Diplomacy

Afghan MP Denies Accusing Indian Diplomat of Sexual Assault

Earlier on Wednesday, an Afghan journalist tweeted that an Indian diplomat had been recalled on the basis of a complaint of “sexual assault” filed by an Afghan member of parliament, Naheed Farid.

New Delhi: An Afghan member of parliament has categorically denied making any complaint against an Indian diplomat for sexual assault, even as India asserted that his transfer from Kabul was a “routine administrative matter”.

Earlier on Wednesday, an Afghan journalist tweeted that an Indian diplomat had been recalled on the basis of a complaint of “sexual assault” filed by an Afghan member of parliament, Naheed Farid.

However, when The Wire reached out to Farid, she denied making any such complaint.

“It is truly false. I reject this,” said Farid, who was the youngest ever MP in Afghanistan when she was elected in 2010.

She told The Wire that she did not know the diplomat whose name was being bandied on social media. “I don’t know anyone of this name in the Indian embassy,” she said.

When asked why her name would be taken in such an allegation, she expressed bafflement. “I don’t know. This is false journalism,” Farid said.

She added that this allegation was especially hurtful as she was in the midst of a busy election campaign. “I am a woman. This (claim) is something against woman when I am in the middle of an election campaign”.

Afghanistan will be going to polls on October 20 to elect representatives to the parliament and local councils.

“They are all good people,” Farid added, when asked again if she had any run-in with any other diplomat.

Meanwhile, sources in Delhi denied that the Indian diplomat had been recalled. They claimed Indian diplomats in Afghanistan usually have tenure of two years, but the Indian diplomat was brought back earlier as ministry of external affairs is facing a chronic shortage of director-level officers in the ministry of external affairs. Sources added that the transfer was just a “routine administrative matter”.

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