Is­lam­abad

The Week (US) - - News 9 -

Diplo­matic car crash: A U.S. diplo­mat ac­cused of run­ning a red light and killing a mo­tor­cy­clist has left Pak­istan, two days af­ter lo­cal au­thor­i­ties blocked him from board­ing a mil­i­tary plane. Pak­istani of­fi­cials ini­tially re­fused to let mil­i­tary at­taché Col. Joseph Hall fly out of the coun­try, say­ing he must face a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion for the car ac­ci­dent, but the U.S. in­sisted he had diplo­matic im­mu­nity. The spat was just the lat­est tus­sle be­tween the two coun­tries, which have been at odds since Jan­uary, when the U.S. froze all se­cu­rity aid to Pak­istan af­ter Pres­i­dent Trump tweeted that the coun­try had failed to crack down on ter­ror­ists and given the U.S. “noth­ing but lies and de­ceit.” The U.S. now re­quires Pak­istani diplo­mats to get per­mis­sion to travel more than 25 miles from their em­bassy; Pak­istan is im­ple­ment­ing sim­i­lar re­stric­tions on Amer­i­can diplo­mats.

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