Pakistan hits back, refuses to let accident-accused United States diplomat leave


The Pakistani authorities are claiming that they have stopped a United States diplomat to fly out of the country in a Bagram-bound plane, it has been reported.

Local media showed footage of a USA plane at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi near Islamabad that reportedly arrived earlier today to fly back defence and air attache Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall.

The US embassy has also reportedly handed over passport of the diplomat to FIA immigration officials, who are awaiting orders from the top authorities for further action.

Tensions between the US and Pakistan have been rising over the fatal accident, which infuriated many Pakistanis and has resulted in the two countries restricting the movement of each other's remaining diplomats, Reuters reported.

On April 7, Col Hall killed a youth and injured the pillion rider as he jumped the traffic signal at the intersection of Margalla Road and 7 Avenue in the federal capital.

Officials in Islamabad have demanded that the U.S. waive Hall's diplomatic immunity in order to face trial but so far America has refused.

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Pakistan wants Hall to stand trial in Islamabad, and demanded the USA waive his immunity, but the latter has refused. Washington later suspended its security assistance to Pakistan.

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

Relations were further strained when Trump stated publicly that Islamabad has "given us nothing but lies & deceit" in a tweet posted earlier this year.

Sources said that a special aircraft had arrived at the Noor Khan Airbase earlier today to fly back the USA diplomat to Washington but the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) obtained his passport for clearance. The man's father had approached the Islamabad high court to stop the diplomat from leaving the country.

'We are ready for agreement but on the condition of his arrest, ' he said, referring to Colonel Hall.

A letter sent to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad says the restrictions will be implemented Friday.