Reckless driving by American diplomat cost a life in Islamabad on Saturday, following which the Foreign Office summoned the American Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale to lodge a formal protest on Sunday.
The incident is not the first. In the past decade, four lives were lost due to reckless driving by American diplomats.
The recent victim, 22-year-old Ateeq Baig, was on bike with his friend when an American diplomat’s vehicle hit them at a traffic signal. Baig could not sustain the injuries and died while his friend was hospitalised following serious injuries.
Despite police intervention, the diplomat, Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall, was released. All of the previous accused had also been released under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.