Daughter of Afghan envoy to Pakistan briefly kidnapped and "severely tortured"

Daughter of Afghan envoy to Pakistan briefly kidnapped and “severely tortured”

The daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan was briefly kidnapped and ill-treated by unknown assailants, the Afghan government said on Saturday.

Silsila Alikhil was returning home when she was arrested for several hours and “severely tortured,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, without giving further details on Friday’s kidnapping in Islamabad.

“After being released from the captivity of the kidnappers, Ms. Alikhil is treated in hospital,” he said, calling for an investigation and the protection of Afghan diplomats.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the Afghan embassy had informed that Alikhil had been assaulted while driving in a rented vehicle. Police were investigating “the disturbing incident” and security had been tightened for the ambassador and his family, the statement said.

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The neighbors of Pakistan and Afghanistan have long enjoyed a frosty relationship. Kabul accuses Pakistan of granting refuge to Taliban insurgents, while Islamabad accuses Kabul of allowing militants to use their territory to carry out attacks in Pakistan.

Both deny the charges.