Pakistan imposes reciprocal restrictions on U.S. diplomats


Pakistan is considering imposing reciprocal restrictions on USA diplomats after Washington announced that it would impose travel restrictions on Pakistani diplomats starting from Friday, the media reported.

If they wish to travel beyond these limitations, they must take prior approval at least five days before their scheduled date of travel.

Pakistan and the United States had announced restrictions on diplomats after a USA embassy vehicle driven by Colonel Joseph Emanual Hall, defense and air attache of the US embassy in Islamabad, killed a Pakistani motorcyclist in Islamabad on April 7.

Under the US restrictions, Pakistani diplomats are banned from moving further than 25 miles away from the cities in which they are posted.

Pakistan has stopped Hall from leaving the country and demanded the USA to withdraw his diplomatic immunity, so that legal action could be initiated against him.

The move is a response to U.S. President Donald Trump's administration imposing restrictions on Pakistani diplomats in the United States.

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However, American diplomats are already prohibited from going to highly secure places such as federal-administered tribal areas (fata).

Hours before the proposed restriction goes into effect in the US, American lawmakers reminded the Trump administration that it was not a smart thing to do.

In April 2018, the USA administration revealed that the United States would impose restrictions on Pakistan if the Pakistani government will not provide the U.S. diplomats ease in travel.

In the US, Pakistan's Ambassador Ejaz Chaudhary said on Thursday that he did not think this is the right decision. "We share the same objectives".

Congressman Norcross said, "We are starting to work on having a much more productive relationship, Afghan-Pakistan terrorism has been a huge issue and it does not just affect our country but also your country", he said.