USAF C-130 returns without U.S. diplomat involved in Pakistani's death

  • USAF C-130 returns without U.S. diplomat involved in Pakistani's death

USAF C-130 returns without U.S. diplomat involved in Pakistani's death

A special US plane that arrived at Nur Khan Airbase Rawalpindi on Saturday to fly out Military Attaché at US Embassy Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall returned after the Interior Ministry refused to issue no objection certificate to the American diplomat.

The latest blow to relations came on Saturday, when Pakistani authorities banned a U.S. military attache from leaving as planned, Pakistan's The Nation and Express Tribune newspapers reported.

Ateeq Baig, 2-2, has been murdered in the wreck from Daman-e-Koh, north of Islamabad, on 7 April. His father had approached the Islamabad High Court to stop the diplomat from leaving the country.

Sources said that as the diplomat was on the blacklist, he could not fly out of the country without taking prior permission from relevant quarters.

Pakistani authorities have barred a US diplomat, involved in a road accident that killed a motorcyclist in the capital Islamabad, from leaving the country.

In a recent development over the case, one of Joseph's security officials, Syed Taimoor was also arrested on the orders of AIG Islamabad Asmatullah Junejo. Joseph Hall, the U.S. Embassy's military attaché in Pakistan, was prevented from leaving the country while U.S. officials were informed he could not leave until the accident was adjudicated.

"The government can't overlook the court orders into the matter", a source told the Tribune.

"For the privacy and security of those involved, we can not disclose the diplomat's current location", the State Department spokesperson said.

Neither the U.S. or Pakistan has commented on Saturday's news.

The United States has significantly contributed Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in support during the previous 15 decades, and they have granted us nothing but lies deceit, believing about our leaders as fools. "For the privacy and security of those involved, we can not disclose the diplomat's current location", the State Department spokesperson said.

Responding to the curbs, Pakistan on Friday imposed tit-for-tat restrictions on the United States diplomats in the country. Six weeks ago, the State Department threatened to impose a travel restriction on Pakistan's Washington diplomatic corps if the harassment did not end by Friday.

The US serviceman has been placed on a travel ban "blacklist" and ordered to remain inside the country, Pakistan's Interior Ministry said. "We do not discuss details of diplomatic conversations", the spokesperson said.