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Pakistan prevents US diplomat from leaving after fatal crash

IANS  |  Islamabad 

has prevented a US from leaving the country after he allegedly killed a motorcyclist by driving through a red light last month.

said on Saturday that a plane was sent by the US to collect Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall, a military attache, but was denied clearance, reported.

US officials have previously said he cannot be arrested or tried because he has diplomatic immunity.

The incident has increased political tension between the countries.

Ateeq Baig, 22, was killed in the crash in Daman-e-Koh, north of Islamabad, on April 7.

CCTV footage showed a white four-wheeler -- said to be driven by -- ignoring the red traffic light at an intersection, crashing with a bike at speed and then braking.

The has denied reports in Pakistan's media that was drunk while driving.

The dead man's father has called for the to stand trial at High Court (IHC).

On Friday, the IHC had ruled does not have absolute immunity.

He had already been put on a travel "black list", which meant airports had been told not allow him to leave.

Neither the US or has officially commented on Saturday's news.

Relations between and have been in the spotlight since US Donald Trump's tweet, where he accused of "lies and deceit".

In January, the said it was cutting almost all security aid to Pakistan, saying it has failed to deal with operating on its soil.

Pakistan has denied the accusations and responded by saying it would no longer share intelligence with the US.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 08:50 IST
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