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USA military attache Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall is accused of running a red light and killing a motorcyclist on April 7 in Islamabad.

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.

Colonel Joseph Hall, a defence attaché, accompanied by eight people from the US Embassy had reached Nur Khan Air Base in Rawalpindi to board a special aircraft that had arrived from Bagram base in Afghanistan. US Embassy has also reportedly handed over passport of the diplomat to FIA immigration officials. Just Friday, we saw the Foreign Office in a tit for tat move imposed reciprocal travel restrictions on American diplomats after the same were slapped by Washington on Pakistani diplomats.

Hall is accused of running a red light and killing Ateeq Baig on April 7.

A USA defence attaché who killed a local man when his 4x4 struck a motorbike in Islamabad last month has been stopped from fleeing the country.

New US restrictions limit all Pakistani diplomats and their families to traveling no more than 25 miles from Washington or other cities with Pakistani consulates unless they have permission.




The issue has further strained ties between Pakistan and US.

Pakistan's Interior Ministry said Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall is on a "blacklist" because of the criminal case pending against him.

The relations between the two sides have been under pressure after US President Donald Trump accused Islamabad in January of lying to the United States and offering "little help in hunting terrorists".

"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. Washington later suspended its security assistance to Pakistan.

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Islamabad declined to comment on the events of Saturday. So far no government official or U.S. Embassy official has offered us the agreement'.


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