemned the “evil act” and said it has expressed concern to Pakistan’s Afghan diplomats and their families.

The relationship between the two countries is full of suspicion and hostility. They blame on a daily basis, claiming that Pakistan has sent thousands of jihad militants to fight in Afghanistan, providing the Taliban with a safe haven. Next, Pakistan has accused Kabul of containing the anti-Pakistan group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Taliban, Pakistan) and the separatist Balochistan Liberation Army.

As violence intensifies in Afghanistan with the withdrawal of US and NATO troops, some parts of the Afghan government are intensifying verbal assaults on Pakistan.

In Kabul, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Pakistani ambassador Mansour Ahmad Khan on Saturday and filed a “strong protest” against the attack. .. “

Pakistan’s leading female senator, Sherry Rahman, accused the attack on Friday: “The daughter of the Afghan ambassador is a young woman and must not face any obstacles in walking around central Islamabad. More importantly. Especially she is Pakistan. “

Hamid Mir, a well-known Pakistani journalist who survived the shooting in the southern port city of Karachi in 2014, tweeted about how this could happen in Islamabad. “What is the use of expensive and safe city cameras?”

He also said that even Pakistani journalists and police officers had been kidnapped in Islamabad, and the perpetrators were rarely arrested.

Most of the Islamabad district is upscale and has wide tree-lined avenues. Pakistan’s capital is home to all the country’s diplomatic missions, most of them in highly fortified excursions. But Afghanistan’s mission is outside the excursion.

In a statement, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “The safety and security of diplomatic missions, diplomats and their families is paramount. Such cases may and will not be tolerated.”


The Associated Press writer Babal Doger in Lahore, Pakistan, Munir Ahmed of Islamabad, and Rahim Fayez in Kabul, Afghanistan contributed to this report.