Pakistan imposes restrictions on movement of USA diplomats

Pakistan imposes restrictions on movement of USA diplomats

Sources said that the U.S. diplomat wasn't present at the airbase but would reach there after being allowed to leave the country.

In what the Times described as retaliation, Pakistan placed travel restrictions on USA diplomats based in the country in a sign of worsening relations between the two countries.

"Since Joseph is understood to have diplomatic immunity, Pakistan's refusal to let him leave the country will be seen by Washington as a wholly unjustifiable and illegal act".

On Saturday, Hall was prevented from boarding a USA plane, the latest twist in a dispute that has raised anti-American sentiment in Pakistan, a security ally that is increasingly at odds with the United States on major issues.

Instead, the USA sent in its C-130 into Islamabad at 11.15am from Bagram airbase in Afghanistan yesterday to collect him. An unidentified official said an FIA officer on duty held back Hall's passport and sought directions from senior officials.

Pakistani media showed footage of a U.S. plane at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi near Islamabad that reportedly arrived yesterday to fly back defence attache Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall.

The diplomat later returned to the embassy.

Separately, Pakistan's foreign ministry said it would apply travel restrictions to all U.S. diplomatic staff similar to those applied by Washington, according to a notification sent to the U.S. Embassy on Friday and obtained by Reuters.

Both said they would analyze the conditions on a case-by-case basis.

American diplomats have long complained about harassment from police and security officials in Pakistan, who repeatedly get stopped and ticketed for petty offenses that take valuable time and energy to resolves.

This came right after it placed Islamabad on a "Special Watch List" for failing to safeguard religious minorities.

THE US has no respect for Pakistani courts and laws.

Incidentally, in a first, India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) named Pakistani diplomats in their 'wanted' list last month.

Impact: What do the changing dynamics mean for India? .

Importantly, it might change dynamics in the South Asian region, even as India emerges as a major power.

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