US diplomat involved in fatal accident leaves Pakistan

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By Muhammad Luqman

US diplomat Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall, who was involved in the fatal accident in the capital Islambad, has left Pakistan, according to Geo TV.

Colonel Joseph, the US military attaché was flown out of Pakistan from Nur Khan Airbase by a special plane.

The US diplomat left the country after United States refused to withdraw his diplomatic immunity.

Police have handed over all the record of Colonel Joseph to US officials, the TV channel reported.

Pakistani authorities on Saturday had barred Colonel Joseph from leaving the country, forcing an American military aircraft flown in for his departure to leave for Afghan airbase Baghram without him.

On April 7, Colonel Joseph jumped a red light and rammed into a motorcycle killing a Pakistani civilian ,Ateeq Baig. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday, on a petition filed by the deceased’s father, had ruled that the US diplomat does not have absolute immunity in the country.

The court also granted two weeks to the Ministry of Interior to decide about placing his name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

According to Voice of America,  Col Joseph was permitted to leave for Afghanistan, after Pakistani authorities reportedly removed Hall’s name from a  “black list” of people not allowed to leave Pakistan due to pending court cases against them.

The fatal accident that involved a US diplomat has led to further souring of relations between Islamabad and Washington who have recently imposed restrictions on each others’ diplomats in a quid pro quo fashion.

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