KABUL – The Afghan Government delegation recently visited Pakistan in connection with the abduction and torture of the Afghan Ambassador’s daughter in Islamabad, which had taken place on July 16, 2021.
During this visit, the Pakistani side shared some information and findings with the Afghan delegation on the case. However, the remarks by Pakistani officials pointed at a different version of the case, and unfortunately did not address the basic issues such as how the incident took place and the identification of the perpetrators.
As agreed between the two sides in Islamabad on the first day, the Afghan delegation demanded that the Pakistani officials should share all information related to the case with Afghanistan for further technical investigations. Unfortunately, the information was not shared with the delegation.
The hospital and medical reports along with other available evidence clearly indicate that Ms. Silsila Alikhel had been abducted and tortured. The Government of Afghanistan, in coordination with the victim, is ready and will continue to cooperate to identify and apprehend the perpetrators.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs once again calls on the Pakistani government to focus on expeditious identification, apprehension, and prosecution of the perpetrators of the abduction.
KABUL – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs once again expresses deep concern over the continuation of unprofessional remarks by Pakistan’s Interior Minister regarding the abduction of the daughter of our Ambassador in Islamabad.
While the investigation process has not been concluded and the perpetrators have not been arrested, the continuation of unilateral statements and unprofessional prejudgments will call the transparency of the investigation into question and result in increased mistrust.
Hospital reports have endorsed the mental and physical torture of Ms. Silsila Ali Khil. We expect unprofessional prejudgements to be avoided before the investigation comes to an end. Instead, we urge that all efforts should be geared towards obtaining evidence and completing the probe, as well as arresting and prosecuting the perpetrators.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan is committed to full cooperation in the investigation process through the collaboration of delegations from both sides. We hope to see the reasons behind the incident, and the investigation results soon finalized and announced based on the findings of the investigating teams of the two countries.
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Premature Judgments and Remarks Affect the Investigation Process and Bilateral Relations
KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar spoke with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi regarding the ongoing investigation into the abduction of the Afghan Ambassador’s daughter, expressing deep concern over the remarks of the Pakistani Interior Minister. Mr. Atmar said unprofessional remarks and premature judgments could strongly affect bilateral relations and the credibility of the ongoing, and still incomplete, investigation.
Minister Atmar reaffirmed Afghanistan’s commitment to cooperate with the Government of Pakistan in pursuing the investigation to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators of the crime and to ensure the security of Afghan political missions and diplomats in that country.
To this end, an Afghan delegation will visit Pakistan, and subsequent actions will be taken regarding the return of the Afghan Ambassador and diplomats based on the delegation’s assessments and findings.
Expressing deep regrets and empathy, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister said Ms. Silsila’s case would be dealt with seriously as one of “our” own daughters. As instructed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, he added, the investigation would soon be concluded, and appropriate actions would be taken accordingly. Mr. Qureshi assured Minister Atmar of Pakistan’s robust measures to ensure the security and safety of the Afghan missions and diplomats in Pakistan.
Following the abduction and torture of the Afghan Ambassador’s daughter in Pakistan, the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan called back the Afghan Ambassador and senior diplomats from Islamabad.
KABUL – Following the abduction of the Afghan Ambassador’s daughter in Pakistan, the Leadership of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan called back Afghanistan’s Ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan until all security threats are addressed including the arrest and trial of the perpetrators of abduction.
An Afghan delegation will visit Pakistan soon to assess and follow up on the case and all related issues; subsequent actions will follow based on the findings.
KABUL – The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan met on Friday in Tashkent on the sidelines of the Central and South Asia Connectivity Summit to discuss the latest political and security developments in Afghanistan.
Both sides expressed deep concern over the escalation of violence in Afghanistan and its grave repercussions for the stability of the two countries and the region. They agreed to jointly address the current situation through the following measures:
1. To end the bloodshed in Afghanistan, the two countries agreed to undertake necessary measures in mutual consultation and establish a joint monitoring and verification mechanism to address each other’s security concerns and evaluate the results of their joint cooperation.
2. The two sides agreed to utilize all available means and resources to ensure permanent and sustainable peace in Afghanistan and to make joint practical efforts to secure a political settlement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.
3. The two leaders agreed to address the current environment of skepticism and suspicion by taking concrete measures to achieve tangible results in the peace process and end the bloodshed in Afghanistan as well as strengthening State to State relations between the two countries.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will welcome all efforts by the Government of Pakistan to help stop the bloodshed and ensure lasting peace in Afghanistan.
KABUL – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Kabul Mr. Mansoor Ahmad Khan this afternoon, and lodged a strong protest over the abduction of the daughter of Afghanistan's Ambassador to Islamabad.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked Mr. Khan to convey the strong protest and deep concerns of the Government of Afghanistan to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government of Pakistan about this grave incident. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explicitly called on the Pakistani government to take immediate action to identify and punish the perpetrators of this crime and ensure the full security and immunity of Afghan diplomats and their families in accordance with international conventions.
Ms. Silsila Alikhil was abducted for several hours in Islamabad on Friday, the 16th of July, and was released after being tortured.
Statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Regarding Abduction of Daughter of Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad
KABUL – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan states with deep regret that on July 16, 2021, the daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Islamabad Ms. Silsila Alikhil, was abducted for several hours and severely tortured by unknown individuals on her way home.
After being released from the kidnappers' captivity, Ms. Alikhil is under medical care at the hospital.
The MoFA strongly condemns this heinous act and expresses its deep concern over the safety and security of diplomats, their families, and staff members of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Government of Pakistan to take immediate necessary actions to ensure full security of the Afghan Embassy and Consulates as well as the immunity of the country's diplomats and their families in accordance with international treaties and conventions.
While the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs is following the matter with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, we urge the Pakistani government to identify and prosecute the perpetrators at the soonest possible time.
DUSHANBE – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar, on the sidelines of the fourth meeting of the Afghanistan Contact Group within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to discuss strengthening regional cooperation for the success of the Afghan Peace Process, Pakistan’s practical engagement on the joint fight against terrorism, and ensuring lasting peace and stability in the Afghanistan and the region.
Minister Atmar elaborated on the latest political and security developments in Afghanistan, calling the consolidation of regional cooperation along with the international community support to Afghanistan of vital significance to the success of the peace process.
Mr. Atmar termed the presence of foreign fighters and regional and international terrorist networks alongside the Taliban a major threat to the region and the world and emphasized practical cooperation between regional countries, particularly Pakistan in closing shelters and ceasing funding sources of the Taliban, and encouraging the group to resume meaningful talks and find a political solution to the success of the Afghan peace process.
The Pakistani Foreign Minister described Afghanistan's instability as regional instability and assured Minister Atmar of Pakistan’s continued support to a stable Afghanistan.
He also stressed the importance of reducing violence and establishing ceasefire in Afghanistan and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to working to persuade the Taliban to negotiate and find a political settlement.
Statement by the Office of the Spokesperson and Directorate General of Communications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Regarding the Recent Remarks of the Pakistani Interior Minister about the TTP's Activities in Afghanistan
KABUL – The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is neither founded in Afghanistan nor operates on our soil. According to the national security policy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, this movement along with other terrorist groups is recognized as the enemy of peace, stability, and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region, and the Afghan government fights against this terrorist outfit like any other terrorist group without discrimination.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has consistently stressed upon implementation of UNSC resolutions and Doha agreement which calls on Taliban to cut ties with regional and international terrorist groups including the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), The East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
In order to establish lasting peace in Afghanistan and to ensure stability and prosperity in the region, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan calls on all countries, especially Pakistan, to treat all terrorist outfits equally and without discrimination, and not allow these closely linked and organized groups to collude with each other to jeopardize the security and stability of our countries.
KABUL – Statement by the Office of the Spokesperson and Directorate General of Communications - MoFA regarding the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan:
Given the sensitivity of the situation and the opportunities arisen to achieve a permanent peace in Afghanistan and the region, comments and statements that spoil this trend are not favorable to the Afghan Peace Process.
The Afghan government and the international community call on Pakistani government officials to utilize their influence and control over the Taliban to bring them back to the negotiating table for meaningful talks to end the war and bloodshed in Afghanistan, thus ensuring peace in Afghanistan would help eliminate global terrorism threat benefiting Pakistan and the international community.
Unrealistic and untrue statements will obstruct strengthening relations between the two countries.
Afghanistan is determined to discuss important and key issues with Pakistan through diplomatic channels.