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Pakistan bars US diplomat from leaving country

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

A involved in a fatal road accident in was not allowed to leave the country today, officials said, a day after imposed "reciprocal" restrictions on the movement of American envoys after took similar measures.

The latest move is likely to further strain ties between the two countries.

showed footage of a US plane at Nur Khan airbase in near that reportedly arrived earlier today to fly back defence attach

A said that the (FIA) refused to give clearance to flying out of the country as his name was on the blacklist and he could not leave

The plane later went back without the passenger it was sent to bring back, according to officials.

The development came a day after High Court passed a judgement that the did not enjoy absolute immunity.

It also ordered the government to decide about adding his name to the Exit Control List, which controls the movement of people wanted by courts or those involved in corruption.

on April 7 jumped a traffic signal in Islamabad and hit a motorbike carrying two men. One of them was killed. His father had approached the to stop the from leaving the country.

The issue has further strained the ties between and the US which are already at odds over the issue of the and

According to the US decision, Pakistani diplomats, at the embassy in and four consulates in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, will need to stay within 25 miles (40-kms) of the city of their posting.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 22:45 IST