Qureshi discusses Silsila Alikhil’s issue with Afghan Counterpart

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi telephoned his Afghan Counterpart Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Monday and discussed with him matters of mutual interest.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi apprised his Afghan Counterpart of the actions taken so far by the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in connection with the incident occurred last Friday.

On July 16, Silsila Alikhil, the daughter of the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhel, was abducted and assaulted in Islamabad.

Qureshi assured the Afghan foreign minister that the Pakistani government will take all possible steps to arrest the accused and bring them to justice at the earliest.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is fully aware of the diplomatic norms. He said the security of the Afghan Embassy and the Consulate in Pakistan has been further enhanced.

The foreign minister said that we hope that the Afghan government will review its decision of calling back its ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan keeping in view Pakistan’s serious efforts.

The Afghan Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for his personal interest in the investigation into the incident.

Hanif Atmar also appreciated the efforts by Shah Mahmood Qureshi for enhancing the security of the Afghan Embassy and the Consulate.

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