Pakistan beefs up security of Afghanistan ambassador and his family

Pakistan has beefed up security of Afghanistan Ambassador, Najibullah Alikhel, and his family in Islamabad, said in a press release issued by Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs on Sunday, July 18. It added that the country’s law enforcement agencies are trying to trace and apprehend those who “man-handled” the daughter of the Afghan ambassador in Islamabad.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant security authorities are closely in contact with the Ambassador and his family and extending full support in the matter,” the embassy noted.

It further reiterated on the importance of ensuring security for diplomatic mission in Pakistan. “Such incident can and will not be tolerated.”

Selesela Alikhel, daughter of Afghan ambassador to Islamabad, was on her way home when unknown individuals kidnapped, tortured, and then released her, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

The ministry further expressed concern and summoned Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul, Mansoor Ahmad Khan, late yesterday, July 17.

“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 said in a statement.