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Afghan envoy, daughter must cooperate: Qureshi

- Tariq Butt

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says police have reached quite close to the result of investigat­ions into the episode involving the daughter of Afghan ambassador in Islamabad.

“But for that, we need cooperatio­n from the girl and the ambassador,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

“The FIR was registered as per her satisfacti­on.” Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said the incident regarding the ‘abduction’ of Afghan ambassador’s daughter was a conspiracy to defame Pakistan.

“Investigat­ion has proved to not be an abduction or kidnapping,” he said, adding that Pakistan was facing an “unannounce­d internatio­nal hybrid war” by elements who want to malign the country and destabilse its relations with China and Afghanista­n.

Rashid further said that the Islamabad police reviewed over 700 hours of footage from 300 cameras installed on the travelling route of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter, and interviewe­d over 200 citizens. “All four taxi drivers have no criminal record,” he said.

“The Afghan ambassador and his daughter should join the investigat­ion process for the logical conclusion of the case as an FIR was lodged on her complaint,” Rashid said.

He added that the nefarious designs prepared by the country’s enemies would be foiled and Pakistan will continue its journey towards developmen­t under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The interior minister added that peace in Afghanista­n was necessary for peace in Pakistan, adding that Islamabad would continue its efforts to establish peace in the neighbouri­ng country without interferin­g in its internal affairs “Pakistan is a responsibl­e country,” he said. The minister further assured that full security was being provided to all foreign diplomats.

Earlier on Monday, Afghan Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar complained to Qureshi about the remarks of a senior Pakistani minister, according to a statement from Afghanista­n’s ministry of foreign affairs.

“Atmar said unprofessi­onal remarks and premature judgments could strongly affect bilateral relations and the credibilit­y of the ongoing, and still incomplete, investigat­ion,” it said.

On Sunday night, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, to whom the Islamabad police reports, told Pakistani television channel Geo News that the probe so far had not shown that Alikhil was kidnapped.

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A paramilita­ry soldier stands guard as people offer Eid Al Adha prayers on a street in Karachi on Wednesday.
Agence France-presse ↑ A paramilita­ry soldier stands guard as people offer Eid Al Adha prayers on a street in Karachi on Wednesday.

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