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Pak Interior Minister's Abduction Remarks Unprofessional & Premature: Afghan FM To Qureshi

Earlier, Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed accused Afghanistan and India of defaming Pakistan by "distorting" the facts

Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed

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Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed's remarks on the ongoing investigation into the kidnapping of the Afghan Ambassador's daughter are unprofessional and premature, Afghanistan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar told his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Atmar said that Ahmed's remarks could strongly affect bilateral ties and credibility of the ongoing investigation. "An Afghan delegation will visit Pakistan, and subsequent actions will be taken regarding the return of the Afghan Ambassador and diplomats based on the delegation's assessments and findings," the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Expressing deep regrets, Pakistan Foreign Minister said that the abduction case would be dealt with seriously. He also added that the investigation will be concluded soon.

Not kidnapping, attempt to defame Pakistan: Imran Khan's Minister Sheikh Rasheed 

Earlier, Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed accused Afghanistan and India of defaming Pakistan by "distorting" the facts. He also alleged that Pak officials found no evidence of abduction of Afghan envoy Najibullah Alikhil's daughter Silsila Alikhail.

Terming it the "international conspiracy", Sheikh Rasheed said efforts are being made to malign the impression of the security situation in Pakistan to the rest of the world.

On July 16, Afghanistan envoy's 26-year-old Silsila daughter was kidnapped in Islamabad. She was released after several hours. An official statement by Afghanistan stated that Silsila was tortured in captivity before she was released. The Afghan government has demanded immediate action and bring perpetrators in the incident to Justice.

Following the incident, Kabul also called back the Afghan Ambassador and senior diplomats from Islamabad.

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