US 'to impose new restrictions' on Pakistani diplomats

Under new code of conduct, Pakistani staff would need permission for journey stretching beyond 40km


Sohail Chaudhry April 10, 2018
Under new code of conduct, Pakistani staff would need permission for journey stretching beyond 40 km. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: In the wake of simmering diplomatic tensions following a fatal traffic accident in Islamabad by the United States military attaché, the Trump administration has decided to impose new restrictions on Pakistani diplomats in the US.

The US government has reportedly prepared a new code of conduct, according to which the movement of Pakistani diplomatic staff consisting of 200 people would be limited to a 25-mile radius.

A source privy to the development told Roznama Express that the new restrictions will come into force in May, causing difficulties for the Pakistani staff in performing their duties.

He said that one month notice has been served to the Pakistani diplomats serving in four consulates apart from the embassy to ensure implementation on new instructions.

Caught on camera: US defence attaché runs red light, kills motorcyclist

According to the new code of conduct, Pakistani diplomatic staff would need permission from the US authorities before embarking on a journey beyond 40 kilometres from the embassy and consulates. They would also need to keep their accommodation within the 20-mile radius of the embassy and consulates.

The development comes to fore only days after US defence and air attaché Col Joseph Emanuel Hall ’s reckless driving killed a motorcyclist and injured another in the federal capital.

Col Hall was booked in a criminal case after he hit the two motorcyclists at Daman-e-Koh intersection on Saturday.

Police want US diplomat on no-fly list

Although the diplomat was not detained because of his diplomatic immunity, the police are now proceeding to get his local driving licence revoked.

The capital police have also sent a letter to the Ministry of Interior, asking to include Hall’s name in the Exit Control List (ECL). Another letter was sent to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to place the US diplomat’s name on its watch-list.

COMMENTS (10)

Syed Ahmed | 3 years ago | Reply Pakistan should ignore these unreasonable demands and continue as normal.
Naseem Ejaz | 3 years ago | Reply US diplomat Jousef must be arrested immediately and tried in the Anti terrorist court in Pakistan in order to provide justice to the victims families. He crossed red signals and killed a young man and injured another man with his land cruiser jeep. Victims were riding a motorcycle in Islamabad. Professor Naseem Ejaz
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