American diplomat, involved in fatal traffic accident, allowed to leave Pakistan

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Weeks later, a second accident involving a USA diplomat and a motorcyclist also made headlines in the country but resulted only in minor injuries.

Ateeq Baig, 22, had died on the spot. A case was registered but he was never formally arrested due to diplomatic immunity. The statements of the survivors and Baig's father were recorded by the police.

The diplomat - described as the defense attache in an earlier report - departed Islamabad late Monday, a senior Pakistani government official told AFP on condition of anonymity. According to sources, the local police has handed over all record related to Colonel Hall to USA officials. A security official, part of Colonel Hall's security detail, had been arrested on the orders of AIG Islamabad for obstructing a police officer from performing his duty, a source had said.

On April 7, Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall ran a red light and rammed into a motorcycle killing a Pakistani civilian. Hall's family was, however, permitted to leave.

Officials at the foreign ministry said Hall was a diplomat and Pakistan's criminal, civil, and administrative laws were not applicable to him.

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He said: "The permission was granted after lengthy talks".

In August 2017, Trump accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to militants fighting USA forces in Afghanistan, a charge Islamabad denied. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help.

The United States and Pakistan imposed travel restrictions on each other's diplomats last week as the dispute continued to simmer.

A USA diplomat, who killed a Pakistani motorcyclist in a road accident last month, has left the country amidst controversy over his immunity from prosecution. On April 24, the federal government informed the IHC that name of the United States diplomat had been placed on the blacklist.

The amount will be paid by the United States embassy.

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