Pakistan bars United States diplomat from leaving nation after fatal accident

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On Friday, Islamabad's High Court left it up to the government to decide whether he should be on a travel ban list, saying he didn't have absolute immunity.

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

However, Pakistani immigration officials refused to allow Col Hall from boarding the plane, compelling him to return to the embassy.

USA military attaché Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall, was not arrested because he enjoys diplomatic immunity. 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 United States courts after he returns to America.

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The latest blow to relations came on Saturday, when Pakistani authorities banned a USA military attache from leaving as planned, Pakistan's The Nation and Express Tribune newspapers reported. But Washington has long believed it actually shelters the Taliban's leaders, and President Donald Trump has cut off military aid in an effort to pressure Pakistan. Also on Friday, Pakistan placed travel restrictions on U.S. diplomats based in the country, the latest in a series of retaliatory measures that threaten to plunge already strained relations to their worst level in years.

'This is a development that could well develop into a full-blown crisis for relations if it's not resolved soon, ' said South Asia expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington Michael Kugelman.

"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".

At the time of the accident that claimed the life of a motorcyclist and injured his companion, the USA embassy in fact had also offered full cooperation but Saturday's act on part of the USA reflects it does not value the blood of any other person except its own citizens. "My son will never come back and we will consult with our relatives and village community before negotiating the agreement".

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