USA diplomat released as police find motorcyclists guilty of Islamabad accident

Police have impounded the vehicle and taken the diplomat’s cards for verification. —DawnNewsTV
Police have impounded the vehicle and taken the diplomat’s cards for verification. —DawnNewsTV
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02 May, 2018

The U.S. envoy was later identified as second Secretary Chad Rex Ausburn who hit the bike rider and his pillion passenger in a hit-and-run case in the premises of Secretariat police station.

The two injured men have been identified as Nazakat Aslam Awan and Muhammad Waseem.

Officer Mohammad Yousuf says two motorcyclists were injured when their motorcycle hit the embassy vehicle Sunday night. Earlier in April, Joseph Emanuel Hall, the defense and air attaché at the USA embassy, who was riding a land cruiser in the capital, rammed into a motorcycle carrying two men at a traffic signal near Daman-e-Koh, Islamabad. A case was also registered against the driver under Sections 279 (Rash driving or riding on a public way), 320 (Punishment for manslaughter by rash or negligent driving), 337-G (Punishment for hurt by rash or negligent driving) and 427 (Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Ausburn was immediately detained by the police and was moved to the Secretariat Police Station and was released only after getting written communication from foreign ministry confirming his diplomatic position. The motorcyclists were shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Hospital. Police also impounded the vehicle and took the diplomat's cards for verification.

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The diplomat was handed over to Foreign Office (FO) officials Sunday night after recording his statement at the police station. The two countries were embroiled in a row after an American military attache's SUV ran a red light on April 7 and struck a motorcycle, killing one of its riders.

It is the second accident this month that United States diplomats were involved in road accidents in Islamabad.

The two accidents come amid Islamabad's increased diplomatic tension with Washington over allegations Pakistan harbors terrorist sanctuaries. A man was killed and another was injured in the accident.


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