FIA bars US Attaché from leaving Pakistan

Islamabad: The Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) on Saturday barred US Defense and Air Attaché Colonel Emanual Joseph from leaving the country.

Earlier today, a special aircraft had arrived at the Noor Khan Airbase to fly back the US diplomat to Washington but the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) obtained his passport for clearance.

The FIA didn’t allow Joseph to leave the country until the officials get orders from the federal government.

On April 7, US Defence and Air Attaché Col Joseph Emanuel Hall ran a red light at Daman-i-Koh Chowk and hit a motorcycle. Consequently, two riders of the bike suffered injuries and one of them, 22-year-old Ateeq Baig, succumbed to his injuries.

Col Hall had escaped arrest because of diplomatic immunity but a first information report (FIR) regarding the incident was registered with Kohsar Police Station.

On April 24, the interior ministry had informed the court that in order to restrict the movement of Col Hall, his name had been placed on the blacklist of the directorate of immigration.

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