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Pakistan bars U.S. diplomat involved in fatal road accident from leaving country

13 May 2018, 01:14 | Bernice Figueroa

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It was unclear what prompted the moves but the developments come weeks after Pakistan barred a US diplomat from leaving the country after he killed a Pakistani motorcyclist in Islamabad.

Pakistani media showed footage of a USA plane at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi near Islamabad that reportedly arrived yesterday to fly back defence attache Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to brief reporters. The diplomat was later released after the Foreign Office (FO) said he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

The Islamabad High Court on Friday on a petition filed by the deceased's father ruled that the USA diplomat does not have absolute immunity in the country.

Hall is accused of running a red light and killing one Ateeq Baig on April 7.

The issue has further strained ties between Pakistan and US.

"We are in regular communication with our Pakistani counterparts".


According to details, a special aircraft arrived at the Nur Khan Airbase here to take the American diplomat home.

U.S. -Pakistani relations have deteriorated significantly since the beginning of the year, when Trump abruptly announced in a tweet a cutoff of military aid, which he said treated the United States with "nothing but lies and deceit" for 15 years.

American diplomats have long complained about harassment from police and security officials in Pakistan, who repeatedly get stopped and ticketed for petty offenses that take valuable time and energy to resolves.

The US representatives waited for four hours at the Pakistani airbase but the FIA officials did not allow Hall to leave the country as his name was put on the blacklist by the Ministry of Interior.

'Since Joseph is understood to have diplomatic immunity, Pakistan's refusal to let him leave the country will be seen by Washington as a wholly unjustifiable and illegal act, ' he added.

The U.S. State Department on Saturday confirmed the new restrictions on its employees in Pakistan but declined further comment.



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