The daughter of a former Pakistani diplomat has been murdered in Islamabad, according to a media report on Wednesday, just days after a major diplomatic row erupted between Pakistan and Afghanistan over the alleged kidnapping of the daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Islamabad.
Noor Mukadam, 27, daughter of Shaukat Mukadam, was found dead on Tuesday in the capital’s posh Sector F-7/4 area, Dawn newspaper reported. Mukadam was the Pakistani ambassador to South Korea and Kazakhstan in the past.
Noor Mukadam was killed after being shot at, the newspaper quoted the police as saying.
A friend of Noor’s has been arrested in connection with the murder, police said.
“A man named Zahir Jaffer, who was allegedly involved in the murder, was arrested at the scene and taken to the police station,” Samaa TV quoted Islamabad police as saying.
The assassination comes as a storm is brewing over the security of diplomatic missions and their personnel in Pakistan.
On July 16, Silsila Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Najibullah Alikhil, was briefly kidnapped from Islamabad and tortured, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said in a statement last week.
The incident sparked a major diplomatic spat between the two neighboring countries as they face the Taliban’s resurgence as the US and NATO reach the final stages of their troop withdrawal operation.
Pakistan has strenuously denied Afghanistan’s allegations, saying police in Islamabad have found no supporting evidence for the alleged kidnapping.