Pakistan Prevents US Diplomat From Leaving the Country

14 May, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Americans return empty handed after FIA bars 'killer' US diplomat from leaving Pakistan

Later, the C-130 returned to Afghanistan without the "killer" diplomat.

As a result, a US Air Force C130 flown in to Pakistan's Nur Khan air base outside Islamabad was forced to leave without him on Friday, Geo TV and the two newspapers reported.

In what is being dubbed as a tit-for-tat move, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Friday imposed travel restrictions on American diplomats in the country as similar restrictions on the movement of Pakistani diplomats in the US.

The latest blow to relations came on Saturday, when Pakistani authorities banned a USA military attache from leaving as planned, Pakistan's The Nation and Express Tribune newspapers reported.

Sources said that the United States diplomat wasn't present at the airbase but would reach there after being allowed to leave the country.

THE US has no respect for Pakistani courts and laws.

Pakistan on Thursday had confirmed that its diplomats in the United States will face travel restrictions from May 11.

Hall is accused of running a red light on April 7 while driving an SUV and knocking over a Pakistani national on a motorcycle, killing him. Mr Hall was involved in a fatal accident and his case is being heard in Islamabad High Court, which the other day declared that he does not enjoy immunity.

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.

"This is a development that could well develop into a full-blown crisis for relations if it's not resolved soon", said Michael Kugelman, a South Asia specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. The man's father had approached the Islamabad high court to stop the diplomat from leaving the country. Consequently, two riders of the bike suffered injuries and one of them, 22-year-old Ateeq Baig, succumbed to his injuries.

'We are ready for agreement but on the condition of his arrest, ' he said, referring to Colonel Hall. So far no government official or U.S. Embassy official has offered us the agreement'.

'My son will never come back and we will consult with our relatives and village community before negotiating the agreement.

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