United States diplomat involved in hit-and-run case barred from leaving Pakistan

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Pakistani authorities have reportedly prevented an American diplomat involved in a deadly vehicle accident from leaving Pakistan after a US military plane arrived specifically to fly him out of the country.

Sources said that a special aircraft had arrived at the Noor Khan Airbase earlier today to fly back the USA diplomat to Washington but the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) obtained his passport for clearance.

The source further added that the FIA officer on duty after finding out that it was Col Hall, held back his passport and sought directions from his high-ups, according to a source.

The US Air Force C-130 flew into Islamabad at 11.15am from Bagram airbase in Afghanistan.

The court directed Interior Ministry for putting USA diplomat Colonel Joseph's name in the Exit Control List (ECL) in case pertaining to killing a youth in road accident.

Two security officials said on Saturday that the plane at Nur Khan air base arriving to carry U.S. military attaché Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall out of Pakistan has returned after he failed to get clearance.

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In what is being dubbed as a tit-for-tat move, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Friday imposed travel restrictions on American diplomats in the country as similar restrictions on the movement of Pakistani diplomats in the US.

On April 7, US Defence and Air Attaché Col Joseph Emanuel Hall jumped a red light at Daman-i-Koh Chowk and hit a motorcycle.

Pakistani authorities have imposed "reciprocal" restrictions on the movement of US diplomats in the country after Washington took similar measures.

A spokeswoman for the State Department confirmed the travel restrictions on Pakistani and American diplomats to the news service, but would not comment on Hall's situation.

The measures are likely to strain ties between the two sides.

U.S. -Pakistan relations have worsened since January, when the Trump administration announced it had suspended almost all of the $1.3 billion in annual security aid given to Pakistan.

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