KARACHI: The North Korean ambassador to Pakistan and his wife have been allegedly physically tortured by excise officials at their residence in Karachi; it has been reported by local media sources.
The North Korean embassy in Islamabad addressed a letter to the government of and the Deputy General (DG) Excise department, requesting the authorities to take necessary action against the incident that reportedly took place on April 9.
As per the complaint, ‘10 or more armed and unarmed excise officers illegally entered into the embassy residence and brutally shackled the diplomat in [an] organised way.’ The diplomat received injuries on his elbows and legs and bruised on his wrists and ankles while his wife was injured on her face, head and wrists and much of her hair were pulled out by male and female excise officials, the letter stated further.
“The female official threatened the diplomat’s wife, aiming the gun at her face,” the letter added.
DG Excise Shoaib Siddiqui has asked for a detailed investigation into the alleged torture case. He told media sources that a complaint has been received and an investigation is underway adding that the accused are yet to be traced.
As per the North Korean embassy, the CCTV footage record from the day of the incident was preserved, however, the reason for the torture could not be determined. The embassy further warned that the incident could affect diplomatic ties between the two countries.