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Citizen murder case: IHC seeks report to place US diplomat’s name on ECL

Citizen murder case: IHC seeks report to place US diplomat’s name on ECL

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday directed the police to present report pertaining placing the name of US diplomat on Exit Control List (ECL).

In his remarks, the judge expressed resentment over Islamabad police over their inefficiency to handle the case.

“He would be an American in his own country. Being a diplomat does not means that he kills our citizens. You would have surely panicked without any reason,” said the judge.

22-year-old Ateeq Baig was killed and another person was injured when the US military attaché Col Joseph Emanuel Hall allegedly ran a red light and hit his motorcycle last week.

The diplomat was released by police after brief detention however; his vehicle was taken into custody.

Pakistan lodges strong protest

The US Ambassador to Pakistan was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a strong protest was lodged by the Foreign Secretary on the tragic death of the motorcyclist and serious injury to the co-rider.

The US Ambassador expressed his deep sympathy and sadness over the loss of life and assured that the embassy would fully cooperate in the investigation. The Foreign Secretary conveyed that justice will take its course in accordance with the law of the land and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.

Islamabad police also wrote a letter to the Interior Ministry and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and sought a travel ban on the United States diplomat.

As per well-informed sources, it was also reported that Washington is likely mulling to impose sanctions on movement of Pakistani diplomats from May 1.

Sources privy to development also stated that the Trump-administration had taken the decision after Pakistan lodged strong protest with USA over the killing.

If sanctions are improved, Pakistani staffers would be allowed to travel only in 40KM radius of embassy whereas formal permission would be required to travel the distance surpassing 40KM limit.

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