FO summons Ambassador David Hale over fatal accident involving US diplomat

Published: April 8, 2018
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Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall, defence and air attaché at the US Embassy, 
 has been booked for unintentional murder through rash driving. SCREENSHOT

Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall, defence and air attaché at the US Embassy, has been booked for unintentional murder through rash driving. SCREENSHOT

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan summoned United States Ambassador David Hale to the Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday following a fatal road accident allegedly involving a US diplomat.

According to FO statement, Hale has assured that the US embassy will “fully cooperate” in the investigation of the hit and run case.

On Saturday, Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall, defence and air attaché at the US Embassy, hit a motorcyclists at a traffic signal at the intersection of Margalla Road and 7th Avenue, killing one of two riders on the spot and injuring other.

During the meeting, FO spokesperson Mohammad Faisal “conveyed that justice will take its course in accordance with the law of the land and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.”

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Soon after the accident, an on-duty traffic police official alerted the police. The US colonel and his car were taken to the nearby Kohsar Police Station in Islamabad’s F-7 area.

At the police station, the US official produced his diplomatic card issued by the Foreign Office as well as his driving licence. An FIR has been lodged against the diplomat on the complaint of the victims’ families. Hall has been booked for unintentional murder through rash driving.

The deceased was identified as Ateeq Baig, 22. He hailed from Talhar village in the Margalla Hills while his father works as a security guard at a govt school in Saidpur village.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Ts
    Apr 8, 2018 - 2:26PM

    He should be kicked outRecommend

  • BreakingNews
    Apr 8, 2018 - 2:39PM

    How is it a hit and run if the Diplomat waiting for the police to arrive? Why so much drama? This is shabby journalism. It has become the norm at tribune, sub par reporting.Recommend

  • Amjad
    Apr 8, 2018 - 4:23PM

    Another Raymond Davis case is likely in the horizon…….Recommend

  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Apr 8, 2018 - 5:04PM

    The traffic lights are clearly faulty. Only the right arrow is red while the front 3 lights are off. There is a side traffic light set on the green belt not visibly in line with traffic lane. It is common practice in Islamabad for each side of the road to be cautious regardless.Recommend

  • ali
    Apr 9, 2018 - 8:57PM

    I wonder why all the proclaimed social activists have not spoken so far on this matter.Recommend

  • AA_Southpaw
    Apr 10, 2018 - 11:44PM

    Will the girls at Justice Project Pakistan do something for the person who died?

    Will anyone light candles?Recommend

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