Motorcyclist's death: Govt decides not to put US diplomat’s name on no-fly list

US diplomats are exempt under Vienna Convention, sources say


News Desk April 19, 2018
Back on April 7 a US diplomat hit and killed a motorcyclist as he jumped traffic signals in Islamabad on Saturday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The Ministry of Foreign Ministry (Mofa) on Thursday decided not to put US diplomat Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall's name on the Exit Control List (ECL), Express News reported.

Earlier this month, the defence and air attaché at the US Embassy killed a motorcyclist as he jumped a traffic signal at the intersection of Margalla Road and 7th Avenue  in Islamabad.

According to details, a meeting to weigh the situation after the hit and run incident was held. Authorities reviewed the matter and decided not to include the diplomat’s name on the no-fly list.

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Sources said that US diplomats are exempt under the Vienna Convention, while Pakistani envoys have also used this exemption in Iran and New Delhi over cases of similar nature, hence, the international treaty bounds Islamabad to also provide such an exemption in this incident as well.

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.

Ateeq Baig. PHOTO: EXPRESS

 

COMMENTS (2)

Raj | 3 years ago | Reply So sad, this accident took place. But we have all been under the false impression that, the Americans are supposed to be more disciplined!!!!!! and follow the rules. But, here we have seen an american breaking and jumping the red signal and due to his irresponsible behaviour lives have been lost. Americans are only good to give advises to everyone. But not to follow by themselves.
javed ali | 3 years ago | Reply Vienna convention only gives an Ambassador complete immunity and not to every employee of the Embassy. Vienna convention is wrongly quoted to let go of the powerful.
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