India on Thursday criticised Pakistan for dragging the country into the controversy over the abduction and assault of the Afghan envoy’s daughter in Islamabad last week and for denying the victim’s account of the “very shocking incident”.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi contended that India was forced to respond because Pakistan interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had dragged the country into the matter. Ahmed has described the incident as a “conspiracy” linked to India’s external intelligence agency.
Bagchi’s comments came hours after Afghanistan reiterated its deep concern over Ahmed’s claims that there is no evidence the Afghan envoy’s daughter was abducted in Islamabad and said such remarks could lead to greater mistrust between the two countries.
“This is, of course, a very shocking incident. It involves two other countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and usually we’d not comment on it. However, since the interior minister of Pakistan has dragged India into it, I would only like to say that even by their standards, Pakistan’s denial of the victim’s account is stooping to a new low,” Bagchi told a regular news briefing.
Selsela Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Afghan ambassador Najibullah Alikhil, was abducted, held for almost five hour and assaulted by unidentified men in Islamabad on July 16.