Afghanistan envoy’s daughter was not abducted, claims Rashid

Interior minister says it is an "international conspiracy"

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has asserted that the daughter of Afghanistan ambassador to Pakistan was not abducted, terming it an international conspiracy and an agenda of Indian spy Agency RAW (Research and Analysis Wing).  

Talking to a private news channel on Saturday evening, the interior minister said that the daughter had first claimed that her phone was stolen, “and later handed her phone over but with the data deleted”.

He said that the CCTV footage of the time of the incident had been reviewed and it was found that there were not two, but three taxis that she had used. “She took a taxi from Daman Koh and did not return home,” said Rashid.

The minister said three videos had been reviewed, whereas an attempt to acquire a fourth is being made. “The girl went from F-7 to Daman Koh and then over to the F-9 Park area,” the minister said, detailing the events of the day.

He said that when the girl stepped out of the home, she walked over to Khadda Market first for shopping. The minister said that a point in her journey, ahead of the Gakhar Plaza, is a blind spot at the moment as the authorities have not been able to obtain the footage for the area yet.

“The girl also used her mobile phone internet services while at Daman Koh,” he said. The minister went on to say that the photograph of the girl circulating on media “does not belong to the girl”.

Reports of the ambassador’s daughter being “abducted” and “tortured” surfaced on Saturday, with a statement by the Afghan foreign ministry saying that the girl was “abducted for several hours” on Friday.

The Foreign Office issued a statement in response saying that a thorough probe has been launched and law enforcement agencies “are trying to trace and apprehend the culprits to be brought to justice”.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had instructed the interior minister to get to the bottom of the matter within 48 hours.