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Pakistan imposes restrictions on movement of United States diplomats

13 May 2018

An American attempt to bring back its diplomat involved in the killing of a youth in Islamabad after Pakistan barred Col Joseph Emanuel Hall from leaving the country.

On April 7, Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall ran a red light and rammed into a motorcycle killing a Pakistani civilian. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to brief reporters.

A special plane, C-130, reached Noor Khan Airbase on Saturday to take along the accused diplomat, local media earlier reported, adding that the USA embassy had handed over the passport of the official to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) immigration.

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

The top USA diplomat is accused of killing of a Pakistani man in a fatal road accident last month.

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

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The restrictions were placed on the U.S. diplomats the same day Pakistani nationals working in Washington DC were ordered to stay within a 25 mile radius around the city. But Washington has long believed it actually shelters the Taliban's leaders, and President Donald Trump has cut off military aid in an effort to pressure Pakistan.

Relations were further strained when Trump stated publicly that Islamabad has "given us nothing but lies & deceit" in a tweet posted earlier this year. The man's father had approached the Islamabad high court to stop the diplomat from leaving the country.

Sources said that a special aircraft had arrived at the Noor Khan Airbase earlier today to fly back the U.S. diplomat to Washington but the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) obtained his passport for clearance.

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

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

Pakistan imposes restrictions on movement of United States diplomats