Pakistan stops USA diplomat to fly out in Bagram-bound plane

Sunday, 13 May, 2018

US Embassy has also reportedly handed over passport of the diplomat to FIA immigration officials.

The Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) on Saturday barred US Defense and Air Attaché Colonel Emanual Joseph from leaving the country.

Pakistan is a crucial link to supplying American troops fighting the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Pakistan's The Nation and The Express Tribune reported Saturday that Col.

The issue has further strained the ties between Pakistan and the United States which are already at odds over the issue of providing safe havens to the Taliban and the Haqqani network terror groups in Afghanistan.

In a dramatic development in the USA diplomat case who crushed to death a biker in Islamabad, a special aircraft arrived at the Nur Khan Airbase on Saturday noon to take along Col. Joseph Emanuel who is facing travel restrictions after the April 7 incident.

Pakistan and the United States had announced restrictions on diplomats after a U.S. embassy vehicle driven by Colonel Joseph Emanual Hall, defense and air attache of the USA embassy in Islamabad, killed a Pakistani motorcyclist in Islamabad on April 7.

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The new US rules require diplomats to obtain permission to travel more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from their stations, the local Dawn newspaper reported.

According to the USA decision, Pakistani diplomats, at the embassy in Washington and four consulates in New York, Los Angeles, Texas and Chicago, will need to stay within 25 miles (40-kms) of the city of their posting.

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

The restrictions were placed on the USA diplomats the same day Pakistani nationals working in Washington DC were ordered to stay within a 25 mile radius around the city.

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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