Pakistan Prevents US Diplomat From Leaving the Country

14 May, 2018, 06:15 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Pakistan bars US diplomat from leaving

Pakistan and the United States had announced restrictions on diplomats after a U.S. embassy vehicle driven by Colonel Joseph Emanual Hall, defense and air attache of the USA embassy in Islamabad, killed a Pakistani motorcyclist in Islamabad on April 7.

The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that all USA diplomats in the country are facing as of today travel restrictions in their territory.

A U.S. Air Force C130 had landed at Pakistan's Nur Khan air base to bring Hall back to the United States, but was forced to leave without him, according to local reports. As a result, two riders of the bike suffered injuries and one of them, 22-year-old Ateeq Baig, later died.

The Kohsar police arrested Syed Taimoor Iqbal from the parking area of the district and sessions court Islamabad as he had allegedly threatened and assaulted the police officials besides assisting a USA diplomat, escape from police custody after a fatal traffic accident.

A spokeswoman for the State Department confirmed the travel restrictions on Pakistani and American diplomats to the news service, but would not comment on Hall's situation.

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US-Pakistan relations have worsened since January, when the Trump administration announced it had suspended almost all of the $1.3 billion in annual security aid given to Pakistan. "We do not discuss details of diplomatic conversations", the spokesperson said.

'This is a development that could well develop into a full-blown crisis for relations if it's not resolved soon, ' said South Asia expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington Michael Kugelman.

In its ruling on Friday, the IHC also granted two weeks to the Ministry of Interior to put Col Joseph's name on Exit Control List (ECL).

The decision was made after Washington announced similar travel measures for Pakistani officials, Dawn newspaper website posted. However, Pakistani immigration officials refused to allow Col Hall from boarding the plane, compelling him to return to the embassy. So far no government official or U.S. Embassy official has offered us the agreement'.

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