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Silsila Alikhil was kidnapped in Islamabad, Pakistan, and ‘severely tortured’ by unknown perpetrators, according to the Afghan government.
According to officials and a hospital report, the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan was temporarily kidnapped by unknown intruders who left her with injuries and rope marks.
Silsila Alikhil, Ambassador Najib Alikhil’s daughter, was kidnapped and “severely abused” on her way home on Friday, the Afghan foreign ministry claimed in a statement on Saturday, without providing additional specifics about the kidnapping in Islamabad.
“Ms Alikhil is receiving medical care at the hospital after being released from the kidnappers’ captivity,” the statement continued, calling for a probe and protection for Afghan diplomats.
Alikhil was entered with swelling and rope marks on the wrists and ankles, according to a medical examination report circulated on social media and confirmed by the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences state hospital where she was treated.
Her age was given as 26, she was kept for more than five hours, and she had edema in the back occipital region of her head, according to the report.
In the wake of significant outrage in both countries, Afghan authorities summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul to file a formal complaint.
In a statement, Afghanistan’s foreign ministry said it “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”.