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Afghan ambassador ‘forced’ to share daughter Silsila Alikhil’s picture after kidnapping

Islamabad: The daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan was briefly kidnapped by unknown assailants who left her with injuries and rope marks, officials and a hospital report said on Saturday.

Silsila Alikhil was going home on Friday in the Pakistani capital Islamabad when she was seized for several hours and “severely tortured”, Afghanistan’s foreign ministry said.

“After being released from the kidnappers’ captivity, Ms Alikhil is under medical care at the hospital,” it added, urging an investigation and protection for Afghan diplomats.

A medical examination report, shared on social media and confirmed by the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences state hospital where Alikhil was treated, said she was admitted with swelling and rope marks on the wrists and ankles.

The report gave her age as 26, said she was held for more than five hours and also noted she had some swelling in the brain’s rear occipital region.

Hours after the incident, the Afghan ambassador had to share a pic of daughter because a wrong pic was being circulated on social media.

Ambassador Najibullah Alikhil wrote in Pashto language tweet,, “With many apologies: I was forced to post a photo of my daughter’s Silsila Alikhil here, because someone else’s photo was posted incorrectly on social media, even though I don’t know her at all. Thank you.”

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