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United States diplomat involved in road accident in Pakistan returns home amid controversy

15 May 2018

"We can confirm that the American diplomat, who was involved in a tragic auto accident on April 7 in Islamabad, has departed Pakistan", Mr Nolen Johnson, a State Department spokesman, said in an e-mail.

He was reportedly sloshed while driving the white Land Cruiser involved in the accident. He was involved in a crash that killed a 22-year-old motorcycle driver.

According to sources, Col Joseph has been flown away to the United States through Nur Khan Airbase after his name was dropped from the blacklist.

Sources privy to development stated that police record had been provided to United States authorities to launch legal proceedings against him in America.

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Pakistani authorities made no comment about the sudden departure of the diplomat, who found himself at the centre of the latest diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

The Pakistan government reportedly took the decision to allow Hall to leave the country after the U.S. government assured that Colonel Hall will be tried under USA laws, diplomatic sources were quoted as saying by Dawn News. The US government had refused to exempt Joseph from the diplomatic immunity, said sources.

The Islamabad High Court had also heard a petition by Ateeq's father seeking the placement of the diplomat's name on the Exit Control List (ECL). On April 24, the federal government informed the IHC that name of the U.S. diplomat had been placed on the blacklist.

The two sides also imposed travel restrictions on each others' diplomats stationed in Washington and Islamabad earlier this week putting further strain on already frosty relations between the two sides.

United States diplomat involved in road accident in Pakistan returns home amid controversy