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USA embassy's security official booked for manhandling police

02 May 2018

Reports state that the USA envoy is still in police custody, awaiting the verification and confirmation of diplomatic immunity. The Sunday's is the fourth road accident in recent years in which United States diplomats have hit and killed people in Islamabad, the capital city and they got away with it because they had diplomatic immunity.

Subsequently, authorities shifted both the auto and the diplomat to the Secretariat Police Station for legal formalities.

Police said Sunday's accident occurred when two motorcyclists collided with a U.S. Embassy vehicle driven by the diplomat.

Nazakat has been charged with Section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

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Pirzada was charged and arrested under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) of the PPC, the ASI told AP.

U.S. embassy, Islamabad, and holding card number 22556 issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Islamabad, was driving his Toyota jeep (QN-374 ICT) when he hit two persons riding their bike (ARM-935 ICT).

The police official, who were on duty nearby, took him and his auto into custody and shifted them to the Secretarial police station for legal action. The police, however, impounded the vehicle and took the diplomat's cards for verification. On April 7, Colonel Joseph Emmanuel, a U.S. military and air attaché, was driving a auto that hit a motorcycle in Islamabad, killing 22-year-old Ateeq Baig and injuring his cousin Raheel.

According to a report in the English-language newspaper, Dawn, Ausburn apparently refused to step out of the vehicle following the accident but did so after police officials arrived at the scene.

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"Justice will take its course in accordance with the law of the land and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961", said a press release by Pakistan's Foreign Office. Resultantly, Ateeq died on the spot while Raheel suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised.

In a twitter message, Interior Minister of Pakistan Ahsan Iqbal said that a very tragic road accident incident involving USA diplomat in which visibly traffic law was violated resulting in death of a Pakistani citizen.

Hall's name has since been placed on Pakistan's "black list", preventing him from leaving the country pending a court case against him.

In 2011, a C.I.A. security officer, Raymond A. Davis, shot and killed two armed men in the eastern city of Lahore, causing a countrywide outrage.

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USA embassy's security official booked for manhandling police