Published On: Mon, Jul 19th, 2021
Published in Category: Islamabad

Sheikh Rashid says kidnapping case of Afghanistan ambassador’s daughter is expected to be solved within 72 hours

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed says investigations into the abduction and release of Afghan Ambassador’s daughter are underway and culprits behind this incident will soon be arrested. Sheikh Rashid said the kidnapping case of Afghanistan ambassador’s daughter is expected to be solved within 72 hours.

Briefing media in Islamabad on Sunday, Sheikh Rashid said the police registered a case on the written complaints of Afghan Ambassador’s daughter Silsila Alikhel last night. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has given very clear directions that the culprits, involved in this case, should be arrested at the earliest.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Indian media, while unleashing negative propaganda against Pakistan, misused this incident to misguide the international community. He said the media would be apprised about the findings as soon as the investigations are completed.

He said that the Afghan ambassador’s daughter had left her home on foot and arrived at a market. “From the market, she took a taxi to Khadda Market for shopping,” he disclosed. “We were able to know about this with the help of the Safe City Cameras,” he added.

The minister said from Khadda Market, the ambassador’s daughter took another taxi to Rawalpindi. “We also have a footage of her getting out of a taxi at a Rawalpindi shopping mall,” he added. Sheikh Rashid said she then took a third taxi to arrive at Daman-e-Koh. “The only gap [in the investigation] that we are facing is that how was she able to arrive at Daman-e-Koh from Rawalpindi,” he added.

The minister said authorities have also interviewed the driver of the third taxi that the ambassador’s daughter used to commute, adding that she could have gone straight to F-6 but chose instead, to go to F-9 area in Islamabad.

He said the government registered an FIR against the kidnapping at 2:00am in the morning, as per PM Imran Khan’s directives. The interior minister said: “I want to inform the international media that the police is investigating the report of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter issue … and we have registered a case on her request under [sections] 34 (common intent), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the PPC (Pakistan Penal Code).”

The minister said authorities will probe as to how the ambassador’s daughter arrived from Rawalpindi to Daman-e-Koh and hopefully by evening today, more missing links of the case can be put together to provide a clearer picture. He accused India of playing up the kidnapping of the ambassador’s daughter to malign Pakistan.

“We will present the entire, true picture in front of the world,” he said, adding that Pakistan’s importance in the region has shot up due to PM Khan’s popular foreign policy moves.

“After PM Khan’s ‘absolutely not’ stance received immense popularity both in Pakistan and abroad, India is not letting go of any opportunity to increase its propaganda against Pakistan,” he added.

The minister said that a joint investigation team of experts from China and Pakistan were working on the Dasu blast incident.

“There are 15 people from their side and 15 from our side [probing the blast],” he said, adding that Pakistan Army and intelligence personnel as well as the Chinese investigation team visited the blast site Saturday to probe the case.

The minister said China had appreciated Pakistan for its investigation and cooperation in the Dasu blast, adding that the Chinese had conveyed to Pakistan that both countries should be on the same page.

He also said that despite contrary reports, work at the Dasu hydropower project was continuing, will continue and no hindrances will be allowed in the way of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects.

“The Chinese government fully thinks that we are fulfilling our responsibility more than our capability and has thanked us for [work by] Pakistan’s agencies, investigation and hospitality of the interior ministry.”

Meanwhile a case of alleged kidnapping of Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhel’s daughter has been registered at Kohsar Police Station in Islamabad on Sunday.

In a statement, the victim girl told that she took a taxi on her way back from a shopping mall when a person forcefully sat with her and started torturing her. I fell unconscious and when I woke up, I found myself over a heap of garbage, she added.