Pakistan Prevents US Diplomat From Leaving the Country

Pakistan bars US diplomat from leaving

Americans return empty handed after FIA bars 'killer' US diplomat from leaving Pakistan

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

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

A USA military aircraft flown in to bring home Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall, a U.S. military attaché, had to leave without him, the official said. At the very least, if Washington can not waive the diplomatic immunity to enable him to be prosecuted in Pakistan, Islamabad wants a commitment that he will be tried in the USA courts after he returns to America.

An Islamabad court has ruled that Hall's diplomatic immunity does not protect him in the case of the April 7 accident, in which Hall's vehicle struck a 22-year-old motorcycle driver, killing him.

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. "We do not discuss details of diplomatic conversations", the spokeswoman said.

Since President Donald Trump took office last January, US-Pakistan relations have soured considerably, with the administration cutting $1.3 billion in annual aid to Islamabad for security purposes.

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

'Since Joseph is understood to have diplomatic immunity, Pakistan's refusal to let him leave the country will be seen by Washington as a wholly unjustifiable and illegal act, ' he added.

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.

When Col Hall reached the airbase with eight people from the U.S Embassy accompanying him, he was refused permission to board the aircraft, ostensibly under instructions from hardline elements of the Pakistan establishment.

"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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