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Man killed as US diplomat’s car rams into motorcycle in Islamabad

A man was killed after a white Land Cruiser belonging to a foreign embassy in Islamabad hit his motorcycle in Islamabad's Daman-e-Koh vicinity here on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Video: Geo News
 

ISLAMABAD: A car carrying an American diplomat hit a motorcycle in Islamabad on Saturday afternoon, killing one man on the spot and injuring another. 

Police said Joseph Emanuel Hall, a defence and air attaché at the US embassy in Islamabad, was in a white Land Cruiser with the number plate QM-058.

CCTV footage showed the vehicle crashing into a motorcycle (number plate ARM-900) around 3pm Saturday when it violated a traffic signal on Margalla Road.

Motorcyclist Ateeq Baig, a resident of the city's Tilhar suburb, died on the spot, while he was en route to his office with his cousin Raheel riding pillion. 

Raheel was critically injured in the accident and, consequently, moved to a nearby hospital.

Following the accident, police reached the spot and brought the diplomat to the police station.

The father of deceased Ateeq Baig, a resident of Islamabad who was killed when his bike (number plate ARM-900) was hit by a white Toyota Land Cruiser (number plate QM-058), driven by Joseph Emanuel Hall, the defence and air attaché at the US embassy in Islamabad. Geo.tv via Geo News
 

He was not arrested due to his diplomatic immunity.

He then ended up locking himself inside the vehicle and subsequently fled in another car. 

The police, however, seized the vehicle. 

A case was also registered at the Kohsar Police Station later the same day.

The accident occurred to due to sheer negligence of the driver of the embassy's car, the first information report (FIR) said.

Authorities said officials from the embassy are in contact with the law enforcement agencies (LEAs).

Govt, embassy officials yet to contact family

Ateeq Baig, a resident of Islamabad who was killed when his bike (number plate ARM-900) was hit by a white Toyota Land Cruiser (number plate QM-058), driven by Joseph Emanuel Hall, the defence and air attaché at the US embassy in Islamabad, as he drove to office alongside Raheel, his cousin, on Margalla Road, Islamabad, Pakistan, April 7, 2018. Geo.tv via Geo News
 

Speaking to the media, Baig's father said he was yet to be contacted by the government or embassy officials.

"My son was going to work when he met with this accident," said Baig's father. "We don't have enemies and [just] want justice to be served."

He further said the decision to legally pursue the matter will be made after consulting his family. 

FO probing incident

"MOFA is looking into the matter. Investigations are being carried out," Dr Muhammad Faisal, the spokesperson of Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said.

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