No evidence that Afghan envoy’s daughter was abducted: Police

FM Qureshi says PM Imran is personally monitoring the matter

ISLAMABAD: The federal police today (Monday) claimed that they found no evidence that the daughter of Afghanistan ambassador was abducted from the capital city.

Addressing a press conference, flanked by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Qazi Jameelur Rehman said that the authorities have formed several teams to probe the matter.

“We used our all resources for the investigation and supported all law enforcement agencies,” said the Islamabad IGP. The IGP said police had collected the footage of all places visited by the envoy’s daughter.

He said the purported abduction of Afghan envoy’s daughter was a complete “blind case” and they collected data of around 300 CCTV cameras.

‘Pakistan a target of hybrid warfare’

Taking over the presser, National Security Adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf said that Pakistan was a target of “hybrid warfare” and an entire network of information warfare was used against the country.

Yusuf pointed out that fake accounts and bots were being used to create a “narrative” against Pakistan, including regarding the incident involving the Afghan envoy’s daughter.

He further claimed that hashtags were being trended on a daily basis to create false impressions including that Pakistan “is doing something [wrong] in Afghanistan” and that the security situation in Pakistan was poor.

“This is part of an orchestrated campaign of which various fronts have been opened against Pakistan,” he said, adding that the same accounts that did “fake propaganda” regarding Balochistan or Kashmir were also doing propaganda.

‘Pakistan to ensure transparency in Afghan envoy’s incident’

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi assured the Government of Afghanistan that the probe into the Afghan ambassador’s daughter’s incident will be transparent and nothing will be concealed.

FM Qureshi said that he spoke to his Afghan counterpart this morning and discussed the steps that the Government of Pakistan has so far taken to investigate the matter. “We have assured the Afghan government that Prime Minister Imran Khan is personally overseeing the probe,” he added.

He reiterated that the Afghanistan government should reconsider its decision to pull out its ambassador and diplomats from Pakistan, adding that if they want the investigation to be transparent, it will have to cooperate with Pakistan.

The daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil was reportedly abducted and manhandled by unidentified assailants in Islamabad last week. Selsela Alikhil had claimed that she was “abducted and assaulted” by taxi drivers in the federal capital.