Civil society calls for American diplomat’s arrest

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ISLAMABAD: Members of the civil society called for the arrest of the US military attaché who was involved in the accident that claimed the life of a 22-year-old Pakistani.

Protesters shouted slogans outside the National Press Club and demanded justice for Atiq, who was killed in the accident.

“If a Pakistani accidentally killed an American citizen in USA, how do you think they would treat him?” asked one protester.

Members of the civil society urged the government to solve the matter as soon as possible and punish the diplomat for reckless driving.

BACKGROUND

A college student was killed Saturday when an SUV hit his motorcycle. Police officials said Colonel Hall was driving the SUV. Twenty-two-year-old Ateeq Baig died on the spot. The police registered a case against the American diplomat at the Kohsar police station on behalf of Baig’s father, Muhammad Idrees.

Hall was not arrested due to diplomatic immunity. On the other hand, the Foreign Office summoned the US ambassador.

A spokesperson of the US Embassy also said they were aware of the incident and were cooperating with Pakistani officials in the investigations.

Story first published: 10th April 2018

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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