Islamabad: An investigation into the alleged kidnapping of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter has found no evidence of abduction, Pakistan’s interior minister said.
The Afghan foreign ministry said Silsila Alikhil was riding in a taxi in Islamabad when she was kidnapped and held for several hours, during which she was “severely tortured by unknown persons”.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry put out a statement at the time saying she had been assaulted, adding that security for Ambassador Najibullah Alikhil and his family had been tightened.
“There is no case of kidnapping,” Pakistan’s interior minister Sheikh Rashid told reporters at a press conference, adding that investigators had watched 700 hours of CCTV footage and searched 200 taxis.
He said the incident was being used as a way to “defame our country”.
“Pakistan will not back down from this case, even though there is a huge difference between her (claim) and our findings,” he added, inviting Silsila Alikhil to help with the investigation.
The Afghan ambassador was recalled to Kabul over “security threats”, a move Islamabad said was regrettable.
Kabul accuses Islamabad of offering safe haven to the Taliban militants waging a major campaign across the Afghan countryside, while Islamabad says Kabul turns a blind eye to militant groups launching attacks on Pakistan from its soil.